By SGM(R) Karl R. Erickson
Every time I turn around, there's a new "subject matter expert" screaming that their particular piece of kit is better than the rest. While I agree that all are entitled to their opinion; I often find that they are steering consumers in the wrong direction, or blatantly just regurgitating what they read in the manual. As with most things in life, when it comes to Night Vision, there is NO one system that is the best for ALL mission requirements. I'm a retired Green Beret, with 18 years in special ops; most of which was with a special mission unit. All operators need good night vision for their heads or helmets; but my missions often required me to use weapon-mounted Night Vision, on medium thru long-range sniper rifles. So, I've seen what has worked and what hasn't worked, over the years. Some NV systems are great for "in close" encounters, while other NV systems work great only at extended ranges. What Armasight has here, in the CO-MR, is a high-quality NV system that provides the consumer a balance of both long and short-range capabilities... the Best of Both Worlds
By Jeff "Biggs" Wobig
If you're reading this you obviously want a honest review from a qualified operator. I can guarantee it will be honest but me being qualified is debatable ? unless you ask my mom. She thinks I'm awesome! As a US Navy SEAL sniper I have used my fair share of optics. Personally I like quality equipment that works every time and can take a beating. If there is one thing the special operations community is good at, it's breaking things. I can't count how many times I've heard "If you take care of your gear it will take care of you". I agree. I also agree with the saying "you can't polish a turd". If you do your homework you will see that the guys that use night vision the most all have the same brand on their set up. I choose to use Armasight night optics. Here's why: I really, really enjoy shooting things at night. I don't know why but it makes me feel better about myself if I have the ability to confidently take shots and connect with my intended target when it's dark outside. The first time I shot Armasight's CO-LR 3A Gen 3 NV Clip-on I was in a hurried stage of a competition and engaged a target just inside 600 yds. Well that target wasn't in play and the hit didn't count. I guess when they set the range up they figured there was no way the optics could pick that target up at that distance so they left it up. Needless to say, the CO-LR 3 picked it up perfectly and enabled me to make what I thought was a great shot. The shot didn't count for the competition but I was sold on the clarity and all-around ability of the NV Clip-on system.
By SGM(R) Karl R. Erickson
First off, let's just say that I'm not just another "arm-chair general" reviewing a cool piece of kit with no background to back it up. I'm a retired Green Beret, with 18 years in special ops; most of which was with a special mission unit. I used my first thermal sight way back in 1986. That's right, I said 1986; and I've seen thermal technology develop ever since. Just since the Twin Towers fell, on 9/11, I've had ten combat deployments; and I've seen thermal imagery improve leaps and bounds. What Armasight has here, in the Zeus, is cutting-edge technology and features that in my opinion is the best... Period.
By Aaron Fouraker
Never in my life have I felt more alive than the nights I spent roaming the darkness of Sadr City with eight other paratroopers hell bent on destroying Al Qaeda and Jaish Al Mahdi. When slinking through the shadows of the narrow alleys, the AN/PVS-14 allowed us to move without detection and to detect and eliminate the foe moving about on his home turf. My secondary role was that of a squad designated marksman which allowed me to spend countless hours behind a 6x Raptor mounted on an M24. The list of Gen 3 night vision that I toyed with during the 15 months I spent in Iraq and Afghanistan is lengthy, and it turned me into a light amplification junky. However, after being combat wounded and medically retired from the Army, I was certain that my time peering into quality intensifier tubes was over. After saving what I could from my VA check every month, I still could not find a night vision optic in my price range that was anything but total garbage, to a guy that had been spoiled by the latest and greatest night vision technology. Every Gen 1 unit I tried was all but worthless to me, even for casual hunting use. Gen2 was out of my price range, leaving me no option, other than a flashlight. All hope was lost, that is until I researched Armasight Spark "CORE" technology.
By Erik Chow, Mountain View, California
I had the chance to use an Armasight Nemesis 4X Gen2+ QS for a varmint control project. The Nemesis provided the perfect solution for optics,due to its Gen 2+ night vision technology and its durable construction. I mounted the Nemesis to a suppressed.17 HMR using the standard picatinny rail. Though the scope itself was almost as large as the rifle, there was no problem seating it comfortably and securely to the gun. Zeroing the Nemesis was very easy to do during the day with the lens covering and I was able to achieve a ½ inch grouping. It was also the only time that I needed to adjust the sight throughout the entirety of the project, even though it spent a lot of time being shoulder carried or racked in a 4x4