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Just a shot in the dark... Anyone target shoot at night with night vision before?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by KalamaMark, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. KalamaMark

    KalamaMark Kalama Wa Well-Known Member

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    I never have...but I'm really looking forward to it!!

    [video=youtube;9p1h9aCyv2o]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p1h9aCyv2o[/video]
     
  2. packman

    packman coast Active Member

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    I have not shot with night vision but I have shot at a low light,no light, defensive handgun class and if anyone that carries hasn't taken a class like that they should. trying to defend yourself with a handgun and a flashlight it is a whole different world. sounds like a great time. have fun
     
  3. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    No night vision here, but if something wakes me up in the middle of the night and the motion sensor light on my shop is on it gets a few aimed shots from a mini 14 into the area around it. And yes I live out in the country.
     
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  4. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    does spot lighting jack rabbits in the desert count? (before it became illegal)
     
  5. KalamaMark

    KalamaMark Kalama Wa Well-Known Member

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    Mark W.. that's a different kind of night vision, and it sounds like a grand time!

    Anyone that looked at the unboxing.. are there any questions or curiosities that you might have that we can address in the review?

    Thanks!
     
  6. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have done it in the Army with the PVS14. Using the night scope behind an Aimpoint is pretty easy but aligning and zeroing an infra red laser can be a tedious process. It is pretty cool seeing your laser beam dart out to infinity though.

    Vid I took by just putting my digital camera behind the PVS14.
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    Still pic through the PVS14.
    Nightvisionruins.jpg
     
  7. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    I don't think it counts, but I used to do it all the time years ago out of the open doors of Huey gunships. Boy that dates me.
     
  8. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    While we were in night positions on the south bank of the Imjin River, watching for line crossers, in Korea we would try to ignore the cold by sniping at an electric light on a concrete pump house on the north shore. We were using Gen1 starlight scopes on M-14 rifles. Talking 500+ meters and we hit it a couple of times. Talking Act of God here! Couldn't shoot too many times cause the MPs would show up at our compound and gripe at the CO! LOL!!!
     
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  9. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have done it several times in the Marine Corps.....never as a civilian though. Elk and deer don't shoot back.
     
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  10. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    Are you saying that you take a few blind shots into the bushes? As in the opposite of "Be aware of your target and what is beyond it"?
     
  11. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Big high cut bank behind my shop on all three sides not facing the house. Deep into private property
     
  12. KalamaMark

    KalamaMark Kalama Wa Well-Known Member

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    I just came in from shooting my 10/22, suppressed with a c3 clandestine, running CCI Subsonics, in total darkness with the NS-200.

    I was whacking cans at 100 yards in total darkness and near silence! It was so cool!
     
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    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Pics/video or it didn't happen! :cool:
     
  14. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    Not trying to be an *** here, but shooting at an unknown target can end very badly for you. "Didn't belong here" is a far cry from "fear for my life".
     
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    KalamaMark Kalama Wa Well-Known Member

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    TapRackNGo PNW Well-Known Member

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    Yes. It's for sure a force multiplier.
     
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    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    No night vision, but I have seen my father-in-law shoot a few rounds out of his snub nose .357 mag in the dark. It's like the 4th of July!
     
  18. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I was given a Russian 60mm Cyclops-1 monocle night vision scope.
    It really works well, other that it's hard to hold up that much weight unless you mount it on a tripod.
    I was told that these type 1's can screw up internally and blind the user, so I don't use it very often.
     
  19. thirtycal

    thirtycal Camas, WA Active Member

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    Yup, I shot this setup at nite (won't say where though!): A 7.62 Saiga (converted) and a Russian NSPU-1PN34. Yes it was kinda stupid - but we were aware of that ahead of time, and took necessary precautions to ensure nobody wandered into our line of fire:

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    We shot with a full moon over our shoulders, so there was more than ample light to supply these primitive optics with photons. The general take-away is that at any range more than 75 yrds or so, it's really, really hard to make out anything but a man-sized target that is moving. Anything just looks blends into the background. That tiny bit of experience taught me the importance of staying still. I have alot of respect for the Soviets who used these in Afghanistan in the early 80's. The data card in the kit is dated 1984.

    -Thirtycal

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  20. CAL30M1

    CAL30M1 Longview, WA Active Member

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    KalamaMark finally let me shoot the NS200 yesterday. It works really, really well in the day light hours as well. I can certainly see the potential with the daylight settings. Where this unit really shines though is at night. We were in total darkness and you would have no problem taking out a coyote at 200 yards. The spotter NiteSiteUSA sent out was actually more impressive as a night vision unit. Variable zoom and focus plus a range of 400 yards = mind blown.