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Get on the fifty!
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I've been wanting a thermal scope for years, but price and how fast everything was moving technology wise always kept me out of the game. Late last year FLIR released the PTS233, an "entry" level thermal scope. After lots of research I came to the conclusion it was the best bang for your buck (IMO) on the market currently. Surprisingly lightweight and tons of features. 6 reticle choices along with several colors, several different thermal modes and onboard video reorder. Will hopefully have a better update in the next few days after I get the chance to really play with it. Currently it's on the most tacticool pistol/hog gun I own which recently I was able to confirm from TFB's velocity testing gets some good zip out of the Rattlers short barrel. The scope is a 1.5x true with digital 3x and 6x zoom. Really it's meant for within 200 or so yards which at night is about as far as I plan to be shooting anyway. The next level up in magnification is almost twice the price so for dipping my toes I was more comfortable getting the PTS233 model.









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over here...... Wink


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I use the FLIR One routinely for work. I'd love a thermal rifle scope.


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That is one bitchin' setup, man.

We used to use thermal optics routinely. I definitely want one for 'yote hunting at night on the ranch.




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Nice Virtus!


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What did it cost?


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Awesome Andy, that's exactly the thermal sight I was looking to get. Have you shot with it yet? Wondering what your thoughts on it are.
 
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Andy, Thats badass! I have the Armasight predator mounted to my Sig551a1. I use the predator a lot at work for area searches and some wildlife watching with mountain lions and deer.
 
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It wasn't all that long ago that entry level was at a $10,000 price point. Yotes across the country should be afraid.
 
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Nice setup, but where's the range report?

jabbing ya -

It's definitely time the price point on these gets down to where more people can start to acquire them.

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To answer a few questions, the unit costs a little over 2k.

I haven't been able to shoot with it yet but I have spent a few hours using it around the neighborhood and on a friends land. I like it a lot. Controls/buttons are intuitive and battery life isn't bad. Aftermarket options are also available now that really extend the life. I'm trying to figure out how to pull some photos off it and I'll share them here once I figure that out (using a mac, looks like I might have to wait until I can use a windows based computer)




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