One of the most common questions we get asked by our customers is to suggest the best night vision riflescope for their tactical rifle setup. The answer to this question is not simple. There are many factors involved in this decision. On this page we will outline several options and point out their strengths and weaknesses. Then you decide. No matter which scope you decide to buy for your AR15 type rifle, rest asured that you will receive the best possible service and lowest possible price when shopping with the Night Vision Guys.
If your budget for a night vision scope is limitted, you will have to live with a first generation night vision device. This means that your target range will be no more than 75 yards. If this is acceptable, then you have some attractive options...
Sightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S Digital Night Vision Riflescope - this is a digital night vision scope. It delivers great performance up to 150 yards away especially when combined with an IR illuminator.
ATN X-Sight II 3-14X Smart HD Digital Night Vision Riflescope - this gen 1 scope has 1.5x magnification and is great for close range shooting. The price is great as well.
All of the above night vision scopes will work very well on a tactical rifle such as AR15.
By stepping up closer to $1000 you add a couple of nice scopes to your options. Armasight Orion 5x described in the previous section is still a great choice. But here are some more expensive scopes:
Armasight Vampire 3X with CORE technology - this Gen 1 night vision riflescope uses CORe technology which gives it the resolution of a Gen 3 scope. It will not give you the brightness of a Gen 3, but it definitly the best option in its price range.
ATN X-Sight 5X Digital Night Vision Riflescope - this is the most advanced digital riflescope. ATN was working on these for several years. Finally now in 2016 we have a very solid and reliable product. ATN keeps releasing firmware updates for these scopes which helps in keeping them current in terms of technological capabilities.
Bottom line: unless you can spend another couple of hundred to get into a Gen 2 or high end digital scope for your AR15, Sighmark Photon and ATN X-Sight lines provide the best value for the money. For the money you save, you can pick up a monocular like Armasight Spark to use as a spotter so you don't get your hands tired by looking through the rifle scope.
Once you go over the $1000 mark you have a lot of options. The main choice to make here, is the choice of technology. You need to decide between digital night vision an the old fashioned analog night vision tube.
Digital night vision devices use sensor arrays to process and enhance images. This techology is similar to the one used in video cameras. The benefit of this technology is that these devices are not damaged by daylight and they also have the added benefit of having the image digitaized. This last point makes it possible to have a video output connector or even an internal sd card recorder to memorialize your hunting victories. On the other hand, good old Gen 2 night vision tubes still deliver exellent and often superior to digital results. Especially if you step up to advanced second generation. Here are some of your choices:
ATN Night Arrow 4-2 - this is the cheapest gen 2 night vision scope on the market. Solid performer if you are hunting for larger animals within 130 yard range.
If you need a little more magnification, you should look at this great scope:
Armasight Nemesis 6x Improved Definition Gen 2+ - this scope will give you range of 150 yards and is equally perfect for hogs and rats.
In the digital space, you have a couple of popular choices as well:
Armasight Drone Pro 10X Digital Night Vision Riflescope - these scopes are another new addition to the night vision riflescope space for 2014. No other scope on the market offers 10X magnification at this price level.
Pulsar Digital N750 Rifle Scope - this scope was released in early 2013. It is a great reliable option for hog hunting and varmint hunting alike. With adjustable zoom of 4.5x-6.75x this scope has a detection range just under 600m. This scope also has video output for both NTSC and PAL format.
ATN THOR-HD 384 1.25-5x19 Thermal Rifle Scope - Another option to consider. This thermal scope will cost you same as a mid range night vision device but will provide the capabilities of thermal imaging.
If price is not too much of a concern, there are amazing devices available for a tactical rifle like AR15. Once again you have a choice to make in terms of technology. You can stick to night vision and get a high end scope in under $5000 or get into the Thermal Imaging technology.
Armasight Vulcan 4.5X Gen 3P Pinnacle MG Night Vision Rifle Scope - top of the line Armasight night vision hunting scope
ATN THOR-HD 384 4.5-18x50 Thermal Rifle Scope - TIWSTH384A
Armasight Predator 336-60 25mm Lens Thermal Imaging Rifle Scope - TAT176WN2PRED21
ATN THOR-HD 640 1.5-15x25 Thermal Rifle Scope - TIWSTH642A
Armasight Zeus 3 640-60 75mm Lens Thermal Rifle Scope - TAT166WN7ZEUS31