I’ve read JWR’s books and have been reading your site for a year now. I am a big fan. However, I’ve seen little or no verbiage on where to buy reasonably priced NVG or IR. Obviously your books and those of other good writers, like Joe Nobody, talk constantly about using them, and yet, it seems none are priced less than $1500. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. – J
As an entry level device, you can get a first generation device (usually Russian made) at nearly any sporting goods store that carries hunting/camping equipment for as low as $300. While these devices are okay for basic use, they have limited range and limited resolution. Unless they have been autogated (shuts off temporarily when bright lights are sensed) they can be damaged in normal light. They can also go completely white (well, really green) ruining your night vision for several minutes in those conditions.
The better units are much more expensive but well worth it. You are not going to be able to get into a Generation 3+ unit for much less than about $3000, even when they are on sale. However, once you’ve used one, you won’t want to go back. The gen 1 or gen 2 units are very distant in performance.
- Ready Made Resources has several units with my favorite being the PVS-14 Gen 3HP+
- JRH Enterprises also has the PVS-14 Gen 3HP+ as well.
Both companies are running sales right now where you can pick one up for $2999 (a savings of over $700). Both companies are top notch and take care of their customers. When you are on their website, take a look at their other offerings.
A PVS-14 is a serious investment, but one that I cannot imagine being without. I’d recommend that you budget for one and while you are saving up, take a look at this article: Night Vision Gear for Those on a Tight Budget, by Robert C.