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 night vision scope reviews and point out their strengths and weaknesses. Then you decide. No matter which tactical scope you decide to buy for your AR15 type rifle, rest assured that you will receive the best possible service and lowest possible price when shopping with the Night Vision Guys. All of the above night vision infrared scopes will work very well on a tactical rifle such as AR15 or AR10 platforms.
If your budget for a tactical night vision scope is limited, you will still have some great choices between digital night vision or lower-end Generation 2 image intensification or budget level thermal imaging scopes. This means that your target range will be within 75-100 yards with thermal, up to 250 yards with digital and 350 yards with Gen 2 night vison. If this is acceptable, then please consider following popular choices...
This day or night vision scope is based on 768x576 CMOS and 640x480 LCD. You get a lot in this digital riflescope for the money – LED IR for total darkness, Wi-Fi, digital zoom, 6 MOA/MRAD reticle choices. Shockproof and water resistant it can be mounted on AR15 flattop with most 30mm aftermarket rings. Excellent budget choice for $550.
This scope gives you 3x magnification at under $700 with both day and night vision capability. This sight is based on high definition CMOS sensor with many bells and whistles like on-board recording, Wi-Fi and long internal battery life.
Build on 160x120 sensor and with affordability in mind. If thermal imaging is what you must have, you are comfortable with 75-100 hunting range and you only have $1,200 to spend, this is the choice for you.
With 4.5x native magnification, upgraded wide FOV eyepiece, picture in picture mode, waterproof, high-recoil ready scope body and under $1300 price tag is one of the best digital scope choices.
True Gen 2 image intensification night vision scope with 4x magnification. This night vision sight is simple to operate, features illuminated reticle, full metal construction and quick release mount. If digital features are not a must and you care most about your range and picture quality this is a good choice. MSRP is $1,595.
With industry leading 12-micron 320 sensor upconverting to 640x512 on 1280x960 color FLCOS display, on board recording, many features this scope remains to be a great choice for hunters. Night Vision Guys is a master distributor for FLIR OTS and you often can find this scope from us under $2000 – a great value!
It is not uncommon for high-end day time riflescopes to push a $3000 price tag those days. A good example would be Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 Riflescope EBR-7C Reticle MRAD Turrets. Nevertheless, in this price range you can get a lot of solid performers in thermal imaging and night vision scopes for your AR15 rifle. Once you go over the $2000 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 and the old-fashioned analog night vision tube.
Digital night vision devices use sensor arrays to process and enhance images. This technology 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 digitalized. 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 3 night vision tubes still deliver excellent and often superior to digital results. Especially if you step up to advanced Gen 3 generation. Here are some of your choices:
Looking for 35mm 384 thermal scope that is running at 50Hz, weighs less than a pound and cost under $3000? If you are building a lightweight AR15 rig, it is hard to find a lighter scope.
Yes, this is not AR15, but gives you a good sense of size.
Great choice of 50mm full feature system made in in USA and up to 10-year sensor warranty. If you catch this scope on sale expect to pay south of $3,500!
Is next up. The Pulsar Thermion 320x240 is 5.5x native magnification and utilizing classic versatile magnesium alloy construction of common 30mm tube day scopes. Core technology is 320x240 12-micron pixel microbolometer. The Thermion detection range is 2500 yards. Full HD, 1024x768 color AMOLED display allows for eight color modes and sharp imaging. $3,800.
Really popular choice for 4x Gen 3 auto gated image intensification from Night Vision Devices. Long recognition range, simplicity to operate and up to 40-hours AA battery life to consider. $3995. There are a lot more of image intensification or I2 choices of night vision scopes that would work great on AR15.
640 with 40mm lens for $4,399.
640 with 50mm lens for $4,399 (or less)!
The only 12-micron 320 scope upconverting to 640 with 75mm germanium lens. $4,795 (or make us an offer – we price match!).
Here are PTS Pro Pallet choices
640 with 50mm lens, that fits standard 30mm rings and offers the latest set of features under $5,000.
Last, but not least, this is the only 17-micron 640 with 75mm germanium lens in this price range. This scope is larger size and has only external recording, yet it provides an amazing image quality in 3x native magnification and high resolution under $5000.
As with any digital scope you are looking on the projection from digital screen which makes it really hard to estimate distance to target. Depth perception can be very important especially when you hunt in unfamiliar environment or open field where there is little range reference. Build in Laser Range Finder combined with 640 sensor and 50mm lens makes this amazing high-end scope for $5,995.
It's all in the name. You have a pinnacle performance and warranty ss far as Gen 3 white phosphor 6x scopes go. At 6x better resolution and light amplification than any digital scope we know. Only $6,995.
Again, this scope may only offer external video recording, yet you get a great combination of 12-micron 640 core and 50mm germanium lens that leads to best overall image quality at wide FOV 3.5x native magnification and excellent choice for engaging targets to 400 yards and beyond. Tough yet lightweight, waterproof composite housing, AMD Picatinny mount and 5-year warranty complete the package. Great choice if you are willing to spend $7,495.
12micron 640 6-Hz with 60mm lens 4.5x magnification – best for long range open field smaller predator hunting (think coyote hunting in Wyoming or Nebraska). Color: Black... $9,499.