FLIR R-Series: Low-Cost Effective Thermal Sights

    FLIR has released value-oriented thermal sight line, called the “R-Series” The sights are compatible with .308 and lower calibers. The R-Series is offered in digital 1x, 1.25-5x, 2.25-9x, 4-16x, 1.1-9x and 2-16x, through fixed 13mm, 19mm, 35mm, and 60mm focal lengths. Specifications (from FLIR):

    Model RS24, 1x RS32, 1.25-5x RS32, 2.25-9x RS32, 4-16x RS64, 1.1-9x RS64, 2-16x
    MSRP $3,499 $3,999 $4,499 $7,499 $6,499 $8,999
    FPA 240×180 VOx 336×256 VOx 640×512 VOx
    Frame Rate (Hz) 30 Hz 60 Hz 30 Hz
    Lens Focal Length 13mm 19mm 35mm 60mm 35mm 60mm
    Lens HFOV 20° 16° 18° 10°
    Focus Fixed Manual Fixed Manual
    Electronic Zoom N/A Up to 4x Up to 8x
    Color Pallets Black/White/InstAlert™ Black/White/Sepia/Iron/Red/InstAlert™
    Eye Relief 3 inches (76.2 mm)
    Dimensions 8″ x 3.3″ x 2.9″ 8.5″ x 3.3″ x 2.9″ 8″ x 3.3″ x 2.9″ 8.5″ x 3.3″ x 2.9″
    Weight <1.8lb <2.4lb <1.8lb <2.4lb
    Reticles Duplex, Fine Duplex, German
    Reticle Colors White, Black, Red, Green
    Diopter Adjustment +/-6
    Operating Temperature -4° to 122° F (-20° to 50° C)
    Storage Temperature -40° to 140° F (-40° to 60° C)
    Ingress Protection IPX7, Submersible 1m for 30 min
    Weapon Interface MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny Rail
    Battery Life >4 hours of use
    Battery Type Internal Li-ion
    Battery Charging Standard USB interface with included wall charger
    External Battery Pack Compatible, not included
    Display Active Matrix LCD
    Display Resolution 640×480
    User Interface Simple four button interface
    On Screen Symbology Battery charge, ezoom state
    Weapon Compatability MSR semi-automatic up to .308 Cal.
    Video Out No Yes
    Warranty 2 Years Standard, 3 Years (with registration), 10 Years (thermal sensor only)

    The R-Series mounts to any weapon system with picatinny rails and includes built-in lens covers. Sadly, these will not be available in most countries due to ITAR restrictions. Only 9hz refresh rate thermal sights are exportable without State Department approvals. Capture 2 The affordable (only $3,500!) 1x sight has some limited options (no fancy reticles), but I can see it being excellent for hog or varmint hunting 50 meters and in. FLIR additional pictures, videos, and details on their R-Series website. 

    Nathan S

    One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

    The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.