Armasight Predator

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Armasight introduced a new thermal imaging rifle scope called the Predator. These thermal imaging rifle scopes are designed to be lightweight and compact in addition to being the “most technologically advanced.”

At the center of the technology is a FLIR Tau 2 V0x microbolometer core with a pixel array of 336×256 and no need for an active cooling system. The Predator has multiple color display modes including white hot, black hot and rainbow. Reticle colors can also be changed to best match the color mode. The LED display has a resolution of 640×480 pixels. Both 30 Hz and 60 Hz models are available.

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Optical magnification is fixed at 1.6x. Three digital zoom levels (1x-3x) are available to use in conjunction with the optical magnification.

Analog video output (both PAL and NTSC) is standard. An optional video recorder is available that records digitally to an SD card. The sight and recorder can be controlled through a wireless remote control. The unit is powered by a pair of CR123A batteries with a runtime of up to three hours. An extended battery pack can stretch runtime to 10 hours. Additionally, a 6v DC external power supply can run the unit should you be close to a wall outlet.

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These units are made in the United States of America. A quick release mount for Picatinny-style rails is included with the scope. Here are some additional Armasight products from the SHOT Show.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Solid reason for offset irons.

  • I’d be curious to hear more about the sofware running inside this unit. Rifle specific zeroing, adjustable sensitivity, etc?

    There’s at least 3 thermal scopes I can think of built off that same core: it’s the software and chassis that set them apart.

  • flyingburgers

    They should have at least paid FLIR to disable the logo

    • cs

      Na. I see it as a selling point. It just says we use only quality parts and components in our scopes.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I fully support anyone and everyone buying these…

    But I recogonize this to be the absolute worst time to buy an expensive thermal optic. But other people’s money?! Go for it!

    • cs

      How much does one of these scopes cost?

      • BattleshipGrey

        I haven’t seen the price on these, but I’d guess between $2000-5000.

        • Capn Stefano

          More like 4 to 7 K

    • MR

      Optics peddlers gotta pay for Christmas presents, too.

  • USMC03Vet

    But can it tell the difference between whether that salami is good to go or out of date when I’m operating in my refrigerator is the real question.

  • Capn Stefano

    Price on thermal has dropped like a stone.. these are my next optics purchases after I build our dream retreat home which will start next year. I already have an ATN gen 3 NV scope on a DMR PTR 91

    • Lee

      That ptr91 will beat the hell out of an atn gen 3 scope.

      • Rich Guy

        Nope, not really. I have been sing one on mine for around 6 months and no issue.

  • Squirreltakular

    Any word on price?

  • skusmc

    “and no need for an active cooling system”

    As an old school military FLIR tech I wonder how they do this. Is it some sort of passively cooled blackbody? Kids today and their technology.

    • nova3930

      They utilize microbolometers. The pixels in the system change resistance as IR strikes them. They can be uncooled due to their primary disadvantage, which is they’re less sensitive than cooled methods.

      • skusmc

        Very cool thanks.

      • noob

        I wonder if a peltier cooler intended for PC CPU cooling could be added to increase contrast and sensitivity as a DIY upgrade?

    • guest

      Pretty much the same way that ancient IR missiles seekers were uncooled, and had poor contrast. A cooled seeker makes contrast and sensitivity increase many fold, but requires just that – cooling. As there is no need to see a spec of heat miles and miles away, uncooled IR is plety good enough for scoping out people on the ground.