[SHOT 2018] TNVC Colortac CV14 – Colored Nightvision

    For those who are familiar with night vision can see in their mind’s eye the stereotypical kryptonite green colored images. Even in the best night vision setups the image is green. My PVS-14 is Gen III and the image it produces is phenomenal. However it is still green. For those with more disposable income than me, you can get night vision with white phosphor tubes and the image is a pale greenish white.

    The white phosphor tubes cost around $3k. That’s not even including the night vision device to put it in.

    See All The Colors

    Well ColorTac has come out with a clip on device that causes the user to see the night vision image in color.  You can see the examples below.

    Yes the coloring looks like a photo from the 1970s. However the fact that you can see colors without a flashlight is amazing.

    The ColorTac CVA-14. CVA stands for Color Vision Adapter. is a light weight but bulky adapter that opens up and attaches to the front and rear of a PVS-14.


    It is a bit bulky when wearing it on your head.

    Even though it looks bulky it is surprisingly light weight for how big it is.

    Here is what I saw at Shot Show. Colortac had two PVS-14 looking into a box. Each one looking at a color chart. One of the PVS-14 had the CVA-14 on it.


    How does it work?



    The CVA-14 uses a pair of filters. They spin in sync with each other. Light enters the front and is projected out the back. Meanwhile your eye is looking at the image through the rear spinning filter.

    Why would this make a color image? You need to look at old photography technology. Before there was color film, it was possible to make a color image using only black photography. You get a black and white camera and take three photos with a red, green or blue filter in front of the camera lens. So you take one photo with a red filter, Take another photo with green filter and repeat for blue.

    Once you develop those photos, you project them with their corresponding colored filters. The photo that was shot with a red filter is projected and shone thru a red filter. Do that for the other two photos and have the images projected ontop of one another and the photo will be full color. Seeing is believing.

    Here are the strike indusries.

    The one downside is the price. $2700.You could run this on a dual PVS-14 rig. Just position the CVA-14 over your dominant eye and your brain will trick the left eye. They make a 5.56×45 in Adaptive tactical CA


    Nicholas C

    Steadicam Gun Operator
    Night Vision & Thermal Aficionado
    Flashlight/Laser Enthusiast
    USPSA competitor

    Any questions please email him at [email protected]