ATN ThOR 3 Thermal Weapon Sight: $13,000 of fun

Some readers complained that the budget FLIR scope was expensive at $2,000. Thermal weapons sights go for a whole lot more. The new ATN ThOR 3 Thermal Weapon Sight sells for over $13,000!

ATN ThOR Reticle

From the press release …

American Technologies Network developed an advanced family of thermal sights for light, medium and heavy weapon applications; the ThOR series of thermal imaging scopes. The ThOR 3 optics are based upon a proven 320 x 240 microbolometer core, which is coupled with a high resolution OLED Color Microdisplay Assembly or B&W OLED Microdisplay Assembly that provides exceptional resolution and clarity.

To achieve superior accuracy and precision the ThOR scopes utilize a rear projected optical precision windage and elevation system that allows for ¾” MOA (2X) and ½” MOA (3x) reticle adjustments. This is a significant improvement over systems that use digital windage and elevation. The ThORs are the only thermal weapon sights with ATN’s new proprietary feature – Two Color Manual Brightness control of the aiming reticle. This feature allows for a choice of color (red or amber) of the projected reticle depending on the operator’s preference and tactical situation. The ThOR has a 3x optical magnifications, an increased resolution benefit over traditional digital zoom models.

The ThOR 3 scope is feature rich and an ideal tool for force protection, border patrol officers, police SWAT and special operations forces. Features include; precision internal windage and elevation adjustment, a digital operating control with direct button access, a manual image refresh switch, digital zoom for surveillance purposes, rapid 3-second start-up, 6-hour operation with 4-lithium batteries, MIL-STD-1913 (Picatinny Rail) Quick-Release Mount; all housed in a rugged, full-metal, durable housing.

An important benefit of the ThOR 3 scopes for surveillance operators is that the uncooled thermal imaging cuts through dust, smoke, fog, haze and other combat obscurants. The ThOR 3 does not emit any visible light or RF energy, keeping the operator’s location in total secrecy and safety.

The ThOR 3 B&W is available with an MSRP of $13,199.00 and the color unit for $13,699.00

The ThOR 3 Thermal Imaging scope can be purchased directly at or any of their retailing partners .

I have used a thermal weapon sight before. They are a LOT of fun 🙂

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • mike

    even with the price it still is a mouthwatering scope. Looks like turns night into day. Undoubtdely a banned export from the US unless a government agengy buying it. Down in New Zealand I will just have to look and drool.

  • paco paco

    I’ll take two! just let me sell one of these pesky kidneys…

  • SpudGun

    ‘Surprise honey! Remember that new kitchen you’ve been wanting so badly? Well guess what, I used the money to buy a thermal image sight!…Why? So we can use it to hunt squirrels at night. At night!…Hey, where ya going? Come back! Nooo…!’

  • drewogatory

    Awesome! Can’t wait to put this on my budget home defense double barrel! On a more serious note: I’ll be livid if LAPD buys a bunch of these things (or any, really)with my tax dollars. There isn’t a SWAT operator alive who would need this thing more than once in a career.

  • You get what you pay for with optics – this is especially true with night vision and thermal. The cheap junk that is priced in the few hundred dollar range performs poorly and won’t last long. I was looking at thermal goggles and other thermal optics at SHOT Show last year and the price for quality stuff was starting in the $20,000 range from what I saw.

  • Lance

    Looks fun but WAY WAY too expensive.

  • Andrew

    *Head Scratch*

    How does finding something more expensive validate an expensive, lower capacity model? If I find a THoR 3 covered in jewels for $100k will this become a bargain?

    I’m excited to see the tech, but how excited were you in 1998 when DVD players dropped to only $800? I saw a lot more folks get excited the Christmas that they hit $200.

    Take away: thermal tech available to public is cool and a good thing, but prices still have a ways to drop.

  • Sid


    Yep. ‘Bout what I would expect to happen at my house should this transaction ever occur.

    $13,000? Seriously? Does the technology include pixie dust from a remote tribal area that is now cut off from humanity by a civil war. The basics of thermal technology have been around a good while. The military has been using it since the 1950s. I had a thermal sight for my Dragon anti-tank missile in the late 1980s. Yes, it has gotten very small. But I am not paying for this and would vote out of office in government functionary that authorized a purchase.

    And thermal imaging does not emit light or IR signatures. At least not back in 1987. That is like saying the wheels are round.

    I like functional equipment. I wish I had more discretionary funds available. But there is no way this makes sense.

  • Cymond

    Andrew, you seem to miss the point. Imagine it’s 1998 and you don’t know anything about DVD players. You find a DVD player for $100. You might think that’s expensive, until you realize that most other players are $800. Then you realize the $100 model was a bargain compared to the competition.

  • vyse.04

    The ThOR 3 B&W is available with an MSRP of $13,199.00 and the color unit for $13,699.00

    If you’re gonna spend more on the optics than you do on the firearm, you might as well opt for the color unit.

  • Eric

    I’m sure the border patrol agents will be thrilled when they are all outftted with this outstanding technology to fight all those under-funded and poorly equipt drug cartels…oh wait…