FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Thermal Imaging, Strykers And Frickn' Laser Beams

by Pete

Good evening everyone and welcome to TFB’s Friday Night Lights Series where we hope to bring you a variety of news, reviews and product announcements from the illumination industry. This week we’ve got a brief look at some of the upcoming reviews, which at the moment, includes everything from thermal imaging to frickn’ laser beams.

We are just getting started with the Friday Night Lights Series, so if you have questions or requests, please let us know.


TFB’s Richard L. will be attending one of The Night Vision Company’s (TNVC) Night Fighter training courses in the near feature. Look for a multi-part review in the next few weeks with plenty of information and imagery. I’m both jealous and excited at the same time.


Night Fighter Level 1 is designed to arm students with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of night vision operation and use. Beginning with gear choice and setup, the class provides students the tools for learning to safely / effectively move, shoot, and communicate in low-light/no-light environments. Students will participate in a variety of movement, stalking, and live-fire exercises aimed at producing a core competency with night vision goggles, lasers, and white light.

Pulsar XP50 Thermal Imager:

Pulsar was nice enough to loan me a hand held thermal scope for a few weeks. It just arrived, but I can’t wait to get some field time with the XP50 this weekend. These units are in high demand, so expect to see a TFB review go live sometime in April.

TFB Friday Night Lights: Pulsar Thermal Imaging Sight Trail XP50

Thermal Imaging Sight Helion XP50 –

Pulsar XP50 Helion Specifications

  • Sensor: 640×480 @ 17 µm
  • Magnification: 2.5 … 20x (smooth zoom)
  • Detection range: 1800 m
  • Color palettes: 8
  • Wi-Fi module: integrated
  • Video / sound recorder: integrated
  • Objective lens: interchangeable
  • Operating temperatures: -25 … +50 °C
  • Stream Vision. Direct streaming to the smartphone.

The science of Thermal Imaging & Thermography:

Since infrared radiation is emitted by all objects with a temperature above absolute zero according to the black body radiation law, thermography makes it possible to see one’s environment with or without visible illumination. The amount of radiation emitted by an object increases with temperature; therefore, thermography allows one to see variations in temperature. When viewed through a thermal imaging camera, warm objects stand out well against cooler backgrounds; humans and other warm-blooded animals become easily visible against the environment, day or night. Thermography- Wikipedia

Surefire X400V-B:

Stopping in from SureFire is the X400V-B, a combination white light and infrared laser weaponlight. We are waiting on some other loaner gear to allow us to put this unit to good use. Hopefully I’ll have an update for you all in next week’s episode.

TFB Friday Night Lights: Surefire X400V-B

The SureFire X400V IRc is a highly versatile dual-spectrum handgun WeaponLight that also boasts an integral Class 1 infrared-laser sight for use with night vision devices (NVD). This groundbreaking X400 model—which also mounts to long guns with MIL-STD-1913 rails—features a white-light and an infrared LED in its innovative V-Series head that will meet virtually any mission requirement. – Surefire X400V-B

Illumination, Night Vision And Lasers in the news:

Credit: Army Recognition

U.S. Soldiers from the Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment are now equipped with newly developed laser weapon MEHEL mounted on 8×8 Stryker armoured vehicle. The Stryker with MEHEL 2.0 was presented for the first time on General Dynamics Land Systems booth during the AUSA exhibition in Washington D.C. in October 2016 equipped with a 5kW beam director. – Army Recognition

Credit: Aberdeen News/James O'Neill

A bill signed March 1 by Gov. Dennis Daugaard will allow coyote hunters who use night-vision equipment a little more flexibility. Currently, properly licensed predator hunters can hunt all year for coyotes at any time, even long after the sun has set. However, several restrictions are in place when it comes to using night-vision equipment or other artificial light to hunt predators. – Aberdeen News

Credit: LaCrosse Tribune

This large 3-in-1 flashlight was produced mostly in the 1920s. It was advertised to police, firefighters, railroads and the Boy Scouts for signaling. Made by Yale-Brand, this flashlight is equipped with a basic searchlight, a red light and a green light, all capable of being turned on or off independently with the three switches.LaCrosse Tribune


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  • Vitsaus Vitsaus on Mar 19, 2018

    Evidently Delta Force is now hunting coyotes.

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    • BaconLovingInfidel BaconLovingInfidel on Mar 23, 2018

      @Vitsaus Trafficking in humans and drugs and harrassing the gentle chaparral cock with murderous schemes was bad enough, but when coyote tried to be a tacticool color, someone had to step up and say enough is enough.

      Evidently Delta Force prefers Flat Dark Earth.

  • Woodgrain_27 Woodgrain_27 on Mar 19, 2018

    Who makes that knife with the Fenix L1D light?