FLIR Expands Thermal Optics Offerings

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FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the company was expanding its line of thermal imaging optics with additions to its ThermoSight Pro Series. All of these new optics are rifle scopes that can be mounted to a variety of long guns.

The new models are:

  • FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 (has a 19mm lens with a 4x zoom; 12˚ FOV)
  • FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS533 (has a 50mm lens with a 4x zoom; 4.5˚ FOV)
  • FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS733 (has a 75mm lens with a 4x zoom; 3˚ FOV)

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All of the new models share some common features such as:

  • Boson core (12 micron)
  • no cooling needed
  • aluminum alloy body
  • 320×240 thermal resolution that feeds uncompressed video to a 1280×960 display
  • on board video and photo capture
  • internal storage for 4 hours of video or 1,000 photos
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB-C

According to the company, the FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 has a suggested retail price of $2,199. This unit is currently shipping and available for sale. The other two units, the FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS533 and the FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS733, are expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2017. The company did not advise a suggested retail price for these units. While the prices may be out of the range of the casual hunter, they are well within the reach of many serious hobbyists and pro hunters.



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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  • ShootCommEverywhere

    What in the wild world is with that weapon we’re witnessing? Did they put a STANAG mag in the magwell of a Mk47 Mutant to mess with us?

    • PK

      It almost looks like a Galil or 5.56x45mm AK mag.

      • Alexandru Ianu

        Yeah, it looks like a custom 5.56 Mutant with Galil/Yugo mags.

        • Anonymoose

          That sounds like a fun project, just to be weird. Might work better with a LAR-47 though.

    • Stan Darsh

      Looks like the Windham MCS with the Kalashnikov insert.

  • PK

    “$2,199”

    Wow. Thermal sights have come down in price very quickly!

    • Also the quality has greatly improved. From reports on the “night vision” section of arfcom, the new Boson core is apparently really impressive.

      • PK

        I’ll have to swing by and give them a try, they have a manufacturing facility not too far from here. I wonder how long I’ll have to wait to see demo units/factory blemished units for sale, for this model.

    • Rodney Steward

      Only another $1,500 to go!!

  • Big Daddy

    I think that mag was inserted so the rifle could stand up like that. With the AK mag it couldn’t. That is not the correct mag for it.

  • Martin T

    I’m the civilian side, how many people are using low light solutions like this? And what for?

    Serious question because where I’m from you can’t legally shoot after sundown…

    • ActionPhysicalMan

      They work in the day too.

      • Martin T

        Thanks! I guess I saw this and my brain translated to Night Vision not thermal.
        Side question then… in desert temps of 110 degrees and above, would this still be effective during the day?
        I’m thinking a blood trail or animal might even look like a cold spot on thermal, correct?

        • ActionPhysicalMan

          It was kind of a joke even if true. I imagine in a hot desert in the day it wouldn’t be of much use other than finding ice cream trucks:-)

          • iksnilol

            The most dangerous game of all: The elusive… ICE CREAM TRUCK!

          • ActionPhysicalMan

            There have been rumors that they have an auditory signature that can help those in the know find them. I have been researching it furiously.

          • iksnilol

            I’ve hunted them for more than a decade, son… I hear their bellows into the night like taunts piercing my heart.

          • Wow!

            Everyone knows the ice cream truck is a local myth. Like the hoop snake, or Fedex.

          • iksnilol

            I’m inclined to believe that. I’ve not seen the bugger in over a decade, yet I can still hear it.

          • Wow!

            If it does exist… God help us all. *clutches AR in the corner of a dark room*

          • iksnilol

            For your sake I hope it’s a .50 beowulf loaded with copper slugs.

          • Wow!

            20mm vulcan upper and uranium cored rounds. For the children.

          • iksnilol

            I dunno, for children I’d think a 5.56 would suffice.

            BUt that 20mm could work against the ice cream truck.

          • Wow!

            Lol, I realize I worded that terribly. I meant “for the children” as in protection, not as the opposition. Whoops.

          • iksnilol

            hey, first graders are brutal. A pack of them can pick a dad clean in like 4 minutes.

        • SGTSCHMEGMA

          Using a PAS13 it was difficult but not impossible to detect targets when the ambient temperature was around 100 degrees. A thermal sight will still provide an advantage but it won’t be as distinct if temps were say in the 40s.

    • Jtx

      Hog hunting, coyote hunting and home defence near the border with mexico

    • Wow!

      Do not use these for defense unless you also have an IR or visible light. Thermal will not let you ID the target. That hot spot may be an intruder, or family just going out for a night time walk. For government offensive purposes, targets are generally segregated to an area due to good intelligence so the ID is not as big of a concern.

  • ActionPhysicalMan

    Damn, I feel money trying to escape my bank account again. These are finally have price, weight, and features that make them viable to me. Now those meddling kids won’t be able to walk on my lawn even at night.

  • Jtx

    Piney woods logistics is still my go to thermal sight it’s a 1x red dot sized imagery that you can put a magnifier behind and It won’t put you in the poor house

    • Angry Froggy

      Sure tehy “won’t put you in the poor house” but these small Torrey Pines devices are as good as useless … (so what’ the point ???)

      • Anonymoose

        I have no idea what you guys are talking about.

        • Wow!

          He is saying they are cheap, but they are near useless (due to low resolution) so what is the point? I am inclined to agree. Some thermal sensors like the game finders are cheaper and work just as well if your goal is just to find heat sources. If you want to image the target to their exact location, you need a good thermal to detect the outline at distance, and a good IR NVD to actually ID the target.

    • Xtorin O’hern

      um…. wouldn’t that just magnify the screen, leading to literally no bonus whatsoever on the thermal?

    • Thomas Gomez

      Can you post a link?

  • Rusty S.

    Now I know where to put those EOtech refunds!

  • iksnilol

    What rifle is that? it’s like an AR without the stupid long magwell.

    • Anonymoose

      It’s a CMMG Mutant, but they stuck a Galil mag in it.

  • AD

    “320×240 thermal resolution that feeds uncompressed video to a 1280×960 display”
    I’m confused: the image resolution is 320×240 but the display is 1280×960? What’s the point of that? Is it so the interface is easier to use (menus and stuff)?

    • Wow!

      That is what I am thinking. Resolution on thermals are not very honest, and that is what is hindering the low end market.

  • Frank Hunter

    the 19mm has no front focus adjustment and that is a serious drawback, hoping the others will. This was the Armasight predator as FLIR could not do this themselves

  • jcitizen

    I’ve been shocked at the explosion of thermal sights in the market for more than a year now. The prices are dropping, but you still pay for resolution I’d bet. Fortunately you can read the reviews on Amazon to find out which ones are useless, or otherwise imperfect.

    To bad this one is too new, and hasn’t garnered any reviews yet.