KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY

Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/12 01:45 PM

Hey All
Just giving you guys some feed back,I purchased a dedicated night vision scope from TNVC.They have a ton of these units in the the field with no issues.Well mine developed an issue with the objective.I sent it back,and the guys at TNVC decided it was not up to their standards,and sent me a brand new one.My unit was just out of warranty,but they made it right no questions asked.
Just want to thank Vic,Chip and the rest of the crew for standing behind the product,and the help keeping me in the field. thumbup Shane
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/12 06:57 PM

That is pretty darn great and glad to hear it!

I just got a select PVS-14 Pinnacle Night Enforcer, DBAL-I2, and DBAL-D2, 3X magnifier, Helmet & Rhino mount from them and they have excellent customer service.

So does Hi-Tech Redneck too!

Oh, and I road race my high speed go-karts on the National Road Racing circuits and TNVC saw my helmet cam video of me doing a tonne around the Daytona International Speedway and sent me a dozen TNVC decals for my race kart and helmet.

Here is a pic of the end of the race going 105 mph for 30 minutes and just 0.00012 seconds away from First Place National Trophy..... scared



Here is a pic of my kart and Daytona trophies:





Here is my video, courtesy of Infidel Racing:
http://www.phossil.com/thom/Road%20Atlanta/Daytona/Daytona%202009%20WEB2.m4v

Thanks to Vic and Terry @ TNVC! cool
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/12 09:05 PM

Pup
As an ex motocross and harescramble racer that is just down right cool!! I would like to get my 911 out on that track!!
I have always loved those high proformance Karts!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/12 09:19 PM

"Yote, I raced moto for almost 40 years and we still do the National Forest Trails on a Yammy 450, but it is too much for me in my old age, although racing a shifter kart that does over 100mph and pulls 4 Gs is pretty darn physical and mental drain too.....

TNVC sponsors Jeff Westphal driving a Grand Am BMW, here is their site:

http://www.jeffwestphalracing.com/

I think that is super great that TNVC sponsors motorsports too! thumbup
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/12 09:44 PM

LOL!! Ya Pup,one thing us ole vets know is pain,and how much racing costs!! Sometimes when I am out weedwacking the weeds I get a wiff of the premix exaust,it brings me back to those sundays all over the northeast.Then my arthritis kicks me back into reality!! lol
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/12 10:09 PM

haha, nothing smells better than my race trailer at the track, it is permeated with two-stroke castor tt1 !!!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/07/12 05:08 PM

Glad we could assist gents and thank you for the kind words!

We do love motorsports around here...Night Vision, Guns, Race Cars, what else is there? w00t

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/07/12 05:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
Glad we could assist gents and thank you for the kind words!

We do love motorsports around here...Night Vision, Guns, Race Cars, what else is there? w00t

Vic


Women!!! lol
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/07/12 06:01 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
Glad we could assist gents and thank you for the kind words!

We do love motorsports around here...Night Vision, Guns, Race Cars, what else is there? w00t

Vic


Women!!! lol


Actually I WAS going to mention the "Minister of Financing" to all, but cordially left them out. sneaky2
Posted by: Brian Downs

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/07/12 08:09 PM

I have purchase several products from Vic and TNVC and have no worries about warranty and customer service from them!!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/12 07:25 AM

So did anyone, besides Weasel, actually watch the hardcore race video of doing over a tonne with you butt one acorn off the ground on 31 degree banks???


Thanks again to Vic from TNVC for the nice decals too!
Posted by: Pacecar

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/12 07:32 AM

I watched over half of it. Kept waiting for you to draft around that kart you were following, to see if you might be faster with your kart in the lead and the other kart following. But you were content to follow. I guess you attempted a pass at the end.

-Larry Bendele, 2003 and 2004 Nascar Late Model Track champion at San Antonio Speedway
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/12 07:47 AM

Yeah, it was real dicey at the end with me losing by 12/10,000ths of a second after thirty minutes of racing.

Daytona is a major draft track, if you use it you run with the big dogs, if you lose it you are out of the race.

It wasn't that I was content to follow, that was part of our drafting plan to train ahead of the other 80 vehicles on the track in the race, which we did, and then race within ourselves during the second half.

You have to plan your moves and setup it up one, two or even three laps ahead of time during the race. Most of the real racing comes down the last three laps of the race as you would have seen if you saw the ending...we were photographed and on the cover of the National World Karting magazine since it was such a close race at the end of the season.

Our karts are 100% spec karts, the engines are sealed, you can only change jetting in the Dell 'Orto slide carb and do you own chassis setup and there is a major Technical Inspection after the race to see if anything has been altered out of spec. So basically it comes down to driver performance and there was ALLOT of that the last three laps of the race..... grin

Some folks pay professional tuners $1,000 a day to keep them on the track, I do all my own engine and chassis setup and pay no one...
Posted by: recurry

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/12 06:29 PM

Originally Posted By: BAYSTATE YOTE
Hey All
Just giving you guys some feed back,I purchased a dedicated night vision scope from TNVC.They have a ton of these units in the the field with no issues.Well mine developed an issue with the objective.I sent it back,and the guys at TNVC decided it was not up to their standards,and sent me a brand new one.My unit was just out of warranty,but they made it right no questions asked.
Just want to thank Vic,Chip and the rest of the crew for standing behind the product,and the help keeping me in the field. thumbup Shane


The folks at TNVC are a class act. I bought an ITT PVS-14 from them almost four years ago, and I can't praise those guys enough - Victor was extremely helpful and was willing to take the time to explain most of the different units to me. He probably could have sold me anything, but instead took the time and really helped me make an informed decision on what to buy.

To date, I've got over 1K hours logged on that PVS-14, most of them in cold winter weather, and it still runs like a top.

Cheers!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/10/12 10:33 AM

Just got my Dual Beam Aiming Laser (DBAL-I2) from the crew at TNVC and this is NOT some cheap Chinese piece of junk. thumbup

In fact it is an incredible awesome hunting night sight. tt1

The Green 532nm Visible Laser is pinpoint out past 225 yards at night and goes as far as you can see.

The Infrared 850nm laser does the same except it is even way stronger and can only be seen using NV gear, so everything is 100% invisible except to the NV gear.

Using the Eotech 512 non-NV sight and 3X magnifier it is definitely made for night stalking and sniping with your helmet mounted NV gear!







Super lightweight with a great functional remote, it only takes one CR123 battery.
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/10/12 10:43 AM

I am drooling on my keyboard!!!!!!! scared
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/10/12 10:56 AM

I've got the super TNVC hand select ITT Night Enforcer PVS-14 mounted on my other rifle with an Eotech 552 NV sight, it is simple to quickly detach the PVS-14 and attach it to your helmet to use with the other rifle with the DBAL-I2....





Just waiting for the PVS-14 3X Magnifier to screw into the PVS objective for this rifle, as well as a DBAL-D2 IR Illuminator and Aiming Sight for the front rail to finish this baby off. thumbup
Posted by: doggin coyotes

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/10/12 11:59 AM

Leave a little room on that thing for the kitchen sink. smile
Posted by: gmz71

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/10/12 02:03 PM

PM at ya SkyPup
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/10/12 03:37 PM

Okay, this DBAL-I2 is beyond SICK, it is freakin" unreal awesome!!

I took a dozen 1/2 gallon orange juice jugs out (half gallon, not full gallon) and placed them in various depths @ 75 yards in the middle of the afternoon (3PM) in broad daylight, turned on the visible green laser, folded my stock in half and held the SIG carbine at my hip and rapidly shot all 12 of the jugs without a miss with the green dot.

I never thought this would be possible???
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/10/12 08:14 PM

No sooner do I get this laser dialed in target shooting today than a nice boar hog about 275 pounds shows up right after dark, one laser sighted round @ 175 yards brings home the bacon... scared

Man did I say I am liking this DBAL-I2!!!! thumbup

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/12/12 07:47 AM

The IR laser is totally non-visible, you can only witness it through the PVS-14, leaving virtually zero footprint for any detection by your game expect perhaps a scent cone.....freakin' awesome!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/14/12 09:26 PM

The visible green aiming laser works real well at night with the Olight M3-X with no sights at all, just the laser. Shot a ten round group <5" diameter with no bipod @ 225 yards using only the laser...



No scope, no NV, no sights, just the laser and flashlight.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/14/12 10:28 PM

By the way, the tenderloins were marinated in Worcestershire Sauce, Brown Sugar, Orange Blossom Honey, Bread Crumbs, Bacon, and Gorgonzola Cheese and it all melts in your mouth!!!!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/18/12 12:56 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
The visible green aiming laser works real well at night with the Olight M3-X with no sights at all, just the laser. Shot a ten round group <5" diameter with no bipod @ 225 yards using only the laser...



No scope, no NV, no sights, just the laser and flashlight.


That is great pic that captures the laser VERY well. Thank you for your purchase btw.

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/18/12 03:21 PM

Thank you, Victor, I am real happy with all my NV gear, once I get that DBAL-D2 from you all, I should be set up how I want to be.

I appreciate all the excellent NV gear that I have purchased from you all as everything is first class top notch and will be getting allot of use! thumbup

Here is a daylight pic of the above laser night photo, it is 225 yards out to my game cam and feeder from my stand and most of my coyote and hog kills are from 150-225 yards day and night!



I have two identical SIG 556s setup up two different ways for different purposes, one for sniping from a stand and one for hiking through the woods.

The sniping one has an NV Eotech 552 and the PRI M-69 mount and PVS-14 with USGI 3X magnifier mounted on it and will have the DBAL-D2 with IR Illuminator and Visible Green Laser on the front end. This is my night sniping rifle and simply removing the PVS-14 allows for daytime use. This is good for precision shooting out to 225 yards at night without a problem.

The hiking one has an Eotech 512 with Eotech 3X Magnifier with the DBAL-I2 IR Laser and Green Laser and an ELR-Torch V IR Illuminator. For night use I mount the PVS-14 over my non-dominate eye in a A-Alpha helmet with USGI Rhino mount and use the lasers and IR Illuminators through the PVS-14 mounted on the helmet. This is also good out to 225 yards at night as well, which is my limit for the use of my handloaded 75 grain OTM reloads.

The ITT Night Enforcer PVS-14 is really a remarkable instrument and can be utilized in a multitude of scenarios in a variety of different ways, that is the beauty of this NV system.
It is all good!!! thumbup
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/18/12 03:22 PM

I wanted to get good reliable NV gear as this equipment is going to see ALLOT of use once we sign the contract with the State of Florida Natural Resources to remove feral hogs and coyotes from a 28,000 acre State Park five miles from our farm, the park is crawling with tons of vermin.....

It is funny how hogs and coyotes managed to get me to help stimulate our economy NV wise.... grin
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/19/12 01:43 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
I wanted to get good reliable NV gear as this equipment is going to see ALLOT of use once we sign the contract with the State of Floria Natural Resources to remove feral hogs and coyotes from a 28,000 acre State Park five miles from our farm, the park is crawling with tons of vermin.....

It is funny how hogs and coyotes managed to get me to help stimulate our economy NV wise.... grin


When your ready, give us a call. We outfit many to say the least in the area of vermin' whacking! smile We just ask for dead vermin' pics when the job is complete! laugh

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/19/12 02:20 PM

Well, I have shot close to 300 hogs on my property and dozens of coyotes during the past two years.

BUT, you are about to be flooded with dead vermin pics once we sign that State Contract next month!!! cool

We have even been in contact with the Santería to dispose of some wild boars during their religious indoctrination ceremonies down in Miami, so maybe able to learn some new hex and voodoo from rituals down South of here......

I am going to hold TNVC responsible!!! lol
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/19/12 08:17 PM

Hey All
Man,I love this high tech stuff!!
Hey guys if your yote season is ended,and you have no hogs to shoot,get an Air Rifle rig it up with your night vision stuff and go shootin rats!! Its great practice for getting on a target,because your shots should be head shots.
Also the IR illuminator is the bomb for rats,because they dont get spooked like they do from conventional shooting lights.
trust me if you try it you will have a blast and the farmers will love it,good way to pick up more predator and game hunting spots!! So get out and use you N.V. technoligy!!

Check out this post with pics.!!

http://www.predatormastersforums.com/for...803#Post2183803
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/19/12 08:27 PM

I am thinking the RWS 34 with 4.5mm hollow point RWS pellets with the NV gear will be absolute murder on the rats in the stable.....and that sounds like way too much fun!!!
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/19/12 08:39 PM

Pup,that RWS will be awesome make sure you bring the IR torch it lights their little eyes up so you can spot them a mile away!!
Ten times safer,cleaner and efficiant than traps and poison and a lot more fun!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/19/12 09:02 PM

Wow, Nice post!!!!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/20/12 09:09 AM

Scope out this great NV Night Rat Hunt!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5FqeatJmxM


Awesome!!!

He uses a Sony Camrecorder and an IR light, I have that so will have to try it out on some BIG RATS, I mean HOGS!!! scared
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/20/12 11:04 AM

Looking forward to to that, Pup!!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/20/12 12:23 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Scope out this great NV Night Rat Hunt!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5FqeatJmxM


Awesome!!!

He uses a Sony Camrecorder and an IR light, I have that so will have to try it out on some BIG RATS, I mean HOGS!!! scared


That dudes a REAL killer when it comes down to rats! w00t
Posted by: gmz71

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/20/12 12:59 PM

PM at ya Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/21/12 07:55 AM

I ordered some camera adaptors for my Sony Camrecorders and my Digital Camrecorders, so will try some pics and videos of live hunts.

Nailed a nice bushy coyote with the PVS-14 NV Eotech last night at 160 yards that came into my Prairie Blaster Bay Bee Cottontail calls....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/22/12 09:02 PM

Picked up a nice snacker while out coyote hunting tonight, one shot with the PVS-14 and NV Eotech @ 225 yards. thumbup1



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/25/12 05:59 PM

How is this for some IR Lasers and NV gear?



Not a good place to stand on the porch if you are one of the bad guys...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/26/12 07:25 PM

Good Golly Miss Molly, I am ready to ROLL!

TNVC sent me a nice A-Alpha helmet to mount my PVS-14 on so I can use the IR lasers and IR Illuminators!



Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/26/12 08:13 PM

Pup,has to many cool toys,maybe he will adopt a 50 year old son!!
Alpha helmat is on my list for next year..
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/26/12 09:50 PM


Here is the stock NV Eotech and PVS-14 view of my game cam tree @ 225 yards:



Here is the same view of my game cam tree from my stand @ 225 yards on a super dark night using the 3X USGI 3X Magnifier on the Objective lens of the PVS-14 Night Enforcer through the NV Eotech:



Here is the same view with my Olight M-20 Crimson on flooding the area with red light:



Next up will be using an 850nm Infrared Illuminator when it arrives later this week....
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/12 07:36 AM

Yah,I ordered one also,rats will not be able to spot that red spot anymore. I also ordered a Marauder Pistol, for my new walkin around rig,comes with a shorty stock.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/12 09:16 PM

The USGI 3X Magnifier has a huge 50mm objective lens that really gives a surprising FOV and clarity at night.

I would move the Eotech an inch or so back except for the Butler Creek lens flip up cover. Works really good as it is now though.



Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/12 10:29 PM

you couldnt wait for the ops core! smile
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/28/12 07:17 AM

The Alpha-A is pretty nice for me! Just be sure to get some nice accouterments because the standard shroud, J-arm, and attachments are junk.

I went with the Wilcox G-24 mount and a Wilcox J-Arm in a Notoros shroud.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/28/12 06:27 PM


Thanks to Gman757, this nice EagleTac TC100C2 850nm IR Flashlight arrived today and will try it out tonight after it gets dark.

It is basically the same size as my Olight M-20X tactical lights are and of the same high quality construction.

Also has a completely silent switch with momentary Off-On as well as full On-Off, I use the momentary switch quite a bit on my Olights to scan with short periods of time.

The OSRAM IR LED Emitter is the absolute smallest LED I have ever seen, it is small as the head of a pin

It has two 850nm IR illumination settings, 500mw and 3.4W.





Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/28/12 09:14 PM

Here is the DBAL-I2 Visible green laser @ 225 yards.

Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/28/12 09:41 PM


Sky Pup....

Most of the pics in your posts seem to show that you have a long range setup. I use the Eagle Tac IR flashlight for the close range hunting that is more common for me. I hope you are not expecting it to perform like a long range ir laser type device.
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/28/12 09:51 PM

I think it will be mint for rats,and mounted on my helmat for in close shotgunning with the PVS-14 on the rhino mount.
Just like Gman said,you can not see a light signature.
Thanks Gman!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/28/12 10:53 PM

Thanks Gman757, I am ordering another one of these EagleTac 840nm flashlights, one for a handheld and one for a weapon mount, they work outstanding with a nice flood and spill! out past 300 yards and I never shoot over 225 yards. thumbup1

Game Cam tree @ 225 yards with the IR on:



Horses @ 150 yards no IR



Horses @ 150 yards with IR



The polebarn in the background is 300 yards out...
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/28/12 11:38 PM


Hey guys....

Glad you are getting good results from the Eagle Tac IR. I talked to the guy at the company and we discussed the IR lights and he told me about the "big daddy" designed for military applications. It is not weapon mountable or recoil rated but he said it really lights up the night. Over $200...ouch.

EagleTac M3C4 - TRIPLE IR 850nm 10.2w

http://illuminationgear.com/14322/27013.html
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/29/12 07:14 AM

I saw that one, it must be a monster with NV gear!!! It kinda looks like my Fenix TK 35s, which is one of my favorite white LEDs.

It would be WAY overkill for my hunting purposes as the nice T100C2 840nm IR on mounted on my rifle goes out over 450 yards lighting up EVERYTHING! Absolutely amazing performance...

The high setting on the one I got is full out a good quarter of a mile plus, the low setting is good for almost half that or 200+ yards.

The IR should last about three hours on high beam and more than 12 hours on low.

Nice! thumbup
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/29/12 08:27 AM

Hey guys, just remember that 3.4 Watts of 850nm IR is very dangerous to your vision and will destroy your retina in short order, so do NOT use this as a toy and shine it at human beings.

You absolutely cannot see any visible light to warn you that this dangerous IR flashlight is on, so be very careful with it and be forewarned.... scared
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/29/12 09:32 PM

Gman757 and BayState Yote, I totally messed up my evaluation of this IR Flashlight, last night I had it on LOW 500 milliwatts.

Took it out once I realized my mistake and turned it on HIGH 3.4 Watts and it blew me away, I am going to have to take it out to the 6 square mile cattle pasture to try it out on high as it is too much for my 300X300 yard horse pasture!

Here a couple of my horses in the pasture around 225 yards out with the PVS-14 with No Magnifier & NO IR:



Here is the same shot with the LOW 500mW IR Flashlight:



As you can see it goes out to the far tree line over 1/4 mile away, the high 3.4Watt is too much for this area!

Freaking unreal, even the wife, who Vic so ceremoniously described as the "Minister of Fiance" grin looked through the PVS-14 with the IR and said, "You are not supposed to be able to see those things" like I was breaking some kind of scared barrier..... ohmy
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/30/12 10:13 PM

The EagleTac IR flashlights are all sold out!

Glad I picked up two of them when they were available, thanks a bunch Gman757, they are unreal awesome with my PVS-14...

BTW, tomorrow night is our first official hog eradication hunt out on the huge state wildlife preserve, I am bringing my NV gear with me and a GPS so I don't get lost.....
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/31/12 08:16 AM

Pup
I am popping some popcorn in preperation for your post with pics of that hog shoot!! Have fun,I will be fielf testing my EagleTac IR flashlite tonite. thumbup

Yah,thanks again Gman for heads up on this product,it will be great on my helmet when using the PVS-14 mounted with the Rhino mount for hands free shotgun hunting of yotes,I will not have to worry about them picking up the red glow that I get from my other IR torchs. thumbup1
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/31/12 11:40 AM


I am anxious to hear about your first night out with the EagleTac????
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/01/12 10:08 AM

Originally Posted By: Gman757

I am anxious to hear about your first night out with the EagleTac????



Me too! Let's hear about it!

I went out on the state wildlife management park last night with the NV gear hog hunting. Thought we'd get rained out as it rained 3" in the afternoon through 8PM.

Finally got out onto the preserve about 8:30PM and within 10 minutes I spied a large boar and shot him from about 125 yards using the PVS-14 mounted behind the Eotech NV with 3X magnifier. Aimed for the neck and hit him but he made it into the scrub and we could not recover him.

The NV gear worked absolutely superb, the only hassle was the fog and mist from the rain reduced my view somewhat but not too bad, although it did pretty much block the IR Illuminator pretty good. Also, there were some far off cell towers blinking that made it difficult to shoot the hog I did shoot as well as scanning over the swamp trails we hiked on.

We covered about 5 miles through the swamp on a jeep trail on foot and saw just unbelievable destruction and rootings from all the herds of hogs. This place has an extreme hog problem to say the least...

The swamp ground was almost solid peat a couple of feet thick and the hogs had turned it over better than a track bulldozer could, it really was remarkable to see the amount of devastation that these herds of hogs had done to the parks pristine land.

This was my first time there and it was at night so it was difficult to get bearings without the GPS. We stayed out until 12:30PM when the fog settled in too strong and came home.

There was PLENTY OF COYOTE SCAT all over the jeep trail we hiked out on, this is going to be an outstanding 'yote hunting area with my FoxPro gear day and night. I did see one coyote walking the trail but we were not able to get close enough to take him out.

All in all,the NV gear worked absolutely great and I was very impressed with it, it is so awesome to be 100% non-intrusive with no visible lights while hunting.

My friend is going back out this morning to try to find the hog I hit, it was big one for sure but 20 feet off the main trail is a massive jumbo mess of vines, briars, and impenetrable jungle.

Thanks to TNVC for all the NV gear, we are going to need an NV scope and I would like another PVS too.... scared
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/01/12 11:28 AM

Sky Pup.....

Sounds like you might as well go for the FLIR PS32 and move that scope over to a 7.62. The FLIR would have been perfect for locating the hog.

Hey....while you are at it you might as well pick up one of these....I drove the 72 volt unit a few weeks ago and it is a bad machine. You could cover a lot of ground very quietly.

I have a lifted street legal 48 volt cart that I use in the woods sometimes and I run up on critters all the time. I can drop a torque motor in it and reprogram the field map in my 500 amp Alltrax and it will climb a tree.


http://www.stealth4x4.com/stealthProduct.php


Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/01/12 09:08 PM

i agree with Gman757...go with a ps32 before another nv scope. you can see them in the flir and just sit back and take your time and then go to the pvs 14 and eotech you have. Or have the spotter on the flir and you on the nightvison.

Being in the swamp and wet area of florida, plus in your line of work I would stick with the gas version atv/utv. I've seen reviews where those electric model gas pedals get submerged in water and they fail and need replacement.

but the electric models are stealthy.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/01/12 10:01 PM

Too many man toys..... tt1

Too little time...... cry
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/02/12 12:00 AM


Mr Benelli...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKfIx2tenFs
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/02/12 10:04 AM

Screw all that stuff,Pup you need an Apache gun ship!!!LOL!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/02/12 11:20 AM

Originally Posted By: BAYSTATE YOTE
Screw all that stuff,Pup you need an Apache gun ship!!!LOL!!


Here is my next project:

http://s842.photobucket.com/albums/zz344/hrt4me/?action=view&current=minigunonwildhogs.mp4
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/02/12 09:11 PM

I mounted my ITT PVS-14 onto my Thompson Center Carbine's Redfield 3-9X-50mm scope and it actually works out much better than I had expected it would.

Field of view and brightness is very very good.

I use this rifle as a hog sniper rifle and it has nailed many a hog with Barnes 70 grain TSX hand loads with obviously one shot!

I actually get a decent check weld on it and it is super light weight, even with the IR I850nm Illuminator and a Klarus 1,200 lumen dual Cree XML torch on top, it weighs less than 9 pounds.

Makes for a great stand sniper rifle as it shoots less than 1/2 MOA day in and now day out!





The NV view through the scope is actually much much better than my crummy photos show.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/02/12 09:37 PM

Here is a little bit better representation of the view @ 225 yards to that oak tree where my game cam is located:

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/03/12 09:44 AM

It is the Night Optics Day Scope Monobloc Adapter.

Fits tight and locks on strong with no movement, pushing the release button instantly snaps the PVS-14 out of the way for day use or just easily remove it by releasing the lock down screws.



http://www.nightoptics-sales.com/proddetail.asp?prod=ADNPVS14NO6015
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/03/12 09:46 AM

I've been using that 500mW low and 3.4 Watt high IR 850 flashlight with it and it works absolutely superb out to my max shooting range of 225 yards (I've got all my scopes, visible lasers, IR lasers, and scopes zeroed in @ 200 yards).

I have the LDI SPIR on order from TNVC and the ELR Torch-V IR too and will appreciate their ability to focus and constrict the IR beam for even better overall performance with scope NV applications. The 850nm IR flashlight works super great off the helmet when walking as it covers quite a large swath with its floody spill out over 200 yards on low, on high it covers triple that.

Even if you have a smaller diameter objective lens on your scope (my two Leopold VX-R 1-4X Pig Plexs have a 30mm objective as does my Burris XTR 1-4X), if you are using the IR it is not a problem getting positive ID and excellent signature long range even on moonless or starless nights with clouds.

Only problem is if there is mist or fog shroud later on in the night as the air cools down, the PVS-14 actually does quite a decent job in low level fog but turning on the IR Illumination totally obliterates the view with serious flashback even on low power.

I will have to say that the PVS-14 is absolutely the most versatile NV instrument that can be put to a multitude of different applications.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/03/12 07:13 PM

Vic got me set up with the Wilcox G24 mount and Wilcox J-Arm, massive improvement over my original setup.

Thanks again TNVC! [:)]





I mounted the USGI 3X magnifier onto the back of the helmet, makes a nice counterweight...

Mr. Benelli, this is the way you should roll.
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/03/12 08:56 PM


Sky Pup.......You are out of control dude.

OK....put your helmet and all your stuff on and hold both your rifles up loaded up with all the gear.....one in each hand......maybe camo paint the face and have your wife take an action photo.

We gotta see it all in one photo.....locked and loaded man!!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/03/12 09:04 PM

We are going out hog hunting again this weekend, I will be wearing the helmet with NV mounted on it and using the lasers and illuminators on the rifle, I will bring a camera....
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/03/12 09:43 PM

If I remember correctly I saw a pic of that land you are hunting.....It looked fairly flat to me. If they don't wind you first I think those hogs are gonna hear you walking the roads and head for the thick stuff.

Will they let you put up 3 or 4 of these?.....you can keep moving them as needed wherever the herd is feeding. Go in real quiet just before dark and just wait for them to come to you.

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/ol-man-outdoors-13-ol-timer-deluxe-tripod-stand.aspx?a=911023

Just noticed something else .......You may not need any emitters this weekend with your Gen 3 gear .....Full moon Fri night.




Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/04/12 07:25 AM

With the full moon the NV gear is totally awesome, unfortunately there does not seem to be as much activity during the full moon, but we will be out there anyhow.

You are right, everything is totally flat, but finding a patch of sand dense enough to set up a stand is a problem, the basin of the prairie is about 4-5 feet or more thick of peat. The hogs root up the peat into tremendous mounds that are difficult to traverse on foot or even ATV.

Since we have a 5 year exclusive contract with the State, this will be a long term investment. My friends are getting ready to pull the trigger on some thermal imaging gear and I told them the FLIR PS32 is what to get to start off with, one of them is getting an ATN PS-22 scope clip on and the other a PVS-14....
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/05/12 03:26 PM

Hunting with night vision for coyotes,I now hate the moon,because wind setup is the most important,seems the moon is always wrong,and causes scope glint.
I stay home untill no moon,that way I have all of the adavantage,but thats for yotes,hogs I have never hunted.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/06/12 06:16 PM

We are going out tonight after some hogs.

What is interesting with the NV gear on is that I can see the fresh hog rooting extremely well due to the dark constrast to the normal ground vegetation that has been untouched by them, also the hogs are extremely dark contrast too against the light ground background.

I agree, full moon is not the best time to go out, but if they are they we will certainly wack them!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/09/12 09:22 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Vic got me set up with the Wilcox G24 mount and Wilcox J-Arm, massive improvement over my original setup.

Thanks again TNVC! [:)]





I mounted the USGI 3X magnifier onto the back of the helmet, makes a nice counterweight...

Mr. Benelli, this is the way you should roll.


Nice set up, glad we could assist and thank you again for the order!

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/12/12 06:22 PM

Here is a little 3 minute 25MB WMV video I made of the LDI DBAL-I2 Visible Green Laser performance during the day and the IR Laser at night with my ITT PVS-15 Night Enforcer.

As you can see, in broad daylight the green aiming laser is fine out past 30 yards to about 50 yards, in the woods it is even better with some shade. Towards dusk it is awesome out past the range of my rifle.

I have the Eotech 1MOA center dot and the Green Laser merged @ 225 yards where they are confluent on target, at 30 yards the laser is off about 1/2" but they are pretty much commingled from 100 yards on out.

The IR Laser is setup the same way, although the doughnut bloom less than 100 yards is pretty strong.

All my night kills are less than 225 yards, mostly around 100-125 yards so these nice NV instruments serve me well.

This is my first video using my Sony miniDV HandiCam through the NV gear, I have some digital video cameras too and will be working with them in the future, hopefully on some live night hunts.

Hope that everyone enjoys it, the DBAL-I2 works better than what the video shows and I have had zero problems with it and there is no battery drain when in OFF position.

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/DBAL%20I2/DBAL-I2.wmv
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/12/12 07:10 PM

That is my stand in my backyard about 150 feet out the backdoor, those of you that know me know that hundreds of hogs and dozens of coyotes have been harvested around that little live oak tree!

My Eotech 552NV is mounted right on the rail with no riser and the reticule sight picture is still visible over the top of the DBAL-I2, I have another identical rifle setup differently than this one that is waiting for Vic to ship me a DBAL-D2 and SPIR,

I also ordered the LDI .1mW Pistol IR Laser from TNVC to try out with less bloom for more precise <100 yard night kills with this rifle.

Here is a pic of the barn and house behind my stand facing the other direction:



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/13/12 05:17 PM


To mount a 3X Magnifier case, get some parachute nylon and tie it onto the helmet exactly square in the middle so it does not offset your helmet weight distribution to the side any, you want it to act as a counterweight directly to the PVS-14 in the front. Put a patch of Velcro on the bottom to keep it from moving. Also, I attached a battery bag with two charged 18650s, six CR123s, and 10 AAs too so I will never be without power all night long....



Also, another nice handy addition is an velcroed on tiny Photon Micro Infrared 11mW IR flashlight that is super powerful for lighting up a good sized area when ya need it, it is way more powerful than it looks and can have a covert cover too.

Used on NASA Shuttle missions, US Secret-Service, US Armed Services & US Special-Forces.



http://www.batteryjunction.com/phimiir.html
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/15/12 09:47 AM

Loaded up 50 rounds of Barnes .224 70 grain TSX yesterday afternoon and went out with the A-Alpha Helmet, PVS-14, DBAL-I2 last night.

No sooner did I get 100 yards out in the woods that a whole pack of coyotes went off howling and yipping at me about 50 yards deep in the woods to my right.

Walked further down the forest road jeep trail and three bright eyes came running down the middle of the road right at me.

I could easily see their eyes with the PVS-14 over my non-dominate eye and the 850nm IR flashlight beaming from the front rail.

Turned on the DBAL-I2 IR laser and put it on the rear coyotes glowing retinas and pulled the trigger at about 75 yards.

Only got one as the others scattered into the deep brush, and I'll be dogged as it turned out to be a nice 35 pound BLACK female! thumbup

Had a great time and the NV gear worked fantastic! thumbup

We will be hammering them in the future!

Enjoy the pics!







Posted by: pmack

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/15/12 01:22 PM

Nice coyote and great pics. You sure have taken night hunting to the next level.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/15/12 03:13 PM

Originally Posted By: pmack
Nice coyote and great pics. You sure have taken night hunting to the next level.


Thanks pmack, it was difficult making the proper decisions on what expensive gear to invest in as I had no understanding of any night vision gear when I started investigating it.

It took me most of the last year to figure out most of what it was that I needed to accomplish the things I wanted to be able to do.

I'll have to admit it opens up an entire new arena of hunting experiences and basically doubles the time that you can hunt too, all GOOD! grin

Shooting a black yote in the pitch dark with only an invisible laser while watching it all go down with the ITT PVS-14 Night Enforcer was certainly an experience that of which I have never seen before and it worked just AWESOME! w00t

I have to give credit to Victor and Teddy at Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) who is a sponsor of this site for helping me to make the right decisions and allowing me to get setup for NV gear with confidence, they were a big learning experience and a BIG HELP! tt1

So, I went out to check my backyard game cam today after I woke up from last nights hunt and found this interesting photo of a poor wounded deer being helped along by another deer as she carried him over to an attentive Sandhill Crane that was must have been trained in deer medicine.....simply amazing that this Crane was able to help the poor deer out! lol


Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/15/12 07:58 PM

Pup
Great job on the pics.gives me a lot of ideas for my next seasons hands free shotgun set up and my scanning for the AR-15.
Great job on that black coyote!!! Thats awesome,luck of the draw!!!!!I will be picking your brain over the next few months.
Your last post made me almost whizz my pants!!!!



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/16/12 05:48 PM

Wow, the State park manager called us up today to ask if we could move one of our hog traps into a new area.

The park has been removing 18 wild Bison because they kept breaking out of the fencing and getting onto adjacent private properties wrecking havoc.

The helicopter pilot who was ferrying out the tranquilized Bison said that he "incidentally" counted over 350 hogs just this weekend! ohmy

I am going to have to get a case of ammo, don't think I can reload that much on my single stage RCBS press! scared
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/16/12 06:52 PM

you need a extra gun? I may have some time off and have my own NV + thermal LOL
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/16/12 10:32 PM

Originally Posted By: the impactzone
you need a extra gun? I may have some time off and have my own NV + thermal LOL


Yah,Pup
Dont be a Hog,Hawg!!! lol scared
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/17/12 07:34 AM

Everybody and their brother wants to BBQ their own pork that is for sure!! drool
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/17/12 09:59 PM

The Good Guys @ TNVC sent me their nice LAS/TAC 2 pistol laser to add to my NV gear.

I installed it on one my carbines as an adjunct to my DBAL-I2 and took it out for some night NV photos.

Here it is mounted on my rifle rail:




It is super light weight and takes two CR-123 lithium-ion batteries. It has adjustable windage and elevation screws.

I took some NV photos of it before I dialed it in tonight and it has considerably less halo bloom than the DBAL-I2 0.7mW IR does.

Here it is by itself @ 175 yards:



Here it is with the DBAL-I2 at 30 yards, there is too much bloom to differentiate them apart but they are about a foot apart:



Here they both are at 175 yards, the DBAL is on top:



Here they both are at 175 yards with a 500mW IR Illuminator flashlight shining from the other side of my rail:



It is very visible out past 250 yards and blooms way less than the more powerful civilian legal 0.7mW IR without concurrent IR Illumination, it puts out a nice precise dot.

I will try it out on some hogs and coyotes this weekend and post some more pics of it in action....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/20/12 09:20 AM

I got this nice EagleTac M3C4 flashlight with the triple OSRAM 850nm IR LEDs that puts out 3,400mW on Low and 10,200mW on High.

This will easily light up a quarter mile long pathway on a moonless night!

It will be set it up on a camera tripod and point it down the roadway, I'll take some pics with the NV gear and maybe some videos of a sounder group getting whacked too.



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/20/12 10:04 PM

It works very good as a road beacon to keep an entire road lite up, here are some pics from our cattle pasture during the day & night with the NV with and without IR through ITT Pinnacle PVS-14 Night Enforcer:















[img]http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/EagleTac%20M3C4%20IR/fl-216.jpg[/img]
[img]http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/EagleTac%20M3C4%20IR/fl-222.jpg[/img]
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/05/12 01:05 PM

Jumped another sounder group last night and had a great time but we were only able to find this one little piggy in the swamp.

Definitely going to enjoy the FLIR PS 32 thermal for recovering hogs in the middle of the night in the thick brush and swamps!

Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/05/12 07:09 PM

ya got to love the thermals for game recovery, lets me sit on a stand longer after the shot
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/07/12 09:24 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Jumped another sounder group last night and had a great time but we were only able to find this one little piggy in the swamp.

Definitely going to enjoy the FLIR PS 32 thermal for recovering hogs in the middle of the night in the thick brush and swamps!



The story behind this piglet is pretty good.

My friend here, I loaned one of my PVS-14s to and invited him out on the hunt. He had never shot a pig or anything else besides paper with his SIG 556 with Eotech NV sight on it.

We jumped a sounder group again and put him onto them and stood behind him to watch him and back him up with my IR Laser.

Two big hogs are in the brush to the right of us about 40 yards and he asks me "Should I shoot them?", I'm like what are you waiting for????

So he shoots a large black hog through the shoulder, the hog jumps up and does a 180 degree turn when it lands back down and squeals real loud and takes off into the brush. He rushes off after it and I follow. After 20 minutes of scouting around we could not find the big hog in the brush, however right where he shot the big hog, I find this little piglet.

When he gets back he asks where did I get the piglet as he did not hear another shot, I tell him the bullet went through his big hog and hit the piglet in the head going through its head too!!! w00t

So, no one even saw this piglet until I picked it up. So it is his first confirmed kill.

Should have the FLIR PS 32 thermal this week so that won't happen again hopefully.... thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/08/12 03:54 PM

Scored a nice tusker last night @ 40 yards!

Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/08/12 09:06 PM

Pup,that one looks perfect for spit roast!!!!!!!! Great job!!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/18/12 01:16 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Scored a nice tusker last night @ 40 yards!



You guys never sleep!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/21/12 09:46 PM

Vic, does that FLIR T50 Clip On work with Eotech as well as ACOG?

Also, would it work behind a Leopold VX-R 1-4X Pig Plex scope on low rings?

I may want to get one of these if I can use it on both my current rifle setups.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/23/12 08:10 PM

Yes, no issues. Of course will see better at 4x. :-)
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/30/12 09:53 AM

Vic, I am scheming and plotting to have that beautiful T-50 on my rifle before next fall or sooner! tt1









Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/30/12 04:14 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Vic, I am scheming and plotting to have that beautiful T-50 on my rifle before next fall or sooner! tt1











Thanks Brother.

Btw, the last pic is awesome and hilarious! I was thinking Will Smith in Independence Day dragging that alien across the desert! thumbup
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/30/12 05:10 PM

That was in the middle of a rain band from Tropical Storm Beryl, winds were gusting to 50 mph and we were totally soaked, it is a good thing the PVS-14s are waterproof.....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/31/12 09:22 PM

Right after sundown tonight I had the FoxPro Prairie Blaster on Bay Bee Cottontail for about 5 minutes when I picked up a heat signature on the FLIR PS 32 at about 300 yards out. Switched over to the ITT Pinnacle PVS-14 with LDI DBAL-I2 IR 0.7mW laser and shot him in the shoulder with a handloaded Barnes 70 grain TSX @ 175 yards, he spun and died right there. laugh




Vic, please tell Chip thanks so much for the FLIR T-50 info! thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/31/12 10:42 PM

I had the rifle laying on a log and put the IR laser beam on his shoulder, worked like a charm through the helmet mounted PVS, he spun and died immediately, I was waiting for him to move and hit him again but no need, the Barnes TSX put a pencil hole in his shoulder and came out the other side behind his diaphragm leaving about a half inch hole on exit....super nice kill, I was very happy with the shot!
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/01/12 12:28 PM

what cal?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/01/12 12:43 PM

Originally Posted By: the impactzone
what cal?


5.56mm
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/02/12 04:28 PM

Think I nailed a nice cheap Telephoto lens that so far works great in the backyard, but going to take it out to my coyote stand tonight and see how well it works in the real world.

It is a Polaroid Super HD 4.5X Telephoto with a huge 70mm Objective Lens and a HUGE 58mm Ocular Lens that is IR compatible, light weight and only cost $70:

http://www.amazon.com/Polaroid-Telephoto-Includes-Digital-55-210mm/dp/B004N6UM8W

You will need a $4 30mm to 58mm step up ring to attach it to the 30mm objective lens of the PVS-14, I have mine screwed into the 760nm IR filter:

http://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-Metal-Ano...242&sr=1-15

So far I think it is the best lens I have used on the PVS-14.







Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/04/12 10:39 PM




Here is a day shot of the backyard, it is 175 yards to the little Live Oak tree and 225 yards to the canopy of Slash Pines:



Here is the same shot through the PVS-14 with the 760nm IR Filter on the Objective Lens (the IR filter was on every NV shot throughout here) with no IR, no moon, about 10PM, very dark out.



Here is the same shot through the Eotech with the PVS-14 behind it:



Here is looking through the PVS-14 with IR Fitler with the Polaroid 4.5X HD Telephoto lens through the Eotech:



Here is looking through the PVS-14 with IR Filter with the Polaroid 4.5X HD Telephoto through the Eotech with the Eotech Reticule turned off using the DBAL-I2 IR 0.7mW laser:

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/05/12 09:40 PM

Vic wanted pics through these lenses so here they are....

Here is the Sony 2X HD Telephoto through the Eotech @ 175 yards:




Here is the Sony 2X HD Telephoto with the Eotech off using the LDI DBAL-I2 IR 0.7mW laser with 500 mW IR Iluminator:




Here is the Sony 2X HD Telephoto with the Eotech on using the 500mW IR Illuminator to view a Cottontail Rabbit @ 75 yards:



His eye is reflecting back the IR right above the center dot inside the Eotech reticule.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/08/12 10:31 AM

The wife just called me from home to let me know that there are 30-40 hogs rooting up my driveway this morning and that I might need 4WD to make it into the carport..... she is scared to come out of the house. scared

Hogs will die to NV tonight after I get home from work... smile
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/08/12 01:46 PM

just had a rain last night so the hogs will be out in the fields tonight, got a report from one farmer that the choppers saw a large herd of hogs this morning. going to put the NV to work tonight
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/08/12 01:49 PM

Good luck Impactzone, it is finally raining here now too (thank God for the rain as this drought has been terrible) and I LOVE hunting in the rain!! thumbup
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/08/12 02:15 PM

skypup how about a friendly wager of $10 to the scholarship on who does better? open to all others largets & most hogs/coyotes this weekend ending dawn on monday morning lagest hog to be mesured nose to tail & girth. and if not these weekend let do this some time for fun? an just say it's a $10 entry to the scholarship winner gets bragging rights
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/08/12 02:34 PM

haha, you simply DO NOT want to see what was on my game cam this morning..... lol ohmy laugh scared grin lol
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/08/12 05:04 PM

on your game camera aint on the hook lOL, he11 I can go to the zoo and get pictures, LOL, but to be honest I'm glad you in FL and not in Texas there would not be room for the both of us, my friend
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/08/12 05:20 PM

tt2 Well, my friend, I believe that we sort of "jumped the gun" on ya so to speak already...here is my buddie's tale from last night!

After a light rain stopped last night, I went down the hill to see if anything was stirring. Plenty of hog tracks were around , but I did not see any at first. As I turned to go back to the house, I spotted a black patch through the underbrush. I waited and a browsing boar walked past a small bush hiding itself behind the next larger bush. I did not think he had seen me, so I readied my Marlin 1894C chambered in a 357 magnum hand gun round. Cocking the trigger, my hand loaded 158 grain Sierra copper jacket soft point round with Herc 2400 powder was at the ready. Patience paid off as he slowly walked out from behind the larger stand of brush, giving me an instant to place the sights on the front chest of the boar. Sending the shot downrange, it was all over in an instant.

Jason is 6’2” and in the mid 200’s posing with the boar before he became select cuts … that is a big pig (the one with the long black hair).
ohmy










Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/08/12 08:00 PM

he should have held off, he could have crowned himsslef the champion in another day, LOL rain is letting up loading the truck hope to have a good report in the morning
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/09/12 08:04 AM

Another friend stalked this one to 30 yards at dawn and in the light rain (today 6:30 a.m.).

At the shot the sow jumped and trotted 8 yards, then started walking sideways, turned in a circle and dropped. All within sight.

The 125 grain SpitFire broadhead was devastating on this 120 lb sow.

These 180 pound crossbows are phenomenal weapons! thumbup1

http://www.tenpointcrossbows.com/shop/shopexd.asp?id=389

Crossbow is a TenPoint Turbo XLT II.


Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/09/12 11:43 AM

I got skunked tried to get in on a 300+ sow for close to an hour, but horses spooked her on our final approuch. had a shot but she was using a small 100+ as cover and all I had was a head shot on the move, passed it up thinking we would get another chance at her ,, it never came, maybe be tonight.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/09/12 12:55 PM

I dumped the offal from our last kill after we butched the boar out and hung out late last night with the NV & Thermal waiting for some coyotes to come in. Saw plenty of deer and coons but no hogs or coyotes showed up.

Woke up before dawn this morning and there were two coyotes on the treeline munching some of the hog carcass they had dragged over there, tried to get them with the NV but it was too distant to take a shot. After the sun came up I walked the woods and the hogs had come back again last night after I retired and rooted up all over the place.

Good chance the coyotes will show today or again tonight and same for the hogs. Will be waiting for them again.

Good luck ImpactZone, I never take a shot unless I have a lethal shot to take, but when I do make my shot they are going nowhere....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/09/12 10:30 PM

Was on my stand @ 9:30PM tonight with my SIG 556 with the ITT PVS-14 mounted on the rail and the DBAL-I2 IR Laser. The magazine was filled with handloaded Barnes 70 grain TSX bullets.

I was using a FLIR PS-32 to scan for any heat signatures and a couple of does, rabbits and coons had been milling around when I noticed a large hot object coming out of the tree canopy into the opening near my game feeder.

Turned on the PVS-14 for ID and it was a nice big boar about 375 pounds, slipped a hot round into his lungs right behind his shoulder right at 185 yards using the DBAL-I2 IR laser and he ran about 50 feet and spun in a circle and died.

Lots of fine BBQ from this one, he will feed quite a few! thumbup1



Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/09/12 11:32 PM

A biggin' for sure. NICE shootin' with that IR laser!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/12 08:05 AM

Vic, this setup of the ITT PVS-14 and IR Laser is downright wicked out to 225 yards, even on the darkest rainy overcast nights with an IR Illuminator.

I have to have total confidence in my weapon to be able to take a lethal shot at that range in the dark, and I do.

The FLIR TA-50 Thermal is going to be icing on the cake! grin

I have a special picitanny rail on my Ruger #1 in 7mm Rem Mag to hold the TA-50. It shoots handloaded 165 grain Sierra GameKings like nobodys business. It is going to be one [beeep] of a midnight sniper rifle! drool
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/12 02:13 PM

WHOA scared

The tenderloins on this beast were three feet long! w00t

I even recovered the Barnes 70 grain TSX under the shoulder on the far side, pics to come...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/12 05:02 PM

Here is the 70 grain Barnes TSX bullet recovered from the 375 pound boar shot @ 185 yards after it toasted both lungs and embedded in the shield on the other side:



Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/12 10:44 PM

Dude I got scratch this weekend, I owe the shcolarship $10, hunted my [beeep] off salted the road between millo fields on 6000k with hog wild and sat at intersections for 4 hours skeeters where eating me alive. congrates on your hog thats a biggen.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/12 07:30 AM

Next time I'll get a skunk..... grin


That is the way it goes and that is why it is called hunting.

You'll beat me next time around I'm sure! wink
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/12/12 09:15 AM

The front shoulders of this hog are now 50 pounds of sausage.

Half is sweet Italian the other half is bratwurst.

Some of the Italian was kept out of the case for meatballs and pasta sauces.

The tenderloins were three feet long and three inches in diameter.

Hams are ready for the oven.... drool
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/13/12 07:37 PM

Another Major KUDOS to TNVC and Company, the brown truck delivered this nice thermal instrument today, a FLIR T-50. tt1

So far I am running it on one rifle behind an Eotech 552NV and 3X Eotech Magnifier, but will be using it on a variety of rifle combinations.

Surprised at how light weight it is and how nice it functions. It was a cinch to co-witness the Eotech with the internal reticules inside the FLIR.

Will be out looking for song dogs tonight after dark!







Backyard Game Cam tree @ 175 yards looking directly into the setting sun:

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/13/12 09:57 PM

Here is the 175 yard game cam tree at night:



Here is the inverse:



This thing is so freakin' kewl it even picked up Dr. Who landing in the Tardis! ohmy

Here is a day pic for reference:

Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/13/12 10:37 PM

SkyPup....

You have come a long way since you started by posting about the Olight M20 Crimson light.

I think you just about have the night vision equipment covered now.....

WAIT !!!!

Pup.....is that you ???? scared





Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/14/12 01:58 AM

your going to love that thermal sight, fast shot to shot recovery.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/14/12 07:31 AM

Originally Posted By: the impactzone
your going to love that thermal sight, fast shot to shot recovery.


Impact -> you are right on with that, I learned that FAST last night when I shot another coyote with it at about 180 yards, could not believe how easy it is to stay on top of the action.

I got a nice little portable digital video recorder to velcro on top of the unit to record the video output, should be able to capture some great hunts.

My backyard is turning into a coyote graveyard.... w00t
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/14/12 11:11 AM

did you get the lawmate? the screen on mine is so bright I have to keep it in a pocket while on stand, now if I could only figure a way to hook up a mic i'd be set for prime time
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/14/12 11:16 AM

Yes I did, you are always one step ahead of me!

I got the 720X480 one from RageCams that comes with a built in audio mike:

http://ragecams.com/shop/pv500-lite-port...db219083aa46410


I was going to velcro it to the FLIR, but maybe keep it wrapped up in a camo pouch velcored onto the FLIR to keep the light snuffed....?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/14/12 01:45 PM

My gun is beginning to look like one of those remote robots they use in Afghanistan that are made by I-Robot Corp....

Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/14/12 07:53 PM

Impact and Skypup....

Go to Best Buy, take your recorder with you and pick out a camera case that the screen fits into. Take a cheap weaver scope ring and cut the ring off, drill a hole thru it and bolt it to the camera case. (Take the bolt you use and grind the head down to flat on a bench grinder and it won't rub on the camera. You may also have to grind the nut down to make it fit into the slot off whatever ring height you use).

You can mount the case to any weaver rails on your rig and zip it shut to take care of the light issue.

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/14/12 08:27 PM

HOT DOG!!!

That is a most excellent and innovative idea Gman757, totally dooable!

Appreciate the outstanding advice!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/15/12 07:43 AM

My micro DVR is supposed to be delivered today so hope to try it out this weekend, I already have a hardback camera case like that I am going to try out. Thanks Gman757!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/16/12 10:30 PM

This FLIR T-50 thermal sure has been an instant game changer, it does not get much better than this!

Only had it three days now and already took out four night coyotes up to 225 yards with one shot each.

This dog took a Barnes 70 grain TSX through the shoulder @ 190 yards at 10PM right where I was aiming. He came in to Cotton Tail Duet.

The Eotech and 3X Magnifier is just perfect for this clip-on thermal.


Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/17/12 01:58 PM

Dang Brother, that is some high tech NV huntin' kills at it's best!

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/17/12 06:49 PM

This was a particularly exciting hunt that had the adrenaline going strong for about 45 minutes.

I first called this dog in using Bay Bee Cottontail on my FoxPro Prairie Blaster and he came right in about twenty feet from my Jack Attack decoy but I was on top of a ridge and all I could see was his head popping up in front of me about 60 feet in front of me. I had his head in my sight two or three times and then my wife walked up from behind me to tell me she was going shopping and he took off….he circled the dry prairie pond in front of me and went deep into the tall dog-fennels so I could not see him. He came out of the fennels trotting across my view twice but each time I held off waiting for him to stop for a lethal shot.

I called him back in again using Pup Distress and had a nice shot at him straight in front of me about 75 yards and squeezed the trigger slowly and CLICK -> no shell in the chamber. Chambered a round and he took off into the distant tree line. scared

I went back into the house to get my A-Alpha helmet and PVS-14 on and as soon as I walked off the carport I could see two distinct dark contrasted shapes out to my game cam about 250 yards. I slowly snuck down to my log stand setup and looked through the FLIR T-50 Thermal and saw two nice dogs @ 175 yards in front of me beside the game cam tree munching on some wild boar offal I had dumped there last weekend.

For some reason, one dog took off and went into the tree line and I lost him, but this one walked on over behind the game cam and stopped @ 185-190 yard behind my game cam (game cam tree is laser measured 175 yards), I put the crosshairs on him and he dropped. When he did, the other one came charging out of the woods and hightailed it across my view.

The whole hunt took about 45 minutes and I just wish I had the micro Digital Video Recorder hooked up to the thermal because I would have had some fantastic recording of this hunt.
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/12 01:57 AM

Hey SkyPup. I just created an account on this board. Went out last night using my PVS-14 to scan with. I had been using pup distress but had it muted when I spotted a yote about 250 yards out trotting caddy cornered towards my left. I then, as fast as I could, attached my PVS to the rail with the quick mount and by the time I shouldered the AR and picked him back up he was stepping into a tree line and was out of sight so I wasn't quick enough...

I think it's time to get the helmet/mount and maybe an I2 unless Vic has a different IR laser he is recommending. Trying to switch over in the dark and rushing does not work out for me... He and Chip were great to deal with for sure! This time I won't have to send them a check... thumbup these will be less expensive than my first order! Hopefully the helmets are in stock now.
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/12 10:16 AM

Welcome to the Dark side shurshot,

I was thinking about putting a pvs14 on a shotgun with a ir lazer and micro aimpoint, I think that would be a cool set up for the thick stuff.

got a chance to get out this weekend and took 4 hogs and missed a coyote on the run, with the D760 & thermal, was hunting with the head game wardens son, that kid could shoot I watched him make a hit on a running hog at 250 yards with the D760 on my 243.

keep us posted on your hunts
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/12 10:17 AM

Shurshot, great to see you here and nice story of the 'yote slipping away.

I had the same thing happen to me with a Bobcat last night, saw him with the FLIR PS-32 and by the time I put the FLIR T-50 Thermal on the rail in front of my Eotech he was in the tree line, I could still see him with the thermal but was a much more difficult shot to make so did not try.

A helmet mount is the best for total situational awareness (of course having a NV equipped friend there with you is double the amount of awareness too!) thumbup1

You will enjoy the helmet and laser setup and I am sure that Vic will put you right on target in the middle of the night!

I was in "Pup Distress" with a god awful kidney stone this past week, when I made it to the ER even IV morphine did not work, they had to give me Diluadid IV, fortunately the stone passed about the time I passed out.... scared
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/12 11:31 AM

Welcome to the boards shurshot. :-)

While fast transitions mounts such as our TM-14 allow a very quick transition, at times as you've experienced either not fast enough or just plain clicky loud in the middle of the night.

Keeping your head up shooting at the high ready while using an IR laser down at the end of your gun is a VERY effective way to engage.

Any of the LDI Class 1 systems work very well out to 300 yards, but of course with smaller critters you're looking at the 150 yard range with the 14 on your melon. Of course guys like theImpactzone and Skypup seem to have Superman laser vision at times so take my conservative range estimates with a grain of salt coming from these two! drool

Vic
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/12 11:34 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Shurshot, great to see you here and nice story of the 'yote slipping away.

I had the same thing happen to me with a Bobcat last night, saw him with the FLIR PS-32 and by the time I put the FLIR T-50 Thermal on the rail in front of my Eotech he was in the tree line, I could still see him with the thermal but was a much more difficult shot to make so did not try.

A helmet mount is the best for total situational awareness (of course having a NV equipped friend there with you is double the amount of awareness too!) thumbup1

You will enjoy the helmet and laser setup and I am sure that Vic will put you right on target in the middle of the night!

I was in "Pup Distress" with a god awful kidney stone this past week, when I made it to the ER even IV morphine did not work, they had to give me Diluadid IV, fortunately the stone passed about the time I passed out.... scared


Ouoch, just saw this....Some say once you have one of these you know what child birth is all about. scared

Glad all has passed!

Vic
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/12 12:53 PM

Skypup, sorry to hear that, should have had your wife record your pup disstress cries, LOL joking aside realy sorry to hear that but glad it,,,, passed,,, (sorry couldn't help myself)

watched & heard my brother pass one once, I fished it out and it looked like a pice of corral the size of BBB shot,
I looked at tha and told him to just shoot me
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/12 02:02 PM

It must have been like what childbirth is all about but the size was considerably smaller.... blink

Me rolling on the floor in the ER balled up in pain got their attention real good...what a relief to get over that ordeal. tired
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/12 02:23 PM

Thanks for the welcome guys. I thought I may as well post a couple pics. I should have plenty of room at 12 o'clock for an LDI I2. I will be calling Vic tomorrow

This is a Colt LE6940 with a monolithic rail with the PVS and the 3x with quick disconnect and a Torch all from Vic. The Aimpoint CompM4s I moved from my other carbine to this one.





This is from where I sighted it in at 36 yards with the 1x Aimpoint while fighting the 7 1/2 lb single stage factory trigger. I will have a Geissele SSA Enhanced arriving in a couple of days and I hope to improve this group then. These shots were from a prone position using the grip pod and nothing else. Best 55 gr group was from HSM HPBT. I don't think I need more for yotes but this gun has a 1:7 twist so I can go heavier if I want.



Of course I want to show my hunting transportation too. thumbup

Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/12 03:05 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
I was in "Pup Distress" with a god awful kidney stone this past week, when I made it to the ER even IV morphine did not work, they had to give me Diluadid IV, fortunately the stone passed about the time I passed out.... scared


I know that had to hurt! I hope you are all better now and ready to shoot up some hogs and yotes!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/12 03:14 PM

Shurshot, I think your Colt LE6940 is going to give my SIG 556s a run for the money, it sure does look and shoot good!!!

Once we start doing some serious hog hunting later this fall, I may have to step up to the 7.62X51mm SIG 716 if the hogs seem to get away from my puny 70 grain Barnes handloads...
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/12 04:31 PM

All I have for a hog would be my .243s. A Remington R-25 and a Savage Predator Model 10 bolt but we don't have any hogs to shoot up here... yet... and nobody wants them either! smirk



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/12 04:43 PM

Once you get that PVS-14 helmet mounted, you can cruise around in your nice UTV at night completely stealth-like too!

It works pretty good once you get adjusted to the lack of depth perception, I drive around on my ATV at night with mine.
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/25/12 10:54 AM

Shurshot, try some of the 60gr V-max out of your 223 great on coyotes, little hard on bobcat fur, I just picked up some reman from freedommunitions and they shoot great out of my 1-8 and will most likely shoot better than the 55 in your 1-7

got to love that R-25 thats my go to rig 58gr V-max at 3750fps for coyotes an just went to the Barnes Vor-tx 80gr TSX for hogs after seeing bullets recovered from Skypup, I put 3 under 1" @ 100 but yet to put in a hog yet, some times you dont get much of a shot on hogs and have to take what they offer

like the rig, trying to figure what next myself a 4x4rig like that or mor NV.
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/25/12 11:18 AM

Colt recommends 55, 62 or 77 gr for that gun. I have several thousand rounds of ammo for it but it's all 55 gr stuff and I just ordered another 500 rounds from The Hunting Shack of the 55 gr HPBT. I have everything I need to start reloading new and still in the box and tons of brass. Just haven't set it up yet... I have reloaded thousands of 12 gauge because I shot trap for years but the rifle stuff hasn't made it out of the box yet. I have 500 85 gr TSX in .243 not loaded and another 500 bullets of Sierra Gameking 85 gr but noting heavier for the .223

I will have to pick up some heavier bullets and try it for sure. We have a state firing range not too far from me. My plan it to hit it later this week and put a few more hundred down the tube and shoot some longer distances. I have considered an Aimpoint 3x for daytime shooting. But I still need to buy a few other high dollar items first. Like a Helmet/mount, LDI I2 and a PS32... you know how that goes... w00t
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/25/12 02:02 PM

Well I just ordered the LDI I2 from the TNVC website. Keep an eye out Vic! grin

I'm not sure which mount to get so I will likely call to place that order.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/25/12 02:36 PM

Shurshot, it comes with it's own integral rail mount designed into it.

Very nice unit and is best run on top rail over the bore.

Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/25/12 02:44 PM

I was referring to the helmet mount. I still need to order a helmet mount and a helmet.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/25/12 03:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Shurshot
I was referring to the helmet mount. I still need to order a helmet mount and a helmet.


Gotcha, there are quite a few choices about that for sure....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/07/12 04:37 PM

I was able to get a super sweet FLIR T60 for our hunt group after looking around for a good 640X480 thermal, wanted to stick with totally FLIR products.

We already have a FLIR T-50 and it is very nice but the T-60 is just awesome with the increased camera resolution.

The T-50 has the FLIR 320X240 microbolometer while the T-60 has the 30Hz 640X480 microbolometer, giving it a 5X increase in pixels and a super sharp much longer range view. Just and incredible unit!

The T-60 is quite a bit different that the T-50, although they both have the same size 60mm Germanium lens.

The T-60 is about 1.5 inches longer and has two camera viewing selections, a 0.5X zoom with a 14 degree field of view for scanning and a 1.0X zoom with a 7 degree field of view for shooting. The 1X field of view matches the ACOGs and is the normal view for aiming and firing. Human detection is listed as 880 meters or about 1/2 mile.

The T-60 also does not have the internal reticules built into it like the T-50 does.

The T-60 also has an NTSC RS-170 monochrome video output and came with an excellent high tech waterproof mini DVR with the connection cables.

When the mosquitoes calm down around here, I'll get some hunting action videos, but in the meantime here are some pics of the instrument:







Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/07/12 11:31 PM

Here are two pics of white and black of my game cam tree @ 175 yards with a squirrel at the bottom of the tree, you can see my camera about four feet up the trunk.




These were taken from the NTSC 30Hz video output of the scope itself and do not show the 3X magnification that I am seeing with the Eotech.

Here are a couple of pics taken through the Eotech 3X Magnifier though the FLIR T-60.

Guys, you gotta remember that these photos DO NOT do justice to the real image this instrument put out!

You can see the Bushnell Trophy Cam on the tree trunk in these pics.






Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/09/12 09:59 PM

Okay, after dinner tonight I walked out into the backyard over to the barn to fix the water pump and took my FLIR -PS-32, after working on the pump I looked out towards my game cam tree @ 175 yards and saw a nice Sounder Group with two large sows over a dozen piglets.

Ran back to the house to open the safe and get my T-60 out and plugged in the miniDVR and ran back down to take them out.

By the time I got back out they were gone, however there were two cottontails right where the hogs were just minutes earlier, so I took a two minute 8MB 640X480 WMV video of them through the T-60.

The raw video file is an AVI file that is 32MBs, converting to WMV ends up being 8MB and a bit degraded by about a factor of 4X.

Should have had some swine but instead I got bunnies.... blush

You have to realize that I am looking at the same scene magnified 3X through the Eotech with no pixelation or distortion.

Here it is:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T60/Flir%20T60%20Bunnies.wmv

Next time it will be assploding pigs.... grin
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/09/12 10:51 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Okay, after dinner tonight I walked out into the backyard over to the barn to fix the water pump and took my FLIR -PS-32, after working on the pump I looked out towards my game cam tree @ 175 yards and saw a nice Sounder Group with two large sows over a dozen piglets.

Ran back to the house to open the safe and get my T-60 out and plugged in the miniDVR and ran back down to take them out.

By the time I got back out they were gone, however there were two cottontails right where the hogs were just minutes earlier, so I took a two minute 8MB 640X480 WMV video of them through the T-60.

The raw video file is an AVI file that is 32MBs, converting to WMV ends up being 8MB and a bit degraded by about a factor of 4X.

Should have had some swine but instead I got bunnies.... blush

You have to realize that I am looking at the same scene magnified 3X through the Eotech with no pixelation or distortion.

Here it is:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T60/Flir%20T60%20Bunnies.wmv

Next time it will be assploding pigs.... grin


MUST take shootin' stick with you at all times in your target rich environment! ;-)

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/10/12 07:54 AM

The hogs were back at 6:30AM when I left for work this morning. cursing

I predict there should be some more pork in the freezer by this weekend. grin
Posted by: Dead Down Wind

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/10/12 12:05 PM

Get those dirty son's a Bitchez
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/10/12 07:43 PM

And it fits perfect and works excellent with the LDI DBAL-D2.





This build is finished..... thumbup
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/10/12 08:41 PM

I see you finally ran out of space on that top rail! w00t

that is one Star Trek machine there! wish I had that thermal!

The UPS man suprised me today and delivered my I2! thumbup

it fills my top rail too... lol

back to the range tomorrow...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/10/12 09:53 PM


I was all setup on my stand and right after dark about 8 BIG hogs came out of the woods towards the game cam feeder tree.

I had the video on great recording the hogs from the first time they became visible out in the distance to the time they made it to the feeder 175 yards out, had about three minutes of real nice video and then I took the shot on this large boar hog about 275 pounds with a set of nutz the size of a dinner plate.

I had the sight on his lungs right behind his shoulder, he ran about 25 feet and collapsed DRT.

Unfortunately I unplugged the video cable without turning off the mini DVR digital recorder and it corrupted the [beeep] video SDHC card #*+_@**[:( cursing cursing

It would have been awesome with all those hogs on it and the audio too....

So, here is a short video of me picking him up into the grapple on my tractor loader backhoe after I sorted out the video cable problems...next time I will get it right.

Anyhow, I am SUPER IMPRESSED with the FLIR THERMALS, they are just totally awesome instruments!! thumbup

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/DBAL%20D2/T60%20Hog.wmv
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/10/12 10:36 PM

nice job! too bad about the card! they say experience is the best teacher though... rolleyes

sure would be nice to have all those targets right outside the door! keep em comin SkyPup!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/11/12 07:28 AM

Originally Posted By: Shurshot
I see you finally ran out of space on that top rail! w00t

that is one Star Trek machine there! wish I had that thermal!

The UPS man suprised me today and delivered my I2! thumbup

it fills my top rail too... lol

back to the range tomorrow...


Don't forget you can sight in your DBAL-I2 lasers off your red dot sight.....

Which visible laser did you get? Did you go GREEN?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/11/12 01:11 PM

These thermals work better on big boars and coyotes than Thor's Hammer.... grin
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/11/12 01:45 PM

SkyPup
yes I got the green laser. I just got 500 rounds of 55 gr HPBT from HSM so I want to shoot it at 100 yards and get the best group I can with that ammo. I didn't make it to the range today because I have been dealing with the insurance company on my truck. after I get it sighted I will put the laser on it and coexist it with the Aimpoint. then I will be ready to do some target practice at night with the PVS on the helmet. I still really need to get a daytime 3x so I can see the target better to sight at 100 yards but the 1x should be close enough to get me in the kill zone. I will take a few more pictures when I get it all setup.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/14/12 12:19 AM

Here is a two minute 5MB WMV video I made tonight with the FLIR T-50 of a sounder group that was in a pond surrounded by a tall stand of dog fennels and weeds, I had to wait patiently for two hours to get a good shot.

Thank God for my ThermaCell as the skeets were trying to eat me alive.

Took out one of the sows with a hand-loaded Barnes 70 grain TSX from my SIG 556 using the Eotech 552 and 3X Magnifier @ 80 yards,

The 325 pound sow goes down with the first shot and stays down, but I shot her once more for insurance since she was in two feet of muck. I was up to my knees in mud hooking up the tow line from the ATV to get her out of there.

The FLIR T-50 that Vic from TNVC sold me is a solid instrument the definitely brings home da bacon.... thumbup1

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T50/Dead%20Hog%20WEB2.wmv
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/15/12 10:21 AM

I could have shot multiple hogs using the FLIR thermal as it is the best for follow up shots as you do NOT lose sight of anything using the thermal.

I was by myself and dragging that sow out of the knee deep muck and hooking her up to the 4WD ATV was a major PITA alone, just barely able to get the ATV out without getting stuck.

The freezer is totally full too, will have to give away some hams, shoulders, loins, etc. before I take out any more swine.

Once I get more freezer space and have some friends over, I can go ZOMBIE on those hogs as I could have gone nutz and shot 5 or 6 of them in the video.... scared
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/21/12 11:23 PM

Took my 11 year old grandson out tonight for hogs and coyotes, all we saw were coons and armadillos but he still had quite a blast, he thinks NV gear and IR lasers are AWESOME! grin

Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/22/12 02:43 PM

I think you have the boy hooked on NV already! thumbup
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/24/12 10:59 PM

Rolled a large hog with a lung shot @ 150 yards tonight through the FLIR T-50 Thermal, he ran off looking pretty good so will go out looking for him in the morning....

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/ACOG%20TO2/Hog%20Down.wmv
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/25/12 10:40 PM

Nice Sow and eleven piglets showed up again tonight but let them go for now as I am after a nicer boar hog:



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/28/12 03:33 PM

Here is a short 2MB WMV file of shooting two one gallon water jugs using the thermal optic @ 100 yards with a handloaded Hornady 75 grain BTHP:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/ACOG%20TO2/FLIR%20Water%20Jugs.wmv

I installed an ACOG TA02 4X32 LED on the rail and it really works sweet with the FLIR Thermal:

Posted by: family guy

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/28/12 09:22 PM

SkyPup

I'm Looking for a I.R. laser that will reach 200 yards but still be usable at 20 yards.
Most shots in the 50-125 area.
Do you think the LAS/TAC 2 pistol laser would work for this.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/29/12 01:45 AM

Originally Posted By: family guy
SkyPup

I'm Looking for a I.R. laser that will reach 200 yards but still be usable at 20 yards.
Most shots in the 50-125 area.
Do you think the LAS/TAC 2 pistol laser would work for this.


Yes, that would be perfect, with a nice IR illuminator it would be even better....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/29/12 01:45 AM

Was out hog hunting tonight on my stand in the backyard and three nice boars were about 75 yards out from me and I was about to pull the trigger on them when I saw another thermal register in the far off distance and lo and behold it was a lone coyote sneaking in.

I first picked up the coyote and recognized it as a coyote @ 350 yards and waited until it came in for about two minutes with the hogs rooting up in front of me.

Let the coyote have a Barnes 70 grain TSX at 200 yards and knocked him down, he got back up and shot him down for good.

The hogs all let out a good squeal and headed out to the swamp.

The ACOG 4X32 TA02 and FLIR thermal is a really sweet night hunting setup, very pleased with the performance of the thermal instrument and the ACOG optic![:)]

Here is a 7.5MB WMV video of the coyote kill:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/ACOG%20TO2/Thermal%20Coyote%20Web.wmv



Posted by: BubbaChicken

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/29/12 05:59 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
It must have been like what childbirth is all about but the size was considerably smaller.... blink

Me rolling on the floor in the ER balled up in pain got their attention real good...what a relief to get over that ordeal. tired


I remember my 2, both while I was in the Navy, deployed in the Mediterranean. They both (different times) came out like little spiked balls like you would see on a knight's mace! I bled like a lung arrowed hog, and fell to my knees. Those hurt a LOT! I think the largest one was about the size of a dime point to point, the smaller one was about the size of a pea, but I would almost prefer to just have amputation if it happened again. Took a while before I could piss without excruciating pain, too, both times.
Posted by: BubbaChicken

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/29/12 06:01 AM

This thread has some amazing photos! I cannot imagine how hard it is to hold those rifles upright, aren't they excessively top-heavy? What do they weigh, anyway? We aren't allowed to hunt hogs in this part of the state anymore, evidently, sure wish I knew where I could go that was near here to hog hunt... I need the meat!
Posted by: BubbaChicken

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/29/12 06:01 AM

And, no, I am NOT eating no mangy coyote!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/29/12 09:52 AM

The rifles are NOT very heavy at all, I normally carry them out walking 2.5 miles to our stand and another 2.5 miles back, each one weighs 11.5 pounds with a 10 round magazine.

11.5 pounds for a verified sniper rifle is nothing.... wink

It is worth it to know that virtually everything that comes between you and 225 yards is burnt toast..... lol

Here is the FLIR T-50 Advanced Thermal Weapon optic @ TNVC:

http://tnvc.com/shop/flir-advanced-combat-thermosight-t50/
Posted by: Bucket list

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/04/12 12:36 AM

sweet
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/04/12 11:17 PM

Heavy, now THIS is heavy compared to the other rigs shown here. wink

Posted by: family guy

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/08/12 02:59 PM

How's this for light.
Carbon 15 with mx-160 and 4.5x lens (Thanks SkyPup).
Plan to add a LDI ITAL Class 1 IR Laser when it arrives Friday.
Tried the LDI LAS/TAC 2 Class 1 IR Pistol Laser last week but it would hold zero and did not track well.
Total weight should be under 7 lbs.

Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/08/12 08:42 PM

Originally Posted By: family guy
How's this for light.
Carbon 15 with mx-160 and 4.5x lens (Thanks SkyPup).
Plan to add a LDI ITAL Class 1 IR Laser when it arrives Friday.
Tried the LDI LAS/TAC 2 Class 1 IR Pistol Laser last week but it would hold zero and did not track well.
Total weight should be under 7 lbs.



Woa, nothing wrong with lugging that around! wink

Very nice.

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/08/12 09:27 PM

Very nice lightweight build you've got there, you will truly enjoy your ITAL!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/09/12 10:13 PM

OMG

I was just out using the helmet mounted PVS-14 to scope out my new TNVC IR Torch Pro and DBAL-I2 IR Laser looking west when a HUGE meteorite streaked across the sky from North to South leaving a trail at least 50 miles long.

This thing looked like a Saturn V rocket going sideways!

Just freakin' awesome!!!

I saw many more minor meteors but this thing was the real thing.

Check it out, they are coming down strong now....
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/09/12 10:16 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
OMG

I was just out using the helmet mounted PVS-14 to scope out my new TNVC IR Torch Pro and DBAL-I2 IR Laser looking west when a HUGE meteorite streaked across the sky from North to South leaving a trail at least 50 miles long.

This thing looked like a Saturn V rocket going sideways!

Just freakin' awesome!!!

I saw many more minor meteors but this thing was the real thing.

Check it out, they are coming down strong now....


Stinks living on the WEST coast at times like this!!! Arghhh
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/10/12 08:18 AM



Conditions should be just about heavenly for viewing this weekend's Perseid meteor shower, typically one of the year's most spectacular arrays of shooting stars.

First there's the timing: Saturday night into early Sunday morning. That means kids can stay up late for a little stargazing in the name of science. Just tell 'em how the meteors are wee grains of dust that appear when Earth passes through the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle. And they're traveling at an astounding 130,000 mph.

Then there's the moon, or lack thereof. The moon, a waning crescent, won't rise until about 3 a.m. Sunday, leaving the sky unobscured.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/17/12 05:32 PM






Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/15/12 01:27 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup








That is some very good accurate fire at that distance with that unit.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/15/12 05:21 PM

Thanks Vic, it is indeed an AWESOME setup.

Just simply outstanding instrument with stellar performance!

That target was on my game cam tree in the backyard at a laser measured 175 yards, I have shot three coons and two possums at night from my stand with the FLIR Thermal (in addition to numerous hogs and coytotes), which consists of a couple of big logs I have setup on a berm overlooking a prairie pond where the hogs hang out. The rifle was resting on the logs.

I think I could probably hit a squirrel or crow at that distance at night with it! grin

In fact we are going out hogging later on tonight with it! smile
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/16/12 10:38 AM

Whelp, it was raining again tonight but the mosquitoes were not so bad. We went out and check two different spots that we have been monitoring for hog signs and nailed a hog at each spot.

First spot was near a feeder we had hiked out about a mile to and spotted this boar out about 300 yards with the FLIR PS-32 and sneaked in closer to get a line on him, finally layed down on the wet ground to get a good prone shot since it was 150 yards out, turned on the FLIR T-50 and shot him through the lungs with a Barnes 70 grain TSX, he went about 25 feet and collapsed.






Walked back to the truck and drove in and loaded up this boar and then left and drove a couple miles over to another spot we have set up a live trap, feeder, and stand.

Rain was still drizzling and real quiet with no wind. Was on the stand for about two hours when I saw this sow cross over a jeep trail about 1/4 mile out. Waited another good hour and was about to leave to head home when I noticed some faint thermal images with the FLIR PS-32 in a dense thicket about 100 yards out, could not tell what it was but figured it was a coon since a family of seven coons had been going in and out of the live trap.

Walked over to the thicket and turned on the FLIR T-50 and saw the outline of a hog in the thick woods but could not see anything with the PVS-14 and IR Illuminators, put the ACOG crosshairs on the lungs and did a Double Tap since the woods were so thick there I did not want to be trying to walk

around trying to find a dead hog in a dense underbrush. Hog made it about ten feet and dropped dead! Had to drag it out of the thicket about 50 feet to the trail.



Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/16/12 12:46 PM

good going skypup,

checked a feeder I had set up for over a month with nothing on it, it even ran out of corn, checked it last night adn found hog tracks on it , time to refill the feeder, and set up the camera
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/19/12 08:43 PM

Another one bit the dust last night...

Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/19/12 09:20 PM

The peanut galley wants to hear the gun and scope used and other the logistics of the hog take down. Sometimes we can't get out at night so we just wakeup and read your posts! thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/19/12 09:50 PM

Same old same old, SIG 556 ACOG TA02 LED 4X32 matched up to FLIR T-50 Thermal using Barnes 70 grain handloads, doesn't get much better than this thumbup
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/20/12 05:28 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Same old same old, SIG 556 ACOG TA02 LED 4X32 matched up to FLIR T-50 Thermal using Barnes 70 grain handloads, doesn't get much better than this thumbup


"Same old?"....Gotta love it! Some guys would die for your setup! thumbup
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/26/12 12:48 PM

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/30/12 09:00 PM

Was in the backyard tonight after sunset with the FoxPro Prairie Blaster setup playing "Cow Tip Cotton Tail".

Had the caller around 60 feet out in front of me hanging on a pine tree about four feet off the ground.

I had just started calling from my stand and within 30 seconds I noticed a heat signature about 250 yards out with the FLIR PS-32, immediately switched over to the FLIR T-50 Thermal Weapon Sight and zeroed in on this nice Bobcat. He slowly came in over a period of about 15 minutes and finally sat down on the edge of the tree canopy 150 yards out so that I could take aim at him.

Shot him once through the heart and he jumped about five feet in the air about a dozen times and ran 25 feet or so and died.

Too bad I did not have the video camera hooked up....



Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/30/12 10:22 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Was in the backyard tonight after sunset with the FoxPro Prairie Blaster setup playing "Cow Tip Cotton Tail".

Had the caller around 60 feet out in front of me hanging on a pine tree about four feet off the ground.

I had just started calling from my stand and within 30 seconds I noticed a heat signature about 250 yards out with the FLIR PS-32, immediately switched over to the FLIR T-50 Thermal Weapon Sight and zeroed in on this nice Bobcat. He slowly came in over a period of about 15 minutes and finally sat down on the edge of the tree canopy 150 yards out so that I could take aim at him.

Shot him once through the heart and he jumped about five feet in the air about a dozen times and ran 25 feet or so and died.

Too bad I did not have the video camera hooked up....





Just pure awesome there! GREAT looking cat!

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/07/12 03:25 AM

Jumped another sow while walking down a forest jeep trail tonight, she was in the thick woods rooting up some acorns in a hardwood hammock, one shot right below the ear with the FLIR T-50 and Barnes 70 grain TSX and she fell over dead right there.



Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/07/12 02:00 PM

Pup
I envy you guys having such a target rich environment,however I am glad and pray we never have to deal with wild hogs up here as an invasive species,bad enough the damage the coyotes have done up here.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/08/12 05:49 PM

Checked the game cam when I got home from work and lo and behold a nice big coyote was munching on my fresh hog offal after I cleaned up the hog we got last night.

I will be setup to rock and roll with the thermal tonight!

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/11/12 10:47 PM

Well, perseverance off! I have been after this dog all week now....

Was out with my FoxPro Prairie Blaster playing CowTip Cottontail @ 10:15PM and 30 seconds after I turned on the caller this nice furry 'yote came charging in out of the deep woods.

Picked his thermal image up with the FLIR PS 32 and turned on the FLIR T-50 and shot him once through the heart @ 150 yards with a handloaded Barnes 70gr. TSX.




Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/21/12 11:49 AM

Bagged another nice meat hog with the FLIR T-50 Thermal last night.

We had hiked through the woods about 3 miles or so with plenty of sign on a 1/4 Moon with no clouds and total stars out, the PVS-14s did a great job of allowing us to roam around in the moonlight underneath a hardwood hammock canopy.

Picked up this meat hog with the PVS-14 about 150 feet off the trail and my friend (SpeedQuest) would have to transition his PVS-14 from his helmet to behind his NV Eotech so I gave him my rifle and told him to take it out with the FLIP T50.

One handloaded Barnes 70gr TSX through the neck spine and he did not even twitch, DRT! grin





Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/21/12 07:04 PM

Am really enjoying the combination of the LDI DBAL-D2 IR laser and IR Ilum in conjunction with the FLIR T-50 thermal instrument, it is an awesome combination and virtually nothing gets away from us, nothing.
Posted by: SpeedQuest

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/22/12 12:19 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Am really enjoying the combination of the LDI DBAL-D2 IR laser and IR Ilum in conjunction with the FLIR T-50 thermal instrument, it is an awesome combination and virtually nothing gets away from us, nothing.


Thanks for the 30-second loan of Thermal Imaging Equipment.

TNVC and crew... Thanks for making the kill possible!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/22/12 07:32 AM

Yes, thanks once again to TNVC for making it all possible with their first class state of the art NV and Thermal gear! thumbup1

It was a great time out in the woods, really a beautiful hardwood hammock too in the moonlight.

And you got to have expert instruction on dressing out your first hog, bet it won't be your last..... scared

We have to get home sooner than 4AM though, I was beat.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/22/12 11:43 AM

Originally Posted By: SpeedQuest
Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Am really enjoying the combination of the LDI DBAL-D2 IR laser and IR Ilum in conjunction with the FLIR T-50 thermal instrument, it is an awesome combination and virtually nothing gets away from us, nothing.


Thanks for the 30-second loan of Thermal Imaging Equipment.

TNVC and crew... Thanks for making the kill possible!


All I know is I need to take more time off to get my share of critter downings! sneaky2

Thanks for the kind words!

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/28/12 02:10 AM

Nailed this nice 200 pound boar tonight with the FLIR T-50 Thermal @ 80 yards with one Barnes 70 grain TSX to the head, DRT:



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/28/12 08:19 PM

Now that the temperature is dropping after a LONG HOT summer, the FLIR T-50 is working 100% better allowing me much more long range and precise shots to the head, and not destroying any meat!

Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/30/12 03:48 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Okay, this DBAL-I2 is beyond SICK, it is freakin" unreal awesome!!

I took a dozen 1/2 gallon orange juice jugs out (half gallon, not full gallon) and placed them in various depths @ 75 yards in the middle of the afternoon (3PM) in broad daylight, turned on the visible green laser, folded my stock in half and held the SIG carbine at my hip and rapidly shot all 12 of the jugs without a miss with the green dot.

I never thought this would be possible???


You should see what the I2 Class IIIb 100mW version does @ 200 yards in broad day light! shocked
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/02/12 07:39 AM

And another dog bites the dust @ 200 yards in the dark:

Posted by: harryheadshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/06/12 04:17 AM

SkyPup I have sure enjoyed following your posts and especialy all the killer pics, not to mention all the tips on Night Optics and also the Thermal Imagining. Just wanted to say thankyou for all the imformative posts and keep 'em coming as I think you've aquired quite a following and I know I can't wait to see what your gonna post next...I just moved back to GA from down around Saint Cloud, as I was going to MMI, I never knew there were so many song dogs in Florida, anyway keep stack'n 'em and keep us posted!!
Posted by: Centurion

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/06/12 04:32 AM

Originally Posted By: harryheadshot
SkyPup I have sure enjoyed following your posts and especialy all the killer pics, not to mention all the tips on Night Optics and also the Thermal Imagining. Just wanted to say thankyou for all the imformative posts and keep 'em coming as I think you've aquired quite a following and I know I can't wait to see what your gonna post next...I just moved back to GA from down around Saint Cloud, as I was going to MMI, I never knew there were so many song dogs in Florida, anyway keep stack'n 'em and keep us posted!!




I agree. I'm jealous, and want to get some equipment like yours so I can try my hand at night hunting instead of heading home after sunset. Keep the stories and pics coming.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/06/12 07:23 AM

Thanks Guys! thumbup1 I enjoy trying to help folks out when I can.

Last night I had four coyotes in the tall grass around the pond behind my house, I saw them with the FLIR PS-32 in there but could not get a clear shot.

After waiting some three hours for them hunting mice, frogs, grasshoppers and such at the water interface in the deep grass and fennels, they finally came out about 11PM.

I set the cross-hairs of the thermal sight onto one and pulled the trigger and the bullet hit at his feet?

I had forgotten that I can only shoot on 1X Power and I had it on 2X power when I was scanning for them, this made my rifle shoot low..... cursing

Won't make that mistake again...but I did get another armadillo who crawled up onto my log stand with my Baby Browning .25ACP and added him to the feed pile.

We also got another hog the night before last, the biggest boar in awhile with 4" tusks!
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/06/12 12:33 PM

Try a cottontail distress call, been using it to get them to come in. Just shot another yote night before last. You can even download an app for cell phone to make rodent, bird, howl, jack rabbit, cotton tail. Check local laws for using electronic call first laugh
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/09/12 04:09 PM

Close Up of the Supreme Predator consuming a Predator.

Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/09/12 09:58 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Close Up of the Supreme Predator consuming a Predator.



One of the best pics I've seen!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/10/12 05:23 PM

Okay, you all saw the video where I "missed" the coyote I was shooting at 125 yards:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T50/Missed%20Coyote/Missed%20Coyote.wmv


WOOT WOOT WOOT -> It was not a miss! grin

I shot him right through the lungs and he went about 150 yards and died right there where he entered the woods!!! HAHA!!! grin

Found this afternoon when I went back with the bushhog to mow down the lower forty, dead right there!!



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/18/12 04:07 PM

I get allot of requests to post some pics of the internal reticules built into the FLIR T-50, here are two pics of the Browning M2 .50 Cal Machine Gun BDC reticule with Chevron using 1X power:

White reticule on Hogs:



Black reticule on a coytoe:

Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/18/12 04:39 PM


Thanks for sharing...

Can you tell us the distance in those photos?


And can you show us a regular hunting scope with that flir t50 maybe set at 4 power and then 9 power. I know tnvc website says 4 or 6 power is the most...but would like to see how bad the image gets when you zoom...because some people say you cant zoom with pvs14 and i can get to 15 power and 20 power on some scopes..

10k on t50. Or remote control rooftop flir?? Does this model have the red or insta hot like the flir ps32?

Thanks...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/18/12 05:11 PM


Thanks for sharing...

Can you tell us the distance in those photos?

Hogs are about 125 yards and coyote is about 75 yards on 1X power.


And can you show us a regular hunting scope with that flir t50 maybe set at 4 power and then 9 power. I know tnvc website says 4 or 6 power is the most...but would like to see how bad the image gets when you zoom...because some people say you cant zoom with pvs14 and i can get to 15 power and 20 power on some scopes..

4X is the most without obtrusive pixelation on the T-50, I'll post some pics through my 4X ACOG later on...

10k on t50. Or remote control rooftop flir?? Does this model have the red or insta hot like the flir ps32?

No InstaAlert like the PS-32, only White or Black....

Thanks...

Anytime!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/18/12 05:16 PM

ACOG 4X:



Eotech 3X Magnifier with internal crosshairs, tree is 175 yards:



Inverse:

Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/18/12 06:14 PM

4x looks good to me...scotty i want more power lol As long as i can tell what it is and hit it with no poi change im happy...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/18/12 06:29 PM

Beam Me Up Scotty, there's no intelligent life down here!!! tt2


Thermal is not like NV as far a magnification goes, it is a live video camera feed at a set number of pixels, the more you blow up the picture, the more pixelated it will get.

T-50 works just fine @ 4X, beyond that it degrades rapidly.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/18/12 08:30 PM

Scored a quadruple tonight with the FLIR T-50.
Blam, Blam, Blam, Blam -> Four Dead Hogs

Head shot on the first one.

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/21/12 07:06 AM

Amazon has the GOOD 720nm IR filter for the PVS-14's in stock now:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MCWURM/ref=pe_62860_26962900_pe_vfe_dt1

But you need a 30mm to use without an adapter.
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/21/12 08:16 AM

Nice shooting...

Ok so now u been using this filter for a while. While I lost mine. Can you give a further review when you think its key to use and what setups.

Thanks
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/21/12 10:10 AM

All of us in our hunting group are using our IR filters all the time on our helmet and weapon mounted PVS-14s, we never take them off. Works just fine for us.
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/21/12 10:49 AM

the one I have I am afraid to use with my 3x because there aren't enough threads on it. the 3x only threads in about a quarter turn and I am afraid the 3x is going to loosen up and fall off and break so I never use it. not worth ruining a $500 magnifier to me. I use the Wilcox filter instead
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/21/12 10:51 AM

10-4 on that.

One of the best things I like about them is the ability to use the PVS-14 before sunset and after dawn, two of the most difficult times to see anything with your own eyes or NV and also when there is considerable activity....
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/21/12 01:01 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
10-4 on that.

One of the best things I like about them is the ability to use the PVS-14 before sunset and after dawn, two of the most difficult times to see anything with your own eyes or NV and also when there is considerable activity....


Very well stated.

Vic
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/29/12 02:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Shurshot
the one I have I am afraid to use with my 3x because there aren't enough threads on it. the 3x only threads in about a quarter turn and I am afraid the 3x is going to loosen up and fall off and break so I never use it. not worth ruining a $500 magnifier to me. I use the Wilcox filter instead


Are you saying your 3x magnifier only screws in a 1//4 turn into the lens of your PVS-14?

If that is the case, your unit is cross-threading into the lens. You should be able to get 3-4 turns into to.

Vic
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/30/12 01:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
Originally Posted By: Shurshot
the one I have I am afraid to use with my 3x because there aren't enough threads on it. the 3x only threads in about a quarter turn and I am afraid the 3x is going to loosen up and fall off and break so I never use it. not worth ruining a $500 magnifier to me. I use the Wilcox filter instead


Are you saying your 3x magnifier only screws in a 1//4 turn into the lens of your PVS-14?

If that is the case, your unit is cross-threading into the lens. You should be able to get 3-4 turns into to.

Vic


what I meant was that if I first install the IR filter on my PVS, and then thread the 3x into the IR filter, there it only 1/4 turn of thread to hold the 3x. but that is the filter I am threading into that doesn't have enough threads, not the PVS I got from you. I just can't use the IR filter at the same time I am using the 3x magnifier.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/04/12 06:56 PM

FLIR T-50 connects with one Barnes 70gr TSX to the neck @ 190 yards, DRT -> dropped in his tracks and did not move. thumbup







Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/04/12 08:50 PM

Great shot placement...u might as well just drive the tractor around with the t50 in hand.

To bad it doesnt have ac...For the florida bugs and heat lol
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/05/12 07:36 AM

It is awesome being able to accurately snipe a neck shot @ 190 yards in total darkness!
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/05/12 09:25 AM

nice
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/07/12 08:39 PM

Thanks Phil. We are going to try them again tomorrow night too. Looking forward to meeting you at the Shot Show....
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/08/12 11:08 AM

yes we will have to have a whiskey and do they have women in Vegas?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/08/12 11:46 PM

FLIR T-50 takes down another coyote @ 160 yards, came into Coyote Distress #3 FoxPro:



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/09/12 12:07 PM

Simply amazing to be able to make a killer neck shot @ 160 yards at night in total darkness, they never know what hit them!
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/10/12 12:32 PM

your kicking my azz on coyotes, i'm going to night just to keep up
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/10/12 12:51 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Simply amazing to be able to make a killer neck shot @ 160 yards at night in total darkness, they never know what hit them!


Don't these Yotes get it yet, NOT to come through your neighborhood? grin

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/10/12 01:45 PM

Yesterday morning our resident Bald Eagle was having a fresh coyote for breakfast right after sunrise!!! drool

I dropped out about 200 pounds of hog offal last night, so I will be out and about tonight making a couple of coyote barks and howls letting them know that I have all this fresh hog to myself.....LOL grin
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/10/12 05:22 PM

I have to watch our team the TExans go 12-1 them may make a stand
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/12/12 07:42 AM

Here is a source for Thermal Targets for practicing with your FLIR T-50 at night or during the day:

http://www.inrangesupplies.com/index.php/thermal-targets.html

The targets reflect cold from the upper atmosphere and appear Hot to the thermal camera scopes....



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/12/12 09:11 PM

"WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

"PIG!"

"SOOIE!"

Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/12/12 09:15 PM

thats one hot moma, she looks excited to see you
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/12/12 09:45 PM

Originally Posted By: the impactzone
thats one hot moma, she looks excited to see you


She has a distinct preference for Texans.... scared
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/14/12 06:11 PM

Nailed this mangey adult male coyote @ 190 yard with one Barnes 70 grain TSX shot through the neck right at sundown, he came in to Coyote Pup Distress #3, he was a big ugly one about 45 pounds.... thumbup1



Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/14/12 06:22 PM

Nice..job..thats one ugly yote..
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/14/12 08:02 PM

he heared what a coyote killer you are and wanted to suicide by Skypup
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/14/12 08:30 PM

The Ranch Manager out here has been telling me about this albino coyote that he has been seeing this past year, he took a couple of pot shots at it with his 30:30 Winchester lever action but never hit it during the day.

I wonder if this is the 'yote he was telling me about? This was an adult male in good physical shape with some nice teeth but what hair he had on him was grey, not the normal color of the coyotes I normally see. He was a huge coyote and I estimate he weighed a good 45 pounds, pretty big for around here.

One thing is for sure, that was a LONG shot with the FLIR Thermal and the Barnes 70 grain nailed him right in the neck big time, I was glad to see him drop in his tracks! thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/19/12 05:03 PM

For Christmas this year I am upgrading my black rifle to a SIG 716 7.62X51mm with ACOG 4X TA02 - FLIR T-50 & DBAL-D2, will get it dialed in next week when the Barnes 130 grain TSX show up to load some shells

Should be a nice couple of weeks of hog and 'yote hunting coming up! grin





Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/19/12 08:18 PM

A 7.62mm Barnes 130 grain TSX @ 3,000 fps is going to be allot more smack down than a 5.56mm 70 grain TSX @ 2,800 fps......in fact this baby has more impact energy at 300 yards than my 556 has at the muzzle! scared

I still have my two 556s and they will NOT be safe queens any time soon....
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/19/12 09:46 PM

nice hog rig, my 243 with 80gr TSX under my D760 is my go to hog gun & 58 gr V-max for coyotes. may get a chance to go for Auadad next month, we can hunt exocits in texas at night, we will see how it stacks up.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/20/12 10:08 PM

Holy Molly, it was raining cats and dogs tonight with severe thunderstorms after dark. I had just purchased my new SIG 716 7.62mm three days ago and was able to sight it in after work when I got home today for the first time with some Hornady 7.62X51mm 110 grain TAP LE rounds, since I haven't had time to work up a proper handload for this rifle.

So, it rained about two inches from 5PM to 9PM and I figured I would mosey out into the backyard and check for any song dog action with the FLIR PS-32. It was difficult to see much thermal signature of anything after the rain but I was able to detect some motion across the prairie pond in the pine trees 250 yards out.

Put the ACOG TA02 crosshairs on his shoulder and squeezed the trigger at a good 225 yards out, instant DRT. grin

To say that I am impressed is a gross understatement..... scared



Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/21/12 10:21 AM

Nice job. What did the acog cost? Seems like that is working out great.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/21/12 10:33 AM

Mr. B., I have many different scopes and optics but I sure do love that ACOG, it is the new Night Vision compatible 4X LED single AA powered battery model TA02.

It is super lightweight, very short and hardly takes up any rail space, clear optics from edge to edge, great FOV, super nice reticule with six levels of daylight brightness and two levels of NV brightness which I can turn on or off as needed, and it is tough as nails. Normally I leave the reticule off if I am using the thermals, but they are nice when the thermals are removed and you are in a darkened area.

It cost me $1,200 but I liked it so very much I got another one. Perfect for the kind of mixed hog and coyote hunting I do primarily at night, but some during the day...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/24/12 01:29 PM

Thanks to TNVC for making this past year a very successful night hunting year!

With a couple more Night Vision gizmos and gadgets, the coming year should be even more successful!!!

Merry Christmas To All and Happy New Hunting Year too! thumbup
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/24/12 07:09 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Thanks to TNVC for making this past year a very successful night hunting year!

With a couple more Night Vision gizmos and gadgets, the coming year should be even more successful!!!

Merry Christmas To All and Happy New Hunting Year too! thumbup


Thank you for the kind words as always! Indeed a few more "gadgets" due out shortly...One of which has been highly anticipated. smile

Also a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/27/12 12:02 AM

FLIR keeps taking 'em down! thumbup







My friend's brother was down visiting from Illinois, he is a big dude, 6'4" 295 lbs. He had never gone night hog hunting before so we took him out. Walked about two miles and saw a sounder group but they jumped into some thick palmetto scrub and escaped. On the way back to the truck I saw this nice tusker with the FLIR PS-32 deep in the woods about 200 feet off the trail we were on. I gave my SIG 556 to my friend's brother and told him to put the crosshairs on his neck and double tap him with two Barnes 70 grain TSXs. He did the job and got his first boar hog!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/27/12 09:33 AM

No HOGS like that in Chicago! grin

Sounds like that friend had a great time.

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/27/12 05:57 PM

This hog is 100% a thermal hog, there is no way we could have detected him or shot him using our PVS-14s and Lasers.

He was in some deep tangles over 200 feet off the foot trail we were on and only the PS-32 and FLIR Thermal Weapon scope were able to take him out.

FLIR Thermals are a complete game changer when it comes to night hunting!
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/19/13 01:10 AM

Had similar situation last night. Hog 95yds in corn field, could see him with thermal no problem. With pvs14 and eagletac IR on low (500mw)image washed out from ir reflected back from corn stalks. With pvs14 and 30mw Ir laser with narrow beam I could just make out for a shot. Entered at neck exited thru spine by kidneys. Barnes 62gr tsx. Yote 124 yds entered behind ear blew out eyeball on exit. Thermal is a game changer. Just seeing the animal is one thing,but being able to target with thermal is the even bigger game changer.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/13 02:23 PM

FLIR is coming out with the T-65 later on this year to replace the current T-50, same beautiful clip on thermal weapon sight but with a 640X480 microbolometer that can be used in front of up to an 8X scope.

I love my T-50, and I am sure I will love that T-65 too!

Here is the FLIR T-70 courtesy of American Sniper & FLIR, by the WiseGuy:

http://vimeo.com/57558396

Enjoy
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/13 06:23 PM

The T-70 will be an amazing piece of kit at the higher magnifications.

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/13 06:36 PM

WiseGuy from FLIR Government Systems sent me this very nice autographed FLIR cap with a LED lighted visor and a great 2013 Calendar.

Thanks a bunch to the good folks @ FLIR, as I will be looking to acquire a FLIR T-65/T-70 later on this year when they are released.

It was great meeting you guys at the SHOT SHOW 2013 in Vegas, hope you did NOT get the flu there....


Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/13 06:47 PM

what will the cost be of the t65 you think?
Posted by: Dead Down Wind

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/13 07:12 PM

I am thinking about a PVS14, DBAL IR and a Helmet for scanning?

I currently have a Flir PS32 (Handheld) which is hard to put down and then find the critter in my D740.


Do i want to save some BUCKS and just get a helmet setup for my flir? I could scan with my left eye and then shoot with my right eye?

Your thoughts??

Thank you!
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/13 07:28 PM


DDW...

Are you using an emitter to help give some eye reflection?

I also try to find a distinguishable object....bush....tree....terrain change...to help mark the criitter so I have something to help identfy location when going to the NV unit. You can go above or below the critter to find an object to give you a referenced line of sight.
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/13 08:01 PM

With the t50 which has internal reticles (i guess unlike the t60) can you save more than one guns range settings?


Will the T65 have internal reticles?

Forget about another pvs14 this looks like the next step..
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/13 08:49 PM

you could probably buy 3 or 4 PVS units for the price of it if I had to guess but if I had property over run with hogs, I'd definitely have one. heck, if I had property outside my door to hunt I'd probably have one too... smile
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/13 08:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Benelli
With the t50 which has internal reticles (i guess unlike the t60) can you save more than one guns range settings?


Will the T65 have internal reticles?

Forget about another pvs14 this looks like the next step..


You can only use one of the internal reticules at a time for one gun, you cannot save the location of the adjustable reticules for each different weapon, however if you already have an optic, you do not need any of the reticles and there is no POI shift from your day optic when clipping on the T-50 to any of your rifles.

The T-65 will be an exact copy of the T-50, just with the upgraded microbolometer to 640X480 instead of 320X240....
Posted by: Dead Down Wind

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/30/13 03:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Gman757

DDW...

Are you using an emitter to help give some eye reflection?

I also try to find a distinguishable object....bush....tree....terrain change...to help mark the criitter so I have something to help identfy location when going to the NV unit. You can go above or below the critter to find an object to give you a referenced line of sight.



GMAN,

I am using my PS32 and then switching too my AR with D740 Gen# and Torch Pro illuminator.

I am trying too decide if i need a helmet with PVS14 and IR Laser???


I am tired of holding the Flir and then switching over to the D740. It is hard to get them back in the scope after i have tucked the Flir in my jacket so they don't see the lights reflecting from the Flir.

What are your thoughts on a helmet etc???
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/30/13 06:30 PM


DDW......PM sent.
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/30/13 08:02 PM

Might want to try helmet mounting the flir on left eye, keep your hands free and can use scope on rifle. I have been using it this way and like it. Look thru left eye for thermal and right eye for night vision.
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/05/13 07:25 PM

spoke with Kyle today at TNVC and he is sending me a D-760 to add to the arsenal. smile I got the standard tube so I could mount it to my .243 if the urge hits me. I am going to try the PVS helmet mounted again and switch to the 760 for the shot. also have the Flir to hand scan with.
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/05/13 09:35 PM

got the d760 om my 243, waiting on my first 500 yard coyote!, no reason it cant be done at night
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/05/13 09:47 PM

Shurshot, that is a great setup and a great combination of gear you have got now, you will like that scope allot!

I am waiting on the WASP to setup on one of mine.....
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/05/13 10:04 PM

I really wanted the WASP too, but until I can get the parts to build the AR I want to use it with I am not going to get it. I only have one rifle I can even mount a WASP on and that is the first stop for the 760. smile then I may later move it to the 243 after I get squared away with some more ammo for it.
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/05/13 10:17 PM

look for my M845 on sale to cover my wasp
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/08/13 07:38 PM

It was a difficult night for the thermal tonight, rained earlier and everything was a mono-temperature lightly grayed out. Was able to deploy the FLIR LS-64 up to #4 InstaAlert Red which usually I cannot use, but with the wetness and high winds it worked excellent, lighting up only coons, rabbits, deer and this nice male bobcat that I took out # 175 yards with one shot of handloaded 7.62mm Barnes 130 grain TSX.







No NV, just pure FLIR Thermal... thumbup1
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/08/13 08:17 PM

thats it skypup all that is needed to get me off the couch is one of your post! off I go to check zero and then down the road to try for another cat myslef.

nice bobcat brother
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/08/13 08:17 PM

BTW, I was about 5 minutes into Tony Tebbe's CowTip Cottontail on my Prairie Blaster when the cat showed up!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/08/13 09:05 PM

I was using the SIG 716 in 7.62mm instead of the SIG 556 in 5.56mm.

When I came back in the house from the backyard to get my camera my wife asks, "Did you get a big hog?"

I said, "No just a long range bobcat."

She said, "Wow, that sounded like a cannon going off!"

It is pretty loud, and I would have rather nailed a hog with it, when I went out to get him I could hear the hogs in the woods snorting and squealing around but so far they have not showed up.....yet!
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/08/13 09:52 PM

time to get a can on that thing! zero checked new seats on the war wagon, pup is callered, ready to go, just one more sip of group tighener.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/09/13 08:10 PM

Yes, I do need a 7.62mm can, now that I finally got my NFA Trust set up, this thing is loud!!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/10/13 08:32 PM

About 30 hogs showed up at the game cam tonight that I saw with the LS-64, by the time I ran in to get my rifle there were about 9 or 10 left as the others were walking out into the deep woods, did not get a shot but it sure was a big sounder group and I was pumped full of adrenaline trying to get on them. They'll be back and hopefully I'll be more ready for them next time....
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/10/13 09:19 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Yes, I do need a 7.62mm can, now that I finally got my NFA Trust set up, this thing is loud!!!


I am also looking forward to some quieter shooting. I bought the YHM 762 QD Titanium and hoping to see it soon.....I am in my 6th month of waiting and have been told they are coming in at around 7 months. That is what it took for my .22 suppressor also.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/11/13 08:36 PM

I have been using an A-Alpha half shell this past year for my ITT Pinnacle Night Enforcer PVS-14s, started out with a Nortoros USGI Rhino mount and later got a Wilcox L-4 which I really like using a Nortoros Dual Dovetail Adapter, excellent setup!

However, after using this helmet for hours on end, when I was at the TNVC Booth at the Shot Show in Vegas, I got to try on the Team Wendy Exfil Carbon Fiber helmet and really liked this allot. When I returned home I immediately ordered the Team Wendy Exfil and a Nortoros INVG mount for this unit.

I already had a couple of EagleTac 3,400mW IR LED flashlights, Olight M-20 Crimson RED LED flashlights, some Princeton Tec Red and IR lights and some EOG battery holders so it was easy to equip the Team Wendy helmet with all the gear that I had been using and need to use.

This helmet fits and wears excellent for hours on end. The entire helmet and mounting equipment is just perfect for my long excursions out into the woods at night on our hunts.

The adjustments of the Nortoros INVG mounts and the instant lock down on the Team Wendy Exfil feels really great and is a MAJOR improvement over my other helmet setup, which now can be a loaner unit for our friends we invite out with us.

Here are some pics and a big thanks to Vic and Kyle @ TNVC for helping me put this together!







Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/11/13 08:51 PM

looks good Skypup. now you need another PVS in desert sand to match! smile

if I could get used to the helmet I have and be able to wear it for at least a couple hours I would consider an upgrade because mine doesn't feel good at all. I have the A Alpha also. I have a counter weight on the way, so I have my fingers crossed that will help.

Skypup, is that the mount that works with the PS-32 people are using? I may try to mount that sometime also.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/12/13 10:02 AM

I think that you can use the Nortoros Dual Dovetail mount with a PS-32 but I have not tried that yet myself...

This helmet is a HUGE improvement over the A-Alpha, there really is no comparison, I use the C-123 and AA batteries in the packs on the rear of the helmet as counter weights.
Posted by: family guy

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/12/13 11:08 AM





The mount is simple to make, if you have a Norotos INVG Mount and dual dove tail adapter for a pvs-14. Takes about 15 mins. Take off the extra dove tail and drill out the snap ring so you can remove the screw and replace it with a longer one. With helmet on hold FLIR up to eye and measure the length between two screw holes. Cut aluminium flat stock slightly longer and drill holes. The problem with this is that MY ls-64 won't work up side down after a few minutes. When it was working I really liked it.


SkyPup
That is a nice looking helmet set up, thanks for sharing.

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/12/13 11:50 AM

Since this is a family site, I had to censor my TNVC patch LOMF.....

Thanks for that FLIR thermal hookup pictorial, that is easy enough to do.
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/12/13 12:53 PM


Skypup...

You are cracking me up dude......

This has to be your next purchase.....take out a whole sounder of hogs at one time.....only $19,500

It even matches your new helmet.... smile



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/17/13 08:24 PM

We went out on the prairie right before dark this afternoon to work on some gate fencing and feeder placement, I arrived a little earlier than my friend did did so I took a walk out into the woods alone. Within 100 yards I came up on this big sow feeding with a dozen or so piglets about 150 feet in front of me so I shot her with the SIG 716 7.62mm and she took off. I walked around into the deep woods looking for her and couldn't find her in the terrible vines and brambles so decided to walk back out and see if my buddy had showed up yet. As I was leaving the woods he just pulled up and I told him I nailed a sow but she is in the thick underbrush.

He and I went in looking for her and when we got to the spot where I had shot her we saw about six piglets, so we shot two of them and went looking for the sow some more. We split up and circled around the thickets and could not see the sow anywhere? Dom heard some rustling in the leaves about 75 yards from where we were standing so we stalked carefully over towards the noise. Suddenly the noise is coming towards us in the very thick underbrush where we could only see 30 feet in any direction and out pops about 6 more piglets, so we shot three more of them and low and behold we find they were sucking the teats of the dead sow I had shot an hour earlier!!! We find the dead sow right there!!!

What a day!!! It was windy and freezing and cold as [beeep] and we headed back home after dark.






Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/17/13 08:35 PM

Great story Skypup and good shooting.

Vic
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/17/13 10:50 PM

Nice going..what and how is that pic rail attached to the barrel of the bolt rifle?

I need one of those sleds too...
Thanks...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/18/13 07:22 AM

That is a Savage .308 with a 24 inch target barrel with a Bushnell 6-18X-60mm long range scope. The picitanny rail attaches to the barrel with some allen set screws and we mount an IR laser on it.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/18/13 02:49 PM

Mr B, we picked up that sled up in Illinois last month, it works perfect for pulling out a mess of hogs from the deep woods (even without the snow....).

Just slip a one inch diameter PVC pipe about 18" long over the front pull rope to use as a handle.

We hauled this mess of hogs out about 350 yards to the truck....good thing it was about 35*F out or would have been sweating.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/18/13 02:59 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
That is a Savage .308 with a 24 inch target barrel with a Bushnell 6-18X-60mm long range scope. The picitanny rail attaches to the barrel with some allen set screws and we mount an IR laser on it.


SkyPup...How did that IR laser hold zero attached to the barrel like that along with overall accuracy with barrel harmonics and all?

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/18/13 05:18 PM

So far it has worked just great with zero problems, of course we are not using it over 100 yards or so at night, but he has a strong BeamShot IR laser on it, I tried to talk him into an LDI but no luck....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/18/13 05:19 PM

Hog offal provides breakfast for mature male bald eagle last night.....couple of buzzards in the foreground but those are all Osceola Wild Turkeys in the background!!!! w00t

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/19/13 04:30 PM

Finally managed to get three Bald Eagles in one photo, however there are two more right outside the photo border for a total of Five Bald Eagles!

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/20/13 04:39 PM

My buddy nailed a bigun last night without me....

SkyPup and I have been busy over the past few days. In just a little over 24 hours starting late Saturday night, he and I took out an entire sounder group consisting of 3 large sows and 5 piglets in the 30 pound range. After having cleaned all of these pigs, I went last night to add feed to the feeders and traps with no intention of really spending any time looking to shoot another pig. I moved a feeder to a new location in a newly mowed area and also added feed to an existing feeder near this location. Once I finished this, I stopped to look at a fresh rooting area adjacent to this feeder, alas this is where I made my mistake….

While I was looking at the new rooting area, two separate large hogs crossed the mowed path. These hogs were moving from left to right and did not notice me or slow down as they crossed. I was not able to get a good bead or shot on them as it would have been a spray and pray type shot. It was nearly dark so I began to prepare to leave. At that moment, a hog way off in the distance came out of the brush and started to “saunter” down the path toward me. He was a good 300 yards away and it was not going to be a good shot to take without a rest. So I decided to just start walking towards him to see if I could decrease the shooting distance. He did not come towards me very fast and I was able to “sneak” up on him in my blue scrubs… at about 225 yards I decided that it was about as much distance as I could make up in my not-so-camo outfit. I stepped to the side of the mowed path and waited. He again started to make a move towards me so I scoped him to see if I had a shot. Since he was pointed directly at me, the target zone was small at that distance and I waited to see if that would change. There was nothing to rest my rifle on so I made my best shooting platform and stood very still and waited and watched. As he neared the 200 yard range, he stopped and then turned to my right as if he were going to leave the path. As he turned, he hesitated for a moment and found something on the ground that he needed to either smell of taste… Here was my shot and I sent a 150grain hand loaded Game king down range at nearly 3,000 feet per second from my Savage Model 12 with its new target trigger(thanks Doc!). At the moment of impact, the hog tumbled over and it was a super clean kill. As I prepared to go get a good look at it, I thought it was a large animal even looking through the scope. Once I got to the boar, I was able to see that is was one of the, if not the largest hogs I have taken yet. The cutters on him are a good 4 inches long and razor sharp.

Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/20/13 05:55 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Finally managed to get three Bald Eagles in one photo, however there are two more right outside the photo border for a total of Five Bald Eagles!



LOL...Notice the "skeleton" crew out there as well. Classic!

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/21/13 06:24 PM

Two more adult Bald Eagles showed up today:


Posted by: Dead Down Wind

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/21/13 06:25 PM

They be looking hungry!

Slaughter them a hog!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/25/13 12:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Dead Down Wind
They be looking hungry!

Slaughter them a hog!


We got twenty last night, will post some pics later. Just another good reason to have a 30 round magazine with you.... thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/25/13 04:20 PM

We cleaned up last night! grin



Posted by: Dead Down Wind

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/25/13 04:27 PM

Holy Pork Loins Batman!




Good work Thom!!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/25/13 07:02 PM

I've got my handloads working real nice in the 7.62X51mm, using Barnes 130 grain TSX in '10 LC brass with 50.0 grains of Hodgdon BLC-2.
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/26/13 07:42 AM

Wow! Love the neck shot.

I would be out of .223 bullets after that hunt!

Been waiting for the manufacturer to ship..
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/26/13 09:42 AM

Also ordered three new 720nm IR objective filters to go with these new ITT Pinnacle PVS-14s:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=181071230285
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/26/13 12:56 PM

It was quite a job gathering them up and loading them, we only cleaned out the four big sows and one boar, the rest are coyote bait....

Posted by: 6mm06

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/26/13 06:08 PM


Wow! I would say you did indeed clean up.

Nice job.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/27/13 08:47 AM

I'd say TNVC's logo sez things pretty good!!! thumbup


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/04/13 09:18 PM

If anyone cannot understand the utility of NODs for night hunting, this video should explain it all to ya!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF8MD8kRtos
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/13 10:43 PM

I finally got my MoroVision MonoCam and Olympus TG-820 digital camera hooked up to one of my ITT Pinnacle PVS-14s for taking NV videos and photographs.

The Olympus TG-820 camera is ruggedized and waterproof down to 33 feet and so is the PVS-14, so I could actually do some NV SCUBA filming sometime?[:P]

The camera takes 12MB photos and/or 1080P High Definition video, so this setup will really be nice for recording some of our hunts.

The camera also has a huge LCD in back, so I may be able to take some through the scope kill videos too.

I like it allot and will be putting it to good use soon....

http://morovision.com/monocam/monocam-kit-nepvs14-17.html

http://tnvc.com/shop/monocam-digital-cam...acle-monocular/


Here is a pic of the rear of the house and my KTM 690 Enduro just for kicks;



Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/13 11:20 PM

looks good Skypup. will be looking forward to see video from it too. I have been wanting one of those since I got my PVS! enjoy!
Posted by: JB55

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/13 03:44 AM

Yur gonna put yur eye out with that thing! LOL I bought my daughter a Go Pro camera for Christmas, along with all kinds of extra mounts. Not sure if you are familiar with them, but they take HD quality video and mount on a helmet.

My wife and daughter skied in CO this year and I was amazed at the quality, so I am now attempting to use the camera, attached to PVS-14. Will let you know how it works.

This was filmed with a Go Pro, although there is a newer video now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKqTe8F18sQ
Posted by: JB55

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/13 03:51 AM

Holy [Bleepers] Batman! I sure hope my self-made attachment works with the Go Pro. Nice camera Thom, but EXPENSIVE! Oh, they probably gave it to you 'cause they like you so much.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/13 07:28 AM

I've had Go-Pro HDs for years for filming our kart road races, in fact I have two of them, they work really nice and like you I would LOVE to have an NV attachment to hook up a PVS-14 to them, that would be awesome!

I even wrote GO-PRO about this and making a Picitanny Rail mount for them, they made the Picitanny rail mount for the Go-Pros but not the PVS-14 adapter.

The MonoCam NV setup is nice, it will take me awhile to learn how to operate it to the max but first impressions is very high quality, plus I can take 1080P High Density movies too with the NVO!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/13 07:52 PM



Maybe some DBAL IR videos next, the hogs have been rooting up a storm here lately, so will try them this weekend....
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/07/13 12:00 AM

Looks like you could mount a high powered flash on top rail ! laugh
Are you using auto or manual for iso settings, focus. Hand held or tripod mounted.
After spending all that $$$$ looks like you forgot to replace battery laugh
Nice photos, can't wait to see videos.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/07/13 07:25 AM

haha, those are hand held automatic settings, I will take out the tripod and try some manual adjustment settings when I get a chance, it will work MUCH better off a tripod.

That red light in the PVS-14 signifies that the IR Illumination light is on, needed it for a clear photo as it was pitch dark out with no moon and just a few stars.

The MoroVision setup is very nice and the Olympus camera is pretty easy to operate too, I have three other Olympus, two Casio, and two Sony and this one is pretty [beeep] nice....
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/07/13 09:23 AM

Great pics especially for auto settings. I forgot the IR lights the red indicator also.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/13 11:46 AM

Some of the best pics that I have ever taken, (taken quite a few over the years) has been with a digi camera set to auto with the flash canceled. I usually take 5 shots of each, and take the best one. Drawbacks with any camera is the image always looks better in real life especially in the blooming dept. Case in point with SkyPup's rear of the house pic above. No way was there a complete white out you see in the pic while viewing real time with your eyes.

PVS-14 camera shots also tend to be a whole lot easier vs. day scopes looking into a clip-on! cursing

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/10/13 05:50 PM

Got another hog last night with the T-50 and LS-64 and the Bald Eagles showed up first thing in the morning for some tactical bacon leftovers...

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/10/13 09:37 PM

DBAL-D2 IR laser @175 yards using MonoCam & ITT Pinnacle PVS-14 on very dark starry night:



Coon with IR laser @ 175 yards:

Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/11/13 04:53 PM

Impressive laser shot!..thanks for sharing..Are you centering the bloom or when it hits the raccoon are u seeing a smaller bloom.

Thanks
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/11/13 06:03 PM

I was using the IR Illuminator on the DBAL-D2 to eliminate the bloom entirely, can't take a decent photo of the Torch Pro or the DBAL IR Illum yet because it is all super bright white out, have got to learn how to adjust the camera and PVS-14 to handle any additional IR spot lights....

The IR output from the Torch Pro and DBAL is incredible through the camera.
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/11/13 06:11 PM

I assume you still use your IR filter on your PVS and still had the problem.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/11/13 07:34 PM

Yeah, Shurshot, I had the 720nm IR filter on the PVS-14 and it does not cut out the 850nm IR beams at all. The photos were too much white out.

Here is the DBAL @ 175 yards:



Here is the Torch Pro @ 175 yards:



What was rather interesting is that the view through the real time LCD on the back of the camera showed huge gobs of IR balls being thrown downrange towards the game cam tree like comets every couple of seconds! It was a very impressive looking weird phenomenon, have not seen that before in the videos I have taken, must be some abnormality of look through the camera lens to LCD when not recording?
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/11/13 11:58 PM

interesting... I had the opposite happen when I tried to use the camera adapter on my digital camera. everything looked great through the viewfinder but the pictures came out black. something definitely going on different through NV it seems.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/12/13 07:36 AM

NV photography is definitely an art, will take more time to figure it all out...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/12/13 09:35 PM

Bald Eagles like coons with their bacon....

Posted by: kyle crickenberger

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/13/13 03:36 PM

skypup, do you get the white out with the camera taking just pics or video as well?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/13/13 07:34 PM

The video has different settings that work better automatically than the photos do, so no, the video are not affected so drastically, here is a short video:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/DBAL%20I2/DBAL-I2.wmv
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/13/13 08:29 PM

Here is another video with more night filming of the TNVC Torch Pro and the LDI DBAL-D2 IR laser:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/Torch%20Pro/Pro%20Torch%20IR%20320.wmv
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/14/13 12:03 AM

good job on the videos, keep em comin!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/17/13 09:37 AM

We walked out into the deep swamps on about a two mile hike to two of our feeders and hung out for around two hours listening to hogs rooting and sparring in the deep swamp thickets and ponds all around us but never had any come out in the open.

It was a beautiful clear sky night with stars shining brightly all the way down to the horizon with the PVS-14s working great under the quarter moon.

We hiked back to the truck about 2AM and loaded up to drive home.

Went through two locked gates on the way out and at the last gate I had my PVS-14 still on as I locked the gates and noticed two dark contrast objects in the jeep trail right up in front of us.

Took out the FLIR PS-64 thermal and thought that they were just large surface limerocks around 100 yards out as they were hot but not moving around, but looking at them with the NVO, one of them had an outline of a hog?

Looking more closely, I could see one hog standing sideways and another standing with its rear to us with the LS-64 thermal scanner.

We had been shutting the gates, slamming truck doors, talking, and the motor was running and there was not sign these hogs were even moving with all the noise and commotion over a five minute period of time?

Mounted the SIG 716 with Barnes 130 grain TSX handloads and put the ACOG TA02 crosshairs on the neck of one and pulled the trigger, he dropped dead and the other one took off, put the crosshairs on his head and shot, he drops with a round through his neck that split his spine in half.

No meat damage at all, both hogs were head shot and the 7.62mm did an immediate kill on both of them.





Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/17/13 06:49 PM

Nice way to go. Better later than never!
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/22/13 01:52 PM

Started new thread! Could not delete post
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/25/13 09:32 PM



Here are a couple of representative photos of my Thompson Center Contender with custom Match Grade Machine 20" 1:7" twist barrel with a Redfield 3-9X-50mm on it and some MonoCam PVS-14 photos of it and through the scope, my game cam tree is 175 yards, if I had a rest for the rifle the photos would be awesome, unfortunately this is only free hand wiggle.....

TC RIFLE:



Game Cam Tree @ 175 yards no magnificaiton through the MonoCam & PVS-14



Through the scope @ 6X with IR:



Through the scope @ 9X NO IR:



Remember this is free hand, if I had a rifle rest it would be much much better....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/25/13 10:21 PM

The "Hot Spot" on the tree is my game cam's IR flash lens reflecting back when the IR light is on it...I have killed hundreds of hogs next to that tree over the years, I call it my BACON TREE! grin
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/25/13 10:59 PM

if the bacon tree could only talk... smile
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/25/13 11:00 PM

if the bacon tree could only talk... smile
Posted by: JB55

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/26/13 03:22 AM

I have a spot on my property with two trees within 30 feet of each other and those trees have seen MANY dead hogs. I call the spot my 'Killing Field.'
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/13 09:45 PM

OK, fellas, I finally nailed the BLOOMING HOLY GRAIL!

The LDI Neutral Density Filter works absolutely perfect and sheds the bloom, leaving a nice precise laser beam footprint!





Here are the photos of it from my MonoCam ITT PVS-14 setup at 175 yards using exact same camera settings, one set is 1X and the other set is zoomed in some for a close up of the beam footprint.










You just leave the filter cap on over the lasers for low power, and flip the cap over to use high power, super simple and it even works now if you had forgotten to flip the cap to begine with and then needed to use it...
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/13 09:52 PM

what do they cost...nice work..
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/13 09:54 PM

I got mine from Optics Planet for $20:

http://www.opticsplanet.com/laser-devices-neutral-density-filter-for-dbal-a2-and-dbal-a3.html

What a totally awesome improvement!!! w00t
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/13 10:10 PM

I have been wanting to setup a 4.5x lens on the rifle and use the ir laser for aiming while keeping the pvs14 head mounted, so for quick shooting rifle kept low, for long distance raise rifle and look thru 4.5x lens no offset because laser is the poi no matter what angle you view it from. Only have ir laser, ir light and magnifier on rifle. I think i need to offset the magnifier, does the push on type magnifier hold solid if used head mounted for long range shooting only.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/13 10:23 PM

Yeah, you could certainly do that but it is a headache, it is more weight on your head and you cannot walk around that way as distances are distorted.

The way I use the laser is mount the PVS-14 with magnifier on the rail of the rifle and just use it that way when you turn on the laser it is magnified close up....
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/13 10:33 PM

Thats how I have it PVS14 4.5x with eotech rifle mounted, I have thermal over left eye for scanning helmet mounted, with a small flex light 12" shaft with shrink tube as a shroud that lights up the trail a few feet in front of me so I can see small branches or twigs so that I don't make any noise it mounts thru my belt loops and is my wee wee light laugh . The light with the shroud cannot be seen from 10 or so feet due to the shroud, I can bend it any direction. I was wanting to know if the push on magnifier is solid, That way I could use the pvs14 head mounted and only push on the 3x magnifier to shoot long distances using shooting stix
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/13 10:41 PM

You can do that with the 3X magnifier but it is a hassle as the slip on is a loose fit and will fall off.

The only time I use the slip on is in a stand for a quick close up view or laying down in the horse pasture watching the stars and meteors.

If you do not screw the 3X into the PVS-14 objective, it will accidentally all off.
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/13 10:44 PM

That was my concern, I was thinking of a cam lock type, like the one for the camera you are using. Quickly attach the 4.5x when needed for shooting long range. When sitting and calling leave it rifle mounted, when on the move head mounted with laser then 4.5x when needed to shoot or quick scan. I think with the ls64 the scanning with the pvs14 will be thing of the past.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/13 11:13 PM

The Cam Lock is real nice to use and reliable, very quick too.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/28/13 07:22 AM

It does not make any mention of the filter strength on the filter or the packaging from LDI.

But this LDI Neutral Density filter works great on the DBAL-D2 turning it into a two level IR laser, low & high, there is another model available for the DBAL-I2 and OTAL & ITAL lasers...

Low seems to be equal to about 0.1mW and High is of course 0.7mW.

Here is a comparison shot from my 0.1mW LASTAC pistol laser compared to the 0.7mW IR DBAL-I2:



LASTAC by itself:

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/28/13 09:44 PM

Here is the pictorial story of the LASTAC 0.1mW IR laser compared to the DBAL-D2 0.7mW IR laser close up @ 30 yards and @ 175 yards to show the major decrease in bloom associated with the use of the LDI Neutral Density Filter on a 0.7mW IR laser footprint:







Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/29/13 09:19 PM

Skypup - I ordered one of those filters for my I2 and it's backordered for 2 to 4 months... lol
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/30/13 07:21 PM

Unfortunately, as soon as I posted this everyone is suddenly sold out! scared

The LDI Part Number of the ND filter I am using on my DBAL-D2s is FA05349-01

Neutral Density Filter - Black

The filter itself is very black glass and you cannot see through it at all unless looking through it at the sun.

The correct filter for the civilian legal IR laser in the DBAL-I2 is FA06147-01

It is nice to be able to use it without having to remember to take the cap off...
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/30/13 09:42 PM

yep, that's the one. Laser Devices Neutral Density Filter - Black LD-LA-NeutralFilter-FA06147-01 for the DBAL I2.

I figure one of these days I will get it. it would be nice not to worry about remembering to remove the cap for sure. nice find!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/01/13 07:52 AM

Vic is checking out if TNVC has any in stock as they used to list them on their website, will let you know is he does. That would be great!

I ordered three more for myself and a friend from Optics Planet but they are backordered for 4-5 months...
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/01/13 12:13 PM

that would be great. thanks
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/01/13 12:41 PM

Ya know, Clasky and I were just discussing this. It's funny we had these available several years ago before the Class 1's were even out and were only used with the high power/restricted units.

We all still have them on our HP lasers at times, but we never really put them on our Class 1's because most of us still have to use the restricted units for the LE and Mil training we do.

Will get these back up on our site as soon as we dig around here.

Vic
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/01/13 12:48 PM

thumbup thanks!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/02/13 11:38 AM

Dinner!

Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/02/13 07:53 PM

This stuff needs to be in National Geographic magazine. Great stuff once again!

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/02/13 08:25 PM

What a Bird, he ripped the hog's head right off! scared

Actually he picked it up right after this photo and flew about 200 feet with it before he dropped it...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/06/13 02:42 AM

FLIR Thermal and Barnes 70 grain TSX puts down another boar tonight, one shot DOA @ 125 yards:

Posted by: 6mm06

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/06/13 10:27 AM


Nice job, Skypup.

A question about the Barnes TSX, have you tried that bullet on coyotes? It certainly penetrates well for hogs, just curious about how it might perform on coyotes, if it's fur-friendly etc while still anchoring them.
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/06/13 04:24 PM

no pics but got a bobcat and coyote btoh picked up with the 64's the cat was spoted at over 300 yards stalking a rabbit, then came right into the call.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/07/13 12:40 PM

Originally Posted By: the impactzone
no pics but got a bobcat and coyote btoh picked up with the 64's the cat was spoted at over 300 yards stalking a rabbit, then came right into the call.


Was that new "doggy" involved? How is she? smile

Vic
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/07/13 01:29 PM

Vic go check out the lions, bears, and hound forum, under my pup turned it up a notch, she made two great tracks baying both the cat and coyote, now if I can just remember which way is up on the scope I'll stop blowing their legs off and she wont have to work so hard LOL
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/07/13 09:54 PM

Originally Posted By: 6mm06

Nice job, Skypup.

A question about the Barnes TSX, have you tried that bullet on coyotes? It certainly penetrates well for hogs, just curious about how it might perform on coyotes, if it's fur-friendly etc while still anchoring them.



I use it on coyotes when I see them but it is not a preferred round for them as it pretty much goes right through them unless you hit some major bone structure in the shoulder. The smaller Barnes Varmint Grenade 40 grain would be best for coyotes, I just use the 70 grain since I am normally loaded for hogs. If I do see a coyote, I got for a shoulder or head shot when using this round....we got three more sows and three more boars tonight, no pics but I am covered with mud and blood.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/11/13 01:31 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Here is the pictorial story of the LASTAC 0.1mW IR laser compared to the DBAL-D2 0.7mW IR laser close up @ 30 yards and @ 175 yards to show the major decrease in bloom associated with the use of the LDI Neutral Density Filter on a 0.7mW IR laser footprint:










TNVC should have these LDI Laser Neutral Density Filters up on their site in the next day or two for about $17 each....
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/11/13 01:59 PM

thanks, I'll keep my eye out for it. takes a while to sift through the site.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/11/13 02:08 PM

Will have these up on the web site today or tomorrow WITH a link. cool Thanks guys.

Vic
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/11/13 06:59 PM

Up on the web site now! http://tnvc.com/shop/laser-neutral-density-filter/
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/11/13 11:39 PM

thank Vic! just ordered it along with a couple other things... smile
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/12/13 07:21 AM

Me too, got another one for my other DBAL-D2 and one for my DBAL-I2....
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/12/13 11:55 AM

Let you all know, we only got single digit TAN units in and they sold out quick. Black is all that is in stock.

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/12/13 06:41 PM

Team Wendy EXFIL, TNVC ITT Pinnacle MultiCam PVS-14, Nortoros INVG, Nortoros Dual Dovetail, EagleTac 3.4W IR, Olight M-20 Crimson RED LED, Princeton Tec IR, Vis, Red LED, Photonics IR mini lights







Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/13/13 01:01 AM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
Let you all know, we only got single digit TAN units in and they sold out quick. Black is all that is in stock.

Vic


maybe my luck is changing... I must have made the cut because I got a tracking number today! laugh
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/15/13 03:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
Let you all know, we only got single digit TAN units in and they sold out quick. Black is all that is in stock.

Vic


Btw gents, just found out LDI is NOT making any more Neutral Density Filters in TAN any longer, only BLACK and FOLIAGE colors. Foliage is taking much longer to produce as well.

Customers who have ordered from us will be getting call backs real soon from Jaimie on the color choices which at the present time is black only. Thanks!

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/20/13 07:00 PM

FLIR Thermal helps to bust Boston terrorist!


The used a FLIR Star SAFIRE HD

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/police-release-photos-showing-bombing-suspect-in-boat

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/21/13 09:13 PM

Was out tonight and was able to blast these three hogs @ 125 yards using the FLIR Thermal, it was raining like [beeep] and they were in some tall grass but they stood out like a sore thumb in the FLIR.



Loaded them up to drag them back to the truck and no sooner did I get them loaded that another sounder group showed up and took down two more, for a total of five.

Thermal Rocks! grin
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/21/13 09:25 PM

hope all that bacon doesn't go to waste! nice going Skypup!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/22/13 07:24 AM

We cleaned up all five of them and everything is on ice. What a job that was but everything looked pretty good.

We were absolutely totally soaked through and through, it started raining when we got out there before sundown and did not stop, only got worse.

Good thing all our gear is waterproof. When I got home I held my wife's hair dryer on my rifle for about twenty minutes to heat it up and dry it out and then soaked everything liberally with WD-40, will take it down this weekend and clean out the receiver and bore.

It was allot of fun being out in the dark in the rain, only wish I had had a rain suit with me.... blush
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/22/13 09:18 AM

Military style rain poncho, keep gear underneath until time to blast away.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/22/13 04:00 PM

Here is one of my three night vision/thermal hog/coyote gun rigs:


Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/22/13 05:25 PM

The Game Wardens must love you! grin My guess you know most of them!

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/22/13 05:59 PM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
The Game Wardens must love you! grin My guess you know most of them!

Vic


Vic, we have turned the FWC officers onto many new NV/Thermal things that they did not even know existed, they are lucky to be able to check out a used scratched up pair of PVS-7 goggles......but yeah they are great folks to work with!

I have spoke with the Rural Sheriff's Deputies on the phone to let them know when and where we are operating at night because sometimes we are adjacent to high end subdivisions that are getting attacked by herds of wild hogs, I am waiting for the time that they actually come up on us at night out on a hunt....should be interesting. Even though we are licensed and well documented, I am sure they are going to flip out when they see us.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/22/13 06:18 PM

Thermal actually works very well at night in the pouring rain....when virtually nothing else works very well. [:)]

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/22/13 06:53 PM

Word to Hogs:

Resistance is futile...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/22/13 09:39 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Word to Hogs:

Resistance is futile...


Just wait until I get my Next Generation night vision/thermal fusion equipment sorted out......




scared
Posted by: 5spd

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/22/13 10:50 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Here is one of my three night vision/thermal hog/coyote gun rigs:

You NEED more lights on yer skull!
To much weight up there for my usages. I need to KISS out here.
Whats the total weight on the helmet set up?
Im wondering how the heck I could even stay warm with a helmet unit when its freezing out here calling from Oct. to May even though Im body warm & bundled the head losses the most heat.
Posted by: 5spd

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/22/13 10:52 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Word to Hogs:
Resistance is futile...

Just wait until I get my Next Generation night vision/thermal fusion equipment sorted out......


You will have to change your site name to...SKYBORGpup if that ever happens....:)
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/23/13 07:16 AM

The helmet with all my gear weighs about four pounds, about the same as my Shoei full face motorcycle helmet, but you can always instantly take whatever off the Team Wendy helmet that you don't need or want to carry. The helmet itself is super light weight carbon fiber.

It has plenty of room due to the nice liner and Boa closure setup to include a skull cap to keep your head warm, however I often use the skull cap to absorb perspiration and keep sweat from rolling down into my eyes as usually it is hot as [beeep] here and extremely humid in the swamps of Florida.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/24/13 07:20 PM

This LDI SPIR (Special Purpose LED IR Illuminator) is one sweet setup, very professional looking & feeling design with excellent ergonomics, comes complete with weapon mount, remote, & batteries.

Weight is 9.8 ounces complete with weapon clip-on mount and remote switch, runs on two CR-123 in a side by side installation, so cannot run 18650 Li rechargeables in it.

The unit appears to be waterproof and the battery installation receptacle is rubber sealed with a clip open-close switch. There is a Hi (600mW) and Low (300mW) selector switch for the IR beam.

I'll try taking some NV pics of it with the NV MonoCam tonight but I believe it is about full moon, so don't really need any IR Illum...







Maybe I'll try walking out a hundred yards or so and taking a regular light pic back at it to see how much of the red glow you can detect downrange at different angles off center of the beam (bolt locked open...)
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/24/13 09:58 PM

The SPIR functions virtually identical to my two DBAL-D2 IR LED Illuminators, which is to say it works extremely well.

Also great for NV photographers as you can simply mount the unit onto your camera setup to illuminate the darkest of night photo shoots too!











Very nice IR Illuminator IMHO.....
Posted by: Dead Down Wind

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/24/13 10:27 PM

Is this the IR that sells for $550+

If so? Is it 2 or more times better that a torch pro?
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/24/13 10:28 PM

Skypup, how does it compare to the Torch Pro? by these pics it doesn't seem as powerful. smaller maybe but not as powerful.
Posted by: Dead Down Wind

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/24/13 11:10 PM

Shurshot,

I can tell you that I see the same thing you do as far as power from the torch pro!

I have a torch and have since purchased a night optics LR IR and it was a lot less than the torch! It has a beam that is much tighter, wind age and elevation adjustments and is price well below the torch. I have taken the torch off because it was not noticeably brighter and I could not adjust the beam to center with my reticle on my d740.

That is why I asked above if the ldi is two or more times better than the torch. I believe I saw the ldi priced at $500 - $680!

It should come with an AR for that price!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/24/13 11:22 PM

The Torch Pro is a much better buy that is for sure, but this will have it's use on another NV rifle setup I am putting together to work in conjunction with the TNVC WASP Clip-On NV.

I have the Torch Pro on still another NV rifle now and needed the SPIR for the new NV build.

As far as power and focusing ability, they are pretty similar...main difference is the SPIR has low and high while the Torch Pro is one output.
Posted by: Dead Down Wind

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/24/13 11:30 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
The Torch Pro is a much better buy that is for sure, but this will have it's use on another NV rifle setup I am putting together to work in conjunction with the TNVC WASP Clip-On NV.

I have the Torch Pro on still another NV rifle now and needed the SPIR for the new NV build.

As far as power and focusing ability, they are pretty similar...main difference is the SPIR has low and high while the Torch Pro is one output.


So, in plain English it (LDI) is not worth $680, it is not as powerful as the torch and for an additional $430 or so you get a high/low switch!

How do you justify the price for your new set up?

You could get 2 torch pro's and somebody to carry your equipment for a week!
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/25/13 01:53 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
The Torch Pro is a much better buy that is for sure, but this will have it's use on another NV rifle setup I am putting together to work in conjunction with the TNVC WASP Clip-On NV.

I have the Torch Pro on still another NV rifle now and needed the SPIR for the new NV build.

As far as power and focusing ability, they are pretty similar...main difference is the SPIR has low and high while the Torch Pro is one output.


thanks for the info. I sure do like the Torch Pro. I now have the Torch EL without a home since I got the Pro. If my parts ever come in for my new build I will have a place for it though.

I appreciate your posting of these products and don't appreciate someone else making an issue out of it. If someone thinks it's not for them, fine. But there is no need to act like a child unless they are just that.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/25/13 07:28 AM

Originally Posted By: Dead Down Wind
Originally Posted By: SkyPup
The Torch Pro is a much better buy that is for sure, but this will have it's use on another NV rifle setup I am putting together to work in conjunction with the TNVC WASP Clip-On NV.

I have the Torch Pro on still another NV rifle now and needed the SPIR for the new NV build.

As far as power and focusing ability, they are pretty similar...main difference is the SPIR has low and high while the Torch Pro is one output.


So, in plain English it (LDI) is not worth $680, it is not as powerful as the torch and for an additional $430 or so you get a high/low switch!

How do you justify the price for your new set up?

You could get 2 torch pro's and somebody to carry your equipment for a week!


As a matter of fact, I do NOT justify the price of any of my equipment that I purchase to anyone but myself (and my wife... laugh ).

I only posted this review of this instrument, as I do the other "things" I use in my night hunting adventures, for folks here to look at and consider and increase their NV knowledge base.

It is very difficult to get any unbaised views of expensive NV/Thermal equipment and it is also very difficult to walk into any local stores and get a hands on confirmation of whether or not these accessories will fit your rifle, your style, your purposes, or your budget.

Other than that, it is my stuff and I use it for hunting at night. blink
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/25/13 08:59 AM

Thanks for the pics and reviews! The pics allow each person to decide if that's what they want for the $$$ vs spend the $$$ and not like it. I have a ghetto $35 780nm focusable laser module in a mini mag light (2xAA batts last a mth) and so far have not seen any of the ir lights that can touch it as far as range @175 yds its full fov using the 4.5x lens or else it is very bright. Without the pics I would have no idea how well any of the illuminators performed. For me the cost vs performance is the main hurdle or the can I build it for a fraction of the cost laugh
Posted by: Dead Down Wind

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/26/13 03:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Shurshot
[quote=SkyPup]The Torch Pro is a much better buy that is for sure, but this will have it's use on another NV rifle setup I am putting together to work in conjunction with the TNVC WASP Clip-On NV.



[quote=Shurshot]I appreciate your posting of these products and don't appreciate someone else making an issue out of it. If someone thinks it's not for them, fine. But there is no need to act like a child unless they are just that.


Shurshot,

I wasn't trying to pick a fight , it looks as if you may be?

This board is for agreements and disagreements, I DISAGREE with a $500+ IR that is not as nice as a $250 IR, He (SKYPPUP)said it himself!

I was merely trying to see how a $500+ unit compares to a $250 unit that is supposedly better, why anyone would pay that kind of money for an item twice as expensive and not the same amount of power!

It puzzles me is all!





Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/26/13 05:50 PM

Look, I posted the SPIR and lots of other information on my equipment not for anyone in specific, but for anyone non-specifically.

If you like it or don't like it, that is fine with me, it is still my equipment and I still am going to enjoy using it no matter what anyone says about it....

No bad vibes were intended for anyone who read any of my posts, sorry if anyone thought it is some kind of setup and I am employed (getting paid) by someone to post my reviews about my equipment?
Posted by: Dead Down Wind

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/26/13 06:10 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Look, I posted the SPIR and lots of other information on my equipment not for anyone in specific, but for anyone non-specifically.

If you like it or don't like it, that is fine with me, it is still my equipment and I still am going to enjoy using it no matter what anyone says about it....

No bad vibes were intended for anyone who read any of my posts, sorry if anyone thought it is some kind of setup and I am employed (getting paid) by someone to post my reviews about my equipment?


Fair enough Thom!

I was only inquiring about the performance and cost versus the Torch Pro. I as in "Me" don't see the value or performance in the SPIR versus the Torch. I have a Torch and would have been very interested in the Spir, but, not at $500.00 plus when i already have something equal to or greater! I thought that "I" too was entitled to my input.


You buy it, use it and send out your review(s) whether good or bad which is appreciated!

Happy hunting!


Kevin
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/26/13 06:23 PM

Thanks Kevin, not a problem. Quite often it is difficult to communicate properly in words on the internet as anyone reading it thinks it was written to and for them, which is not the case....

I am going to try that SPIR out as a helmet mount IR Illum this weekend as I already have DBAL-D2 with same IR LED on two of my other rifles and the one with the DBAL-I2 has the Torch-Pro.

I am thinking in the long run that the SPIR will end up on my new build with the WASP NV Clio-On in front of my day optic scope.
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/26/13 06:37 PM

Kevin, I certainly was not trying to pick a fight... If I were to, there would be no mistake about it, but that is not what I did.

I simply meant that your response was uncalled for and I did not appreciate it. that's it. I said what I had to say and its over now. enough said.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/26/13 06:51 PM

This thread contains allot of dynomite information in one place that I hoped would be a repository for those that need this kind of information and are searching for it.

Let's keep it that way. cool
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/26/13 06:59 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
This thread contains allot of dynomite information in one place that I hoped would be a repository for those that need this kind of information and are searching for it.

Let's keep it that way. cool


+1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/26/13 08:05 PM

BTW, I am the one paying for all the bandwith for my own equipment/hunting photos and movies that are downloaded tens of thousands of times....at no charge to anyone.
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/26/13 08:36 PM

why no can yet Skypup? smile I ordered one today so it will be a while before I can lay my hands on it. 4 week till I get to test it out, then the 6 month wait. the guy I am getting it from demonstrated one on his .308 and it made a huge difference!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/26/13 09:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Shurshot
why no can yet Skypup? smile I ordered one today so it will be a while before I can lay my hands on it. 4 week till I get to test it out, then the 6 month wait. the guy I am getting it from demonstrated one on his .308 and it made a huge difference!


ShurShot, I certainly do NEED a can, especially for the 7.62mm,it is way too loud for some of the places we are putting down hogs.

I want to get one light weight titanium suppressor in 7.62 that I can use on all four of my NV rifles, 5.56mm and 7.62mm.

I have the Trust all setup, just have not done anything about it. Maybe I will give the local gun shop a call tomorrow about this, thanks for reminding me.
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/26/13 09:22 PM

that's what I got. it will work on my .556 and my .243

I added a muzzle brake to one of my ARs and it just twists on the brake.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/26/13 10:48 PM

NV can get weird sometimes...... grin



Don't worry about the Roswell Area 51 escapee, I blasted him into oblivion. lol
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/29/13 12:15 AM

Thermal & Barnes 70 gr TSX bite a small shoat @ 100 yards:

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/01/13 11:38 AM

Has anyone tried out these hog decoys?

http://www.boardown.com/


Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/01/13 12:12 PM

seen them and figured their smell of corn is better than their eye sight? would be fun to set one out as a joke on my brother
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/01/13 12:55 PM

Haha, they might work as confidence decoys to get them into a trap, but outside of that don't know how well they might work?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/03/13 04:06 PM











It is as accurate at night as it is during the day! grin
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/03/13 06:37 PM

Due to numerous PM inquires as to a bull barrel picitanny rail mount with three rails on my Ruger 10-22, here where you can get the LaserLyte shotgun mount, I put a thin ring of rubber strap around the barrel prior to mounting it, it fits good and tight and works excellent:



http://www.amazon.com/Laserlyte-Shotgun-Rail-Mount-Exte/dp/B0041FPG40
Posted by: 5spd

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/03/13 08:41 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup

ShurShot, I certainly do NEED a can, especially for the 7.62mm,it is way too loud for some of the places we are putting down hogs.

I want to get one light weight titanium suppressor in 7.62 that I can use on all four of my NV rifles, 5.56mm and 7.62mm.

I have the Trust all setup, just have not done anything about it. Maybe I will give the local gun shop a call tomorrow about this, thanks for reminding me.

TBAC 30-p1 suppressor is what you need skypup:
It will be used on my 20x45 to my 7-08.
http://thunderbeastarms.com/products/30p-1
Just sent the ATF my paperwork....now the looooong wait.
Its nice they are only 5 blocks from my place.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/04/13 02:02 AM


Was out in the backyard tonight in the rain dialing in my LASTAC-2 IR laser on my Ruger 10-22 bull barrel when I picked up three thermal signatures on my FLIR LS-64 about 275 yard out behind my barn. Went in and picked up my SIG 716 with handloaded 7.62mmX51mm Barnes 130 grain TSX and the FLIR T-50 and went out to see if I could put a hurting on some swine.

Three nice boars were rooting deep in a pond surrounded by tall grass, so i put the ACOG crosshairs on the head of one, pulled the trigger @ 175 meters and he immediately disappears, no thermal signature or anything????

Watched the other two high tail it up out of the water through the grass and start running off towards the pine forest canopy, put the crosshairs on the shoulder of one dude @ 225 meters and took the shot and he drops in his tracks and does not even move or squeal.

Rode the 4-Wheeler out to to furthest one and he was DOA with his spinal cord severed in front of the shoulder, looked into the pond area to see the other one with the FLIR LS-64 and nothing????

Drove the 4-Wheeler down into the bottomless muck and could not see anything and finally I see an ear sticking up out of the water! Wrapped a 50 foot 1/2" rope around his head buried in the water and thick mud and dragged him up to the other one. He was shot through the ear and died immediately too.

Dressed the two nice boars out and only lost about two pounds of meat between the two of the, about 350-400 pounds of pork, real nice loins too....







Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/04/13 02:10 AM

I hope Deidra and I can have as much luck Saturday night

keep Killing my friend
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/04/13 09:45 AM


Here's your next project Skypup.......post some pics of yours when you get it set up. thumbup1




Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/04/13 11:22 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup










It is as accurate at night as it is during the day! grin


You can convert the torchpro to use 18650 batteries with this housing it fits the surefire 6p Bored surefire host 18650
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/04/13 12:00 PM

Some biggin's right there! Nice shooting SkyPup!

Some pics of the Sunday morning bacon is welcomed! Thick slabs anyone! Geez.

Vic

P.S. So that one piggy was acting like a fish and was still alive when you dragged him up?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/04/13 01:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC

P.S. So that one piggy was acting like a fish and was still alive when you dragged him up?


NOT with the .308 through his ear, instant kill and not a spec of meat damage whatsoever.

Strange as it sounds, after cleaning everything up and putting the meat on ice, I was winding down at 2:30 AM and getting ready for bed when I looked out again with the FLIR LS-64 and another large boar was out there.....I was too beat to take him on in the rain, but he will be back for sure again. It was as dark as dark could possibly be, raining like mad, the FLIR Thermals worked like a charm.

Eagles are now dining on fresh pork too....
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/04/13 02:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Gman757

Here's your next project Skypup.......post some pics of yours when you get it set up. thumbup1






Hey that looks sweet Gman! lol

all I would need to do is get tracks and a gatling gun mounted on my gator! laugh
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/04/13 02:54 PM

taking the10/22 & M845 with can on it for Deidra's mom to shoot dillos in the yard while we hunt,

hope I get it back
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/05/13 08:54 AM

The Bald Eagles are having a field day on the swine offal, there are five of them on it this morning....

Posted by: JB55

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/05/13 05:38 PM

Skypup, with as many hogs as you shoot, I am surprised that you go to the trouble of skinning and gutting them out. Right now, I can't do squat. Not even supposed to bend over and touch the floor.

When I was killing a lot of them, I used the Glenn Guess method (over on Predator Masters) and could easily dress 2 in a little over one hour, by myself. I never gutted any, but had the most usable (desired) meat on ice quickly.

I am sure you are able to use much more meat than I would, but, especially in hot weather, you've got 'em on ice quick.

Those are some fat hogs. Good shooting!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/06/13 07:33 AM

I graduated from veterinary school a long time ago and still possess plenty of butchering skills and knives, the Glenn Guess is a good method but I pretty much have my own procedure that I follow.

One of these boars went to the St.Frances House, a Catholic Charity and the other to the Salvation Army, we kept the tenderloins though.

It is allot of work cleaning them out. Heck it was lots of work just getting them into the barn, if these had not been at my place with all the tractor powered hydraulics we probably could not have retrieved them had we just been hiking out to our stands. I had the four wheeler up to the axles in mud getting one of them out of the pond at night in the dark and was raining.

One thing is for sure, no one is starving around here!
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/06/13 01:49 PM

you are a dedicated man Skypup and I am sure there are many that appreciate your generosity. having the property and the tools are just part of it. thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/06/13 02:15 PM

We have fed thousands of people now, no doubt about it.... thumbup1
Posted by: JB55

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/06/13 07:31 PM

Skypup,

That is cool. I have approached charitable organizations locally, as well as my church, that does a fantastic job of outreach in the immediate community and the charities refuse.

May possibly be county ordinances, or whatever. They don't know what they're missing.
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/06/13 08:11 PM

Skypup... U have some of the caught some great views on film. Keep sharing them, I appreciate them.
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/12/13 08:00 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Here is the pictorial story of the LASTAC 0.1mW IR laser compared to the DBAL-D2 0.7mW IR laser close up @ 30 yards and @ 175 yards to show the major decrease in bloom associated with the use of the LDI Neutral Density Filter on a 0.7mW IR laser footprint:







I got my Dbal-d2 IR laser filter a couple weeks ago from TNVC, and I got to try it out on a lil outing last night. Skypup always has great pictures illustrating the differences. Man that laser is a pinpoint dot looking through my helmet mounted PVS-14. Thanks guys
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/12/13 04:19 PM

That is the BEST laser system I have used and with the illuminator and the neutral density filter, nothing walks away from it at night either... grin
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/15/13 05:42 PM

From now on, I will be using this scale to verify hog weights!

Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/17/13 05:16 PM

The weather is warming up here in central Ohio. Will I have trouble seeing the heat signatures from my FLIR ps32 at night when the temp is around 70 or so? School is about out for the summer and my hunting partner will be able to stay out later.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/18/13 09:42 AM

Originally Posted By: Loggers Inn
The weather is warming up here in central Ohio. Will I have trouble seeing the heat signatures from my FLIR ps32 at night when the temp is around 70 or so? School is about out for the summer and my hunting partner will be able to stay out later.


The thermals work during the day or night, you will have to get out and try it to see for yourself.

It is more challenging for them right after sundown when the temperatures are cooling off, once things have cooled down a couple of hours after sunset they work even better.

I live in Florida where it is obviously very hot and humid and without my thermal scanners we would be missing quite a bit.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/22/13 03:49 PM

Having NV & Thermal sure helps when you are walking around at night hunting coyotes and hogs and you come up on this thermally glowing log on the ground in front of you in the rain.....



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/24/13 12:06 PM

Finally ordered a Gemtech SandStorm 7.62mm suppressor and adapter for use on the 5.56mms too! Maybe I'll have it by the end of this year?
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/24/13 05:44 PM

You should. It's a 6 1/2 mth wait. I should have a form 1 coming in today or Tuesday. Going to make a can, under 100$ including muzzle brake for a blast deflector. Draw back is its going to be heavy vs inconel and titanium made one. The key is volume and disrupting the flow of hot gasses. But like anything the higher $$$ ones are much lighter and sound difference is not much louder. You will like the follow up shots, making double taps, and hogs have no clue where shot is coming from if the can is designed right ie..no visible flash at night laugh
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/24/13 07:32 PM

I have found with my limited time behind one that they often hear the sonic crack eco off the trees and land scape behind them or the impact on target, and scatter, had 5 coyotes come in and run in all direction, got 2 of them, nephew shot 4 hogs the other night one ran towards us as he kept shooting and the noise down range and behind him was louder, killed him to , silly hog
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/25/13 04:44 PM

Originally Posted By: the impactzone
I have found with my limited time behind one that they often hear the sonic crack eco off the trees and land scape behind them or the impact on target, and scatter, had 5 coyotes come in and run in all direction, got 2 of them, nephew shot 4 hogs the other night one ran towards us as he kept shooting and the noise down range and behind him was louder, killed him to , silly hog


Use the sound of the sonic boom from the bullet to scare them away from woods or get then to go in different direction. I have shot over them to get them to run the other direction.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/26/13 02:47 PM

Was not on hog patrol in the backyard last night as I took the wife out to celebrate our 23rd anniversary at the Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse, however, when I got back home the driveway was all rooted up!



Will be on the prowl tonight with thermals and NV....
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/26/13 03:08 PM

look at the snozz on that one! lol he may have done all the damage himself. laugh
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/27/13 03:55 AM

Was out tonight trying to bust a big boar that has been rooting my backyard all to heck and had this coyote show up, so took him out @ 175 yards with one Barnes 70 grain TSX using the FLIR thermal.








Here is a short 30 second thermal video of fur down:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T60/T60%20Coyote/T60%20Coyote.wmv
Posted by: JB55

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/27/13 06:14 AM

Skypup, Looks like you got him at the 'bacon tree.' Just returned from a restful week in PR and plan to get out next week for the first time in months.

Got some new gear and can't wait to try it out as long as my back holds out.
Posted by: 6mm06

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/27/13 04:01 PM


That is pretty neat.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/27/13 07:05 PM

I'm keeping an eye out on my "Bacon Tree" as that rootin tootin hog is on my "To Do" list, but always happy to take out a song dog or two in the process.... crazy grin
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/27/13 07:11 PM

Here is a day photograph of the "Bacon Tree" where the coyote took a dive...

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/13 12:28 AM

HaHa, that boar did not get away. Nice ending to a great Memorial Day weekend. grin

Saw him near the game cam tonight @ 175 yards with the FLIR thermal and put one Barnes 70 grain TSX through his lungs.

He made it about 150 feet and died. The shields on this dude were a solid inch thick when we took out the loins for a BBQ party next weekend, each loin weighed 10 pounds....







Posted by: JB55

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/13 10:47 AM

It looks like you have some hogs that are not that far out (generation wise) from domesticated ones. Are they any better eating than, say a black one with more 'wild' features, of the same size?

If I shot a boar that size, he'd probably be 100% coyote bait. Good shooting, as always.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/13 06:16 PM

Actually, the feral hogs compared to the wild Spanish hogs, do taste better, must be due to improved genetic stock.

However, one that big no matter what genetics it has is going to taste not good, probably just due to age, hormones, and diet. The older they get, the more carnivorous they get....

On this one, we just took the loins as I know from previous experience on one this big that the hams and shoulders are just bad. Loins were ten pounds each and for a BBQ party this weekend, so will see. But the best eating hogs are 125-225 pounds....
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/29/13 02:45 PM

Does anyone know if any of the dbal i2 came with density filters already on them? ...the density filter i just received in the mail looks just like the cover already on the dbal i2 ir laser.
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/29/13 03:44 PM

mine did not come with a filter. I have since added one. it should be easy to tell on yours. if your old cap when closed lets the ir beam through it should be a filter. if you see nothing when it's closed it's just a cover. it makes it more pinpoint with the filter. I like it.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/29/13 04:53 PM

The DBALs do not come with a density filter on then OEM, but it is difficult to tell the difference just by looking at them since the filter is totally black itself.

If you turn on the DBAL IR laser with the filter cap on and you can see the IR laser muted down to about 0.1mW instead of 0.7mW, then you know you have the IR density filter installed.

Here is another gratuitous picture of the Memorial weekend backyard hog:

Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/29/13 05:42 PM

thanks. cant wait to try it out.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/29/13 05:52 PM

It really is nice to have the bloom muted down and not have to use the IR Illuminator to cut the bloom down, plus you don't have to remember to remove the cap to use the IR laser on low power, it is like a high and low switch.
Originally Posted By: Mr Benelli
thanks. cant wait to try it out.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/30/13 07:01 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
The DBALs do not come with a density filter on then OEM, but it is difficult to tell the difference just by looking at them since the filter is totally black itself.

If you turn on the DBAL IR laser with the filter cap on and you can see the IR laser muted down to about 0.1mW instead of 0.7mW, then you know you have the IR density filter installed.

Here is another gratuitous picture of the Memorial weekend backyard hog:



I have a new drawing next time I play the "hangman" game with my boy! Nice pic! LoL

VIc
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/02/13 05:44 PM

In what situation would I use my ps32 insta alert 2x and 3x ? I've tried them on different stands and the heat signatures start running together. Can some1 give me a couple specific situations?
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/02/13 09:42 PM

Originally Posted By: Loggers Inn
In what situation would I use my ps32 insta alert 2x and 3x ? I've tried them on different stands and the heat signatures start running together. Can some1 give me a couple specific situations?


If instalert does not work switch to another mode. Ambient temperatures and latent heat signatures in various types of terrain or foliage will require you to switch to different modes as the temps drop thru the night.

You have to adapt. It only takes a few seconds to cycle the buttons and try different modes. I use instalert about 1/3 of the time I scan.

If I am using it, I switch after spotting a critter to a black/white mode to get a more defined picture of the target instead of a red blob.





Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/03/13 08:29 AM

It seems the 2x starts bringing out the heat off the foliage and it's harder to pick out details, and 3x is like wow, everything just blends together. I'm just wondering how I would use them because I haven't found the situation yet. I've never really used white/black or black/white, my finger always goes to 1x insta alert
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/03/13 08:50 AM

I normally use the lowest possible insta-alert (1-4)for basic scanning, then when I pick up something interesting I use white and black hot to try to ID it and move closer. If insta-alert picks up something at 1X, I try magnifying @ 2X for a closer look and then change out the view.

It all depends on the ambient weather conditions and how much it has cooled down after dark. Best is after a shower that has cooled everything down and the environment is one mono-temperature.
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/03/13 08:03 PM

I should've figured it was a magnification.. Makes sence now. I thought u could only magnify with the the magnification button, so insta alert has its own magnification which is the 2x-3x, I understand now, excuse the brain fart, thanks guys!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/04/13 09:37 PM

Those of you that are using long range NV Scopes or Clip Ons are really going to like this improvement for the TNVC Torch Pro IR Illuminator, an adapter that allows you to screw on a USGI 3X Magnifier to REALLY reach out and light your target up.

This simple adapter screws over the adjustable focusable objective aspheric lens of the Torch Pro, allowing you to then screw your 3X Magnifier securely onto the end for precise IR targeting beam that will easily distance a kilometer.

I have not taken any NV photos of this wicked setup at night yet, but soon will. In the meantime, here is the simple way to make a major improvement to your Torch Pro IR Illuminator:





Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/05/13 01:09 AM

interesting! you should compare it to your 4.5x too. I would prefer to use it hand held. my rifle is heavy enough. laugh

where do you get the 3x adapter?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/05/13 07:09 AM

TNVC worked up the adapter, it is similar to a camera lens adapter and fits nice and tight. Really makes for a nice and tight beam too.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/05/13 12:33 PM

The adapter has been made for quite some time now and will retail for $24.95. Blame me for not getting this out there as we've been so busy with other projects. They are (have been) IN STOCK and Clasky will have them on the web site shortly. Sorry for the delay.

Vic
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/05/13 01:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
The adapter has been made for quite some time now and will retail for $24.95. Blame me for not getting this out there as we've been so busy with other projects. They are (have been) IN STOCK and Clasky will have them on the web site shortly. Sorry for the delay.

Vic


been waiting to hear this, got some 500 yards coyotes I want to shoot
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/05/13 01:26 PM

Originally Posted By: the impactzone
Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
The adapter has been made for quite some time now and will retail for $24.95. Blame me for not getting this out there as we've been so busy with other projects. They are (have been) IN STOCK and Clasky will have them on the web site shortly. Sorry for the delay.

Vic


been waiting to hear this, got some 500 yards coyotes I want to shoot


If anybody can use this to their advantage -> You Certainly Can!!!! grin
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/05/13 01:31 PM

I got some hot 87gr V-max that shoot 5 shot 3/4 groups at 100 and just the place in mind, problem is they blow primers every 3rd shot. LOL Time to set my steel coyote out at 500 and start practicing
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/09/13 07:46 PM

I will try and get some long range NV photos of the Torch Pro with the 3X Magnifier on it later this week after the rain breaks, we have had some terrific thunderstorms and hail almost daily for the last ten day, but the flowers are all blooming like mad and the grass in the horse pasture looks the best it has in years! grin

I'll have to take the 3X Torch Pro IR out into the cattle pasture to get some representative photos out past a kilometer as the range on this thing is serious, my backyard 175 yard shooting stand will not do it justice....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/13 08:30 PM

Told the game warden about some bear tracks we've been picking up around one of our hog feeders, so they set up a trap to catch him.

The bear also seems to like pork too, as we found this freshly killed hog next to the trap when we caught him, he'd broken the hog's back with one bite....





He was tranquilized and taken to Ocala National Forest for release....
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/13 08:40 PM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
The adapter has been made for quite some time now and will retail for $24.95. Blame me for not getting this out there as we've been so busy with other projects. They are (have been) IN STOCK and Clasky will have them on the web site shortly. Sorry for the delay.

Vic


Adapter on the web site now.

http://tnvc.com/shop/torch-pro-magnifier-adapter-ring/
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/15/13 10:39 PM

Finally went out into the cattle pasture to get some NV photos of the TorchPro IR Illuminator with the 3X Magnifier attached compared to the LDI SPIR. The large live oak tree is approximately 300 yards out from the PVS-14 MonoCam. As you can see, the SPIR is super powerful and the TorchPro with the 3X is more concentrated. Both the SPIR and the Torch Pro were dialed down to their most concentrated mode to focus them as tight as possible.





Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/16/13 08:31 PM

Great photos! Seems like you can cover a large area with the SPIR.

I am sure you are aware of this SkyPup, but I want to note to other members that don't have NV yet. The SPIR might be brighter than the Torch pro or any another device or vice versa but one might look better, or cleaner, or target appears better when you are looking through your scope/dedicated/day scope with pvs-14 etc and getting read to shoot under your hunting location and conditions. so keep that in mind.

What model(battery version) spir is that?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/16/13 09:19 PM

The SPIR takes two CR123 batteries, it is super powerful similar to the DBAL-D2 IR Illum.

I had to concentrate both of the beams due to excessive washout on the foreground out in front of me.

It was a heavy overcast low cloud night with 1/4 moon, the illumination behind the live oak trees are city lights bouncing off the cloud cover about ten miles out.

Keep in mind this was with an unmagnified PVS-14, to really appreciate the impressive power these two IR Illums you would have to have a NV scope or NV clip-on.

I bet they would really make a GEN I or GEN II NV scope REALLY come alive too....
Posted by: 6mm06

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/16/13 10:14 PM


Is the SPIR adjustable? I don't mean to focus wide or tight, but for windage / elevation to put the beam when you are looking?

It would be interesting to know how it might work with a Gen 1 scope.


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/16/13 11:07 PM

No, the weapon mount that comes with it is not adjustable as it just clamps onto a rail, you can just adjust the beam from wide to tight. Don't know off hand of an adjustable mount for it but would have to measure the diameter of the instrument to figure that out....
Posted by: 6mm06

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/17/13 11:27 AM


If the SPIR will fit a 1" scope mount, then there is an adjustable one available on Ebay.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/17/13 12:38 PM

A friend of mine has been using this Laser Genetics adjustable scope mount and I have examined it closely, it is undoubtedly the best engineered unit that I have ever seen....

http://www.lasergenetics.com/accessories.aspx
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/17/13 11:33 PM

Was sitting in the kitchen eating dinner and just finished and was washing the dishes in the kitchen sink, when I looked out the window and about 25 hogs were in my backyard in the twilight darkness. Ran over to the safe and dialed the combo and removed my SIG 716 7.62mm with FLIR T-50 Thermal and Barnes 130 grain handloads.

Slowly went outside with the FLIR LS-64 scanner and picked them up about 175 yards out. Got situated on my stand and was putting the ACOG crosshairs on one of the largest ones when suddenly two deer came running out from the side and stopped in the middle of the field. This black sow came running out about 100 yards to the deer and stopped right in front of them and the deer started snorting at the hog?

I figured I can take care of this for the deer, so put one Barnes 130 grain handloaded TSX through it ear.

BLACK HOG DOWN -> DRT!



Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/18/13 01:00 PM

Seems to me with all those hogs on your property, I'd be slinging a rifle everywhere in your house even while washing dishes! LoL
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/18/13 01:52 PM

I was on the prowl bigtime for the previous ten days or so with all the rooting sign all over the place, but they never did show up when I was ready for them. I invited my friends over to ambush them last Saturday morning at 6AM and told them to bring extra loaded magazines with them, we waited for three hours and nothing happened but the usual deer and coons and rabbits.

Then, yesterday it was 95*F + and muggy as all get out and I thought to myself, I am just going to take it easy and relax.

I was just enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee after dinner, and next thing I know I am up past midnight slinging hog guts....more bald eagles and coyotes to come next probably...

That is when they showed up....figures! cursing
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/18/13 06:30 PM

Here is a game cam pic of how my hog went to chase out the two does and ended up meeting a 7.62mm to the head...

Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/18/13 06:32 PM

Life must be he77 when u can't even take a dinner off cause slayin hogs is more important. I know how u feel skypup, I like to take advantage of every opportunity too!
Posted by: TNVC_Eric

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/19/13 11:05 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
ended up meeting a 7.62mm to the head...


That'll do the trick every time!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/30/13 09:49 PM

Now that I got the adapter for the Torch Pro from TNVC, I tried using my 720nm IR cutoff lens to reduce the red glow from the 850nm IR LED emitter, it still glows red fairly well with the 720nm IR filter though.

So, I ordered a 760nm IR filter to see if that takes care of the red glow without affecting the superb IR beam from the Torch Pro, will try it out later on this week when I get it.

I also ordered an 850nm IR cutoff filter too but it may reduce the IR beam too much, will see.....
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/01/13 06:26 PM

760nm Ir filter

keep us posted, spooked 3 coyotes the other night from a blind as they where putting the sneek on a hog feeder, I know my lens cap hit the window of the blind but they saw a glow and hooked but out of there before I could get a shot
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/02/13 02:21 PM

The deer and the coyotes can definitely see the red glow on my IR night game cam photos as I can see them looking at the camera quite often. I changed my game cam out to a BLACK IR night shot version and they can NO LONGER see any red (because there is none visible any longer with the black IR version game cam) and they no longer are glancing over at the game cam when it snaps their photo at night. The hogs do not ever seem to care any about the red light glow of the night cam going off as I have shot dozens and dozens of them right there without a care in the world.

850nm IR LEDs do put out a low levels of visible red light in the 700-720nm spectrum of dark red that they can detect, abet at low levels, however that often is enough for them to freak out.

I am working on using an IR cutoff filter to eliminate all visible red glow completely and still get the strong IR beam out of the very strong TNVC Torch-Pro IR Illuminator and will let you know what I discover. So far, a 720nm IR cutoff filter does not completely eliminate the red glow in the LED itself, so am trying out other filters until I find one that works.

TNVC now sells an adapter to use the USGI 3X Magnifier with the TorchPro, this same adapter takes a 30mm IR filter that fits flush with the reflector housing and enables the use of an IR cutoff filter to get rid of the red glow with this unit.

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/02/13 02:25 PM

This will 100% completely eliminate any and all instrument intrusion into our night hunting adventures, allowing total stealth
Posted by: kyle crickenberger

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/02/13 03:20 PM

skypup, maxmax.com sells a 780nm and a 830nm if the 760/850 does not work. I just ordered a 715nm for the pvs.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/02/13 08:37 PM

Thanks Kyle, will try those out if the ones I am getting don't do the job of getting the red out...
Posted by: kyle crickenberger

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/03/13 02:33 PM

From what I was reading today the emission from a 850nm emitter is 750nm, so I think you will be good to go with the 760nm pass filter.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/09/13 05:27 PM

Here is another reason to invest in night vision to kill coyotes.

This fawn was freshly killed by a pack of howling coyotes, we heard them howling while walking out to put some corn in our feeders and came upon this, they ate the heart first....

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/09/13 05:46 PM

I will have my game cam covered tonight!

Posted by: 4paws US ARMY

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/12/13 02:59 PM

As soon as its legal in ky I'll be checking those guys out. Thanks for the info
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/13/13 10:45 PM

Quick question.. I'm puttin the gear away til it cools down.... Should I drain the battery down on my FLIR ps32 b4 I put it away ? It's gonna b 3 months or so till I start hunting again. Battery's are out of all the other NV gear.
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/14/13 02:18 PM

Originally Posted By: Loggers Inn
Quick question.. I'm puttin the gear away til it cools down.... Should I drain the battery down on my FLIR ps32 b4 I put it away ? It's gonna b 3 months or so till I start hunting again. Battery's are out of all the other NV gear.



http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_store_batteries

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/14/13 02:37 PM

I have had my FLIR PS-32 stored in the safe at full charge for three months now and took it out to use it, it was still at full charge.

When I am actively using them, I charge them up as soon as I get home
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/14/13 02:41 PM

BTW - One very precise 7.62mm Barnes 130 grain TSX @ 175 yards to ear in the pouring down rain right at sunset using the FLIR T-50 thermal puts down this 225 pound sow last night:




Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/14/13 08:03 PM

Thanks skypup, and Gman.... Batteries r@ 50%, looks to be @ a good storage level
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/15/13 07:40 PM

The FLIR T-60 Thermal Clip-On is a solid performer too, as evidenced by this 150 pound sow that took a handloaded Barnes 70 grain TSX to the head today @ 225 yards in thick deep cover, no way could I see this hog without Thermal......



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/23/13 07:51 PM

I have an old SIG 229 in .357SIG that is a great pistol but does not have the trigger rail for lasers.

I installed a Crimson Trace 0.7mW IR Laser and an internal guide rod LaserMax Red Laser as a backup for our hog hunting adventures.

It is loaded with 15 rounds of CorBon 125 grain 1,450fps 585 pounds of lead and rests in a Galco Miami Vice holster with two spare mags





Freakin' Awesome handgun!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/23/13 10:42 PM

As Da Man said, if I get a Versace sportcoat and a colored T-shirt, I'll be the best dressed hog hunter in the Florida swamps! tt2
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/24/13 04:29 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
As Da Man said, if I get a Versace sportcoat and a colored T-shirt, I'll be the best dressed hog hunter in the Florida swamps! tt2


LoL, yes you will!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/24/13 07:24 PM

And with that FLIR T-70 Thermal Clip-On, my SIG 716 will be the best dressed 7.62mm in the swamps too!!! tt1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/25/13 05:39 PM

The 850nm IR cutoff filter works very well, eliminating about 90% of the visible red emission from the LED, the 760nm IR cutoff filter only mutes the red about 5%.

The 30mm filter fits perfectly into the USGI 3X Magnifier that TNVC engineered for their TorchPro IR LED Illuminator, nice fit and lockup.



Here is the TorchPro IR LED during the day with no filter, as you can see it is bright red directly looking into the emitter:



Here is the TorchPro IR LED during the day with the 850nm IR 30mm cutoff filter installed looking directly into the emitter, as you can see it is greatly muted out.



I will scope it out tonight after dark and see if the IR has been affected any by the 850nm filter installation.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/09/13 11:43 AM

Just got off the phone with FLIR GS and my T-70 is currently on the production line and should be shipping out in the next ten days or so.

I also learned that the new FLIR T-65 project has been cancelled. This was to have been the installation of the new 640X512 17um core into the older T-50 housing as an upgrade from the older 320X240 T-50 model, however this project has been terminated by the engineering staff so that they could allocate 100% of these resources to the T-70 production line as they are experiencing heavy orders for the production of the T-70 thermal weapon sights.

And just so that everyone here knows and understands, the FLIR T-70 and T-75 are IDENTICAL except for the T-75 has the larger 100mm germanium objective lens and smaller FOV for target acquisition out past one thousand meters using .338 or .50 cal sniper rifles, something us civvy hog and coyote hunters would have no use for....

Hope to have my T-70 for my birthday grin
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/13/13 08:36 AM

T50 took down another hog before dawn today, 185 yards and 285 pounds one handloaded Barnes 130gr TSX.

I have been after this dude for over a month now but he never showed up when I was ready for him, just left me lots of huge holes all over the property.

Yesterday afternoon I saw that he showed up at 6:30AM on the game cam, so stayed home from work to see if I could bust him.

Sure enough, he showed up before the sunrise about 6 AM.

Lots more where he came from, they are all over the place lately...



Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/13/13 11:35 AM

Looks like feeding time for the bald eagles as well! Nice shooting.

Vic
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/13/13 12:59 PM

got a link to the IR filter?
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/13/13 02:11 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Just got off the phone with FLIR GS and my T-70 is currently on the production line and should be shipping out in the next ten days or so.

I also learned that the new FLIR T-65 project has been cancelled. This was to have been the installation of the new 640X512 17um core into the older T-50 housing as an upgrade from the older 320X240 T-50 model, however this project has been terminated by the engineering staff so that they could allocate 100% of these resources to the T-70 production line as they are experiencing heavy orders for the production of the T-70 thermal weapon sights.

And just so that everyone here knows and understands, the FLIR T-70 and T-75 are IDENTICAL except for the T-75 has the larger 100mm germanium objective lens and smaller FOV for target acquisition out past one thousand meters using .338 or .50 cal sniper rifles, something us civvy hog and coyote hunters would have no use for....

Hope to have my T-70 for my birthday grin


New T-70 shot...We've been testing out the newest entry to the clip-on thermal world.

Posted by: sendit223

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/13/13 02:31 PM

Originally Posted By: the impactzone
got a link to the IR filter?


+1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/13/13 05:57 PM

The 850nm IR filter is not quite ready for prime time.

Although it does eliminate the red glow from the IR LED, it also eliminates approximately 50% of the IR beam strength. So will have to try some lower range IR filters around 800-820nm.

It is going to be somewhat of a trade off though, either less red glow or less IR beam strength....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/16/13 03:09 PM

Had some real excitement last night with that hog carcass.

Set up the FoxPro Prairie Blaster right before sundown in intermittent rain and started calling with a couple of female invitation howls and long howls. Had a group call back to me right before sundown. It was off and on rain, so I could only go out to my stand about every 30 minutes.

About 10:30 I pick up three thermal signatures on the FLIR LS64 coming out of the thick woods on the edge of the clearing about 275 yards out from me. Started Coyote Distress #3 and one split off and went left while the other two came in towards me.

At 125 yards out, I shot both of the pair coming in and knocked each one down (still had coyote distress playing on the e-caller), one ran into an alligator infested pond and the other hightailed it towards the woods.

As soon, as I shot both of them, the other one on the far side of the clearing about 175 yards out ran parallel to me and I knocked him down too, he got up and went into the woods.

It started raining again and I went out walking around with the thermal trying to find them, no luck after two outings in the rain, it was getting dark so I gave it up.

Got home from work and found this one on the edge of the clearing, apparently the other one that ran into the thick grass on the edge of the pond attacted three gators to him and he was ripped to shreds. The third one on the far side I have not found yet but will keep looking, probably find his skeleton in a week or two.

That was the first time I had hit three different coyotes at the same time! Pretty freaking exciting for me standing out in the dark rain...


Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/16/13 03:29 PM

Pics of the gator shredding, would be on the hall of fame! NICE

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/16/13 03:47 PM

The gators have been crawling out of the pond up to the hog carcass and ripping off chunks of it and dragging it back down to the pond, they had the entire pelvis dragged back down to the waters edge.

They like it nice and nasty and very well fermented....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/18/13 11:17 PM

Where we have our hog contact is a large State Park with lots and lots of wildlife on it, here is a photo of some wild horses and some wild bison that we see when we are out hunting wild hogs.



Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/19/13 10:59 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
The 850nm IR filter is not quite ready for prime time.

Although it does eliminate the red glow from the IR LED, it also eliminates approximately 50% of the IR beam strength. So will have to try some lower range IR filters around 800-820nm.

It is going to be somewhat of a trade off though, either less red glow or less IR beam strength....


No magic, if it gets thru you will see it unless its over 980nm. Best to use only the lowest amount of ir needed to do the job, low power is less visible.

2 Polarized lenses will work to have a variable output beam.
With both filters lined up almost 100% light transmission. When one is rotated it will start blocking the light, when you get to 90 degrees it will be blocking 95%+ of the light. Works with visible light have not had time to try with ir light, do not get the circular polarized filters. Linear polarized filters are what I have tried.

Here is a link to explain the physics of what is happening.
light notes

It's all in the physics, from loading the ammo, building the suppressor, choosing the spectrum of light to observe, to eating the pork tenderloin ( which opens up the physics of redneck BBQ science, which some have perfected judging by the size of the cooks, larger is better) laugh
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/27/13 05:07 PM

Scored some nice FLIR swag from "WiseGuy", including a nice autographed photo of da Man himself![:D]



http://gs.flir.com/wiseguy

Now just waiting on TNVC/FLIR to ship me a new T-70.[:P]
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/03/13 06:54 AM

Have we found a sufficient NV set up for a shot gun? I'll have my PVS14 on my melon. I know some1 tested the Dbal IR laser and it didn't stand the recoil. What options do I have?
Posted by: kyle crickenberger

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/03/13 08:43 AM

I thought it was the illuminator that couldn't take the recoil but the laser was fine. I know crimson trace makes the cmr 201 ir laser that is suppose to be shotgun recoil rated.
Posted by: family guy

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/03/13 09:19 AM

Somthing like this will work.
http://tnvc.com/shop/ldi-ital-class-1-ir-laser/
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/05/13 07:17 AM

Thanks.... I was thinking it was the laser that failed instead of the Illuminator
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/08/13 12:59 PM

When I get the FLIR T-70 from TNVC next week, it is going in front of this Elcan Specter DR 1.25-6X-42mm scope on the SIG 716.

This should allow me to take full advantage of the range of the T-70 and the handloaded Barnes 130gr TSXs![:)]



Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/08/13 02:56 PM

Not to throw fuel on the fire......any word on the WASP?
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/08/13 05:03 PM

Not sure what the fuel part is, but we will announce as soon as it's ready. Simple. :-)

Vic
Posted by: twhitey

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/08/13 05:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Loggers Inn
Have we found a sufficient NV set up for a shot gun? I'll have my PVS14 on my melon. I know some1 tested the Dbal IR laser and it didn't stand the recoil. What options do I have?


Anyone have any experience with this set up.hiw does it hold up to a shotgun recoil.
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/08/13 07:21 PM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
Not sure what the fuel part is, but we will announce as soon as it's ready. Simple. :-)

Vic
Thanks for the update. I've been patiently waiting unlike others is what I meant about fueling the fire, and thought I'd missed something. The posts were hot and heavy, and then like it fell dead is all....Glad to hear its still in the making.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/09/13 05:01 PM

I can't wait to try out the WASP in front of the Elcan Specter DR, it has a real nice NV reticule....
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/09/13 07:42 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
I can't wait to try out the WASP in front of the Elcan Specter DR, it has a real nice NV reticule....
Yulp... Wantin to use my melon and Dbal-d2 rig for the close range.... And a WASP, not sure, which scope yet, for gettin out there.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/12/13 08:26 PM

BBQ Time! grin

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/13/13 06:27 PM

Did not take long for the eagles to show up for some fresh bacon today!



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/13/13 10:24 PM

I have got to be careful using my FoxPro Prairie Blaster as the gators come up out of the pond to the caller when they hear Rabbit Distress:

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/20/13 11:09 PM

Coyote @ 175 yards DRT:



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/22/13 05:56 PM

The Specter DR 1.25-6X-42mm ballistic reticule works very well with the SIG 716 and the FLIR T-50 thermal out past 225 yards @ 6X magnification, even with the 320 pixel core of the T-50.

As usual the real image is much better than my crummy pic shows:



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/24/13 09:36 PM

The FLIR T-70 is a real nice Mil-Spec Thermal for sure when used with an ACOG or Specter DR.



Posted by: Catskinner

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/24/13 09:51 PM

Skypup I think you need this to watch over your property and locate invaders.


http://www.kaya-optics.com/products/lync...ra-systems.html
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/25/13 09:33 AM

I'd love a FLIR PTZ IR video camera,

http://www.flir.com/cvs/americas/en/security/ptzcameras/


But I don't have a yacht to mount one on.... drool
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/26/13 11:43 AM

It is apparent that the FLIR T-70 was specifically designed around the ACOG/Specter DR day optics as it is a perfect complementary fit to both of these.

I am especially impressed with how light this unit it, it is as light as my T-50 with the magnesium body and much more slimmer, compact, and lower sitting on the rail.

The LaRue mount provide a solid lock up on the rail.

The controls are easy to access and simple to operate as well (more on this later).







DO LIKE! grin
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/28/13 05:19 PM

Got the Elcan Specter DR ready to rock and roll.

I just removed my ACOG TA02 LED and installed the Specter DR and co-witnessed it with the DBAL-D2 Visible Green Laser @ 200 yards.

Took two shots @ 200 yards to the lower left, adjusted, took two shots to the upper right, adjusted, took two shots over center and dropped elevation one notch.

Next target will be some hogs with the FLIR T-70 in front of the Specter DR!



Posted by: Tannerlst

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/29/13 12:20 PM

Is that a varmint decoy in the truck sky pup ?
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/30/13 08:27 PM

The lil brown truck made a delivery. TNVPVS 14 ITT tube multicam. Got my 2 other Excelis ITT PVS14 hand select tubes out and did a lil comparison. The TVNPVS was not a hand select, and besides the 2 microscopic specs at 10 o'clock and 8 o'clock along the outter edge completely out of my viewing area, I could see no difference. Another great NV devise TNVC has delivered to me. Thanks Vic and crew!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/30/13 08:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Tannerlst
Is that a varmint decoy in the truck sky pup ?


That is a coyote decoy with a rabbit decoy in it's mouth, works real good.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/02/13 07:31 PM

Here is the view through a 4X ACOG @ 250 yards (game came tree center is 175 yardes) in grey and in color:






That is a squirrel on the ground at the base of the game cam tree.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/02/13 08:07 PM

Representative deer in backyard @ same range:


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/04/13 09:23 PM

Nailed two hogs rooting up the front yard tonight, both head shots with the FLIR T-70 Thermal and 4X ACOG TA02LED:







FLIR T-70 is totally awesome!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/05/13 06:37 PM

Got those two hogs in the front yard and dumped the offal in the backyard after we cleaned them up last night, now it's crawling with coyotes, so will have the T-70 in action again tonight!

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/06/13 09:21 AM

Got one coyote over the offal last night and this morning turned on the FoxPro Prairie Blaster "Crow Party".....

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/08/13 06:48 PM

FLIR T-70 connects with another head shot @ 175 yards, will try to get some video out of the unit this weekend....

Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/08/13 06:51 PM

thatal do pig, thatal do
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/08/13 07:55 PM

About 60% of the feral hogs here around the house are Yorkshire or Hampshire derivatives, the other 40% are older Spanish stock from centuries ago from the Conquistadors....
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/08/13 11:56 PM

no wonder you able to feed so many you got some prime hog compared to many in Texas.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/09/13 07:25 AM

Everybody says our Italian sausage is to die for! thumbup1
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/09/13 10:07 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Everybody says our Italian sausage is to die for! thumbup1

the hogs will all agree! scared
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/09/13 09:32 PM

Here is a short 3 minute 48MB WMV file in native 4:3 aspect 720X480 pixel output directly from the FLIR T-70 just to visualize the various different pallet choices and magnifications.

The original file was an 85MB AVI file and was reduced to a 45MB WMV file, so lost about 1/2 the resolution.

Also I am viewing this through a 4X-32mm ACOG using its reticule, so everything is greatly enlarged from what you see in the video.

The deer is located approx. 175 yards from the thermal and the pond in the backyard of our house is about 225 yards across to the planted slash pine tree canopy.

Those of you who hunt with me will recognize every detail....

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T70/T70%20Videos/FLIR%20T70.wmv


Next video will be a kill video....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/09/13 10:03 PM

Forgot to mention that the FLIR T-70 thermal video was made one hour after sundown with the ground and trees still quite warm, humidity is about 60% and ambient temp is 70 degreed F., it is much better out now that the temp has dropped to 60 F., should be some heavy dew later on.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/09/13 11:51 PM

Here is the mini DVR setup on the T-70:





Remember the resolution I am seeing in real time is twice that of the video plus it is magnified 4x....
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/10/13 10:53 AM

Skypup,

How much do you have invested in the T70 and the scope mounted in front?

Thanks!

Tim
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/10/13 03:04 PM

FLIR T-70:

http://tnvc.com/shop/flir-t70-advanced-combat-thermal-sight-short-range/

ACOG 4X32mm LED TAO2:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/115301/...top-mount-matte
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/10/13 06:23 PM

So folks know, the black color T-70's will be out at months end. TAN was the color of choice for SOCOM and other Mil contract arenas is why TAN was released first.

Vic
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/11/13 01:18 PM

DANG! Does it come with a free Escalade??
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/11/13 01:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr. Poppadopalis
DANG! Does it come with a free Escalade??


No, who would want a pimpmobile with their thermal gear?

FYI, I am driving the same 20 year old pickup truck that I bought new 20 years ago and I plan on using the same thermal setup I have 20 years from now.

Besides, when you have this much fun cleaning up your property, the cost is not a factor, although I could use a new tractor to replace one of my 35 year old tractors.... rolleyes
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/11/13 05:40 PM

Some things they didn't make 20yr ago, but they do now . The sooner you own it the sooner the cost averaging starts. My pvs14 has been used hundreds of outings. 1 1/2 yrs back started down the thermal path. Don't have 15k for one item but other options are available laugh No mater how much $$$ you have you can't buy back lost time. Get what makes you happy in life.
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/11/13 08:35 PM

Straight up
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/11/13 09:45 PM

This song dog was quite a hoot![:D]

I called him in to within 100 feet of us last Saturday night with a FoxPro Prairie Blaster playing Bay Bee Cottontail and he came charging in from 250 yards out and my buddy was my guest so I let him shoot him, he hit him and he jumped way up in the air and turned around and high tailed it out. I figured he was dead somewhere within a hundred yards or so and we walked all over the wood that night and next Sunday morning trying to find him with no luck.

Then tonight I started calling with Bay Bee Cottontail again and this wounded limping coyote comes at me, I dropped him at 165 yards out with the FLIR T-70.



I had the DVR video recorder on but neglected to turn on the video output port, so had not video of the whole two minute kill. cursing

That SUX.....but I did take some video of him laying in the grass dead, about 9MB WMV file:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T70/T70%20Videos/Flir%20T70%20Coyote.wmv

I'll see if I can get a pack up and howling tonight and maybe get a couple more live on video dying.... grin
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/14/13 07:05 AM

FLIR Thermal Fur Down! grin


Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/14/13 12:46 PM

SWEET!!!!

Thanks for sharing SkyPup:-0

Maybe someday, maybe!
Posted by: LAairhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/21/13 09:41 PM

Skypup,

A couple quick questions regarding your set-up:

I really like the 6.8 SPC caliber for hunting pigs, but my concern is that the ACOGs and the T-70 look like they're only set-up for either 5.56 or 7.62 in terms of their respective reticles; am I correct?

Is the Canadian ACOG equivalent (I'm drawing a blank on its name) more forgiving in these regards?

TIA,
LA airhunter
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/22/13 07:14 AM

Both the ACOGs and the T-70s only have 5.56mm and 7.62mm reticules, I do not know if Truijicon or FLIR provides 6.8 reticules for their scopes.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/25/13 11:10 PM

Went out tonight to try to take a couple of pics through the ACOG TA02 using the FLIR T-70 so you could see the sights.

It is a beautiful night out, temp about 50*F, full stars, no wind and low humidity.

After a long HOT HUMID summer, the FLIR worked beyond excellent, simply stunning thermal imagery.

So I start taking a couple of pics with my I-Phone through the ACOG:





Next thing I know a coyote shows up at 175 yards out while I have the I-Phone hooked up to the ACOG, so I took a short video of him before I disconnected the I-Phone and shot him:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T70/T70%20Coyote2/T70%20Coyote.wmv




Man, this FLIR T-70 is real real NICE!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/26/13 11:44 AM

Last meal....



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/07/13 01:02 PM

Don't let this happen to you!

Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/07/13 01:06 PM

Did you shoot him after he did his Bizness?
Posted by: TNVC_Eric

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/07/13 01:47 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Don't let this happen to you!


HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA! Wow. Now that is funny.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/07/13 02:21 PM

I was on vacation in the RV to see my kids up in Chicago and Milwaukee and just got home last night, this dog and his buddies have been showing up around 10-12PM, so you know where I will be tonight!!! grin
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/08/13 07:57 PM

Just got back from Chicago last night after a 2,800 mile RV camp out trip and already nailed two coyotes and a hog in the backyard today.

Here is a 16MB WMV FLIR Thermal video of this shoat in a sounder group getting nailed.




http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T70/T70%20Sounder/T70%20Sounder.wmv
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/09/13 11:14 AM

Hope you had some great pizza and hot dogs out in the city!

...See what happens when you leave, while the cats away, the mice will play. In you case the hogs were playing! tt2

LOL. Nice shooting as always!

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/09/13 09:19 PM

Well now, this was awesome great!

The FLIR T-70 works like a charm.

I was calling coyotes in the backyard on my FoxPro Prairie Blaster when I heard my Arabian snorting in the horse pasture, so I walked around the barn and low and behold a sounder group was rooting around about 200 yards out from me!

So, I slowly walked up on them using the FLIR LS-64 for spotting and layed down on the ground and opened up on them (about 12 or so) from abot 100-125 yards out.

Three shots and three meaty hogs meet the butcher knife tonight!



I had the video output hooked up the the mini DVR so will edit out a video later on....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/10/13 10:38 AM

I butchered out those hogs last night and did not get to bed until 2AM, but the Bald Eagles were on the entrails before I woke up this morning, also a flock of Osceola Turkeys in the backgound....

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/10/13 06:31 PM

As promised, I am finally getting some videos out of the new FLIR T-70 Mil-Spec Thermal Weapon Scope.

You have to manually turn on the NTSC Video output from the FLIR to the mini-DVR in order to save battery life as it chews more juice while recording the thermal video camera output.

It is super easy to turn on using FLIRs JoyStick.

This is recorded on my property in my backyard, there are many very large Live Trees that are hundreds of years old and about 120 feet high, they look like giant Sequoias in the video as I was laying down on the ground to get a good shot on this sounder group. Apparently the hogs are chewing on last years acorns since we have not have a good acorn mast crop this year?

Again, my Arabian horse snorting alerted me to the presence of the hogs, that is two times he turned me on to hogs in two nights!

It was about a 1/4 mile hike out to the hogs, they were shot at a distance of about 125 yards using the FLIR T-70 Thermal.

This is a 50MB WMV file that is about 3.5 minutes long, download it and then watch it.

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T70/T70%20Three%20Hogs/T70%20Three%20Hogs.wmv

Let me know what ya think!
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/10/13 10:25 PM

Have you guys put a dent in the hog population compared to when you first started ?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/11/13 10:01 AM

Originally Posted By: Hard_ware
Have you guys put a dent in the hog population compared to when you first started ?


No, in fact it is the opposite. Thirty years ago when we moved out here there were a few hogs now and then and a few coyotes. Now they are swarming all over the place for some reason.

Ten years ago I used to shoot 30-40 hogs per year, now it is ten times that. I used to get 10-12 coyotes and now it is 4-5 times that.

Have no idea what has changed, but they sure are raping the property.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/11/13 02:00 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
I butchered out those hogs last night and did not get to bed until 2AM, but the Bald Eagles were on the entrails before I woke up this morning, also a flock of Osceola Turkeys in the backgound....



Can never get enough of our Bald Eagles especially on this day!

Happy Veterans Day all!


Vic Di Cosola
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/11/13 04:39 PM

Happy Veteran's Day to all, hope it was a great day for everyone.


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/11/13 06:48 PM

Okay, here is a pretty good FLIR T-70 Thermal video of one of the largest coyotes I have ever shot, 45 lbs+.

I was using my FoxPro Prairie Blaster with an SP55 external speaker using Female Invitation and Cottontail Distress.

He came in over 300 yards out and I shot him at 225 yards through the heart about 4 minutes later. He took off like a scaled cat and I found him the next day ten feet into the woods where he disappears in the video.

This video pretty much shows that with a T-70 and an ACOG 4X, you can shoot a coyote through the heart at long distance....



This is a 67MB WNV file that you should first download to watch off my server:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T70/T70%20Videos/Big%20Coyote/Big%20Dog%20Down.wmv
Posted by: Hard_ware

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/11/13 10:06 PM

You might being shooting more with the help of the NV and thermal you didn't have 30yrs ago laugh
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/11/13 10:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Hard_ware
You might being shooting more with the help of the NV and thermal you didn't have 30yrs ago laugh


Eggsackly! grin

I like the way you think!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/14/13 09:41 PM

The FLIR T-70 just keeps knocking them dead.

Called in 3 songdogs from out over 350 yards and pulled the trigger once on this one at 275 yards, nice female DRT.

Used the ACOG 4X and the T-70 on 1.0X, high humidity and temps around 55 F. made this an easy shot.



Got a nice thermal video of the entire scene so will work on editing that up for a nice kill video.....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/14/13 10:53 PM

Here is the FLIR T-70 40MB Thermal Kill video of this songdog at 275 yards at night:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Visi...rd%20Female.wmv

ENJOY!!!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/14/13 11:27 PM

LOL -> No sooner do I get finished rendering the thermal kill video that I walk out the back door to go pick up my rifle and I see another coyote, one shot at 225 yards, DRT.

Double Smack Down tonight, think I might get some.....




Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/15/13 12:53 PM

Dang Skypup, save some for the Bald Eagles! Outright war zone in your area...

Btw, the Yotes out my way are anorexic, yours have to be some of the biggest I have seen in quite some time.

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/15/13 01:13 PM

These are Eastern Florida coyotes, 30-35 pounds is about the norm, 45-50 pounds is HUGE!!!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/19/13 08:22 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
These are Eastern Florida coyotes, 30-35 pounds is about the norm, 45-50 pounds is HUGE!!!


Scrawny varmints way out west here at 30LBS wet!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/20/13 07:08 AM

I am sure you will be meeting up with some of them as soon as you learn to operate that new FoxPro Prairie Blaster! cool
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/25/13 05:24 PM

Have been after this big boar hog for the last two months, he's been leaving ATV sized holes rooted up in my yard and I wanted to take him out. He is a loner and I spied him off and on, including one time at night when I had my 556 with the FLIR T-70 on it but declined to try to take him out due to his thick shield and my tiny 5.56mm, had been carrying the 7.62mm just for him but never did we both meet up at the right time.

Finally, last night while I was calling for coyotes he shows up a little before midnight with a couple of deer and I decided to try to take him out. First shot was into the lungs right behind his elbow, second shot was pretty much into the arse, and third shot was again into his ribcage, fourth and fifth shots may not have connected. However, I spent an hour trying to find him with the FLIR LS-64 with no luck and then another hour this afternoon with no luck, so he is buzzard bait by now. This dude has shown up on the game cam and I have seen him personally a half dozen time, easy 375-400 pounds, maybe I'll find his skull and tusks later on this fall while hiking around in the woods.

The FLIR T-70 did its job, but this size boar is just a beech to take down with a 5.56.....

11MB WMV file....

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T70/Giant%20Boar%20Hog/Giant%20Boar%20Hog.wmv
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/26/13 08:42 PM

No sooner do I shoot that big boar the other night and another one shows up an hour after I left for work this AM, looks like I've got my work cut out for Thanksgiving weekend hunting this nice boar down...

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/27/13 06:14 PM



cool
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/30/13 09:37 AM

We got a 350 pound black hog down @ 225 yards with the SIG 716 7.62mm, Elcan Specter DR 1.25-6X-42mm, and FLIR Thermal....





Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/30/13 11:51 AM

That's a biggin'! He go down right away this time?

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/30/13 12:36 PM

Thank God I had the 7.62mm this time around, bullet entered into ribcage behind the shield and exited out the flank on the other side, blowing out the lungs, diaphragm, and liver on the way....

FLIR Thermal worked simply outstanding as usual, it was a long shot on a biggin....
Posted by: the impactzone

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/30/13 02:48 PM

that is a nice one
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/01/13 11:13 AM

Three Bald Eagles enjoying some fresh bacon & sausage for breakfast....

Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/03/13 10:26 PM

Recent sight in....Some local dairy farm Yotes about to check out when I get back in a few weeks!

It was a cool day so the hand warmers on the back of the target with a hole punched through worked extremely well with the T70



Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/04/13 06:33 AM

You gents have an elite spread of devises.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/04/13 07:07 AM

I love the ACOG with the FLIR T-70, it absolutely rocks!

I see some dead 'yotes in your future, Vic!
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/06/13 08:27 PM

We need some posts on here... U guys are letting this get to the bottom of the page, so I thought I'd bring it back to the top!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/12/13 11:46 PM

SIG 716 18" barrel with 1:10" twist 7.62mm 150gr SP with Elcan 1.5-6X-42mm with FLIR T-70 Thermal takes out a nice songdog at 225 yards tonight.

Bullet entered right under the barrel and blew off the entire other side of the dog.

Video is short and sweet.....

Called the pack in with FoxPro Prairie Blaster on Female Howl for a minute and then a minute of Female Invitation.




24MB WMV Video download here:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/SIG%20716%20...rd%20Coyote.wmv
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/14/13 09:14 AM

FLIR T-70 took down five hogs in the backyard last night. Then while I was picking them up the sow charged me in the dark and shot her three times with my Browning Hi-Power 9mm, she got away and will go look for her this morning. It was total carnage, like shooting ducks in a bathtub with the FLIR and the SIG 716....

If you have a hog or a coyote problem, FLIR will simply take care of it for you!








Here is a 35MB WMV file of the thermal shootout out to 225 yards:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/SIG%20716%20Precision/5%20Hogs/5%20Hogs.wmv
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/14/13 02:41 PM

Just found hog #6 from last nights thermal shootout, still looking for big sow #7 but it is beginning to rain....

Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/15/13 04:59 PM

I wanna come out and play:-)
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/15/13 06:08 PM

Did you check out the video, I took out all those hogs alone by myself!
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/15/13 09:27 PM

I did!!! awesome job!

So are you saying you don't need or want any company??
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/15/13 10:04 PM

I certainly needed some help cleaning up all of those hogs...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/19/13 07:21 AM

I nailed another songdog at 225 yards last night with the ELCAN/FLIR T-70 in pitch dark at 225 yards.

Took over twenty minutes of calling and he kept coming in and out of the far tree line and would never stand still, very nervous.

Finally had a clear sight picture of him on the edge of the tree line and put the center crosshair dot on his heart, one handloaded 130 grain Barnes TSX went through him and he dropped dead in his tracks.

Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/19/13 12:51 PM

I'd be nervous too if I were on your plantation.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/20/13 12:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Loggers Inn
I'd be nervous too if I were on your plantation.


LOL, good point! w00t
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/22/13 09:44 PM

Took a nice head shot on this bambi killer @ 125 yards tonight, DRT.

You don't want to see the other side of him where the 130 grain Barnes TSX exited...

Have a nice take down thermal video to work on too, will post later...

Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/22/13 10:03 PM

For some reason my I-pad won't down load your phossil videos. Any idea why? I'd love to see them!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/22/13 10:10 PM

They are Microsoft Windows Media Files (WMV), not Apple QuickTime (MOV), you'd need a PC to download and watch them...
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/22/13 10:55 PM

Just what I thought
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/22/13 11:00 PM

The t-70 dvr prolly records in WMV.... Right?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/23/13 08:07 AM

No, it records in standard AVI file, but that is too high resolution and too big a file to post on the web, so I edit it down.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/31/13 10:51 PM

Pork Chop chewing coyote "almost" made it into the New Year but the 7.62mm SIG 716 Precision with the FLIR T-70 barked a handloaded Barnes 130 grain TSC copper slug out 175 yards through the dinner party.......thermal kill video to come once I get a chance to edit it out. cool





HAPPY NEW YEAR TOO ALL!!! smile
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/01/14 10:52 AM

Here is a 17MB WMV FLIR T-70 thermal video of the porkchop eating coyote taking a 7.62mm @ 175 yards!

http://www.phossil.com/thom/SIG%20716%20...op%20Coyote.wmv

Enjoy and Happy New Year!
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/01/14 10:12 PM


Just watched the pork chop vid...I see the same 175 yard tree from the hog vids.

You have it too easy Pup. You got a Laz E Boy recliner at your shooting spot with a rifle rest on it? crazy

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/02/14 07:24 AM

That is my backyard, and my log stand is 150 feet out the backdoor from the log cabin! smile
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/06/14 08:18 PM

FLIR T-70 nails another elusive song dog @ 225 tonight, they are just dropping out of the cold winter sky around the farm here....






Think I got a nice video of the kill to but will have to check it out and edit it down to post later... cool
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/07/14 08:17 AM

Here is a 15MB WMV FLIR Thermal Video of last nights song dog demise with one shot @ 225 yards pitch dark out:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/SIG%20716%20...rd%20Coyote.wmv

The video compression makes it look kinda grainy, but the real time view is about ten times better, plus is magnified by 6X what you see in the video.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/07/14 11:25 AM

FLIR's New Lepton Thermal Imager for Iphone 5:






http://flir.com/flirone/#case-2


At less than $350,will have to check these out at the Shot Show!

http://flir.com/flirone/press/assets/Discover/FLIR%20ONE_Fast%20Facts+Tech%20Specs_FINAL.pdf

They will be making one for Androids later on in 2014 after the I-Phone 5 model is released for less than $350 using the new FLIR Lepton core which has a sensitivity ability to detect temperature differences as small as 0.18 °F (0.1°C) :

http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/flir-systems-introduces-revolutionary-low-130000403.html


http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/F...al_Releases.pdf

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140107-905423.html
Posted by: 17wsm 'yote toaste

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/07/14 11:43 AM

That plus an iScope and you might have something!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/07/14 01:09 PM

FLIR ONE, Don't Leave Home Without It


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUq87-DtfUM
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/07/14 04:53 PM

Here is a shot of the real time image at the CES show in Vegas though the FLIR I-Phone:

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/08/14 07:11 PM

Stay tuned for new consumer sporting goods night hunting thermal from FLIR, 100% Made in USA for USA predator hunters:

http://flir.com/thermoSightR-Series/
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/09/14 07:59 AM

Here is an excellent review of how the FLIR IPhone thermal works:

http://blog.ivytools.com/2014/01/08/hands-on-review-flir-one-iphone-infrared-camera/
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/09/14 09:15 AM

FLIR also has more expensive prototype iPhone thermal cases which make use of the larger (more expensive) Quark camera core, a tiny 0.75” cube with great resolution and low power requirements.

The FLIR Quark core is available in resolutions of 320 x 240 and 640 x 480, with a sensitivity of 0.05 ºC or 50 mK. The Quark can be configured with a wide variety of lenses, including 6.3mm, 9mm, 13mm, 14mm, 17mm, 19mm, 25mm, and a 35mm telephoto lens. Frame rates vary from a full 60 Hz down to an export ready 7.5 Hz.

The more expensive prototype iPhone infrared camera attachment has been exhibited with both a 9mm and a 13mm lens.

With the 9mm lens and 640 x 480 Quark core resolution, the prototype is able to detect a person at over 800 ft (250m).

But with the available 35mm lens, the sled has the potential to see a person at over 3000 ft (940m), or a warm vehicle at over a mile and a half away. The FLIR iPhone sled concept operates on a lower frame rate of 9 Hz to save power.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/10/14 12:01 AM

Here is where a first class thermal really shines when nothing else will work.

200 yards, light rain, heavy fog, zero moon or stars, 50*F out 100% humidity:



Video later once I work on editing it...
Posted by: Corn Fed

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/10/14 12:12 AM

Skypup has the best toys!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/10/14 02:38 PM

A small portion of our night vision Shot Show toys getting packed up. Hope to see many of you there. Our booth is 6502.

Vic

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/10/14 05:59 PM

Vic has all the best toys! scared
Posted by: kyle crickenberger

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/10/14 06:55 PM

I'd like to get my hands on the toy with the white price tag on it.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/10/14 07:25 PM

Here is a short 10MB FLIR thermal video of a coyote shot at 200 yards under the most demanding conditions for any night hunting, temp 50*F, moderate rain, pea soup thick fog, no moon or stars, 100% humidity, wind calm....never would have pulled this off with any NV equipment.

http://www.phossil.com/thom/SIG%20716%20...200%20Yards.wmv
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/11/14 02:00 PM

Check this out....

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Game%20Cam/Flir%20Fart.mp4
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/11/14 07:06 PM

That's about the best 1 I've seen for a while
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/15/14 02:59 AM

Having some fun with the Dillon Aero Mini Gun:



If only I could afford the ammo....

Browning M2 .50 cal is a historic weapon as well...

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/15/14 03:00 AM

MIL-SPEC FLIR T-70 and T-75 at FLIR Goverment Systems:





Flir T-75 100mm Lens!!!



[beeep], I hope the TSA lets me take this home with me on the plane ride home
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/18/14 04:49 PM

FLIR Government Systems is working on finishing up the T-70 units contracted for the US Military and later on this coming Spring they will have an upgrade program for current T-70 users to upgrade their units to the T-75 working instrument via a new 100mm germanium lens system and new software (internal digital magnification of 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0 on the T-75 upgrade).

I was able to look through a working T-75 at the Shot Show at the FLIR Government Systems booth and after having used the T-70 quite a bit, I was very impressed with the increased range, resolution, and magnification of the T-75 unit with minimal loss of FOV with the big lens system.

Here they are side by side:



Here is the T-75 from the side:



And the monster long range front lens:

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/14 12:02 AM

It was a good night!

5.56mm 425 lb boar hog 225 yards FLIR T-70.



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/14 04:20 PM

FLIR PERSONAL SYSTEMS SHOT SHOW WRAP:

http://cvs.flir.com/shot-show-2014
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/14 05:43 PM

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/14 06:22 PM

Bald Eagles enjoying some fresh pork today!

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/24/14 04:30 PM

Had twenty hogs and eight coyotes show up on the game cam last night, so I am getting ready to decimate them....

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/05/14 08:29 PM

Eagle with Gobblers

Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/05/14 09:07 PM

You need some snow in that landscape. It's February. Ohio has plenty if you need some shipped! lol
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/05/14 09:25 PM

haha, we did have some sleet the other night...

For those of you that hunt turkeys, those are Osecola's, a subspecies of the Eastern Turkey and the most coveted....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/17/14 09:43 PM

Calling for 'yotes tonight and this big loner boar shows up deep in the woods, one shot @ 260 yards through the lungs and DOA:












And this weekend we will have 5 FLIR RS scopes to play with!
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/17/14 10:13 PM

Nice Hog SKYPUP!!

Does FLIR sell used Demo Equipment??

Thanks!

Tim
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/17/14 10:30 PM

The ole Grapple sure comes in handy on the big ones!

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/18/14 07:31 AM

When I am sniping these big ones out (not just blasting them), with a fragmenting OTM bullet like the Sierra 77 grain MatchKing in those IMI rounds there is not a chance of bone crushing penetration like with a Barnes bullet, so only cure is to slip on into the lungs and blow them both out with the heart, then they only have one breath left, the one they previously took. That takes precise shooting to make a hit like that out 260 yards in the pitch dark.

My SIG 556 and FLIR T-70 with the ACOG TA02 work in excellent harmony together to pull this off over and over again.

The bullet entered about two inches behind the scapula through the rib cage and disintegrated on impact showering the lungs with high speed fragments that tore them all to [beeep], a little too low would have hit the heart, a little too high would have hit the vertebral column, a little to the right would have hit the diaphragm, a little too left would have smashed his fore-shank. It's all good when you can place a shot precisely in the boiler-room

Of course, having graduated from veterinary school some 35+ years ago, it does help to have an intimate knowledge of swine anatomy too so you can picture in your mind's eye what your carefully placed bullet is going to head into internally so that you can produce a lethal wound and not just take any shot that presents itself. These lage 350+ pound hogs are tough critters and very difficult to bring down as you know.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/19/14 08:40 AM

We will be testing all these FLIR Thermal weapon units out in the field on some hogs and coyotes at my farm this weekend:

RS-32 1.25-5 320X240 19mm
RS-32 2.25-9 320X240 35mm
RS-32 4-16 320X340 60mm
RS-64 1.1-9 640X480 35mm
RS-64 2-16 640X480 60mm

Video and pics and reviews to follow....


We will be using a couple of SIG 556s, a couple of SIG 716s, and a Noveske 6.8SPC, plus my SIG P-229 .357 SIG handgun with IR laser.
Posted by: family guy

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/19/14 11:07 AM

I'd like hear how the clarity is for the rs-64 in the 10+ zoom.
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/21/14 03:42 PM

Originally Posted By: family guy
I'd like hear how the clarity is for the rs-64 in the 10+ zoom.
I'm sure the pixels start showing good after 6x
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/21/14 06:13 PM

6X is max for no pixelation.
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/22/14 11:01 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
My SIG 556 and FLIR T-70 with the ACOG TA02 work in excellent harmony together to pull this off over and over again.


I'm running my T70 with an Eotech EXPS 3-0 and Eotech 4x Magnifier with good results. The more I use this unit the more I like it.

I have been anchoring them with my 6.8 SPC and 110 grain Nosler Accubonds.


Posted by: kyle crickenberger

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/23/14 06:00 PM

Me and a couple buddies tagged these critters Friday night
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/23/14 09:36 PM

Nice mixed bag you got their Kyle and nice blaster too, are you using FoxPro e-callers?
Posted by: kyle crickenberger

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/24/14 07:06 AM

Yes sir, we have a fury, shockwave and a cs24c on the way.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/24/14 08:20 AM

Great, I've got two FP Prairie Blasters with the external SP-55 speakers and they are awesome!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/02/14 10:57 AM

Three other shooters, all with NV, and NONE of them could see this hog back in the deep brush but me with the FLIR T-70, one headshot put the swine down.


Everyone is standing around asking me how I saw him and how I could possibly shoot him in the head?[B)]


THERMAL BABY!!







Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/02/14 11:49 AM

Originally Posted By: kyle crickenberger
Me and a couple buddies tagged these critters Friday night


NICE collection there!

Vic
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/02/14 11:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Gman757
Originally Posted By: SkyPup
My SIG 556 and FLIR T-70 with the ACOG TA02 work in excellent harmony together to pull this off over and over again.


I'm running my T70 with an Eotech EXPS 3-0 and Eotech 4x Magnifier with good results. The more I use this unit the more I like it.

I have been anchoring them with my 6.8 SPC and 110 grain Nosler Accubonds.




What can you using?
Posted by: kyle crickenberger

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/02/14 12:41 PM

Muskyman and I killed these two dogs last night, never even turned the foxpro on! Spot and stalk is lethal with the pvs14 and the ls64.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/02/14 08:33 PM

Here are some photos from the FLIR M-18 Recon, no moon, clear sky with lots of stars, low humidity and about 60*F out:

175 yards to infamous game cam tree, 1X gray mode:




Same but 2X:



Same but 4X:



Tractor;










Will work on a thermal video....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/03/14 07:07 AM

FLIR M-18 Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx32hJH_rpI&feature=youtu.be
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/04/14 01:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
What can you using?


Hey Vic... I have the 762 YHM Phantom QD Titanium (15oz.). As you can see in the pic I use a cover on it for hunting. It protects the can and provides insulation to keep the heat mirage out of the T70 FOV.

I run the same can on 6.8 SPC, 300 BLK, and .223.

http://yhm.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14_18&products_id=306

https://www.riflesonly.com/pro-shop/tactical-gear/tab-sas-suppressor-anti-mirage-shield.html





Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/04/14 11:55 PM

Originally Posted By: Gman757
Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
What can you using?


Hey Vic... I have the 762 YHM Phantom QD Titanium (15oz.). As you can see in the pic I use a cover on it for hunting. It protects the can and provides insulation to keep the heat mirage out of the T70 FOV.

I run the same can on 6.8 SPC, 300 BLK, and .223.

http://yhm.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14_18&products_id=306

https://www.riflesonly.com/pro-shop/tactical-gear/tab-sas-suppressor-anti-mirage-shield.html



Any chance of getting some video without the cover on to see that mirage effect you're talking about with the T-70? Out here in Kalifornia I do not have that luxury. frown

Vic
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/14 11:25 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Three other shooters, all with NV, and NONE of them could see this hog back in the deep brush but me with the FLIR T-70, one headshot put the swine down.


Everyone is standing around asking me how I saw him and how I could possibly shoot him in the head?[B)]


THERMAL BABY!!









Just my observation, you shot him in the head? Why are his intestines hanging out the bottom??
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/14 11:41 AM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC


Any chance of getting some video without the cover on to see that mirage effect you're talking about with the T-70? Out here in Kalifornia I do not have that luxury. frown

Vic


Vic... I haven't even tried to hook up to the video output of the T70. I have a cheap miniature DVR that should work so maybe I can get that done for you. The thermal signature from the can just looks like an arc in the very bottom of the T70.

BTW....It only happens after about a 10 to 12 round shootout at a sounder of hogs. That heats the can up pretty good.


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/14 11:52 AM

Originally Posted By: Mr. Poppadopalis
Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Three other shooters, all with NV, and NONE of them could see this hog back in the deep brush but me with the FLIR T-70, one headshot put the swine down.


Everyone is standing around asking me how I saw him and how I could possibly shoot him in the head?[B)]




THERMAL BABY!!









Just my observation, you shot him in the head? Why are his intestines hanging out the bottom??



Actually, I shot him in the MOUTH and the bullet went down his throat through his lungs, diaphragm, and liver before exiting out his abdomen.

How is that for a headshot??? w00t
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/14 11:55 AM

Here is some more FLIR Thermal porn:

LIGHTS OUT MF.....

T70 275 Yard Female - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJCYbzK5RCk
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/14 12:11 PM

So in other words he should have kept his mouth shut?

He is dead and that is the main thing:-)

Good work................
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/14 12:24 PM

It was a 75 yard shot in absolute pitch dark, no moon and could not see much of anything with NV, especially back in the brush.

I shot at his face, he quivered and fell over, then we took some pics....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/14 07:11 PM

Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/14 07:33 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
It was a 75 yard shot in absolute pitch dark, no moon and could not see much of anything with NV, especially back in the brush.

I shot at his face, he quivered and fell over, then we took some pics....
a shot like that is hard on the dental work! Trust me I've seen it happen to a coyote. scared
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/07/14 11:27 PM

The best snake cammo I have ever seen or not seen is our local Mojave Greens. #1 most venomous in the USA, and I think 11th in the world. Their greenish hue is just about invisible with normal I^2 devices and if the outside temp is close to their body temp, they are just about passive their as well.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/22/14 10:01 PM

If you guys have not see this, please check out our FLIR RS Scope Give-away! Good luck! http://www.predatormastersforums.com/for...;gonew=1#UNREAD
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/23/14 01:16 PM

Had a great hog hunt last night with the SIG 556 FLIR T-70 using IMI NATO 77gr Sierra MatchKings, shot three large boar hogs at various ranges and recovered two nice ones. Sky was clear, temp upper 50's and stars out bright with no moon, just a beautiful night to be out in the swamps hog hunting with the FLIR thermal gear.

This was in a large 1,500 acre flooded pasture with about 6-8 inches of water laying in it, used the FLIR LS-64 and PS-32 for find the loaner boars spread out around the prairie ponds and stalked them out from about 1/2 mile out.

Shot three and recovered two, on made it over a berm embankment and into some thick brush and could not find him.

Will have some video later on of the kills:








Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/24/14 08:32 AM

Short video of the hog kills, nailed three and recovered two, in a foot deep water in middle of swamp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pwPiWVGD1c
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/26/14 02:29 PM

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local...-252281481.html

The person who was threatened said three large, white canines without collars surrounded him outside his horse barn last month and he called his neighbor, who brought a shotgun. The man, whom the newspaper did not identify, then shot and killed the animal.

The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, tested samples of the dead animal and determined it was a wolf-dog hybrid.
Posted by: Snaggltoof

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/26/14 02:46 PM

Skypup, I've been hearing that most eastern coyotes some mixed genes or something. I wonder if the wolf isn't blending now too
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/27/14 08:11 AM

I friend of mine sent me a photo of a wolf-dog hybrid he shot down in south Florida near the Everglades, it weighed 90 pounds and was one mean looking sob...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/30/14 06:23 PM

Finally got my Gemtech Sandstorm titanium 7.62mm can, and waiting on three more!


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/30/14 06:25 PM

Really impressed with the can taming this 7.72mm. First two shots at 200 yards were about three inches high and two inches to the right (crosswind of 15mph).

No muzzle blast and the piston valve #4 suppressor setting threw shells out 15 feet with zero cycling problems, the sound of the bullet was about a .22 Mag and you could hear the impact of the bullet easily. Recoil was markedly reduced as well.

I ordered a suppressor anti-thermal surround shield to keep it from interfering with the FLIRs and keep me from getting burnt:

https://www.riflesonly.com/pro-shop/tactical-gear/tab-sas-suppressor-anti-mirage-shield.html

Shot four two round groups at 200 yards laying prone unsupported after initial adjustment of the ELCAN Specter DR 1.5-6X-42mm, moving a click or two at a time:



Final result is two nice bullseyes!

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/30/14 07:30 PM

Couple of rough non-professional pics through the ocular lens (through the tube pics) of ELCAN SPECTER DR 1.5-6X-42mm on 6X through the FLIR T-70 during the day at a group of squirrels feeding at 175 yards using the three FLIR T-70 digital magnifications:







Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/31/14 06:58 PM

Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/03/14 03:23 PM

Hey my man! When did you get the CAN?

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/03/14 03:25 PM

Originally Posted By: kyle crickenberger
Me and a couple buddies tagged these critters Friday night


What scope is that on your AR Kyle??

Thanks!

Tim
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/03/14 08:52 PM

I am using an ELCAN Specter DR 1.5-6X-42mm 7.62 NATO on my .308s:


http://www.eurooptic.com/elcan-specterdr-dfov156-c2.aspx
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/05/14 09:43 AM

Here are a couple of T-70 through the instrument pics (no ACOG or ELCAN just the unit) at 0.5X, 1.0X, and 2.0X magnifications.

It is 175 yards laser measured to the oak tree with my game cam attached to it.

They were taken in linear thermal mode, not DDE. About 60*F out, clear no fog.








Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/05/14 09:44 AM

Here a a couple of pics through the ocular lens of the ELCAN Specter DR 1.5-6X-42mm at 6X power of the same scene:











To be fair to the ELCAN, a moderate fog had settled in over the gator pond, so I turned on DDE.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/05/14 10:25 AM

When you are in the pitch dark at night hunting dangerous animals (or humans for that matter) FOV is your friend because if you cannot see it you cannot get it and it can get you.

Of course, allot of people just like to shoot thermals at a non-moving target like steel on a range where everything is perfectly setup and stationary at a known distance, for them something like a T-75 would be ideal.

But if you plan on bringing home the bacon or fur, wide FOV cannot be beat!


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/06/14 09:31 PM

If the US Military won't buy it, why should you?

http://www.flir.com/uploadedFiles/Eurasi...ctors%20BST.pdf
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/07/14 01:43 PM

I don’t need no one’s opinion

On the matter concerning my FLIRs

I live in a swamp in Northern Florida

There were many things I did not possess

I never complained because my father said

“Son, you’ll get your chance before you’re my age.”

Then he took me upstairs and gave me his FLIR

There was happiness all over my face.

He said, “Others may come and others may go,

But that FLIR will be around wherever you go’”

I’ve never been a sloppy hunter

My hogs drop dead with one shot

And the fold in my camo overalls it ain’t straight

Still I know a good thermal when I see one

That’s why I’m packin’ two FLIR T-70s

Sometimes I wonder if I should visit another dealer

And get myself a different night rig

Then I remember what my father said to me

You don’t want to miss a pig.

He said, “Others may come and others may go,

But that FLIR will be around wherever you go….
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/10/14 12:17 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
I don&#146;t need no one&#146;s opinion

On the matter concerning my FLIRs

I live in a swamp in Northern Florida

There were many things I did not possess

I never complained because my father said

&#147;Son, you&#146;ll get your chance before you&#146;re my age.&#148;

Then he took me upstairs and gave me his FLIR

There was happiness all over my face.

He said, &#147;Others may come and others may go,

But that FLIR will be around wherever you go&#146;&#148;

I&#146;ve never been a sloppy hunter

My hogs drop dead with one shot

And the fold in my camo overalls it ain&#146;t straight

Still I know a good thermal when I see one

That&#146;s why I&#146;m packin&#146; two FLIR T-70s

Sometimes I wonder if I should visit another dealer

And get myself a different night rig

Then I remember what my father said to me

You don&#146;t want to miss a pig.

He said, &#147;Others may come and others may go,

But that FLIR will be around wherever you go&#133;.


Skypup,

Well spoken & you won't get an argument out of me! I now own 2 FLIR;-)
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/10/14 01:21 PM

+1 thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/16/14 10:46 PM

Florida Fish and Game regulations on Hog Hunting In Florida:


http://m.myfwc.com/hunting/by-species/wild-hog/
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/17/14 05:34 PM

Have been working on a new mini DVR setup that has a remote recording switch, the unit is always off until you hit the swtich and then it records.

Here is my older unit which works very good with the FLIR T-70s, T-60, T-50, and RS series thermals. it is up and recording in 10 seconds with the press of two buttons:





Here is the new smaller unit with the remote video start switch:








Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/17/14 11:56 PM

100 yard standing ear hole shot, did not move an inch......




Entrance:

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/25/14 10:27 PM

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/27/14 11:00 PM

Busted a couple more tonight:

Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/29/14 11:07 AM

This time with day scopes I presume? How'd you manage that? Didn't think you guys still knew how to shoot during the day! w00t
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/29/14 11:17 AM

When you are pouring corn into the feeder at dusk on a ladder and the swine want corn in their mouths, sometimes this happens.... smile
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/29/14 05:52 PM

FLIR Hog Train just pulled in from the station, gettin' ready to do some night thermal blasting!

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/07/14 09:40 PM

FLIR has a new model PS-32R with the 320 core and a 35mm lens instead of the 19mm lens on the PS-32. In addition, when you turn it off and then turn it back on it comes up with the same settings that you turned it off in.

Compared to my LS-64 with 640 core and 35mm lens, it has a smaller FOV but the clarity and distance resolution is astounding for a 320 core scanner, can easily see a deer at 600 yards and make out a coon from a possum at 200 yards.

The camo model is a limited edtion:







Oh, and a new first, this unit has NTSC VIDEO OUT!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/09/14 07:03 PM

Another important thought to consider when using any thermal weapon hunting scope is the diurnal cycle of inanimate objects absorbing IR radiation and subsequently irradiating IR radiation.

There are crossover times during a 24 hour period of time when inanimate objects (grass, trees, rocks, ground, water, etc) absorb sunlight and then re-radiate that light as IR.

Once you get accustomed to this aspect, you can adjust your thermal hunting times to coincide with the best diurnal crossover points to allow for maximum performance from your instruments.

I am constantly hearing about this and that regarding costly useless thermal instruments from newbies who just took their scopes out and everything was white-out or too hot or way too unresolute.

Where I do most of my hunting, unless we are under a high pressure dome, you can bet that the fog will set in about midnight. Thermal still works good in fog but not as good as a high pressure no fog. so maximum range and resolution is going to be affected. Just another reason why I PLAN my hunting times to coincide with maximal effective times at night, and also to take into accord the maximum emission of the diurnal crossover points of thermal absorption and emission of the millions of inanimate objects in the woods, simply because I am after only the animate ones.

If you plan your hunt times accordingly, you will be surprised how much more enjoyable it is instead of trying to hunt at minimal thermal productive times...


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/10/14 08:51 AM

Here is a You-Tube video I made in the backyard last night of the new FLIR PS-32R handheld scanner with 9FPS NTSC video out.

It is the same as the previous PS-32 but with video out and a larger 35mm germanium objective lens instead of the smaller 19mm on the PS-32.

As many of you experienced thermal users know, a 320 core with a 35mm lens is a very powerful instrument for reaching out past one half mile for detection.

I was easily able to discern rabbits, from coons, from possums, at 225 yards with the PS-32R.

This one also has a nice limited edition camo overlay.

The video was 500MB originally and is shrunk down to 46MB for U-Tube, so lost about 10X of the resolution but it still looks very very good, the 9fps video feed is hardly noticeable even when the deer are running through the woods. I would have thought there would have been more degradation of the movements at 9hz, but this was not the case.

i first saw the five deer out 450 yards and watched them walk through the deep woods into an open clearing at 225 yards and was amazed to see them still coming my way.

They all walked up to a depression below my stand and picked up my scent, you can see them with their noses in the air knowing I am somewhere near until they get a definite scent signature, SNORT, and take off from 60 yards right clear in front of me.

This is one of FLIR's new handheld scanner products and if people like it, more video options will be forthcoming as in their handheld series....my LS-64 would LOVE to have this capability!

Here is the vid;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF2HHrOyBjM
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/18/14 08:41 AM

With the Stedi-Stock you can take great thermal movies with the FLIR M-18!

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/19/14 07:36 PM

For those of you who own and use a FLIR Vanadium Oxide UnCooled microbolometer in your thermal weapon scope or scanner, not matter what the focal plane array is or what the model is, this is the spectral response curve that you will be covering with your instrument.

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/22/14 09:05 PM

Okay, I reworked my 8 hog kill video and put it in MP4 format so both PC and Mac users can see it, had allot of complaints from the Mac crowd that they could not see it. Recovered five that night and three more the next day.

So here it is:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T70/8%20Hogs.mp4
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/22/14 09:57 PM

Thanks for taking care of the Mac daddy crowd skypup. Spartan1 says I need to ditch my rotary phone and upgrade. All I need to do is leave my phone sit for a few hrs for a lil wireless upgrade. And if I might say the thermal shower pic is the best I've seen in a while thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/23/14 09:12 AM

What is epic about it was that I was in my backyard 150 feet from the backdoor all by my lonesome self about 9PM, did not get to bed until 4AM after cleaning up the carnage....this has happened about a half dozen times over the years but the first time I was able to record it happening...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/24/14 08:37 PM

Just waiting for the FLIR MD-625Xp with wireless router for the mobile thermal install. Will try to document the thermal install with all the gear....

Also have a complete RealTree MAX 5 camo wrap on the way.





Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/25/14 12:36 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
What is epic about it was that I was in my backyard 150 feet from the backdoor all by my lonesome self about 9PM, did not get to bed until 4AM after cleaning up the carnage....this has happened about a half dozen times over the years but the first time I was able to record it happening...
Thank God for the big clips! thumbup ...layin the rounds down
Posted by: yzsuperlee

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/14 12:39 AM

Does anyone know what price point the PS-32R will be at?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/14 07:52 AM

Originally Posted By: yzsuperlee
Does anyone know what price point the PS-32R will be at?


From what I hear it will be $3,999 MSRP, it does have video out for the first time in the PS/LS series though.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/14 12:21 PM

Anyone contemplating upgrading their land yacht into the ultimate night hunting machine can take advantage of FLIR's Rebate on the M-series remote controlled thermal cameras and get $1,000 cash back on purchases made prior to June 30th, 2014, this is a substantial savings!






http://www.flir.com/cvs/americas/en/maritime/view/?id=62808
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/14 12:35 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Anyone contemplating upgrading their land yacht into the ultimate night hunting machine can take advantage of FLIR's Rebate on the M-series remote controlled thermal cameras and get $1,000 cash back on purchases made prior to June 30th, 2014, this is a substantial savings!






http://www.flir.com/cvs/americas/en/maritime/view/?id=62808




WHOA NELLIE!!

Is this going on your land yacht?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/14 12:58 PM

You bet!
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/14 01:11 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
You bet!


Can you post a picture of the viewing screen?

Won't it show a lot of light coming off of the screen or???


Looks like it is going to be an AWESOME set up for sure!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/14 01:31 PM

Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/14 02:12 PM

Are you going to get a lot of splash back light from the viewing screen?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/14 02:36 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr. Poppadopalis
Are you going to get a lot of splash back light from the viewing screen?


No, the contrast is easily adjustable, besides it will easily pick up hogs and dogs over one mile out......
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/28/14 02:48 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Originally Posted By: Mr. Poppadopalis
Are you going to get a lot of splash back light from the viewing screen?


No, the contrast is easily adjustable, besides it will easily pick up hogs and dogs over one mile out......


Sweet!

When are you going to set it up, mount a .50caliber on top and have a computer read your retina and then fire a shell by thought process???


I can't wait for the results of your first run!

Go get em.................
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/01/14 04:25 PM

FLIR Personal Systems is shipping out the FLIR M-324XP 30Hz thermal scanning instrument this week!

I ended up getting the upscale professional yachting M series instead of the MD-series.

The MD series can be run and viewed off an I-Phone or I-Pad app but it is static (like the FLIR PathFindIR) and not able to remotely scan.

The M series cannot be run off the app but it has a joy-stick smart controller that you can program to scan 90 degrees left to 90 degrees right and 180 degrees up and over to the rear and anything inbetween.

The LCD color viewer for it is made for high end yachts and is made by FLIR subdivision RayMarine and shows all the color pallets White hot, Black hot, Marine Red, Iron, Rain, and Ice. It also is waterproof, dust proof and vibration proof.

For the price, I could have gotten the 640x512 core with 25mm lens MD static but ended up getting the remote scanning 336x256 17 micron core with the 19 mm lens since the FOV is the about same and the range is over one mile, the 640 core would have just been expensive overkill as the 336 core will handle everything we will come up on out in the woods.


The good folks at FLIR sure were a joy to work with as it took about two weeks of them edumatcating me to the level for me to make a solid decision on which instrument would suit our hunting yacht needs the best in the long run.

Will take some pics of it and the install once it arrives...


Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/02/14 10:03 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup


I ended up getting the upscale professional yachting M series instead of the MD-series.



Hey Pup.....since you got the yachting series you might as well pick up a real land yacht to mount in on.


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/02/14 11:45 AM

Originally Posted By: Gman757
Originally Posted By: SkyPup


I ended up getting the upscale professional yachting M series instead of the MD-series.



Hey Pup.....since you got the yachting series you might as well pick up a real land yacht to mount in on.




I saw that, but since it does not come with an escalator to get you into the cab and I am afraid of heights, I decided to pass.... smile
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/02/14 01:02 PM

I got a nice solid steel roll cage mount onto which I can weld a couple of 3/8" bar stock onto and then weld on the FLIR mounting base for a permanent secure attachment.

The good thing about this is the ability to move the mount up or down the left or right side of the roll-cage and still be protected from limbs and branches while keeping the mount higher up than my head when standing next to the rig.

Already had a couple of LED long range light bars almost get nailed from low hanging limbs, so want to make sure this instrument is protected while still have a supreme sight picture capability.

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/04/14 09:40 PM

Another nice boar tonight!

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/08/14 10:09 PM

Put some 3M RealTree MAX5 HD camo wrap on the UTV, I am going to leave the front end red for safety reasons in case someone is coming my way on the forest roads, besides hogs and coyotes cannot see red anyways, it is all grey to them...

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/09/14 08:17 AM

This long range 850nm IR spot light for Night Vision Optics is going on next:

http://www.larsonelectronics.com/p-46855...nt-9-42vdc.aspx
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/09/14 09:31 PM

Great posts...you might want to consider mounting the flir remote ptz upside down so you can view down ditches slopes and hills..dont rely on any type of magnet mount unless you have a backup screw i learned the hard way..

Sweet ride...
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/14 01:42 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Put some 3M RealTree MAX5 HD camo wrap on the UTV, I am going to leave the front end red for safety reasons in case someone is coming my way on the forest roads,


I would finish up the camo on the front and use the headlights when needed for safety concerns.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/14 08:19 AM

Originally Posted By: Mr Benelli
Great posts...you might want to consider mounting the flir remote ptz upside down so you can view down ditches slopes and hills..dont rely on any type of magnet mount unless you have a backup screw i learned the hard way..

Sweet ride...




Mr. B, I may just install the M-series upside down for max height and view as well as protection from branches, will find out soon..
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/14 08:23 AM

Greg, I tried putting the camo wrap on the front and it is vastly more difficult to apply properly, the sides were a piece of cake with the heat gun and vinyl applicator for the 3M camo.

I kind of like the red on the front myself, I tried to get a green or camo Honda Pioneer to begin with but there were unobtainable and had to take what was available.

No animal in the woods can see any red, it is all gray to them so not a problem.

The FLIR M-Series is on the Brown UPS Truck out for delivery today, the 850nm IR spotlight should be here tomorrow, so hopefully this weekend I will be welding on the new custom mounts to the rollcage and installing the electronic to another 2nd battery with a battery isolater so I do not have to mess with the complicated Honda wiring harness....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/14 11:46 AM

New FLIR PathFindIR II PRO automatically picks out humans and animals!


http://www.flir.com/cvs/cores/view/?id=62945

http://cvs.flir.com/pathfindirII-datasheet

PathfindIR PRO now with capability Pedestrian and Animal Detection (smart analytic system):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdapMzGSZuM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpfrkrysuiw
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/14 05:10 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup

The FLIR M-Series is on the Brown UPS Truck out for delivery today, the 850nm IR spotlight should be here tomorrow, so hopefully this weekend I will be welding on the new custom mounts to the rollcage and installing the electronic to another 2nd battery with a battery isolater so I do not have to mess with the complicated Honda wiring harness....


Good plan. When I rewired my electric cart I installed a marine deep cycle battery with a built in battery charger for all of the 12 volt requirements. It also allows me a backup method to load my cart on the trailer with the winch if I run down my main batteries. (Never have so far)

I assume you will try running with IR lights and a helmet mounted PVS 14. I mounted a small weaver rail overhead snd just use an EagleTac emitter as an IR headlight. If anything it puts out too much light in tight foliage and you will have to dial the gain way down on your PVS14 to counter IR feedback.

I have found through trying various night running configurations that my red KC lights work the best. I have them pointed down and scan with the PS 32. If I see something I hit the light switch and stop to investigate. I have run up on sounders of hogs and packs of coyotes using red running lights because the electric cart is so quiet.

You might try installing a set of red lights for night running.


Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/14 06:50 PM

I cannot wait to see the performance of all this put together! Nice work thus far.

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/14 07:21 PM

Brown truck delivered totally pure FLIR Awesome Goodness today! smile








Boy these people are good to deal with. thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/14 09:54 PM

Here is the kick [beeep] FLIR M-Series remote control M-324XP thermal camera with the remoter controller and LCD screen, everything is 100% waterproof, shockproof, and dust proof to mil-spec standards......





Going to fire up the plasma cutter and cut out a 3/8 inch round plate to mount it on and weld it to a roll bar clamp ASAP:


Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/14 09:57 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Brown truck delivered totally pure FLIR Awesome Goodness today! smile








Boy these people are good to deal with. thumbup1
i don't wanna sound like a goof ball, but how does that contraption work?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/14 10:52 PM

It is a FLIR thermal video camera that sees every living breathing thing in the dark out a mile or so, recently expired hogs and coyotes too.... cool
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/14 09:08 AM

A mile out? That should make for some easy pickins. Wonder how it works on small tracts around farms and houses detecting animals?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/14 10:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Loggers Inn
A mile out? That should make for some easy pickins. Wonder how it works on small tracts around farms and houses detecting animals?


Excellent, no armadillos will get away.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/14 01:04 PM

Cut out a steel welding mount plate with plasma torch to weld onto roll bar clamp and fabbed a cedar wood mount to secure to base.




Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/14 03:53 PM

Got a link to that mobile unit so I can check it out in the FLIR website?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/14 04:35 PM

Originally Posted By: Loggers Inn
Got a link to that mobile unit so I can check it out in the FLIR website?



http://www.flir.com/cvs/americas/en/maritime/view/?id=50777
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/14 04:39 PM

Finished welding up the heavy duty steel roll bar mount and am painting it, will work on electronics installation next....














M-Series

Premium Multi-Sensor Maritime Thermal Night Vision System

The M-Series pan/tilt re-defines maritime multi-sensor system design, drawing on FLIR's 25 years of experience in building combat-proven airborne and maritime thermal imagers for militaries, Coast Guards, and governmental agencies around the world. If you want to use a tougher, better-performing FLIR, you'll have to join the Special Forces.
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/14 05:47 PM

Looking good Skypup!!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/14 06:45 PM

I'm going to drive around a few days and see how I like it the way I have it now before I wire up everything.

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/12/14 12:26 PM

There has been some concern raised to me in PM's about the use of the M-Series on my UTV during the day due to sunlight destroying the VOx microbolometer.

Needless the say, the Sun emits tons of IR radiation, however it is not a problem with any of FLIR's VOx microbolometers in thermal weapon scopes, hand held scanners, security scanner, maritime scanners, etc. In fact, maritime could be the worst due to the reflection of solar radiation from the water doubling the exposue.



FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras are immune to solar radiation.

FLIR Systems has designed its uncooled VOx microbolometer technology for solar immunity.

FLIR’s cameras will not be damaged by direct imaging of the sun, for example, when the sun moves through the field of view of a fixed camera pointed at the horizon.

Temporary image artifacts or ghosts may be evident, but they will disappear during normal operation without operator intervention.

Although this may seem obvious, it is unfortunately not the case for all thermal imaging technology. Different manufacturers offer different models with different types of uncooled microbolometer detectors.

Vanadium Oxide is just one material that is used for manufacturing these detectors.

Other materials are Amorphous Silicon (a-Si) and Barium Strontium Titanate (BST ). Manufacturers using a-Si or BST technology are sometimes even specifying in their own user manuals that the cameras cannot be exposed to direct sunlight.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/12/14 10:09 PM

The High Definition 1440X720 Color LCD monitor install was super simple, just need an F type female to BNC connector and I am ready to go....all the color pallets are supported.





Everything fits nice and tidy and easy to operate.




The Larson Electronics mil-spec 850nm IR LED puts out 24 watts of high intensity IR out over a kilometer.

Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/13/14 10:36 AM

Looks great. Can you give us an idea what the ptz controller and monitor cost separately?

I am assuming your monitor is SV-LCD70RP. I couldn't find the monitor on the web looks like the manufacturer only sells direct, safety vision.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/13/14 11:26 AM

The monitor is indeed the Safety Vision SV-LCD70RP.

Total cost of all the equipment with cables and connectors to hook it all up was $7,200, but really $6,200 since FLIR Personal Systems has a $1,000 rebate on all M-series purchased until July 30th. I took advantage of the rebate on this system for an almost 20% off....

http://www.flir.com/cvs/americas/en/maritime/view/?id=62808

http://www.flir.com/uploadedFiles/MSeries_Brochure_web.pdf

You really do not need the 640 core system unless you are interested in IDing critters, the 320 core sees way further than you can walk in the next ten minutes.

I got the upscale marine M-Series because it is not-static, it can rotate 360 degrees around and 180 degrees up and down and backwards, it has all the different color pallets, can be programmed to do pre-programmed sweeps, etc etc etc. It is a very powerful system.

The reason I got it is the UTV has no windshield or doors or glass to block the thermal emissions (that is why I have the quarter windshield on the UTV).

If all you need is a static wide angle view on the front end, then the new FLIR PathFindIR II with the software alogrithims to identify people and animals is the way to go for less than half the price of the upscale M-series....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FLIR-PathFindIR-...=item1c4121ff1f


Here is the new PathFinderIR II video showing how it picks out people and animals specifically....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voU5ONx_YFM


I would have gotten the PathFIndIR II had I not had a UTV with wide open 360 degree view....
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/13/14 08:34 PM

SkyPup,

You made the right call with ptz. Pathfinder ok for a very small bait site, but you will most likely want to scan to follow the shot. Sometimes, I put the ptz on the truck and drive down the highway to count game. They have low light day cameras on ptz so you can use ir laser.

If the pathfinder software beeps in a alarm mode and would wake me up that would be great for late night coyote hunting!

You also might want to make a 8-12 foot pole to get elevation on some fields. You will be able to cover more area. Great for all types of orchards.

The polaris ranger has flip out glass but no a/c yet. The polaris brutus was too slow and cant make it up hills. I am thinking of a jeep with some type of tractor mud tires.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/15/14 01:56 PM

One of the very few times that I did not need my FLIRs......








Suckers came out of the woods about a 150 yards down the road and walked right up to me?[:O]

Must have thought I was their momma.
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/15/14 02:49 PM

Easy shots
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/20/14 12:28 AM

Cut a bunch of 1/4" steel and welded up a battery stand for the Marine Deep Cycle AGM 35 Ahr battery to run the FLIR M-Series off of, installed an 80 amp battery isolater and wired up the Ethernet RJ-45 cable to the JoyStick Controller. Also camo out the M-324 with some camo paint too...







Fit everything into the cab and got it all anchored down and hooking up the electric cables:










Will have everything operational this weekend.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/20/14 04:27 PM

Everything installed and setup, just need to hook up the power and controller cables.

Need to run into town for a 10 foot 2 AWG hot battery cable to run from the starter battery to the auxillary battery and that will be finished. Used two short 12" 2 AWG cables to hook up auxillary battery to the battery isolater and tapped into the ignition start switch.

Installed a RJ-45 BNC video splitter so I can tap into the video feed to record the live video from the FLIR thermal to the HD Safety Vision Monitor on the mini DVR, takes a special RJ-45 marine waterproof cable connector.

Built a waterproof box to house the Joystick Controller Unit for programming the FLIR M-series, there was no room for it to fit flush in the dash, but the housing turned out great.

Normally, to install one of the remote control M-Series with the Ethernet cable link you have to hire a professional marine yacht specialist for a $1,500 job, but it is not too bad doing it yourself if you have a welder, plasma torch, plenty of power tools and about 40 hours of time to fab everything out for the install.

Probably hook everything up tomorrow as I am working on a 2" High Lifter kit for the chassis and installing special racing Walker Evans Baja 500 super heavy duty gas coil over shocks to beef up the chassis this evening....














Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/20/14 09:38 PM

[beeep], I was hoping these Walker Evan Baja 500 Race Shocks would be nice, they are beyond nice, they are fantastic, next thing I know I'm going to get some air!

After installing the 30 pound AGM battery and the 15 pound FLIR M instrument/accessories and another ten pounds of welded 3/8' steel for the battery box and the mil-spec 850 IR spot beam, I wanted to replace the front OEM KYB shocks to improve the vibration and ride for using the thermal video camera.

Major f-ing improvement in everything, much less vibration and bouncing around and much quieter too, handling and compliance is way way better.











The FLIR M-Series is totally real mil-spec for water proof, vibration, shock, dust, etc. but is always best to treat sensitive instruments as well as possible, not to mention the video output will be much smoother too.
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/21/14 03:22 PM

How long you think you will get out of a charged battery with flir? I am guessing you will have no problems for your setup.

At night and no charging...I am getting at least 12 hours in summer with one group 31.. but wintertime about 8 hours. So I went with two sears group 31 marine batteries.

What type of grip or mount is holding the AR15 vertical?

keep the photos coming!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/21/14 09:30 PM

I have not hooked it up yet, but I am using a battery isolater to charge the auxillary battery from the alternator while the engine is running. Hope to have it electrically charged for the first time tomorrow...should last at least 12 hours on a charge though.

The grip is the Koplin Rhino Ratcheting grip, I have it mounted to the dash right next to my right leg, works excellent!

http://www.amazon.com/Kolpin-21540-Ratcheting-Rhino-Grip/dp/B006OZF6PY
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/21/14 09:31 PM

Got out of the UTV without my rifle and went for a walk. No sooner do I get a 100 yards that I see a large sounder group in thick woods to my right. All I had was the SIG .357 with 124 grain Hornaday reloads and there were six large sows over 325 pounds, so I took out this small hog with the pistol with a lung shot that went clean through him.




Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/22/14 07:57 PM

Houston - We Have Lift Off!







Dead hog my game cam tree @ 175 yards:




The Unseen Eye Is Watching You....





Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/23/14 06:39 PM

Holy Moly, this 24 watt Larson Electronics mil-spec 850nm IR LED spotlight is the real deal if you want to light up everything 3/4 of a mile in front of you.

This kit is the real deal top notch professional heavy duty, not some cheap POS. It has mil-spec waterproof Deutsch connectors on the wiring harness cable and the entire unit is rated IP67, it is a no BS powerhouse of IR.

Very impressed with the American build quality of this and highly recommended for anyone in the market for kick [beeep] IR, you can get the kit in 750, 850, or 940nm IR.

I will take some pics through the NV camera to demonstrate how wicked this baby is...


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/23/14 09:38 PM

Nailed my first nice hog thanks to the FLIR M-324XP thermal camera.

Set up right at twilight at a known crossing and had the FLIR covering the road down into a ravine about 125 yards in front of me and sat quiet, just as it was getting too dark to shoot an entire herd of hogs came out of the thick woods and started crossing the road, I could barely see them in the twilight darkness. Sat and watched them on the thermal for about two minutes as they were cavorting around back and forth around the road and figured I would not have a shot.

However this big sow cam walking up the road to the top of the hill that I was on and just kept coming, I could see her on the thermal and just keep quiet.

Finally she was less than 100 feet in front of me all lite up on the FLIR thermal and I took a head shot on her with my Thompson Center Contender with 10" barrel in .44 MAG with a 1.5X T/C scope.

Slug hit her right in the head and put her down.

This is the second kill with the M-Series, got another small shoat the other night too, but this one is a good 275 pounds...


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/24/14 09:49 PM

Here is the view from the drivers seat through the FLIR MS-324XP thermal camera of the infamous game cam tree out at 175 yards with some hog offal next to it waiting for some coyotes to show up. Very nice FOV and easy to see coyotes coming in out past 350+ yards. Plus I can zoom into 2X and change color pallets and scan back and forth manually or automatically.

The view is actually much better than the pic due to interference with the frames on the LCD monitor.

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/25/14 07:39 PM

The Mil-Spec Larson Electronics 24 watt 850nm Infrared Light Bar with 8-3 watt IR LEDs is a definite keeper!








Don't use without an autogated NVO system, it is super powerful, not to mention do NOT shine it at any human beings.
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/25/14 09:21 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Don't use without an autogated NVO system, it is super powerful, not to mention do NOT shine it at any human beings.


I think I would use a switch with a RED cover on it for this light as a safety backup to make sure it does not get bumped on.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-Red-LED-SPST-T...=item232c1139ee

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/25/14 10:52 PM

Thanks Greg, you certainly are correct, you definitely want to know when this freaking thing is lit up because it is very dangerous and puts out some serious IR.

I have a red LED switch for the super IR blaster and a green LED switch for the FLIR M-Series thermal...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/26/14 10:13 PM

Here is a more representative NV photo of the awesome Larson Electronics 850nm IR Blaster out on the cattle pasture grade, it is 1/2 mile to the reflector out there on the road....


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Here is one a hundred yards back into the live oak hammock before entering the pasture:




Pretty much turns night into bright daylight!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/28/14 10:00 AM

Installed the SPI 720X480 waterproof mini DVR recorder so that I can record stalks and kills from the cab from the FLIR M-324 thermal video camera using a series of BNC connectors to a final RCA jack.

Also, you can see the the lite up RED LED warning that the powerful 850nm IR Blaster is ON.





Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/29/14 11:17 AM

Good article on one of my buddies coyote hunting efforts on 5,000 cattle ranch! thumbup1


http://highlandstoday.com/hi/local-news/on-the-prowl-for-coyotes-20140628/
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/29/14 12:58 PM

Finally finished the entire install today when I hooked up the primary battery to the auxiliary battery with the 10 foot 2 AWG power cable.

This baby is all setup and ready to rock and roll FLIR style!

The auxiliary battery powers all the FLIR electronics and equipment whether or not the engine is running, the 35Ah auxiliary battery easily runs the FLIR M-324XP for 12 hours without voltage dropping below 12.5 volts. It also powers a marine waterproof USB dual port connector in the dash to charge up cell phones, Garmin GPS, FLIR scopes, FLIR handheld scanners, etc whether the engine is on or off.

Whenever the engine is running it automatically charges the auxiliary battery.





This thermal [beeep] is awesome and ready to hunt night and day.






And of course, a final obligatory pic of my professional escape vehicle in front of the log cabin at the hunt camp!


Posted by: 6mm06

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/29/14 08:50 PM


Well, that is one sweet looking buggy.

Personally I think you are giving Kevin a run for his money as a high-tech red neck! LOL.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/07/14 05:04 PM

Here is the view through the FLIR thermal camera on the UTV walking out 100 yards using the different pallet colors, inverse polarity, pan/tilt, and zoom.

http://youtu.be/EMF8wBrvfBw
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/07/14 05:43 PM



The reason I am detecting so much thermal WIN here is this was after three hours of thundershowers in the middle of a downpour with a full length rain jacket on in hot humid conditions, I was thinking it would hardly work under those conditions.

Can't wait for this fall when it is cooler out and the leaves are off the trees and the brush is knocked down!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/10/14 09:16 PM

Finally finished installing the professional Walker Evan rear shocks and they totally refined the ride on the UTV to a new level.

These are the same shocks that come standard on the Polaris RZR 1000 Baja Race UTV except I talked to the people at Walker Evans and had them re-valve them for rock crawling and trail riding instead of high speed racing.

Really smooths out the view on the FLIR M-324 thermal camera when cruising around 10-15 mph, eliminating the shake and vibrations!






Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/11/14 08:05 PM

T-70 556 175 Yard Smackdown one shot through lungs DRT:

Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/11/14 10:53 PM

Do we have a current hog tally?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/14/14 12:57 AM

LOL, this is getting too easy....

I'm cruising down the forest road out back in the UTV with the FLIR M-324 running and see two distinct hot spots about 250 yards ahead, cut the engine and watch them darting out of the thick cover on the side of the road. Decide to exit the UTV and stalk up a little closer on the road with the FLIR T-70 to see if it is a couple of coons or possibly some hogs?

Take a sitting position in the middle of the road (full moon coming up bright) and watch them in the thermal scope, decide they are in fact some hogs and about to get up to mosey in a bit closer when suddenly they both take off running right down the middle of the road towards me?

Caught a little off balance but watch them keep coming, at 125 yard coming right at me I decide to take out the one on the left with a frontal head shot as this is too good to be true and don't want to have them run off into cover.

BAM, he drops in his tracks with bullets between the eyes!

Other dude halts in his tracks and looks his buddy over and three seconds later BAM - head shot and he drops in his tracks.

Couple of 90 pounders are in the sausage grinder!











Awesome!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/15/14 08:02 PM

Picked up some nice .308 targets on the game cam behind the house for this weekends hunt, about a dozen 400 pounders.....


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/17/14 10:14 PM

Headshot 225 yards using ACOG TA02/FLIR T-70, DRT.


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/19/14 02:23 PM

Installed a beautiful Larson Electronic 27 Watt RED LED spot blaster and man is it totally professional first class all the way.

The Red LED Light knocks your socks off and I will be using this cruising around at night with the FLIR thermal on when not using 850nm NV IR LED lights!

I had another 2-Rigid Industries White 4" LEDs with four LEDs with a Rigid Industries Red Plastic Lens covering the white LEDs, it pretty much suxed as you were hard pressed to see 100 feet in the dark with the weak filtered red light.

The real RED LEDs are 10X better and blow the red lens covers away.




Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/19/14 03:00 PM

Looking very nice!
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/22/14 03:52 AM

SkyPup,

I used to feel guilty because of all my toys but you have enabled me to live a totally guilt free and possibly even envious life.... I guess I should thank you but I'm too busy plotting how to gather more toys and start hog hunting in all my spare time like you do... wink

$bob$
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/22/14 04:59 PM

Eating breakfast before leaving home for work this morning and 20 hogs are in my driveway, Browning Hi-Power takes down a sow with a headshot at 75 feet, breakfast bacon sizzling....


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/23/14 09:47 PM

FLIR T-70 ends this song dogs singing career at 175 yards behind the barn tonight, called in two dogs and killed this one and tried to get the other but he was moving out to fast after his buddy dropped dead in his tracks!




Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/24/14 04:48 PM

I sent in my authorized purchase receipt for the FLIR M-324XP Pan/Tilt thermal marine video camera to their rebate program and they immediately sent me my rebate check for almost 20% off the purchase of the entire setup including the computerized microprocessor joystick controller and the HD Color Video screen!

What a freaking great deal this instrument is with their rebate on top of it all.










I am glad that I got the 336 Tau2 core for this unit instead of the 640X512 core because I can detect virtually everything over 3/4 of a mile with no problem.

The 640 core was another $4k and would not have added any detection distance or range, just would have better ID.

But I don't need ID when I am cruising around picking things up.

Thank You FLIR!!!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/24/14 05:00 PM

You're a happy stock holder! thumbup

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/25/14 11:41 PM

Pull in the driveway after a long night out hunting and there is a coyote sitting on my tool box on the truck in the carport!

Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/26/14 07:57 PM

That is 1 sweet decoy
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/02/14 09:03 PM

Sniped out another sow from about 125 yards in the rain right at dusk this afternoon:

Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/03/14 01:02 PM

[beeep], a day time shot from you?? You even know how to shoot during the day? tt2

Vic
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/04/14 12:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
[beeep], a day time shot from you?? You even know how to shoot during the day? tt2

Vic


I suspect it was an accidental discharge... Fortunately it appears he had it aimed the right way... SP is a hawg killin' machine... apparently even by accident... LOL
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/07/14 08:43 PM

I'm still learning how to use my day optics! w00t
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/13/14 07:42 AM

The FLIR M-325 Pan/Tilt thermal camera and the FLIR T-70 are a deadly combination!

I was out on a feeder for two hours keeping it covered and watching all the deer and coons all over it and drove the Honda Pioneer UTV back the three mile ride to the house after dark. As I round the last curve headed for my house I saw a large hog about 300 yards ahead of me on the side of the forest trail grade in the FLIR M-324. Shut off the engine and doused the Larson Electronics RED LED super blaster headlamp and turned on the T-70 and took one shot below his ear from the driver's seat @ 175 yards with my SIG 556 and IMI 77 grain Razor ammo. He did not seem to notice the super bright red led at all....

Hog dropped dead with a severed spine at the nape of his neck, wish I had turned on the video as it would have been a great thermal video kill, he weighed 325 pounds....











Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/13/14 05:30 PM

Dude will feed allot of people thanks to FLIR thermals!


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/13/14 07:01 PM

World's first Wild Boar Hog FlirOne thermal photograph!


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/13/14 10:36 PM

Ye ole FLIR T-50 puts the .308 smackdown on another black hog tonight!


Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/14/14 06:01 AM

SP,

You are probably one of the best people around to evaluate how useful a FlirOne would be for a hunter that only could afford one thermal core.

I just looked at several FlirOne videos on youtube and although it looks really interesting and somewhat useful the limited range and small lens seem to limit it's usefulness to a hunter. The ranges I'm seeing discussed are "15 ft for temp, 50' identification (seeing a human shape or making out the animal form) and 100' spotting distance (blob of color being heat)"

Does that agree with your experience?

BTW... For the technologically challenged that wonder what exactly a FlirOne is... Try this link...
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2462176,00.asp?kc=PCRSS05039TX1K0000750

Wanna buy one? This is the only place I could find them for sale...
http://shop.flir.com/dp/B00K0PXFB6

$bob$
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/14/14 07:47 AM

Technically, a 60X80 thermal Lepton core is not going to give you much use in hunting besides limited detection and tracking finding downed game.

Under ideal circumstances, low humidity and temps in the 40-50's, you could possibly detect a mammal the size of a hog or human out to 100 yards, but that would just be a hot spot with no possible ID. Under less than ideal conditions that range would be limited to about 25 yards.

I just got mine last night, so will get accustomed to it shortly but as a long range thermal hunting device anyone with any thermal knowledge and experience will know its limitations.

At dusk, I was able to see out to the tree line out back 225 yards to my game cam tree but there were only a couple of squirrels on my feeder.

There is new software and firmware being written for it, but it is NOT a Tau2 or Quark core with a 35mm lens, although prototype FLIRONEs with the much more powerful and expensive cores and lenses have already been designed for military use. If there is enough interest and sales of the current Lepton units, FLIR may make those available to the civilian market.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/14/14 09:12 PM

HOT FLIRONE Thermal Hog Kill, single headshot 200 yards:









Had not even had this nice instrument for an entire 24 hour period and already the swine are chilling.... scared
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/15/14 06:57 AM


Bob. If you're thinking about using one of these as a thermal scanner while hunting you can forget about it. Stand in a dark room and turn your iPhone on and look in a mirror and you will see that you are very well lit up.

How successful do you think you would be hunting at night and turning a flashlight on yourself?

As Skypup pointed out.....I can see it being used for finding downed game but that's about it.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/15/14 07:51 AM

It certainly can be used for finding downed game, but as a hunting detection device it is limited.

The hog I shot last night blood trail lit up like a neon light and I could see each and everyone of my footprints behind me leading up to him.

Here is a video of a human walking out 75 yards, which is very good for a tiny 60X80 Lepton core FLIRONE, but limited in scanning ability. Certainly better than nothing at all at night though....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIYYsuTsNRU
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/15/14 09:11 AM

I was surprized ithe Flir1 did as well as it did considering it's essentially just an iphone case with a couple of lenses and a few other things.

As an urban fun gadget I can see it being a big seller but as Gman said, it would have limited use for an outdoorsman and or hunter.

I've narrowed my scanner choices down to a PS32 or to take the leap and get one with a bigger lens, more magnification, video capability, and that can double as a weapon sight such as an RS32x35mm.

I expect to make a decision in the next week or two. If anyone has used thermals they want to sell please PM me... New prices are stretching my hunting budget... LOL

$bob$
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/15/14 11:22 PM

The Big Bad Boy has arrived:





All I can say is that it is wicked.....
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/16/14 05:20 AM

SP,

That's not fair... Spill the beans... Tell us more... What model is this "Big Bad Boy"? wink

*** EDIT *** AHA! It appears to be a T75... I just looked in the mirror and for some reason I'm a dark shade of green... wink Couldn't be IR envy could it? LOL
http://tnvc.com/shop/flir-t75-advanced-combat-thermal-sight-long-range/

$bob$
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/16/14 10:31 PM

I first mounted the T-75 on my 556 in front of my Truijicon TA02 LED 4x-32mm, it was real difficult to do.

First I unclipped the LaRue mount on the T-70, clipped on the T-75 LaRue mount, and turned on the T-75 and fired a bullseye @ 100 yards ten seconds later!








I loaded up 50 tracers to try out filming the trajectory of the bullet flight using the T-75:



These are the military red top tracers bullets:



Tried it out tonight, it is incredible to say the least, very long range thermal instrument.

I filmed a thermal view of a large hog on a powerline grade out back of the house @ 500 yards, tried to stalk him but he disappeared into the brush before I could get setup to get a shot as I did not have my tripod or shooting stick with me tonite. Will work on the video later on...

Did I say this thing KICKS SOME SERIOUS ARSE in the dark?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/16/14 10:51 PM

Using the 4X ACOG TA02LED-32mm, it has a little bit less than 1/2 the FOV of my T-70, which is disturbing when first observing this, but I am getting used to it.

Obviously this beast is designed for accurate long range shooting and anything under 200 yards will be difficult to zero-in on when first trying to pick it up after seeing it with my LS-64 first.

I will try it in front of my ELCANs soon, that should work even better as I can quickly switch from 1.5X to 6X in an instant for a much larger FOV.

Here is a nice FLIRONE pic of the UTV, you can see the FLIR M-324XP shows up as hot, this is due to the electro-servo motors keeping the unit aligned. There are different motor torque setting to prevent deviation or movement of the thermal while crossing rough terrain, I keep the torque settings on low to conserve battery power when I am hanging out observing for long periods of time....

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/18/14 10:45 AM

The T-75 mounted on my 556s in front of the 4X-32mm ACOG TA02 really left allot to be desired in the way of FOV as it was less than half that of my T-70s/ACOGs FOV. For my 556mms, the T-70/ACOG is still my preferred thermal weapon scope setup, it is perfect, powerful, lightweight, quick action, easy to use, and deadly.

This powerful long range FLIR T-75 is way better off on my 7.62mms than my 5.56mms, you cannot even take advantage of a long range thermal scope with the 5.56mm caliber as it's lethal kill zone stops about where the T-75 really comes into its own, ie out past 250 yards.

It looks nice mounted on the 7.62mms and works extremely well with my ELCAN 1.5-6X-42mm scopes with the 7.62mm NATO BDC reticules, in fact it works so nice for me that I would not want any other scope for my hunting purposes.

Basically, the Elcan flips from 1.5X to 6X and back instantly and easily, while the T-75 Thermal comes on in 1X unity mode and also has 2X and 4X digital magnification.

This great feature of the Elcan allows me to use the 1.5X for a WFOV about the same as my T-70/ACOG, which is highly appreciated for my kind of swamp hunting. Also, turning on the T-75 internal digital magnification allows me to view through the ocular at either 1.5X (unity), 3.0X (2X digital), or 6X (2X digital).

And for long range, which this thing is specifically designed for, at 6X with the Elcan the FOV is less, but I am reaching much further out in complete clarity. Doubling the T-75 digital magnification to 2X gives me through the ocular 12 power and 4X digital gives me 24X power. That is just incredible and targeting a coyote at 1/4 or a hog at 600 yards just got simple.













The other dynomite feature of the FLIR T-75 Long Range Thermal Weapon Sight is that it is the top of the line of it's kissing cousins, the FLIR M-18 RECON, and the FLIR T-70 Short Ranger Thermal Weapon Sight and each of these incredible instruments works exactly the same, switching over from one to the other is a total no brainer as they are all basically the same platform. Since I have all of these kits, it is super simple to use anyone of them....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/19/14 08:43 AM

Okay, here are a couple of representative thermal pics from the FLIR T-75 taken as small snapshots out of the thermal video stream from the unit at night.

Conditions were terrible, worst possible thermal conditions for any kind of emissivity, ambient temperature 84*F, 100% humindity in thick air after a thunderstorm.

Remember, these low res pics are coming out of the FLIR t-75 thermal camera at either 1X, 2X digital, or 4X digital.

I am looking at these same scenes at either 6X, 12X, or 24X through the ocular of the Elcan scope, so basically everything is 6X larger and enhanced from what you view in these pics.

Coon @ 175 yards, I am seeing him 6X this:




Coon @ 175 yards, I am seeing him at 12X this and he fills the entire ocular view like I am sitting right on top of him:




Coon @ 175 yards, I am seeing him at 24X and he is larger than the ocular view, crosshairs on his eyeball:




Now this was pretty interesting and simply amazing, I was out on a powerline clear cut that is two miles long and previously mowed with my bush hog.

Each telephone pole is 120 yards apart from the other.

I am sitting in the UTV watching the FLIR M-324XP Pan/Tilt thermal camera on the LCD TV when I pick up some thermal signature out almost a half mile down the line,

Turn on the T-75 and at 1X unity with the Elcan behind it, I can clearly see a boar hog at 550 yards without a problem!

Boar Hog @ 550 yards, remember I am view this at 6X what you see here:




Now I turn on the T-75 to 2X digital magnification and instantly I am on top of the boar at 12X ocular and could easily take a precise shot on him:





Flip the FLIR T-75 to 4X internal digital and suddenly I am seeing him at 24X though the ocular and he covers the entire view as if I am sitting on top of him:




I did not have my tripod with me and the grass was too tall for a bipod, so I started walking towards him to try to close down the distance some for a good shot.

It was a LOONNGG walk, five minutes later I am laying down trying to get a bead on him when he walks into the brush and disappears.


This was his photo on the game cam that I picked up a couple of weeks ago and have been stalking him since then:





The FLIR T-75 is one bleep of a powerful bleep bleeping awesome Long Range Thermal Rifle Scope!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/22/14 10:55 PM

One Happy Camper's FLIR Thermal Collection!





Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/23/14 09:27 AM

Skypup,

So... I guess for us Florida hunters the T-70 is the clip on thermal of choice... That T-75 is waaaaay cool but not practical for us where seeing anything other than the sky at 250+ yds is somewhat rare... LOL

$bob$
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/23/14 10:07 PM


I was out on the powerline grade out back tonight hanging out in the middle of a huge thunderstorm after dark with lightning and heavy rain in massive quantities...water gauge had 4 inches when I pulled back up to the log cabin.

Spotted a sounder group while sitting in the UTV watching the FLIR M-324 about 3/4 mile down the road rooting.

Turned on the engine and the Larson Electronics Red Led blaster headlamp and slowly made it down to the third telephone pole from the hogs, poles are 120 yards apart, so about 325-350 yards.

It was about 85*, 110% humidity, teaming rain and when I turned on the T-75 it looked like I was sitting right on top of them!

First 7.62mm 130 grain Barnes TSX shot killed this sow and then I hit two more, it was raining so hard that I only had time to pick up the sow and bring her back with me, will go out and get the other two tomorrow morning.

Both thermals worked excellent in the rain, not a problem as the hogs all stood out like a sore thumb. Also turned on the miniDVR to video tape the hogs going down so will work on that later....








Posted by: 6mm06

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/23/14 11:00 PM


Maybe off topic a bit, but SkyPup what brass are you using for your 7.62 loads? I assume you are using the 7.62x39. Recommendations?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/23/14 11:22 PM

Originally Posted By: 6mm06

Maybe off topic a bit, but SkyPup what brass are you using for your 7.62 loads? I assume you are using the 7.62x39. Recommendations?



That is 7.62X51mm NATO Federal brass, it is a .308...

Best brass for reloading is Lapua, lasts the longest for me....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/23/14 11:25 PM

Originally Posted By: LDhunter
Skypup,

So... I guess for us Florida hunters the T-70 is the clip on thermal of choice... That T-75 is waaaaay cool but not practical for us where seeing anything other than the sky at 250+ yds is somewhat rare... LOL

$bob$


The T-70 works plenty good out to 300 yards and most excellent at <250 yards, in particular it's 0.5X mode is spectacular for hunting in Florida where you are lucky to see over 100 yards....the T-75 is WAY OVERKILL and for 300-800 yards, not something good for Florida.
Posted by: 6mm06

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/24/14 12:14 AM


Thanks. I was unsure which cartridge you are using.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/24/14 09:27 AM

Here are a couple of representative low res snap shots from the FLIR T-75 thermal from 300+ yards out, I am seeing this at 6X through the ocular:








Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/24/14 01:20 PM

Here is the video from the three hog shoot out, unfortunately the video connection died the second I pulled the trigger, but you can see the FLIR T-75 thermal response at 300 plus yards up until then at 1X, 2X, and 4X in the pouring down rain at 84*F, remember, I am seeing what you see in the video at 6X through the Elcan ocular:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T75/T75%20Sow/T75%20Sow.mp4

12MB MP4 file so will play on Mac, IPad, or PC...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/26/14 08:31 PM

Some wild boar hogs with the FLIRONE at night:








Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/29/14 07:55 AM

I really wish it was not August with 100% humidity and 85+F temps at night so I could get some excellent video our of this powerful FLIR T-75 thermal long range scope.

I shot two hogs on the powerline with the SIG 716 7.62mm @ 250 yards and175 yards the night before last about 11PM.

In this video the long range one is already Lights Out while the closer one I shoot here is digging and rooting out a 3'X5' hole oblivious to me about to pull the trigger on him in the dark drizzling humid hot rainy night.

It is an MP4 video about 54MB so will work on Mac, IPad, or PC, I am seeing whatever you see in the video @ 6X though an Elcan scope:


http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Visi...0Hog%20Kill.mp4

Enjoy!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/30/14 09:10 AM

We had a severe thunderstorm last night from 5-8:30PM that dumped two inches of rain with lots and lots of lightning and thunder right on top of us.

Went out in the UTV to sit on the power line road about 9PM as it was still raining moderately and everything was muddied out on the road out there.

Was sitting in the rain reading a book story on my I Phone with the FLIR M-324 pointed down the power line giving me a good view in the rain of a couple of hundred yards in the mono-thermal environment. Mosquitoes were extremely thick and without the ThermaCell on there is no way I could have just parked there.

Still some occasional lightning here and there and moderate to drizzling rain the entire time with gusts of wind get me wet at times. Just sate quietly reading with the FLIR covering the open area on the power line.

About 10PM I look up at the HD LCD monitor and could see what appeared to be a loaner boar hog down rooting in the open about 250 yards down the line.

Turned on the FLIR T-75 Long Range Thermal scope and sure enough, it was a big boar! Turned on the video and got everything going while sitting in the drivers seat with the SIG 716 7.62mm pointed out over the steering wheel.

Took one suppressed shot and WHACK, you could hear the 7.62mm 130 grain 3,000fps slug hit him like a ton of bricks, he collapsed and did a 180* turn to head for the woods but apparently was suffering from severe spinal CNS problems as he could not stand and only crawl. Shot again and missed while he was low to the ground crawling, shot again and hit him WHACK, he was not going anywhere.

Drove down to him and got out and was surprised to see how large this loner boar hog was, intact with nutz, he was a real fighter and had two noticeable wounds on his body, his shield was over an inch thick from all the fights he had been in.

Was able to get him home and dressed out over 225 pounds of meat!

Thermal video turned out real good too for being shot in pouring down rain, will work on that this weekend....the FLIR T-75 is a superb Long Rang Thermal Night Scope!














Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 08/30/14 11:05 PM

We tried it again tonight but got in a super heavy thunderstorm with 4 inches of rain, soaked with no hogs but thank goodness for 4WD with locking differential as we would still be out there now without it!!! Super super swampy...

Here are a couple of FLIR T-75 video out takes of that big boar at 200 yards at 1X, 2X and 4X, I am seeing same thing as these pics but magnified 6X though the Elcan Specter DR, making the boar fill the entire viewing ocular!!!

Remember, this is in the POURING RAIN......


1X Black Hot:





1X Rainbow White Hot:





2X Black Hot:




4X Black Hot:




Still working on the video of the hog kill.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/02/14 08:45 PM

Here is the video of the 400 pound boar hog getting wacked at 200 yards by a couple of handloaded Barnes 130 grain TSX slugs @ 3,000 fps in the pouring down rain....

Format is MP4 so both PC and Mac and IPad can view it, 32MB download in high res:

http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T75/T75%20Boar%20Hog/T75%20Big%20Boar%20Hog2.mp4


I also put it up on YouTube in lower res:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn21PGQXamw


Let me know what you think, it was shot in the middle of a thunderstorm downpour.



The FLIR T-75 is the cats meow for a long range high power thermal clip on or standalone thermal weapon scope, it is unfortunate that virtually everytime I have hunted with it, it has been in the rain, but we had 17 inches of rain here during the month of August![:O]

I will work on doing a stand alone review of this instrument as it deserves it own thread for future reference....
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/03/14 12:48 AM

[beeep], how much meat did you dress out on this one? Nice shooting!

Vic
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/03/14 04:23 AM

I especially liked the music... LOL

Very good video and now I've got the hots for a T75. wink

Does it come with the music?

$bob$
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/03/14 08:06 AM

Last hog was 140 pounds of sausage, this one was 225 pounds!

He was a BIG BOAR!

Remember, I was watching that video at 6X through my Elcan scope, that T-75 is an awesome beast of instrument!!!! thumbup
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/03/14 08:11 AM

Be sure to playback on Full Screen!
Posted by: Pete Robinette

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/03/14 10:52 PM

I know this post does not have all the special effects and good stuff like Skypup but just had to say. I ordered a helmet, density filter, counter weight and shroud from TNVC. The next day I got a email from Kristen letting me know it would a 4 week lead time (fast response). I called today (4 weeks later) to just check the status and spoke to Kristen. She looked up my order and said she thought they had everything and it should have gone out. She told me she would go to shipping and contact me back. I thought OK, but really these days who calls you back like they say they will. Especially with such a small order. Well, about 45 minutes later I got a call back and just had to change colors of two items and good to go. I was told it would ship out and at 1600 hours they shipped it out and I got the tracking info.
Fellas, you cant ask for any better service than that!
Just wanted to give credit where credit is due. Vic, you have a good thing going there and all the staff has been awesome anytime I have ever called smile
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/04/14 06:59 AM

As an example of just how powerful the FLIR T-75 long range thermal scope is, here is a video from it of a bunny at 225 yards in the pouring rain on a HOT summer night:


http://www.phossil.com/thom/Night%20Vision/FLIR%20T75/Bunny/Bunny.mp4

And I am seeing this through the Elcan at 6X!
Posted by: Loggers Inn

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/05/14 08:16 PM

Pete you'll love the helmet rig and using the density filter. It's a great set up. You wait and see! thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/06/14 05:02 PM

Skull off that big boy turned out pretty nice!





Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/07/14 06:06 AM

Here are some very interesting thermal scope comparisons. It's really too bad they didn't have video cables for the Flir units.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjYRNnIFZ1g&feature=youtu.be

Be sure to read the text below it that shows where to read the text of the reviews and who performed them.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/07/14 09:03 AM

Personally, I always stick with genuine FLIR products for all my thermals, mostly because I've never had any problems with my gear I've invested in with FLIR, and their service is second to none.

BTW, the FLIR RS thermal scopes come with video cables....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/10/14 09:12 PM

Managed to nail two nice boars tonight using the T-75 at 175 yards with the SIG 716 .308:




I think I have enough experience and material to write up a stand alone review on this instrument now.

It is a serious long range thermal clip-on scope or stand alone scope with internal digital 5.56mm & 7.62mm NATO BDC reticules for high powered rifles.

If anyone is thinking of getting one of these, it is LONG RANGE >250 meters out to 600 meters scope, don't plan on using it close in as the small FOV is a severely limiting factor.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/13/14 09:15 AM

Another one bites the dust @ 250 yards:


Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/13/14 11:47 AM

Good shooting as always Skypup!

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/17/14 10:37 PM

The FLIR T-75 thermal weapon scope works outstanding well as a standalone weapon thermal scope in addition to its use as a thermal clip-on.

Using the internal digital 5.56mm NATO and 7.62mm NATO reticules at 1X, 2X, and 4X it is clear as a bell at all magnifications, much more so than my T-70's....it is also compact, short, and light weight for such a powerful thermal instrument.


Another 225 pound boar takes the heat from the T-75 tonight!

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/19/14 09:21 PM

Got rained out after dark tonight and was heading back in the UTV when I drove up onto a sounder group with the FLIR M-324XP Pan/Tilt thermal cockpit video on while navigating using the Larson Electronics Super RED LED blaster.

Here is a pic I took of the cockpit FLIR M-324 LCD monitor when I first saw the hogs one hundred yards out in the woods:





Turned on the FLIR LS-64 thermal so I could keep an eye on them as I turned on the T-75 and got it setup for taking live video.

Had to turn the Elcan 1.5-6X-42mm down to 1.5X so that I could target the hogs using the 1.5X as the 6X was way too powerful for a 100 yard shot.

One .308 later this 175 pound sow hit the dirt;


Pics using FlirOne at 15 feet in the dark:







Here is the hog and rifle with the FlirOne at 30 feet in the dark:





Here is the hog at 50 using the FlirOne:





Here is the hog with the cockpit LCD from the Flir M-324 using an I-phone to take a pic, hog is 200 feet out:






Here is the same pic of the hog at 200 feet through the FlirOne:






Got some good thermal video of the hog kill and a coyote that I almost nailed earlier so will work up the video later on...
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/20/14 07:17 AM

Good comparison SkyPup.... Thanks....

I'm still on the hunt for a good deal on an RS32x35mm.... <sigh>

$bob$
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/20/14 04:27 PM

Here is the video from the FLIR T-75 in the teaming rain once again.

I tried to line up these two hogs so the .308 Barnes 130 grain would pass through the thoracic cavity of the first hog and take down the second big hog behind him.

It looks like it did hit him but the 2nd hog got away and I was not able to recover him by myself alone in the woods last night, will keep an eye out for a wounded boar though....


FLIR T-75 in the Pouring Rain!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-Fwk-8ojMw


Go to full screen and full volume.


Enjoy......
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/23/14 08:34 PM

FLIR T-75 Smack Down continues....now if I can just nail that elusive coyote in my backyard!





Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/24/14 12:12 AM

Haha! The elusive coyote takes a dive at 250 yards with the SIG 716 7.62mm and FLIR T-75! Got some great video too, will work that up!








Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/24/14 08:09 PM

That coyote is stuffing my resident Bald Eagles and Buzzards, without FLIR thermals they would all starve:





Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/27/14 11:54 AM

Couple more fell to the FLIR T-75 last night, including a squirrel in the barn ripping up the corn bags, will work up the video:











Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/27/14 01:13 PM

Nice plinking! cool

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/27/14 08:18 PM

Trapped eight nice hogs this morning and took them to the University Meat Laboratory to have them processed professionally into sausage and examined for brucellosis. Huge hydraulic stainless steel table, electric winch on steel I-beam, giant walk in freezers, and professors training their agricultural students on meat quality! Sausage will be delivered next week.





Got home beat and took a nap, then put some fresh batteries in the FLIR T-75 Long Range thermal weapon scope and headed out in the backyard in the teaming rain, five minutes later took down a nice 300 pound sow after spotting her with the FLIR M-324 Pan/Tilt thermal cockpit cam. She took a handloaded 7.62mm Barnes 130 grain TSX to the head @ 125 yards, DRT.










Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/29/14 08:09 AM

FLIR T-75 SIG 716 7.62mm HOG KILL Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv8kf28SkrI&feature=youtu.be
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 09/29/14 07:45 PM

Couple of FLIR T-75 StandAlone Mode through the tube photos showing their internal digital 7.62mm NATO BDC reticule in my backyard in the rain of some vultures feeding on hog carrion, the unit also has an internal digital 5.56mm NATO BDC you can easily switch to also.

It functions as a StandAlone very good, but works even better up to 8X with a day optic....










Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/02/14 11:27 PM

T-70 Eyeball shot @ 175 yards on nice boar hog tonight after spying him with the cockpit M-324.

T-70 is a nice kit!











Going to feed allot of folks this weekend!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/07/14 09:40 PM

Who needs NV/Thermal if you've got a good [beeep]?







Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/07/14 10:26 PM

SkyPup,

I LOVED that post... The coyote with the fawn in his mouth made me spittin' mad and then the donkey with the coyote in his mouth made me relax and smile... LOL

Good one... wink

$bob$
Posted by: 1lobo

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/15/14 07:35 PM

I guess there is a good reason to love a Jack [beeep]. Assuming it was a Jack
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/18/14 08:12 PM

Was hanging out on a long powerline grade out behind the house tonight when I hear some god awful boar fight going on, it went on strong for about five minutes screaming bloody murder.

About three minutes later two large boars and a sow come charging out of the wood full speed in front of me, the two big boars made it into the brush before I could get my rifle targeted but nailed this sow in the ear at 75 yards on full run right before she disappeared in the thick brush, one shot DRT.

FLIR puts the hurt on them once again.






Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/21/14 10:27 AM

Another ear shot on a 350 pound boar at 75+ yards at night with the suppressed SIG 556 and FLIR T-70 in my backyard right behind the house.

Once I get the video organized, it will become evident why the FLIR 60 and T-70 0.5X magnification is so wonderful for night hogging.

I saw this boar from 200 yards away while walking with my FLIR LS-64 and could not tell if it was a hog or a deer as I also saw four bedded down deer within a hundred yards of this boar hog. I did not have my rifle with me and had to go back to the house to get it and come back out and relocate the boar hog, who had moved quite a bit from where I had first spied him with the LS-64.

Due to the large live oak trees and the underbrush, I was happy for the Red InstaAlert on the LS-64 and was able to relocate a red hot thermal signature in deep brush behind a large live oak. Began stalking him but he was on the move scarfing up the fresh crop of acorn mast that had fallen down in the last two weeks.

Turned on the T-70 and was able to pick him up with the 0.5X magnification, however when I laid down on the ground to target him I could not see him anymore and just got a couple of short traces of this back sticking up out of the brush. Had to move and relocate three times, all the time shifting back and forth from the LS-64 to the T-70 as I attempted to get into range so that I could see him.

Finally, decided I would have to take a standing off hand shot because after three tries laying down, that was the only way I could target him.

Put a suppressed Barnes 70 grain hand-loaded TSX into his ear and down he goes.

I never would have located and found this hog again using higher magnification as I needed WFOV to find him and target him in the very difficult to see conditions.

Just another good reason why I highly recommend 0.5X for hunting on foot when you are on the ground with these destructive beasts!

Will work on the vid this week which should illuminate the excellent enhancement the 0.5X provides in very difficult situations.....

















Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/21/14 03:03 PM

The LS64 has a 18°×14° Field of View and the RS32x35 has a 9° Field of view... Do you think the RS32x35 will work close to as well?

I really want a thermal viewer that can work for scanning and a rifle site as well to optimize my spending.

I'm still looking for a good deal on a new or used RS32x35mm and hoping someone will come up with a used one or a good price on a new one.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/21/14 05:11 PM

The RS32-35 has the same range and distance for detect as the LS64 does with less ID capability and 1/2 the FOV.

At night, max FOV is your friend and pays handsomely.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/23/14 10:43 AM

There is a long story behind this 450 pounder, everyone totally LOAF!!!!

He took a 5.56mm handload Barnes 70 gr TSX and 7.62mm 175gr SMK to his ear simultaneously!


Had a FLIR T-50, T-70, T-75, and RS64-35mm all one him at once.......and he was DRT.









https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA-uYCFiBZE&feature=youtu.be
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/23/14 10:45 AM







Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/24/14 07:23 PM

I got to use a super nice FLIR M24 RECON 640x512 core helmet mounted thermal scanner this weekend for the first time and really like it allot.


http://tnvc.com/shop/flir-recon-m24-640x480/


It functions similar to my UTV mounted FLIR M-324XP Pan/Tilt mobile thermal scanning video camera except that when mounted on my head it detects everywhere where I look, thereby increasing the coverage area more specifically.






A Wilcox M24 head mount adapter was used to attach it to the Team Wendy helmet and that setup is super sweet for mobile night hunting.


http://tnvc.com/shop/wilcox-flir-m24-recon-helmet-mount-adapter/


I think this sweet instrument setup maybe on my next Christmas shopping list!


It helped to take down this 450 pound boar I've been after for the last two months, and there are another half dozen like this I am tracking.....


Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/24/14 07:29 PM

[beeep]!! SkyPup,you have all the cool toys!!Do you need a son to adopt?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/24/14 08:08 PM

Here is a nice review of the M-24 by Guy Blocker:


http://flirhq.tumblr.com/post/53810531613/wise-guy-guy-blocker-demonstrates-the-recon-r-m24
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 10/24/14 08:09 PM

Originally Posted By: BAYSTATE YOTE
[beeep]!! SkyPup,you have all the cool toys!!Do you need a son to adopt?


LOL, we do have some fun! tt1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/09/14 09:14 PM

Here is another good reason why I personally like the FLIR T-70, I was attacked and knocked down by this hog because I had the magnification on 1X instead of 0.5X.

I was out on the powerline grade out back tonight and watching many buck deer chasing does 400-600 yards out on the FLIR M-324 Pan/Tilt in the UTV, but saw some more thermal signatures behind them about 800 yards down the line. Got out and started hiking towards them.

The deer all took off when I got within 200 yards of them but I could still see what appeared to be hog thermal signatures another quarter mile down the way.

Got up to them at 250 yards out and took a bead on the biggest one with the T-70 leaning up against a telephone pole for support.

First 225 pound sow drops dead in her tracks with an earshot and about a dozen other hogs all scatter and try to get away.

One hog breaks out of the sounder and starts running my way, had the T-70 on 1X and started shooting at the running hog coming right at me, shot 6 times and missed every shot except the last one hits the hog at 50 feet from me, it rolls, gets up and continues coming right at me. Next thing I know I am on the ground as the hog ran into my left leg as I was trying to get out of the way.

Flipped the T-70 to 0.5X laying on the ground and shot the hog through the chest @ 50 feet behind me.

Pretty exciting to say the least, but since I had the thermal on 1X for the first shot @ 250 yards, I was unable to nail the charging hog in the 1X FOV, as soon as I switched to 0.5X the hog died. In a situation like this, I wish that I could have switched to 0.5X in time to prevent getting knocked down as I was alone at night in the woods a couple of miles out back of the house....


The first 250 yard ear shot dropped the sow in her tracks:



This is the dude that knocked me over:




Between the two of them, another good sausage haul....


Posted by: 6mm06

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/09/14 10:33 PM


Wow Skypup, talk about an adrenaline rush. I assume / hope you were not hurt, other than a little pride maybe.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/09/14 11:27 PM

Originally Posted By: 6mm06

Wow Skypup, talk about an adrenaline rush. I assume / hope you were not , other than a little pride maybe.



That was quite the rush to say the least, especially when I found myself on the ground with the hog in the dark! scared

He hit my left leg and knocked me down but kept on going even though he was wounded and then I shot him close up while on the ground. No damage was done to me but it was a close call for sure. I don't think he was targeting me, I think it was an accident that he ran my way and managed to run into me in the dark.

When I got home, all the dogs were all over my blue jeans sniffing out the hog smells..... crazy
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/10/14 05:31 PM


Glad you are okay Skypup....that was a close call.

I haven't been charged but I've had several wounded growl and try to get up as I approached them to finish them off.

I did have one get out of my T70 FOV as I busted up a large sounder of about 15 hogs one night. After 13 rounds out of a 15 round mag I stopped and heard a hog growling 10 yards behind me in the dark. I turned around and got him in the thermal and he was really close. The 0.5x resolution of the T70 was the only reason I was able to pick him up . I hit him with the first shot and he took off and I missed the second shot but I was just glad he was gone as I now had an empty magazine.

After that I decided I needed some way to light things up quickly since you are basically blind outside of your scope FOV. I put together a backup weapon with a laser and light so I would have that option if one gets up close and personal again.

This is an M&P .45 set up,with a 22 lb. Wolf spring for Buffalo Bore hard cast +P ammo.

It has a laser grip and Streamlight TLR-1 HL 600 lumen light.


Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/10/14 05:47 PM

Pup,you have a spare room? I am coming down to hunt with you!!LOL!!
You sound like your having to much fun!!Great job on them oynkers!

Gman nice set up!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/22/14 10:24 PM

200 yard song dog in the rain again, does not get much better than that with a thermal.[:D]












Except then a sow shows up and the T-70 wastes her with an earshot in the rain too![:P]


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/27/14 12:24 PM

Uh Oh, Looks like we need a bigger trap!


Posted by: Bone breaker 73

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/27/14 04:32 PM

Can you tell me where you got the insulation wrap for your can? I know I read this somewhere but don't remember what post I saw it in. Last time I went out with the thermal my scope started to white out after 10 shots or so due to the heat. Shot 4 but only found 3. Couldn't shoot after that. Once it cooled it was fine but the little piggies had gone. Again, no suppressor yet,but planning on fixing this problem when my can comes.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 11/27/14 06:12 PM

Originally Posted By: Bone breaker 73
Can you tell me where you got the insulation wrap for your can? I know I read this somewhere but don't remember what post I saw it in. Last time I went out with the thermal my scope started to white out after 10 shots or so due to the heat. Shot 4 but only found 3. Couldn't shoot after that. Once it cooled it was fine but the little piggies had gone. Again, no suppressor yet,but planning on fixing this problem when my can comes.


These are without a doubt the best that I know of and I have four of them:


https://www.riflesonly.com/pro-shop/suppressor-covers/ftw-suppressor-cover.html
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/02/14 08:49 PM

Working on a new build to mount some of my FLIR NV/Thermal gear on.


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/06/14 05:05 PM

HK 556A1 is dialed in and ready to kill some hogs tonight!


It does rock literally. [:D]







Posted by: kyle crickenberger

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/06/14 08:06 PM



Flir one coyote kill
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/06/14 08:33 PM

Nice dog, Kyle, they are out howling back of my house now and headed out to head them off at the pass....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/14/14 06:24 PM

FLIR M-18 640 core, Wilcox dovetail adapter, Nortoros INVG mount, Team Wendy X-Fil helmet mounted high res thermal monocular scanner.




Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/14/14 06:25 PM

Ridiculously stoopid shamful selfie while freezing my arse off last night out hogging again, will post some fraternal hog killer pics of the hunt with mucho NV/Thermal gear getting used to the max....





Three manics with guns, FLIR RS64-60mm 6.8SPC, FLIR RS64-35mm 6.8SPC, and FLIR T-50 7.62/51mm:
















ZOMBIE HOGS MUST DIE!

That was 18 hogs total eradicated including the feti...and we were just getting started! Thermal rules the night again..
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/14/14 06:25 PM

Then, to top it all off, one of the gang was walking in the dark to a tree stand in a dense live oak understory and spotted this boar hog off to the side with the helmet mounted FLIR M-24 and shot it at 150 yards when it crossed the trail using the FLIR RS64-60mm ThermoScope and left it there and climbed up into the 15 foot tree stand.

Fifteen minutes later he hears some barking and thinks some hunting dogs are nearby, but then all [beeep] breaks loose 150 yards from him with yelping, barking, and howling. Looks over through the thermal and a pack of coyotes are attacking his recently deceased hog and trying to drag the carcass off deeper into the woods. Got down out of tree stand and went to go rescue the hog as the dogs were going wild in the dark. Saw the dogs in the thermal but too dense to shoot. It was all over in about three minutes when he got there and they took off, however this is the damage the coyote pack did to the hog in less than 3 minutes......





Another two minutes and they would have ripped the boar hogs head off!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/14/14 09:25 PM

A "bleep" good time was had by all... thumbup
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/15/14 01:46 PM

[beeep], wish you could have blasted them mangy ol' Yotes!

Great story!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/17/14 10:25 PM

Missed a dog tonight at 250 yards, he took of like a scalded cat though so might have punctured his lungs, they were howling and barking up a storm right behind the barn, will put the hurt on them this weekend....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/23/14 12:37 AM

Here is the REAL BEAUTY of thermal.

Drenching hot for Christmas, 100% Humid, 75*F, raining 2.5 inches all day long and still raining, thick pea soup fog cannot even see using the Red LED Blaster more than 75 feet.

Hunted for two hours out by myself and saw loads of deer and called it a night.

On the way back home going 10 mph creeping through the intense fog and rain, the FLIR M-324 thermal picks up a sounder deep in the brush as I am rounding a corner. Turn off the engine and Red LED and snake out the HK556 with FLIR T-70 over the half windshield and put a 77 grain SMK in this boar hogs ear @ 100 yards, DRT as usual....


No way would any kind of NV been useful in these conditions, thermal worked like a charm!













Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/23/14 10:42 AM

Seek Thermal Specs:

Detect Human -> 1,000 feet

Recognize Human-> 250 feet

ID Human-> 150 feet

206 x 156 Array
32,136 Thermal Pixels
12 µ Pixel Pitch
Vanadium Oxide Micro Bolometer
Chalcogenide Lens
36º Field of View
Magnesium Housing
Long Wave Infrared 7.2 – 13 Microns
-40C to 330C Detection

Got the Seek Thermal camera today and just trying it out, so far I am impressed with it.

It rained 4.5 inches here last night and still drizzling and kinda foggy but I can still see the trees across my gator pond 250 yards away in white and black hot. It works real good in both of those modes, but has about 8 more color pallets, some of which I had not seen before and are very cool looking. Plus you can configure each to display specific temperatures, gradients, etc. very nice software package for this instrument.

It is 100% pure thermal and does not have the visible light integrate camera with the FLIR MMX technology of the FLIRONE, but for a pure thermal camera that cost me $179, it is outstanding and a super good buy.

It comes with a nice heavy duty protective carrying storage case. I did get the extension cable too and that works like a charm.

The really good news for me is that it also works with my I-Pad too with the cable and all, very very nice. Glad that I can use it with either the I-Phone or the I-Pad.

Too bad this did not come out earlier for the I-Phone as it would make a nice gift for the grandkids...[:)]










Here are some stoopid selfies until the weather changes and I can try this out in the woods. So far, preliminary testing appears to be to detect a hog out at least 250 yards.











Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/23/14 11:14 AM

Another thing I really like about this kit is that it has a nice wide 36 degree FOV!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/23/14 11:24 PM

Another 130 pounds of some of the finest sausage this side of the Mississippi procured with HK MR556/FLIR T-70 with one shot @ 175 yards with some thermal pics from the FLIRONE and the Seek Thermal cameras.[:)]










Seek Thermal Black Hot:





Seek Thermal White Hot:






Seek Thermal dead hog on ground, 75*F, rainy mist, pea soup fog, 75 yards, White Hot:





Seek Thermal dead hog on ground, 75*F, rainy mist, pea soup fog, 75 yards, Black Hot:





As usual, real thermal images are better than compressed web views.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/27/14 08:52 AM

The most recent firmware update for the FLR RS series scopes is here:

https://flir.app.box.com/s/zmy968m8zfp9jp5itnr7


The most recent software update to the FLIR RS series scopes is here:

https://flir.app.box.com/s/el20k4b56qei4lqqob3z
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 12/28/14 11:00 PM

Five minutes into the hunt, 225 pound sow falls to the HK-ACOG-T-70 @ 175 yards, life is good!







Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/11/15 01:31 PM

We had a great time last night, got setup before dark and nailed a nice hog before sundown:





Lights Out with an earshot:





Then after it got dark I used my FoxPro Prairie Blaster on Baby Cottontail to call and shoot this coyote @ 200 yards:










Then this big boar hog showed up on the FLIR LS-64 and took him down at 200 yards with the FLIR T-70:












Been wacking and stacking 'em high!



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/11/15 07:38 PM

Pretty much most of this pile of hog and coyote skulls was brought down using a FLIR T-70 thermal weapon scope and a FLIR LS-64 handheld scanner.





Works supreme for me! smile
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/13/15 06:24 PM

Thanks to to the good folks at FoxPro, my FoxPro Truck Pro is on its way for installation on the UTV.

This should be an outstanding addition to our arsenal of hog and dog killing tools!


http://www.gofoxpro.com/site/products/digital-calls/truck-pro-large


Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/13/15 07:36 PM

The nice thing about this unit is the keychain remote works without the hand held remote on-for fast calling.

The speakers plugs are different.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/13/15 07:54 PM

That is one major reason why I got it.

I see and hear ALLOT of dogs when out night hunting for hogs and getting my Prairie Blaster setup and operational takes time and effort, plus charging the battery up all the time.

Now I will be instantly ON, dogs will die!

Plus it also will be great for busting sounders.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/15/15 04:51 PM

FoxPro TruckPro Electronic Caller showed up just in time for a long weekend so I'll have some time for the installation and first use now that this weekend is the last of the deer season.

Have to say that I am extremely impressed with the quality and feel of this unit, the packaging was phenomenal and everything arrived shipshape and ready to go. The new T-1000 remote is a work of art, hats off to FoxPro Staff for a very nice ergonomic and easy to use first class instrument.

I just ordered it with the standard sounds on it since I already have hundreds of 24bit sounds of all the coyotes, hogs, birds, rodents, etc that I need from my other Prairie Blasters.

This thing is going to rock, in particular I really like the install ON two button remote that instantly plays two selected sounds when programmed. The new FoxPro Programming Utility is going to get a couple new sequences added in with it too....

Very very nice unit, can't wait to install it this weekend and use it on some night hunts!


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/15/15 05:26 PM

This will be getting allot of use on both dogs and hogs!
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/15/15 08:44 PM

I assume you're installing it on your UTV?

It looks so practical and easy to use that I'd love to have one on a UTV as well...

Any idea on the retail price on them? *** OOPS... It's right there on their website... $649.95. I thought it'd be more.... Not bad... *** They're marked as unavailable for now but I suspect they sold out the first production run and they'll have more soon...
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/15/15 10:05 PM

Here is the bad news...you are going to want the truck pro in every car and go cart you own.

Question: Do you think you could keep the dbal i2 on the ar15 at 12 O'clock position and still use the flir rs series?

I am wondering how much the flir rs sits higher on the rail than the dbal i2?

Thanks,
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/15/15 10:42 PM

With the mil-spec T-series FLIRs they all function with the DBAL-I2/D2 on the top rail, but with the RS I am using it on the 3 o'clock position.


Posted by: Bone breaker 73

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/17/15 03:13 PM

What will the update change/ improve? I'm still using the original firmware on my RS 64

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
The most recent firmware update for the FLR RS series scopes is here:

https://flir.app.box.com/s/zmy968m8zfp9jp5itnr7


The most recent software update to the FLIR RS series scopes is here:

https://flir.app.box.com/s/el20k4b56qei4lqqob3z
Posted by: Bone breaker 73

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/17/15 03:21 PM

By the way, being true to the thread of KUDOS to TNVC...

My Aquila 4x had a tube issue after about 17 rounds of .308 on my LMT. Never killed anything with it... Was sick to my stomach that my scope was ruined and wasn't sure what could be done. Called TNVC and they had me send the scope back in. It took a while but after sending it back to the manufacturer, they replaced my scope and it has worked flawlessly ever since. Very glad I used such reputable company and very thankful for their customer service.

Got the scope back a couple days before Christmas, and went out Christmas night. Solo boar DTR with one round on 90 g Federal Gold Dot that came with my LWRC Razorback:

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/17/15 05:35 PM

That Aquilla is very nice, excellent NV scope! And a nice boar hog too!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/17/15 05:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Bone breaker 73
What will the update change/ improve? I'm still using the original firmware on my RS 64

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
The most recent firmware update for the FLR RS series scopes is here:

https://flir.app.box.com/s/zmy968m8zfp9jp5itnr7


The most recent software update to the FLIR RS series scopes is here:

https://flir.app.box.com/s/el20k4b56qei4lqqob3z


There have been a number of updates, including reticule accuracy, image quality improvements, and more new presets that allow you moving to different rifles and keepin POA=POI between rifles.

Be sure to allow the USB driver to install first! It takes a good 2-3 minutes for the USB install, or you'll toast your RS scope and have to send it back, there are instructions in the downloaded zip files for the UI navigator and the upgrade software.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/17/15 07:15 PM

Got the TruckPro installed and operational, it is a super nice piece of kit and works beautifully, the T-1000 remote is awesome!

I have have to try to serenade some song dogs/hogs with some rap music since this ghetto-blaster plays MP3s too!












Posted by: Bone breaker 73

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/18/15 01:21 PM

Nice setup on the UTV SkyPup!

Went out again last night and ran into another nice sized boar. Aquila 4x strikes again!

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/18/15 02:05 PM

That is a nice looking boar right there!

We are going out tonight, last day of deer season so don't want to mess anybody up, they'll be gone by the time we head out...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/19/15 05:14 PM

Green laser boar earshot:


Posted by: Bone breaker 73

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/19/15 11:05 PM

Nice shooting. How far can you shoot with the DBAL laser? I purchased one but haven't mounted it on a gun yet.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/20/15 09:29 AM

That is an older model LDI DBAL-I2, with the visible green laser I can shoot in broad daylight in the tree cover out 125+ yards, or at sundown or with cloud cover out 200 yards.

I have both the visible green laser and the IR laser both zeroed at 200 yards on all my rifles, that is about the max range that I normally use them day or night.

Visible green laser has over four times the range of same power visible red laser during daylight, IR laser could theoretically go for 4-500 yards but good luck trying to hold it still that far, most IR laser shots I take at night are less than 100 yards and it works beautifully.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/15 08:05 AM

My beautiful AN/PEQ-15 (ATPIAL) is set for delivery today.

Will be very nice to see how well the IR laser based illuminator works on this since it is way more monochromatic IR light than any LED IR, should be no visible red signature from it whatsoever!





Will NOT make any difference if coyotes can see red or not with this baby!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/15 12:25 PM

A leaf fell in the woods.

The eagle saw it.
The bear smelled it.
The deer heard it.

But only the coyote did all three........
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/15 01:34 PM

Video of my backyard...with FLIR gear:



http://bcove.me/9qqrkfdg
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/15 01:47 PM

And another!


http://bcove.me/otwzz5vo
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/15 03:31 PM

It'll be interesting to hear how that new laser works out for you.

By the way... Your video isn't what I expected. You might want to check out the link or maybe I misunderstood. *** EDIT **** Just saw the second one and it makes a lot more sense now... ***

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/15 06:22 PM

ATPIAL-C kit:























Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/15 07:23 PM

You're about to run out of room on your rail aren't you? LOL

How do you like it so far?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/15 07:33 PM

TNVC to launch Night Goggles!


Providers of all things NV, TNVC is looking to broaden its audience with the introduction of www.nightgoggles.com. With a focus on civilian hunters, the site initially will feature two innovative products: PVS-14 and Sentinel bodies assembled with high-quality white phosphor Gen-2 tubes. The three primary benefits of these designs are: 1. Lower cost (these systems will retail for $1,000 to $3,000 less than their Gen-3 cousins); 2. Accessory compatibility (using the industry-standard PVS-14 and Sentinel bodies allows the full use of any mounts or aftermarket accessories designed for those systems); and 3. Durability (Gen-2 tubes are much less recoil-sensitive than Gen-3 tubes). The PVS-14 is available now and retails for just under $2,000.



http://gearscout.militarytimes.com/2015/01/22/tnvc-to-launch-nightgoggles-com/
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/22/15 10:05 PM

The PEQ-15 for civvies is very nice!

It is lighter than my DBAL-D2s and sits very low on the rail.

I will try out the IR laser/IR laser illuminator later on this weekend as it is bad weather out now.

Co-witnessing the IR and Vis Red laser was a piece of cake with the ACOG @ 200 yards at sundown.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/23/15 12:59 PM

Flir's Improved Scout II line:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xdzj4YGmQ8&feature=youtu.be
Posted by: twhitey

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/23/15 04:55 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup



On man I want it now I cant wait till May,June lol oh well I will have it ready to roll next season.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/25/15 12:26 PM

Flir's new Improved Scout II line:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xdzj4YGmQ8&feature=youtu.be



I got one of the first Scout PS-32s (320 core and 19mm lens with 2X digital) when they first came out and it is still going strong and always with us at night, it has plenty of range and a nice wide FOV so excellent for detection and recovery both.

I also got one of the LS-64s when they first came out (640 core and 35mm lens and 8X digital) and it is excellent for detection, recovery, and ID and also has an excellent FOV. It's main use if for ID, so we don't end up stalking deer all the time.

FLIR prototyped a PS32R with a 35mm lens with the 320 core and it has about the same range as the LS-64 does but the FOV was not so good, so they did not market that on account of more difficult for recovery use. It did have Video Recording out and this has been carried over to the new Scout II PS-32, so now you can record with it similar to their RS thermal scopes. At night, for both detection and recovery, a WFOV is your friend!

Camo PS-32R with 35mm lens.








Our Scouts/LSs have thousands of hours of use in the field over the years and are definitely our GoTo hand held scanners although we have a variety of different thermal hand scanners, some much more powerful, these are the most ergonomic and easy to use for detection and I like the internal lithium rechargeable battery.

Having a high quality hand scanning thermal like the PS-32 or LS-64 and a thermal weapon scope is about as good as it gets in my book for detection and kills.









Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/25/15 12:57 PM

The LS-64 is also upgraded and now has Video Recording out too.

In addition, all the Scout II/LS have the new TAU 2.72 software for improved image contrast....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/25/15 01:00 PM

In fact, for those of you wanting the cheapest thermal, the new upgraded PS-24 240 core now looks better than the old PS-32 320 core did! thumbup1
Posted by: REID2168

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/25/15 02:13 PM

great info........thx!!!!! thumbup1
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/25/15 02:20 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
In fact, for those of you wanting the cheapest thermal, the new upgraded PS-24 240 core now looks better than the old PS-32 320 core did! thumbup1


Just to be sure which unit you're talking about is it this one?
http://tnvc.com/shop/flir-scout-ps24/
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/25/15 03:03 PM

Originally Posted By: LDhunter
Originally Posted By: SkyPup
In fact, for those of you wanting the cheapest thermal, the new upgraded PS-24 240 core now looks better than the old PS-32 320 core did! thumbup1


Just to be sure which unit you're talking about is it this one?
http://tnvc.com/shop/flir-scout-ps24/


That is the older Scout 1 PS-24,the newer Scout II PS-24 just released at Shot Show should be available real soon:


http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2015/01/22/flir-releases-new-scout-ii-thermal-monocular/
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/25/15 03:05 PM

Originally Posted By: REID2168
great info........thx!!!!! thumbup1


Yup, these are the most handy night hunting accessories that you can carry into the dark with you....if you are a serious night hunter.
Posted by: twhitey

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/25/15 03:57 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Originally Posted By: LDhunter
Originally Posted By: SkyPup
In fact, for those of you wanting the cheapest thermal, the new upgraded PS-24 240 core now looks better than the old PS-32 320 core did! thumbup1


Just to be sure which unit you're talking about is it this one?
http://tnvc.com/shop/flir-scout-ps24/


That is the older Scout 1 PS-24,the newer Scout II PS-24 just released at Shot Show should be available real soon:


http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2015/01/22/flir-releases-new-scout-ii-thermal-monocular/


Skypup
Real soon cmon don't tease me I was told via Flir don't know where the gentleman stands on the pole but he said May,June.
Real soon like few weeks.....Waiting
Thanks for the updates and info
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/25/15 04:30 PM

SHIPPING NOW, from authorized FLIR dealers.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/25/15 04:44 PM

I just ordered my new LS-64-II from TNVC....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/25/15 05:47 PM

FLIR's 2015 Tactical/Hunting catalog has all the products which they will sell to civilians here, they make allot more stuff but it is restricted to US Military use ONLY:


http://flir.com/uploadedFiles/Hunting-Outdoor/Resources/FLIR_Tactical-Outdoor_Catalog.pdf
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/26/15 05:46 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
I just ordered my new LS-64-II from TNVC....


I just spent some time looking on their website and looked through the catalog for the LS-64-II and didn't find it listed. Do you have any idea what the price will be for us mere mortals? I've been a hair's breath from picking up a used LS-64 several times and would like a price comparison and some more info.

Thanks,
$bob$
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/26/15 07:49 AM

The new upgraded LS-64 is called the LS-XR, the prices of the instruments will be posted sometime later on this week as folks are just now returning from Shot Show with allot of new work to plow through.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/26/15 02:56 PM

Just awful....


http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2015/01/coyotes_attack_kill_horse_from.html


Kill all of 'em! mad
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/26/15 02:58 PM

Originally Posted By: LDhunter
Originally Posted By: SkyPup
I just ordered my new LS-64-II from TNVC....


I just spent some time looking on their website and looked through the catalog for the LS-64-II and didn't find it listed. Do you have any idea what the price will be for us mere mortals? I've been a hair's breath from picking up a used LS-64 several times and would like a price comparison and some more info.

Thanks,
$bob$


Try giving TNVC a call, they are an authorized FLIR Channel Partner and carry and service all the FLIR gear available to civilians.

I don't market or sell anything, for all that you need to talk to a FLIR dealer.
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/26/15 05:58 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup


"Osmon did have a few words of advice for any resident that may come in close contact with a coyote."Stay clear and leave the area," he said."

I doubt I'd stay clear... LOL.... I carry coyote "medicine" 24/7

It's very sad that this horse was killed and coyotes are damaging pets and livestock nationwide now and it's our civic duty to reduce their numbers... Can I get an AMEN on that one brothers and sisters? wink
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/26/15 06:47 PM

Amen LD,did my part saturday,took out three..
Posted by: twhitey

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/26/15 07:32 PM

Skypup
Could you recommend a device that will be able to allow me to record with the new scout ps32.
Thanks
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/26/15 09:29 PM

Originally Posted By: twhitey
Skypup
Could you recommend a device that will be able to allow me to record with the new scout ps32.
Thanks


Basically, any mini DVR that records in 720X480 @ 30fps will get the job done.

I use two different ones, an SPI DVR, it is the only waterproof one I am aware of:



And an MDVR:




The MDVR is the cheapest and best bet probably for you, although TNVC is releasing a new DVR model that I am interested in getting.

I also use Adobe Premier for video editing.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/28/15 01:58 PM

New LS64-XR is out and mine is on order!


http://tnvc.com/shop/flir-ls64/


Will take some video through it once I get it.


I will still keep my old well used and abused LS64-35 since I kill so good with it:



Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/15 07:22 AM

Skypup,

I know I ask you a lot of questions but you seem to usually know the answers and always help when you can. Is the internal laser for this new LS64-XR visible to coyotes and hogs or is it invisible like the new laser you recently bought?

Another thing... I'd be VERY interested to see the new LS65-XR beside the older LS64-35 you have for a size comparison if you would please.

My finger's on the trigger and twitching (FINALLY) and just a couple more things to clear up and I think I'll trip the trigger on a thermal scanner... wink

Thanks for all your past, present, and future help. You're a very valuable resource to us here.

Hey... I just noticed that they don't actually call the new unit the LS64-XR but rather just the LS-XR... What's up with that? Typo?

$bob$
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/15 07:44 AM

No, the laser on the LS-XR 640 core with 35mm lens is the same visible red 550nm laser than is on my old well used LS-42.

Generally, it is frowned upon to integrate an Infrared Laser onto a thermal device due to this being applicable to military use, thermals that do have IR are generally restricted to Mil/LE use and not available for civilian use.

The new LS-XR is the exact same size and dimension as my old LS-64, nothing has changed externally besides the new 2.72 TAU II microbolometer core software upgrade and the new updraded ocular dispaly (which is a little bit larger in diameter than my old LS).

FLIR's new names for the upgraded 640 core unit is the LS-XR, the new name for 336 core unit is LS-X, and of course the PS-32 and PS-24 also have the same new upgraded software and display too...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/15 02:19 PM

LOL, all these professional internet thermal post whores and not a single one has picked up on the Zombie Hog yet? thumbdown

Amazing the detailed analytical thinking going on out there in elsewhere. tongue_smilie

Gotta say there are some true slackers here for sure! tongue
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/15 03:14 PM

LOL.... I'm scrambling and trying to figure out what you mean.... I guess I'm just an internet thermal wannabe.... LOL
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/15 03:22 PM

Maybe I'll spill the beans tomorrow, just wondering why no one ever picked up on it in those FLIR videos?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/15 08:04 PM

Here is the intro to the THREMAL ZOMBIE HOG story to be completed tomorrow: unsure

One of the gang we were guiding was walking in the dark to a tree stand in a dense live oak understory and spotted this boar hog off to the side with the helmet mounted FLIR M-24 and shot it at 150 yards when it crossed the trail using the FLIR RS64-60mm ThermoScope and left it there and climbed up into the 15 foot tree stand.

Fifteen minutes later, up in the stand, he hears some barking and thinks someone's hunting dogs are nearby, but then all [beeep] breaks loose 150 yards from him with yelping, barking, and howling. Looks over through the thermal and a pack of coyotes are attacking his recently deceased hog and trying to drag the carcass off deeper into the woods.

Got down out of tree stand and went to go rescue the hog as the dogs were going wild in the dark. Saw the dogs in the thermal but too dense to shoot. It was all over in about three minutes when he got there and they took off, however this is the damage the coyote pack did to the hog in less than 3 minutes......


Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/29/15 08:14 PM

That's a really strange place for dogs or coyotes to tear into a hog. They usually eat from the rear or the belly.... Tell us more... ohmy
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/30/15 08:35 AM

Okay, the lowdown on the Zombie Hog episode that none of the most astute thermal expert wannabes here was able to detect that the ZOMBIE HOG IS A PROP!

Amazing that absolutely no other thermal expert wannbe even detected this thermal scam? thumbdown


We had been busy for the previous two weeks before this hunt trying to trap hogs in a half dozen different traps so that we would have a few penned live specimens, after all the hard work all we end up with was everything but hogs....so did not have any live hog targets to use for measuring and comparing thermal performance at specified known distances with the various thermal devices.

I had shot three hogs and could not recover them in the deep brush and it was freezing cold and windy, so after the coyotes attacked one of the boars we did recover, we decided we would prop his recently deceased body up on a convenient log stump and use that to record images from the myriad of different devices we had on hand.

Actually it worked out pretty good and was better than using live wild hog specimens since all the exact distances were known and recorded with each different thermal device.

So, next time you see a suspicious hog in someones thermal videos, it just might be another ZOMBIE HOG!!!


Innovative Zombie Hog revealed at last:

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/30/15 08:39 AM

You can see the Zombie Hog Prop clearly in the videos:


http://www.flir.com/hunting-outdoor/display/?id=62677


Chances are that ZOMBIE HOG will be making more stellar appearances in future thermal videos too..... smile
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/30/15 10:28 AM

Now we have quizzes and props... I'm SOOOOOOOOOO confused... LOL
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/30/15 10:55 AM

Zombie Hog is taking the lead role and starring in the world's first unprecedented scientific/technical analysis of a dozen different thermal weapon scopes all recorded at the same time, same Hz, same FPS, same magnification, same focus, same recording settings, at the same place, with the same hog, at the same temperature, at the same distance, at the same humidity, at the same lunar equinox.

Wait until you see the results of the highly trained scientific staff testing the null hypothesis that not all thermal weapon scopes are created equally with a 99% Confidence Interval and a p value of 0.001....
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/30/15 11:14 AM

LOL.... This should be good... Methinks SP has found some single malt and having fun though... wink
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/30/15 06:13 PM

A new scientific research standard in thermal weapon scopes and scanners has been set and raised the bar to new heights! thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 01/30/15 06:55 PM

Another horse attacked by coyotes....this is awful.


http://www.abc12.com/story/27988251/another-horse-attacked-by-coyotes-at-a-lapeer-county-farm
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/04/15 08:40 PM

Another big boy bites the dust.


Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/05/15 03:11 AM

It looks like he was the veteran of many a fight... Hope he enjoys his nap... wink

Must have been a just below the ear shot. They don't bleed much do they?

$bob$
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/05/15 07:45 AM

We thought this dude was Smokin' Joe Frazier the way his shield was scarred with fresh battle wounds, his eternal sleep began with a hole below the ear... thumbup1
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/05/15 09:20 AM

Rest in Peace Old Warrior... You're fighting days are over... wink
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/06/15 09:56 AM

1,860 yard coyote shot!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q2ZMTZxHxo#t=16
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/07/15 10:36 AM

USSOCOM’s TALOS Tactical Assault Lightweight Operator Suit:


http://oafnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/This-is-Revision.mov
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/08/15 12:17 AM

Couple of representative NV pics of the Larson 24 watt 850nm IR blaster on the UTV:















It is easy to drive in the dark with NVOs.....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/08/15 09:49 PM

Took out three at the feeder in the dark tonight about 75 yards, got the sow straight on through the eyeball socket and out the back of the skull ->DRT!















Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/10/15 06:23 PM

Wilcox makes a super nice dovetail adapter to mount the FLIR GS M-24 onto my Nortoros INVG to have a helmet mounted thermal scanner.

The M-24 is a super nice lightweight kit that only weighs 14oz with batteries or about the same as a PVS-14 NVO.

The M-24 has a video out for recording to a DVR and also has an external USB port strictly for external battery power beyond the two CR-123s that it normally operates on.

The awesome thing about the 640 core kits is the FOV is a whopping 32X24 degrees due to the 19mm lens, this is simply outstanding for a thermal scanner!

It also has 1x, 2X, and 4X with white and black hot polarity and adjustable contrast. The core has an automatic NUC so is ready to go all the time but you can cover the lens yourself and do a manual NUC if you want to.

I'll get some video through it sometime soon, it has an amazing view!






















Posted by: twhitey

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/10/15 06:48 PM

Pup
Love that patch....
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/10/15 08:18 PM

Pup is now on the Prez's bleep list for affending Muslims.. thumbup

Where can I get one of those patchs ,Pup?? Actually all three!!

Pup love those pics!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/10/15 10:46 PM

Haha, it is a slick piece of kit for sure, amazing what you can see all around you now. It is the exact same size as the PVS-14, so easy to swap out back and forth with no adjustment whatsoever.

Those are restricted patches I got from TNVC, I like the laser going through the goat's rear end and coming out his mouth!


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/11/15 07:41 AM

The FLIR M-24 is the same size as my Night Enforcer ITT Pinnacle PVS-14 is and swapping it out requires no adjustment whatsoever, takes five seconds to change over.


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/13/15 09:25 AM

Took down 700 pounds of boar last night and had a blast!












Posted by: Bone breaker 73

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/14/15 01:46 AM

FLIR RS64... So easy an 11 year old can do it!



My son Max on his first hog hunt. Not a bad start!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/14/15 08:14 AM

Originally Posted By: Bone breaker 73
FLIR RS64... So easy an 11 year old can do it!



My son Max on his first hog hunt. Not a bad start!


Whoa - that is most awesome!

Way to go Max!!! thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/16/15 09:12 PM

Installed the Wilcox Amber Filter over the ocular lens, very nice!



Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/17/15 02:42 PM

The Predator Master Convention at the Wild Life Museum in Tucson. Wow, what a place for a show of heads!



Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/17/15 02:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Bone breaker 73
FLIR RS64... So easy an 11 year old can do it!



My son Max on his first hog hunt. Not a bad start!


Wow, need to start calling him "Mad Max". Tell him for me that is some GREAT shootin' on that biggin' hog!

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/17/15 04:22 PM

That is one nice killer pic, I like the moniker, "Mad Max"! thumbup
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/19/15 07:11 PM

When you get your ATPIAL-C mounted, make certain it is mounted the correct way so that your eyeballs survive!!! scared






Posted by: norbs

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/19/15 07:58 PM

And don't forget which way you're Eotech goes on.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/19/15 08:05 PM

Good One!
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/19/15 09:05 PM

"FORWARD TOWARD ENEMY" is not just for Claymores!! lol Come think about it maybe thats why I miss a lot,gonna go check my scope,things are looking kinda far away these days!! blush
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/19/15 10:24 PM

Going down to 20*F here tonight and the woodstove is cooking!



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/19/15 10:53 PM

Here is a better shot of it warming up the bricks.



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/23/15 10:52 PM

Another boar hog bites the dust at 245 yards in the pouring rain and foggy mist!









Posted by: mt ed

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/26/15 01:42 AM

I read the OP of Kudos to....

I am wondering....what is the magical number that you all have called to ACTUALLY get to talk with someone there?

I have tried numerous times at the number on their site, but EVERY SINGLE time I call, I get to leave my info. so they will "get back to me" and I have yet to receive a call back!! [beeep]!!!!

How can you give kudos to a company that can't even answer the phone, or even call back! It really makes me wonder?

So I beg you, please give me the magic number that they will actually answer, or return a call from!!!

If they cannot speak with me BEFORE I make a purchase from them, I really don't see how they would EVER answer a call for a problem....yeah, I'm not seeing anything worth kudos from TNVC.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/26/15 07:43 AM

Haha, very funny! cool

Personally have not had that problem in the last five years or so.
Posted by: kyle crickenberger

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/26/15 08:58 AM

Maybe you called the fax number, they always return my calls. They could possible be out of the office for the week, are you calling during business hours?
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/26/15 01:33 PM

I've been bugging those poor guys at TNVC with PM's and phone calls for almost a year with dumb questions and they've always been very responsive and patient with me... During the week or two immediatly before and after Shot Show they were very busy but so was everybody in the industry.

I say KUDOS to TNVC for their patience with people like me that can't make up their minds and on low budgets that can't really afford their products but want them.

I'm not doubting the poster of this problem(s) he's had but suggest it's a fairly rare occurrence. In my experience they go the extra mile to help and are patient.

Just my two cents worth.

$bob$
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/26/15 03:14 PM

Those pictures above are CLASSIC'S!!!

Eotech facing Backwards and the Laser system as well!!!

Those supposed soldiers pictured have probably never held a rifle before??

Somebody out to be ashamed for sure....................
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/26/15 03:18 PM

Originally Posted By: mt ed
I read the OP of Kudos to....

I am wondering....what is the magical number that you all have called to ACTUALLY get to talk with someone there?

I have tried numerous times at the number on their site, but EVERY SINGLE time I call, I get to leave my info. so they will "get back to me" and I have yet to receive a call back!! [beeep]!!!!

How can you give kudos to a company that can't even answer the phone, or even call back! It really makes me wonder?

So I beg you, please give me the magic number that they will actually answer, or return a call from!!!

If they cannot speak with me BEFORE I make a purchase from them, I really don't see how they would EVER answer a call for a problem....yeah, I'm not seeing anything worth kudos from TNVC.



I hate to bust your chops but, I just dialed 909-796-7000, pressed #1 and got Kristin to answer on the 2nd ring.

Just sayin!!!!!
Posted by: mt ed

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/26/15 04:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr. Poppadopalis


I hate to bust your chops but, I just dialed 909-796-7000, pressed #1 and got Kristin to answer on the 2nd ring.

Just sayin!!!!!


Well I shall try this number! I guess my problem was on selecting #4, which is "supposed" to be for product info and questions. How could I be so foolish...........
Posted by: Mr. Poppadopalis

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/26/15 06:14 PM

Originally Posted By: mt ed
Originally Posted By: Mr. Poppadopalis


I hate to bust your chops but, I just dialed 909-796-7000, pressed #1 and got Kristin to answer on the 2nd ring.

Just sayin!!!!!


Well I shall try this number! I guess my problem was on selecting #4, which is "supposed" to be for product info and questions. How could I be so foolish...........


And??
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 02/28/15 10:54 PM

Lets Talk TactiCool..... cool



https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=08kSncpUnUo&app=desktop
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/01/15 07:45 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup


Oooooh baby... That made me so hot I think I'll run home and rack my slide.... LOL

SP... You're too much... When you aren't wowing us with your technical expertise, you're wowing us with your sense of humor... You should get your own 900 number.... wink

$bob$
Posted by: JPK

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/01/15 09:03 AM

Too funny!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/01/15 03:13 PM

Originally Posted By: JPK
Too funny!


Glad you guys got a good kick out of that one, I can't wait to get out into the woods tonight after dark and rack my BCG and put a fresh round in the chamber! thumbup1
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/01/15 03:28 PM

Originally Posted By: mt ed
Originally Posted By: Mr. Poppadopalis


I hate to bust your chops but, I just dialed 909-796-7000, pressed #1 and got Kristin to answer on the 2nd ring.

Just sayin!!!!!


Well I shall try this number! I guess my problem was on selecting #4, which is "supposed" to be for product info and questions. How could I be so foolish...........


Not sure what number you've been dialing but did you try to at least email us? Our phones do get busy and we spend huge amounts of time on the phone. You can email us as indicated or PM me here as well. smile

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/01/15 06:54 PM

Another one bites the dust @ 120 yards:







Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/02/15 09:55 PM

Couple of NV pics of my ATPIAL-C 850nm IR laser at 20 and 175 yards tonight:










Posted by: mt ed

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/04/15 12:13 AM

Originally Posted By: Mr. Poppadopalis
Originally Posted By: mt ed
Originally Posted By: Mr. Poppadopalis


I hate to bust your chops but, I just dialed 909-796-7000, pressed #1 and got Kristin to answer on the 2nd ring.

Just sayin!!!!!


Well I shall try this number! I guess my problem was on selecting #4, which is "supposed" to be for product info and questions. How could I be so foolish...........


And??



I called TNVC today. Instead of selecting opt.#4, the one for product questions, I chose #1, for sales. I was on hold for a tad, but that's because I was being transferred to Chris, at an office other than their CA office. Chris was exceptional in his help for me! I guess opt. #4 is just a forgotten route....

I am looking forward to my future relationship with tnvc, now that I've learned how to make the necessary connection.

Thanks very much to all that helped!!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/04/15 11:04 AM

Originally Posted By: mt ed
Originally Posted By: Mr. Poppadopalis
Originally Posted By: mt ed
Originally Posted By: Mr. Poppadopalis


I hate to bust your chops but, I just dialed 909-796-7000, pressed #1 and got Kristin to answer on the 2nd ring.

Just sayin!!!!!


Well I shall try this number! I guess my problem was on selecting #4, which is "supposed" to be for product info and questions. How could I be so foolish...........


And??



I called TNVC today. Instead of selecting opt.#4, the one for product questions, I chose #1, for sales. I was on hold for a tad, but that's because I was being transferred to Chris, at an office other than their CA office. Chris was exceptional in his help for me! I guess opt. #4 is just a forgotten route....

I am looking forward to my future relationship with tnvc, now that I've learned how to make the necessary connection.

Thanks very much to all that helped!!


Glad Chris could assist. He is also located in Southern Ca. but at our pilot office. As mentioned, we get a ton of calls and spend a lot of time on the phone with each of our customers. As mentioned, please also email us sales at tnvc dot com as well. At times we answer emails pretty quick even while we're in the phone! smile

Thank you.

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/15 02:49 PM

I'll get some NV pics of the ATPIAL-C IR Illuminator soon, the full moon has been coming up right after sundown and washing out my attempts so far...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/15 08:17 PM

I was able to get some decent representative NV pics of the ATPIAL-C IR laser and IR Illuminator tonight, IR laser filtered and IR Illuminator alone.

You can see that mine is a round circle and the filtered IR laser is AWESOME!.















Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/05/15 11:15 PM

Figure it was about time I high jack my own thread!!

Got these guys tonite broke my season record with the male #16 of the season...

Hope this makes you Florida guys feel cold!! LOL!! It was real cold!!

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/15 07:43 AM

Nice work on the frozen dogs BayState, I know it has been super cold up there for you all, I don't know how you do it as I am in longjohns when it gets below 40 here! scared

At least tracking those dogs in the snow has got to be easier than it is here, but I don't know how I could maintain outdoors at night with those temps?

Kudos to you for being out there getting the vermin, the excitement of the hunt is what makes it all happen, and you gotta be there to make it happen in the first place! smile


Oh, and this was during last week's T-shirt weather!!! tt2

LOL!


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/15 09:32 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
I was able to get some decent representative NV pics of the ATPIAL-C IR laser and IR Illuminator tonight, IR laser filtered and IR Illuminator alone.

You can see that mine is a round circle and the filtered IR laser is AWESOME!.


















I'll tell you what, I am liking this kit even better after spending sometime in the woods with it at night!

That IR filter built into the lens cover is super nice and unless it is very dark I don't even need the IR Illuminator when utilizing the filtered IR laser for shooting.

The laser IR Illuminator is nowhere near as powerful as the LDI DBAL-D2 LED IR Illuminator, the APTAIL Illum only is good for about 200+ yards instead of 600+ yards, but it has no red visible signature and I knew the IR Illum would not be as powerful as the DBAL-DR or SPIR. Really have no need to be using the IR laser at night past 200 yards anyways, mostly it is used less than 100 yards for snap shooting hogs and coyotes.

Since I have been used to using my DBALs for years now, it just takes a little more brain time to remember the switch is on top of the unit instead of on the back of the unit, but am getting used to using that in the dark easily.
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/15 10:42 AM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Nice work on the frozen dogs BayState, I know it has been super cold up there for you all, I don't know how you do it as I am in longjohns when it gets below 40 here! scared

At least tracking those dogs in the snow has got to be easier than it is here, but I don't know how I could maintain outdoors at night with those temps?

Kudos to you for being out there getting the vermin, the excitement of the hunt is what makes it all happen, and you gotta be there to make it happen in the first place! smile


Oh, and this was during last week's T-shirt weather!!! tt2

LOL!



















No tracking needed using the 55 grain Nosler Varmagedons,drt.... And if they aint dead I keep shooting till they are,dont want to be tracking on snowshoes!!!LOL!!


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/06/15 11:53 AM

Now that I really cannot imagine since I have not done that, best I can come up with is slogging through knee deep mud on the lookout for gators and moccasins.

We did have a big boar hog get away wounded into a gator pond about two weeks ago. There is a very happy 12 foot 600 pound bull gator in that hole that is thankful to us!!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/08/15 12:39 PM

Another big boy falls to the T-70 with a headshot, lots of good meat on this one!

Picked him up with the helmet mounted FLIR M-24, was a piece of cake to stalk him down after that!







Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/08/15 12:56 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Another big boy falls to the T-70 with a headshot, lots of good meat on this one!

Picked him up with the helmet mounted FLIR M-24, was a piece of cake to stalk him down after that!









Love the blaster build!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/08/15 01:24 PM

That build works simply perfect for what I do, took allot of time and experience to learn what it was that I needed and happy to have it all together now.

That hog last night was definitely a 7.62mm hog but was tired of lugging that big heavy .308 around as we were hiking quite a ways into the woods on foot with the FLIR M-24 helmet mount before we came up on the nice boar hog.

The HK/FLIR/ACOG/ATPIAL is a great working combo and easy to carry and shoot offhand.

Thanks! thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/15 09:27 AM

I had been after that big boy boar for about a month and a half until our rendezvous the other night ended up with him getting a sizzling slug in the ear!







He thought he was some hot stuff to all the other sows around, but now he be chillin'.....



Posted by: JPK

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/15 10:24 AM

Sky Pup,

I have a question for you relating to snakes, something I get chills about.

Up here in MD, especially when we have some flooding, we get copperheads climbing vegetation. In hardwood undergrowth they tend to climb to the first branching of the bush, which, depending on where you are, can be do dad level to eye level. In the marsh they tend to climb reeds until they are about do dad level.

Do moccasins or rattlers ever climb like that? And how often do you encounter either at night while you are hunting - driving or stalking? And do you have copperheads? If so do they behave like ours and climb?

Do you wear snake proof boots or leggings?

Also, do they show up on thermal gear? I wouldn't think so but I'm curious. NV?

Thanks,

JPK
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/15 10:35 AM

I always wear snake boots, we are covered with mocassins and rattlers (Canebreak, Pygmy, Diamondbacks).


Danger with mocassins, besides being aggressive ALL THE TIME for absolutely no reason at all is that they do climb trees and brush and hang out on the branches and drop down when they pick up a target, so yes, very dangerous indeed and vicious as all get out.

Thermal picks up snakes, not good at all times during the day, but pretty good at night, also gators as well...





Here is a rattler in the grass:


Posted by: JPK

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/15 11:05 AM

I have had only two encounters with moccasins, we are, thankfully, a bit north of their range. One encounter was when I was a youngster and our group was doing a trash pick up along a stream. I saw what I thought was plastic trash on the opposite bank of the small creek and tried to scrape it toward me with a stick. It uncoiled and came straight for me mouth open... I was FAST in those long gone days!

Do you have copperheads? They are unaggressive but they are quiet and hard to spot. They tend to stay in place in litter or brush and the risk is reaching to them or stepping on them while they remain unseen. Wood piles are a place to be on guard.

I've only had one encounter with a rattler, and it was an Eastern Diamond back, in the mountains in Shenandoah National Park. I was October and cool and the snake wasn't aggressive or moving very fast. My dogs walked within a few feet of it as they went down a trail. No rattle.

Friends in Fla tell me gators are getting to be troublesome.

JPK
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/15 11:54 AM

LOL!!! Another reason to have a thermal unit for scanning!! scared
A few years back a bass fisherman was bitten by a cotton mouth, in Eastern Mass....We all thought we were to far north for cotton mouths also!! scared When I was a kid I spent a ton of time in the swamps trapping, good thing I never ran into one!!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/15 01:04 PM

I HATE snakes and we have (I think) the most venomous snake in north America due to its neurotoxin and (12th in the world) here in the southern California deserts called the Mohave Green I care not to ever come across again!
Posted by: JPK

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/15 01:33 PM

Originally Posted By: BAYSTATE YOTE
LOL!!! Another reason to have a thermal unit for scanning!! scared
A few years back a bass fisherman was bitten by a cotton mouth, in Eastern Mass....We all thought we were to far north for cotton mouths also!! scared When I was a kid I spent a ton of time in the swamps trapping, good thing I never ran into one!!


If you Google the water moccasin's range you will see various maps which indicate that it's northern range is somewhere in southern VA, but we find them on the Potomac River which is the MD/VA line most of it's length, and we find them in the coastal plains and piedmont areas in MD. Seems there are fewer encounters now compared to when I was younger, but that might not be the case. Never very common though, thankfully.

I hadn't heard of the Mass incident. That is FAR north of where they aren't supposed to be!

Victor, there used to be a TV show called, iirc, Venom ER which showed real, actual snake bites or scorpion or spider bites, whatever, and there treatment from around the country. The most traumatic bites leading to the most damage and the only ones that lead to death on the show were from California, iirc from the Mohave and pigmy rattlesnakes. My kids used to love that show, it just gave me the willies.

Baystate, while suffering from Pre Traumatic Distress Syndrome, as Sky Pup so accurately pointed out, I am finding and listing reason's get off the pot and buy a good thermal sight or clip on...

[I might even go with one of those second rate thingies made by some firm called FLIR... w00t]

JPK
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/09/15 01:50 PM

Thanks for the heads up JPK...Happy I did not tune into that show. scared
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/13/15 08:23 AM

Originally Posted By: JPK
Sky Pup,

I have a question for you relating to snakes, something I get chills about.

Up here in MD, especially when we have some flooding, we get copperheads climbing vegetation. In hardwood undergrowth they tend to climb to the first branching of the bush, which, depending on where you are, can be do dad level to eye level. In the marsh they tend to climb reeds until they are about do dad level.

Do moccasins or rattlers ever climb like that? And how often do you encounter either at night while you are hunting - driving or stalking? And do you have copperheads? If so do they behave like ours and climb?

Do you wear snake proof boots or leggings?

Also, do they show up on thermal gear? I wouldn't think so but I'm curious. NV?

Thanks,

JPK



I run into these in the dark too many times.

It is rather unnerving when you go to step over a log and it stands up, hiss's at you, and opens it mouth up two feet wide at night!

There are numerous ponds we give wide berth to as there are 10-12 foot long bull gators in them that we DO NOT wish to come in contact with in the dark.....



Posted by: JPK

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/13/15 11:22 AM

If I started to step over a log and it started to move I would need to pack spare undies.

Do they always hang around ponds, or do they get away from ponds looking for prey?

I get chills thinking of being food.

Think I might have my bud from La send me some gator cheeks to cook up. I will be "comfort food," so I can pretend we are always at the top of the food chain.

JPK
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/13/15 05:16 PM

I've lived in Florida on and off for over 40 years and other than sunning on a bank I can probably count on both hands the times I've seen gators more than 50 feet from a water body.

When the ponds in the forest are drying up due to a drought they will sometimes desert one that's drying up to go find one that isn't.

Although I've heard of them hunting on land, I think it's rare.

Once I saw a gator lying on an earthen berm next to a creek and he had his head at the top of the berm. As I got closer in my canoe he jumped over the berm and landed in the middle of a sounder with a bunch of piglets in it and after all the squealing and thrashing about he came up empty but he dang sure made a great effort and I never would have believed gators were that agile if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.... They're very fearsome predators and although they prefer to find all their prey in the water, they're certainly capable dry land predators if they so choose...

If one get's after you on land, your best bet is to either climb a tree or play hide and seek around the tree trunks. If he comes after you in the water your best bet is a good life insurance policy for the family.

All that being said it's pretty rare that one kills or seriously injures a human. Usually it's some dingbat swimming in gator infested waters at night. It seems they like to strike at a swimming human above them like a bass strikes at a top water lure.

We also get stories about them grabbing dogs as people walk them along the water's edge. Fido doesn't have much of a chance of getting away from a gator with some idiot holding him on a leash.

I'm a lot more worried about cotton mouth's than anything else in the Florida swamps, rivers, and lakes. They seem to have an attitude and are quite often prone to want to act like you're invading their space and attack rather than the quiet retreat that gators usually show.

The lake I live near has a bunch of 12-14ft gators in it and they're prone to quietly disappear when approached but don't count on it during mating season.

$bob$
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/13/15 10:11 PM

It must be Spring time for sure now, my gators in the backyard have started their grunting tonight, here is what it sounds like:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul4t6Fv8GWo
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/13/15 10:36 PM

pretty creepy Skypup... lol makes you want to stay away from the ponds smile
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/13/15 10:46 PM

Any coon, possum, pig, deer, etc. coming down to the water's edge for a sip of water is toast.

Gators do NOT get that big eating just frogs and fish!
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/13/15 11:44 PM

excellent point! lol
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/14/15 05:53 AM

Gators are predators boys and girls... wink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTQ8J_0vops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEMqEkOTmbI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2BmY_XYqas

And for those of you that think gators can't climb....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qp_bUYPrTg

I thought I'd find more videos of gators hunting wild hogs... It's fairly common and before days of iPhones I witnessed it several times myself and couldn't document it.

$bob$
Posted by: Gman757

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/14/15 11:11 AM


A 50 year old gator was found to have 6 dog tags in his belly.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1995/aug/29/dogs-tracked-down-electronic-tracking-collars/


After we took this gator out of a farm pond in a 90 acre hay field the hog population went up substantially. No doubt he was feeding on them.

13'2" 702 lbs

Posted by: Insomniac100

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/14/15 11:42 AM

Originally Posted By: Gman757

A 50 year old gator was found to have 6 dog tags in his belly.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1995/aug/29/dogs-tracked-down-electronic-tracking-collars/


After we took this gator out of a farm pond in a 90 acre hay field the hog population went up substantially. No doubt he was feeding on them.

13'2" 702 lbs



Wow. Now THATS a predator.

You have to at least recognize and somewhat admire the natural evolution of the monster. From a nature/evolution standpoint, I can't help but be impressed with what is an almost perfect, mother nature designed, killing machine. And that photo is an example of quite a specimen. Impressive creature. One which clearly requires and demands a self preserving respect from us.

Regards,

G.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/14/15 11:49 AM

Great pic of you and your Dad and that Bull Gator, no telling what went down his hatch over the last 50 years, but I bet it was considerable!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/16/15 12:27 PM

Here is a good statistic provided by the Florida Law Enforcement Agency and the Florida Game and Fish Comission:


"According to the state of Florida you are twice as likely to be attacked by an alligator than you are to be attacked by a person with a concealed carry permit."
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/19/15 06:11 PM

This one lost his hearing:






Posted by: Tom L

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/20/15 07:20 AM

that's a sled full!
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/20/15 12:55 PM

No penicillin going to cure that ear ache!!!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/20/15 01:19 PM

I think he heard that one coming!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/20/15 11:43 PM

Originally Posted By: BAYSTATE YOTE
No penicillin going to cure that ear ache!!!


NICE! thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 03/29/15 11:05 PM

Had an exciting hunt by myself tonight and nailed another large 400 pound boar hog.

Walked out behind the house with my FLIR M-24 helmet mount and hiked on my forest trail out about a half mile when I saw a hot thermal spot in some really thick brush. Looked at it for a few minutes and moved around trying to get a better look but could not tell what it was as it looked like it may be a dead tree trunk in the brush.

Turned on the FLIR LS-XR and InstaAlert instantly lite him up bright red and knew it was a hog, but still very difficult to see in the thick cover, walked around trying to get a better angle and finally he heard me and raised his head up and I put a 77 grain SMK in his ear at about 80 yards with the HK 556 and FLIR T-70 thermal.

I have been after this large boar for about four months now and have seen him on the game cams numerous times, in fact I had previously shot him in the side from a long range about six weeks ago and he had a deep wound about five inches long in his side from the previous shot.

















Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/02/15 07:52 AM

FLIR pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger! drool




Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/02/15 03:38 PM

Skypup, I have been looking for a picture to see how far back you mount your RS64 on your rifle. I can't find a good picture from the side. I mounted mine about flush with the upper but am thinking I want to move it back some more closer to the butt plate. What are your thoughts? Do you have a good pic from the side?

Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/02/15 04:58 PM

Mine is far back flush with the end of the rail on my SIG 556 for proper cheek weld and good eye relief. The super nice LaRue mount makes it easy as pie and strong as steel, excellent mount!

On an AR you can also go all the way back as long as you have a charging handle extension for your fingers to put a round in the chamber.

SIG 556 with RS:




Noveske with RS:







You can see the extended charging handle catch on the Noveske AR, it will clear BUIS, but I remove the irons on my rifes...



Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/03/15 02:25 AM

thanks for the response. I moved it way back and now it is much more comfortable and the rifle feels more balanced now. I will have to sight it in again but it will be well worth it. I had a problem with FTF when I sighted it in the first time and didn't get to complete it to my satisfaction but now I will hopefully be good as long as I get the FTF issue corrected. thanks



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/03/15 07:36 AM

That LaRue mount is the real deal!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/04/15 12:56 PM

Big Black Boar hog down on Good Friday Night, Easter Ham being prepared!















Happy Easter!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/07/15 09:08 AM

HD You-Tube Video of FLIR ThermoSight Hog Hunting in the backyard:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LAnpgWAbSw#t=71
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/07/15 11:31 AM

A molecular what???? scared
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/07/15 12:18 PM

Originally Posted By: BAYSTATE YOTE
A molecular what???? scared


Even a geneticist can enjoy some quality pork DNA from time to time! laugh
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/07/15 05:55 PM

SkyPup any new photos on the night hunting ride...Are you still using the rhino grip to hold the gun? Do you like it compared to the 2 gun holders.

I like the two gun holder, but I want them to lean to the rear (bench seat) and not use straps 90 percent of the time but not sure if that works.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/07/15 06:50 PM

Mr. B, everything has been working very nicely with the ride, have been making allot of kills with it!

I like the Rhino mount very much, main reason is I have seven different thermal rifles all setup and the height I mounted the Rhino at allows me to use any of them with zero interference with any of the optics.

I mounted the Rhino grip high enough to clear all the optics on all the different rifles, even with the clip-ons, and since the weight of the rifle rests on the butt on the floorboard there is little to no stress on the Rhino and it holds tight even under severe riding conditions over very rough territory in 4WD!


My friends mother knitted us some camo rifle slip-on covers so I can try to keep the dust, mud, rain, etc. from getting all over the rifles when riding around, they work very nice too.





Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/07/15 08:51 PM

Thanks. Rig looks great, but get the beer/sweet tea holder up higher.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/07/15 09:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Benelli
Thanks. Rig looks great, but get the beer/sweet tea holder up higher.


Right...Priorities and I agree with Mr. Benelli! thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/07/15 09:57 PM

It is one bleep of a night hunting machine with the FLIR M-324 Pan/Tilt thermal and the FoxPro TruckPro E-caller, everybody loves hunting in it!


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/18/15 12:42 PM

Since I wear eyeglasses all the time, I have had difficulty seeing the entire microbolometer view in my PS-32, LS-64, and new LS-XR due to the small pupil size of the ocular eyepiece.

So, I tried installing one of my ACOG eyepiece covers on to see if it would be an improvement. The fit was good and installed a tie wrap around the base to make sure it stays put since it sees lots of action at night bouncing around on the lanyard around my neck.

It was a major improvement for me to see the entire microbolometer on all my FLIR handhelds while wearing my eyeglasses, the ACOG ocular cover provides almost a 100% increase in ease of use and microbolometer view.











Easy to do and improves the view.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/18/15 03:31 PM

Nice retro there Skypup. Eye glass wearer's always seem to be overlooked in the design of eye cups, etc.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/19/15 01:18 PM

Discovered a huge fresh hog wallow back behind the barn, looks like a big boy loaner boar hog has been hanging out here, will try him out tonight after dark with the helmet mounted FLIR M-18 and FLIR RS-64 scope!


Posted by: Insomniac100

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/19/15 08:53 PM

Helmet mounted M-18? Since when? I thought you were a helmet mounted M-24 guy? Was that a typo or have you been experimenting with helmet mounting your M-18?

Regards,

G.
Mad Hatter
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/19/15 09:35 PM

Originally Posted By: Insomniac100
Helmet mounted M-18? Since when? I thought you were a helmet mounted M-24 guy? Was that a typo or have you been experimenting with helmet mounting your M-18?

Regards,

G.
Mad Hatter



Whoops, I meant my M-24, sorry about that....

Your good, most people would not have caught that slip up! thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/20/15 07:37 AM

We had a huge dangerous squall line pass through here right before dark will power off, electric lines down, trees down and a hard soaking rain with 60+mph winds and I went out anyway and got soaked.

Boar did not show up while I was there, but I am going to pattern him and see when he is getting all muddied up out there, it's only a 15 minute walk out behind the house with the helmet mounted FLIR M-24 thermal to take a peak.

I'll toss some corn out to anchor him and maybe move a game cam over there to see exactly when he's having some fun!
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/20/15 08:08 PM

OK,Pup
But be careful,dont forget that Arnold used mud smeared on his body,to defeat "the Predators" thermal visual technoligy. unsure
We would not want that hog sneakin up on you!! scared
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 04/27/15 08:28 AM

Sometimes it takes me 3-4 months to hunt down these loner boar hogs as they do not follow the script like some of the sounder groups do, they are very wary and sneaky/shifty, guess that is how they grow to be so old and big.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/02/15 06:48 PM

It's almost summer, watch out for logs standing up and flashing their teeth at you at night, and of course wear snake boots! scared





This one was in driveway behind carport last week:




Posted by: weekender

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/02/15 09:01 PM

Them thangs give me the heebee geebees when I get too close before I see them.
Posted by: 6mm06

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/03/15 01:14 AM


I can't imagine having those things around the house. The thought of it sends chills up and down my back.
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/03/15 01:08 PM

Nice hole in that snake! I hate them critters! scared
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/03/15 04:18 PM

wife wont let me retire to florida now..

rather go head to head with a grizzly bear.
Posted by: BAYSTATE YOTE

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/03/15 09:35 PM

Snakes and gators!! scared That's scary stuff!!Thank the Lord that I don't have to deal with any of that kind of stuff at night...Well there is that smelly, eight foot tall,hairy ape type man that comes out of the swamp at night and watch's me at night when I am hunting,dont know what that's about,I sure its nothing to be alarmed about... unsure
Posted by: LDhunter

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/04/15 12:15 PM

Rattlesnakes are a much bigger threat than gators. It's very rare a gator attacks a human much less out of the water.

Rattlesnakes don't always rattle or sometimes rattle too late for a warning. Best bet is to wear good snake boots and always have an exit strategy to a hospital.

They really don't want to waste their venom on something too big to eat so it's strictly a defensive mechanism when they bite a human and it's best to learn to recognize where they hang out and be very careful when in those areas. NEVER reach under a palmetto bush with your hand because thats when a lot of bites happen. If you must then kick around a lot first with your snake boots and listen for the rattle and look very carefully. In 40 years of hunting in Florida I've only had 3 close calls (that I know of) and only one of those snakes was longer than 3 feet.

I had a hilarious situation with one once. It was a suddenly cold night in the spring when they're most active and I got up to get the newspaper. I was buck naked but it was very early with no outside lights on so I decided to sneak out and quickly grab the paper. When I opened the door to go out there was a pygmy rattler between the door and the storm door, which had been left partially ajar, and he slithered into the kitchen with me. I hopped around and slammed him with a frying pan and then pinned him down with it and cut off his head with a butcher knife.

Then I became aware of my wife laughing so hard she could barely stand up. She had heard the commotion and come out of the bedroom in time to see me dancing around nude and trying to kill the snake. She to this day loves to remind me of that incident (it was 20 years ago) and says she wishes she'd had a video camera handy.... LOL

$bob$
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/04/15 01:06 PM

Originally Posted By: LDhunter
Rattlesnakes are a much bigger threat than gators. It's very rare a gator attacks a human much less out of the water.

Rattlesnakes don't always rattle or sometimes rattle too late for a warning. Best bet is to wear good snake boots and always have an exit strategy to a hospital.

They really don't want to waste their venom on something too big to eat so it's strictly a defensive mechanism when they bite a human and it's best to learn to recognize where they hang out and be very careful when in those areas. NEVER reach under a palmetto bush with your hand because thats when a lot of bites happen. If you must then kick around a lot first with your snake boots and listen for the rattle and look very carefully. In 40 years of hunting in Florida I've only had 3 close calls (that I know of) and only one of those snakes was longer than 3 feet.

I had a hilarious situation with one once. It was a suddenly cold night in the spring when they're most active and I got up to get the newspaper. I was buck naked but it was very early with no outside lights on so I decided to sneak out and quickly grab the paper. When I opened the door to go out there was a pygmy rattler between the door and the storm door, which had been left partially ajar, and he slithered into the kitchen with me. I hopped around and slammed him with a frying pan and then pinned him down with it and cut off his head with a butcher knife.

Then I became aware of my wife laughing so hard she could barely stand up. She had heard the commotion and come out of the bedroom in time to see me dancing around nude and trying to kill the snake. She to this day loves to remind me of that incident (it was 20 years ago) and says she wishes she'd had a video camera handy.... LOL

$bob$


Hilarious story... thumbup Just think, you could have won 10 grand on America's Funniest Videos!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/04/15 01:16 PM

Yeah, that is a good one.

I will have to dig up the photos of the five gators that somehow all wandered into my barn when I had left the doors open one day. They when I went in there heard all this scraping around sounds on the floor and it was five three-four foot long gators running all over the place. Caught a couple with a snake head snare and the others with a large fishing net in the boat....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/04/15 05:30 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Yeah, that is a good one.

I will have to dig up the photos of the five gators that somehow all wandered into my barn when I had left the doors open one day. They when I went in there heard all this scraping around sounds on the floor and it was five three-four foot long gators running all over the place. Caught a couple with a snake head snare and the others with a large fishing net in the boat....






Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/08/15 10:30 AM

And another one bites the dust!



Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/08/15 06:45 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
And another one bites the dust!





Nice shooter there! It appears he may know what he's doing! tongue_smilie
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/08/15 06:48 PM

Apparently so, they did let a couple of 500 pounders get away today though, but taking them out again tonight.

Will be using the new updated FLIR RS-54-35mm, Flir T-70, IR Defense MKII 35mm, and Armasight Apollo, all 640 cores, pics and hopefully dead hogs to follow....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/10/15 04:39 PM

One Barnes 70 grain TSX to the neck, DRT;


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1VG4n-2eDk&feature=youtu.be



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/10/15 05:18 PM

Had some friends show up for a hunt and got to try out their thermals.

We had my Flir T-70's, Flir RS-64-35mm, and Flir T-50 320 core with 60mm lens.

My friends brought their Armasight 640-42mm Apollo and IR Defense MKII 640-35mm.

Did not have any video cables for the Armasight or IR Defense thermals, but did for my Flirs.

All of the thermal scopes worked great, temps were about 75-80 and humidity was moderate, not a problem.













On the night hunt, the Flir T-50 and Flir RS64-35 scored pork:






One Barnes 70 grain TSX to the neck, DRT;


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1VG4n-2eDk&feature=youtu.be






Everyone had a great time, all the thermals worked excellent.


We were in very dense Florida scrub uplands with limited sighting range where FOV ruled the night.

Both the IR Defense and the Armasight Apollo were a bit longer range instruments due to the microbolometer pixel/lens configurations and tight to work in our heavily forested wilderness areas, however they both gave excellent image presentation and were manually adjustable for a variety of changing conditions if so desired.

The Apollo was easy to use, lightweight with good build.

The IR Defense was also easy to use, more robust and heavier but seems built like a tank.

It was fun to use all of the gear. My friends were not too educated on their Apollo or MKII so I helped them out to understand the operational aspects of their two thermals as to how to use them properly and the various thermal emissivity issues encountered in the field while hunting.

Neither of them had video output cables for their thermals, but I tried to take a digital night photo though the ocular of the MK II at 175 yards from my backyard log stand out to my game cam tree as a representation to compare to my T-70's (note, photos were not taken side by side under identical conditions as these T-70 pics are older and different ambient temp/humidity).

MKII-35mm 175 yards to oak tree 1X:




Flir T-70 0.5X & 1X same:







Enjoyed being able to check out my two friends kits and they are more excited now to use them here on future hunts!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/11/15 05:08 PM

Here is some more thermal footage of another one of the hogs we shot after messing around with the Presets and InstaAlert a bit before pulling the trigger


https://www.youtube.com/v/v6y6izEij1s&feature=youtu.be


Shot 1.5" low, hog died under feet.....
Posted by: 6mm06

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/11/15 09:43 PM


Man, I love thermal.

Nice Skypup.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/12/15 04:35 PM

Some Thermal Hogs!

















Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/12/15 07:32 PM

They are dropping like flies around here!


Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/13/15 02:39 AM

Some thermal cows that is! Nice humpy dumpy pic btw! thumbup
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/13/15 07:45 AM

Bacon reproducing bacon! w00t
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/16/15 12:54 PM

Just in case anyone is wondering how thermals perform during daylight hours. I was out putting corn in my feeder today and downloading game cam photos when I spied a nice boar in the thick woods. Stalked him out and gave him an earshot @ 150 yards with my old SIG 556 and RS64-35mm black hot, DRT.






Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/16/15 02:20 PM

nice shot! I see you moved your scope back also. thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/16/15 02:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Shurshot
nice shot! I see you moved your scope back also. thumbup1


I was all alone with this dude in some pretty thick woods and it was kinda scary, was still shaking bad when I took that photo, amazing it is not blurred from my shakiness....
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/16/15 03:02 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Originally Posted By: Shurshot
nice shot! I see you moved your scope back also. thumbup1


I was all alone with this dude in some pretty thick woods and it was kinda scary, was still shaking bad when I took that photo, amazing it is not blurred from my shakiness....


Wow, great stuff! Nice shooting!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/16/15 10:52 PM

Thermal turns swine into sausage grind.


Both Night and Day![:D]



Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/20/15 09:38 PM

I think the MKII 19mm with 22 degree FOV utilized as a clip-on with my ACOG TA02 & RMR09 would be a real nice setup on my KAC SR15 E3 Mod2/HK 10.5" SBR build when my tax stamp comes back!





Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/24/15 09:35 AM

Here is a prototype ThermBrite Hog Thermal target, coyote one is very nice too:

Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/24/15 03:02 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Here is a prototype ThermBrite Hog Thermal target, coyote one is very nice too:



[beeep] nice group there! That was with the RS64?
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/25/15 01:14 PM

nice setup. how do you like the 1 moa dot? Can you tell me how quick and what procedure you go through to get to nv mode on rmr? Does it remember last setting?
That would be nice on top of dbal i2. looking to find an adapter plate for dbal i2.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/25/15 03:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Victor_TNVC
Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Here is a prototype ThermBrite Hog Thermal target, coyote one is very nice too:



[beeep] nice group there! That was with the RS64?


That RS-64 is a virtual laser! Lovin' it!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 05/25/15 03:12 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Benelli
nice setup. how do you like the 1 moa dot? Can you tell me how quick and what procedure you go through to get to nv mode on rmr? Does it remember last setting?
That would be nice on top of dbal i2. looking to find an adapter plate for dbal i2.



The 1 MOA dot is primo compared to the 3 MOA dots on my other units. I have it on auto adjust and with the 720nm IR filter on my PVS-14s it works perfect. Have not actually tried it out without the IR filter on just the red dot NV settings though, but it is a keeper and I am a happy camper!
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/01/15 04:06 PM

Odd looking hog in trap this morning?



Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/01/15 06:10 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Odd looking hog in trap this morning?





Let the cage fighting commence!!! thumbup
Posted by: Mr Benelli

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/02/15 05:04 PM

Nice catch.

I looked into rmr..I don't like how you have to remove the unit to change the battery (not a deal breaker), but so far it still looks like the best 1 moa red dot out there. I am waiting on parts for the dbal i2 (make sure I can get them) then I'll purchase a red dot. Thanks for your help. FoxPro is shipping the extended speaker setup for the truck pro this week. Ill keep you posted. In the blind, I always do better with the speaker set away from me. How has the truck pro been working out on the HONDA UTV? Any good stories?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/03/15 11:27 AM

I like the battery under the unit, it is waterproof and simple to change out, the battery lasts an entire year in the ON position so really not a problem. The 1 MOA is way better for precise shooting than my four other 3 MOA RMRs.

I have killed one coyote with the FoxPro TruckPro this past month, he was kind of scrawny and did not appear to be in very good shape, but not that old either? I have really cut into the coyote population as I do not hardly hear them howling anymore at night and am getting a lot of non-productive stands now, I think I killed about thirty so far this year and they are getting harder to get.

Also, ITT Raynoir cut out about a thousand acres of slash pines and then removed about half that of laurel oaks and white oaks, all the machinery and tree removal has really affected the hog habitat and their usual routines have been broken up the past couple of months. I've only shot two hogs this past month (May) and jumped a couple of sounders, have not seen any big loner boars around now for awhile.

I think the best stories with the Truck-Pro is once while I was playing rabbit in distress alone in the UTV in the woods at night, suddenly a loud swoosh occurred right in front of my face scarring the bleep out of me, it was a great horned owl had landed on the hood right between the two speakers!!!

Another time, I was calling with the Truck-Pro and had the driver door open in case I had to get out when I felt something touching my left leg? Turned on the flashlight and a racoon was trying to climb up my leg into the cab with me, all I saw was a masked face and just about freaked out, fortunately he did not bite or scratch me.....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/15 05:00 PM

Delta P Brevis 556 titanium suppressor finally arrived, super light weight, short and fat.

Makes for entering and exiting a vehicle much easier, not to mention much easier on the ears


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/15 05:34 PM

Another shot:


Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/10/15 10:46 PM

Skypup, is that a square barrel on that rifle?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/15 07:20 AM

It is a custom Rem 700 sniper rilfe with a custom triangular barrel.
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/15 10:42 AM

definitely looks unique to me. I have never even heard of a triangular barrel. interesting, thanks.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/15 11:32 AM

Rem 700 VTR:


http://www.snipercentral.com/remington-700-vtr/



http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2009/...angular-barrel/
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/15 10:14 PM

Just got the HK 10.5" upper for my SBR build (am waiting on the lower receiver tax stamp back) and it has the new HK Modular Rail System on it with two integral quick detach sling attachment points.

Very nice quality improvement over the previous picitanny rail setup.










Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/11/15 11:57 PM

is that a monolithic upper or does it come apart?
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/12/15 07:21 AM

It does come apart, it is split where the end of the receiver is so that you can take the front end off to remove the piston assembly. If you look closely at the top view, you can see the split at end of receiver.
Posted by: Shurshot

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/12/15 05:46 PM

ok thanks, there are only 2 types that are one piece to my knowledge and I have one each of them. I was wondering if I needed to have the third if it existed. thumbup1
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/12/15 07:26 PM

The Troy rails on my SIG 556s are true one piece monolithic from the butt end of the receiver to the muzzle, but you can remove the entire piston assembly without taking off the rails on the SIGs!

On my HKs,you have to remove the rails to get to the piston to clean it out or lube it.


Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/13/15 09:03 AM

This hog hunt was kinda fun and easy!

A lady had called us up and asked us about taking out a hog that was ripping up her backyard, her motion lights were coming on between 1-3AM.

She lived in a high end neighborhood and wanted us to trap it but we told her we had suppressors and it would be easier to shoot it since we knew the right time to be there.

A game warden friend of ours had been out at her house trying to take out this hog three times at night, but he only had a PVS-7 to see him and Red LED light to try to get him in the dark.

We had been at work all day Friday, so took a nap and ate dinner, rendezvous at her house was midnight, we brought some chairs to setup in her backyard and wait for the boar to show, ready for a long night.

I had the helmet mount Flir M-24 thermal and as soon as I put it on and walked around her house, there was the boar in her backyard rooting it up.

Stalked in to 75 yards and put one in his ear with the FLIR T-70 and he collapsed and went down immediately right in his tracks, DRT.

We could see her in her house watching TV through the panoramic glass windows, so gave her a call and told her to come out. She could not believe the boar was dead, she never ever heard the shot and he was laying 50 feet out from her recreation room! thumbup1

Needless to say, she was impressed and we have a new customer to take care of....



Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/13/15 09:45 AM

Great story Skypup. Thanks for sharing that one.

Vic
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/13/15 10:21 AM

What was even weirder is that when she came out and I introduced myself to her in the dark, I recognized her name and knew her husband.

He was a retinal electrophysiologist that I have worked with in the past a couple of decades ago and went to his funeral five years ago when he passed in his laboratory at work in the hospital from a heart attack. I was so taken back and felt so bad about it. But she said she is engaged to a good friend now that she has known since she was 6 years old and sounded very upbeat, so I was happy to hear that.
Posted by: 6mm06

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/13/15 02:09 PM


That's nice Skypup. I am hoping for a suppressor sometime down the road.
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/13/15 07:16 PM

Originally Posted By: 6mm06

That's nice Skypup. I am hoping for a suppressor sometime down the road.



In an open area like that, the can made the report sound like something between a .22 short and a .22 long rifle, the occupant of the home 50 feet away did not even notice it....and that was with a full power handloaded 5.56mm NATO round!
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/17/15 06:24 PM

Originally Posted By: SkyPup
Just got the HK 10.5" upper for my SBR build (am waiting on the lower receiver tax stamp back) and it has the new HK Modular Rail System on it with two integral quick detach sling attachment points.

Very nice quality improvement over the previous picitanny rail setup.












One fine blaster of an upper right there! A CQBL amd Unity hub for a Surfire V1 may be the ticket for this one! cool
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/17/15 08:50 PM

My registered KAC-15 SBR lower receiver just showed up today, so will be paying the tax on that and hopefully get this rig together later on this year.

I tried to get an HK lower but they are scarce and difficult to come by.

A 300BLK KAC SR30 upper receiver may be in my future.... cool



http://www.knightarmco.com/product-highl...om-the-factory/
Posted by: Victor_TNVC

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 06/27/15 10:19 PM

Better jump fast...
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/01/15 07:07 PM

Since I have numerous registered FLIR thermal products, I got an email from them today in regards to a new thermal rebate program running from July through October on their PS thermal hand scanners and the RS thermal scopes.


If you purchase one or more of these units from any authorized Flir distributor, you fill out the form to receive your cash rebate:


http://www.flir.com/hunting-outdoor/display/?id=69672


[beeep] good deal if you are in the market for a new thermal....
Posted by: SkyPup

Re: KUDOS TO TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY - 07/07/15 04:03 PM

This is the type of comparison that I like to see on the FLIR RS Series different thermal models!