Armasight Predator

Richard Johnson
by Richard Johnson
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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
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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  • Skusmc Skusmc on Dec 02, 2015

    "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.

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    • Guest Guest on Dec 03, 2015

      @skusmc 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.

  • Shadow Shadow on Dec 02, 2015

    I'm more excited about the Torrey Pines T10 and T12:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com...

    http://www.opticsplanet.com...

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