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    Setting up rifles for NVGs.

    Since I am getting into night vision I feel it is important to have at least a couple my rifles set up for use with it.

    I would like to set up my 10.5 and 14.5 Noveske rifles at 5he bare minimum.

    Mainly I am worried about optics, but do wonder about illumination as well. The majority of what I have are older Aimpoint H1s. They have always fulfilled my needs so I have never bothered to change them out.
    Obviously however these are not well suited to night vision.

    It seems my choices are to upgrade to T2/m5s, Trijicon MROs, or Eotech EXPS.

    I currently own an MRO patrol but am unsure how well it works with night vision. Regardless I would need at least 1 more optic.

    Which of these do you all feel are best suited to use with a PVS14? I like the idea of the larger window in the Eotech but haven’t used once since before the XPS line came out. So I am not sure how more modern ones perform.


    Secondly what are my best options for lights? I hate to lose the good illumination provided by my main lights just to get IR but that seems to be common. Should I run a second IR dedicated light or should I consider something like a PEQ15? Or is there a more modular system I could move from one to the other when needed?
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    In my experience the Mro is horrible under nods. The M5 and T2 are hard to beat, although the larger viewing window of the eotech is pretty sweet. The vortex UH-1 is another great option that’s I’ve used.
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    It is my understanding EoTech are the best optic under NODs.
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    IMO this is the most difficult decision in the night vision setup.
    It depends if you plan on using dual or a single tube and using passive vs active aiming.
    If you are active aiming, the optic doesn't mean much, but if you go passive, a NV compatable optics are more important.

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    For passive aiming with The PVS 14 mount the tube over your dominant eye.

    Optics-
    For passive aiming magnified optics the Vortex HD line can be used as a NV compatible red dot.
    The Aimpoint T2 and Comp M5 are excellent red dots for passive aiming.

    IR-
    The BE Meyers MAWL is the hotness
    The Steiner DBAL D2 is an excellent option as far as performance.

    Lights-
    With the Steiner illuminator I don't need addition illumination.
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    A extra high mount will make it easier to get on the optic, something like 1.93 or 2.03.

    This is a pretty good tutorial on available IR devices.

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    Echoing what was said before… run your PVS-14 over your dominate eye for passive shooting. Aimpoint T1/2/M5 are all great options, along with the NV compatible EOtechs. You will need a riser or NVG height mount (Scalarworks 1.93, Unity Tactical mounts etc) to position your optic high enough, in order to be viewed through your 14’.

    Lasers: MAWL is nice, but pricey… Steiner A3 or D series are not too bad, for the price point.
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    The high mounts are a must for consistency and making shots in the compressed time and opportunity that real world targets (both man and animal) are available.
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    Just to play the odd man out. My read is that you have purchased(or will) a 14 monacle.

    I'd run it over your non-dom eye. Run your current optics both eyes open. Get a dbal (or other IR laser/illum module according to taste/budget). Get some training and/or practice.

    Get shooting in the dark first.
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    The main reason I run a 14 over my dominant eye is because it more natural to passively shoot a red dot pistol.

    Like anything else there are pros an cons. In a white light scenario just flip it up. With practice its pretty fast. Thats pretty much what you have to do with bins too if the lights come on.
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