TNVC is now offering FLIR's Government Systems products. What does that mean for you? Well, it means that you can now purchase MIL-SPEC Thermal optics with Hardened cores. For a while, these devices were not available to the public. But, recently, some of the FLIR GS optics have been released for commercial sale.
FLIR Advanced Combat ThermoSight
FLIR’s ThermoSight T50 is a clip-on thermal scope designed for short to medium range engagements. Utilizing a quick detach lever, the T50 easily attaches and detaches from standard M1913 Picatinny rails in front of day scopes. This gives the operator the ability to deploy it on multiple weapon platforms without the need to dedicate a thermal scope. It can also be used as a stand-alone weapon scope with a choice of multiple reticle patterns to cycle through. In stand-alone mode, the T50 can act as a 1X optic or utilize the 2X or 4X electronic zoom. This system is manufactured by FLIR’s Government Systems division and is designed for hard use. The thermal core is fully hardened to MILSPEC and made completely in the U.S. The T50 provides extreme versatility for the modern Warfighter and Law Enforcement Professional.
The T50 ThermoSight can be used as a hand-held thermal scope or clip-on device for weapon use. It is fully calibrated to maintain boresight with the host day scope. So, there is no point of aim/ point of impact shift when it is attached or detached from a weapon. The T50 is designed primarily for the M4/M16 platform due to its compatibility with short-mid range optics. It is especially well-suited for the Trijicon ACOG, coming equipped with a special adapter interface sleeve for this optic. But, it works well with any 4X optic. We do not recommend going much higher than 4X with the T50 because you will begin to lose resolution. The highest we could go was between 5-6X with a Nightforce NXS 2.5-10×32 before focus could not be achieved. But, 4X works likes a charm!
The height of the T50 allows it to easily see over 12 o’clock-mounted laser modules. The controls are placed on the 9 o’clock side and easily accessible to right-handed shooters. After a few minutes of working with the T50, the control buttons become easy enough to navigate without looking. A footprint dock for a backup mini red dot sight is located on top of the unit and is compatible with standard Doctor sight base styles.
The T50 Advanced Combat ThermoSight offers weapon sight functionality at a reasonable price compared to other systems on the market. Its multiple weapon use applications and handheld capability make it a truly unique device. As to be expected from a Government System, the T50 is built like a tank. We are very impressed with the capabilities of this system and the price point. For under $10K, you can have a MILSPEC Clip-On Thermal Scope. The resolution of the system means you want to keep it at about 4X.
This version of the T50 is available for commercial sale because it lacks the integrated laser. Government models are available with integrated IR and visible lasers.
The FLIR RECON M24 Monocular is a rugged, lightweight thermal pocket scope. Designed as a multi-use pocket scope, the M24 fits in the palm of your hand. It’s fully Mil-Spec, hardened housing means the thermal core is highly protected against field abuse. The M24 is a small, no-frills thermal scope. It was developed to provide individual thermal capability to Warfighters and Law Enforcement Professionals. Size and weight are of the utmost importance, so extra features like image capture and recording were left out. The M24 is a thermal imager through and through.
The Recon M24 has easy-to-use controls that allow new operators to quickly master its capabilities. The objective lens is factory set to a fixed focal plane, leaving only the diopter lens open to adjustment. Power is controlled with a lockable rotating dial that exposes the brightness control wheel when open. In fact, the clever layout of the controls adds a lot to the easy user interface.
The RECON M24 is one of the handiest little thermal imagers available. For the price and size, there is no comparison with other models on the market, especially because the M24 features a hardened Mil-Spec thermal core. All internal components are made right here in the US. One of our favorite aspects of the M24 is the control layout. The innovative control scheme is highly intuitive, keeping the functions locked when the unit is turned off. The fixed focal plane keeps focusing the unit quick and easy. Another really nice feature is the hot-swappable batteries. You can change the batteries one at a time without killing power.
As mentioned already, the M24 is designed as a small pocket scope. The 19mm lens is small and does not offer a lot of range, but can easily detect people out to 300 yards. The M24 is a great option for rugged environments.
Btw, we've had several emails and calls already about warranty. Yes, these are BRAND NEW FACTORY FRESH UNITS that have not been sitting on a shelf for any amount of time. All come with a FACTORY 1 year warranty from FLIR, the manufacturer direct.