FLIR AN/PVS-22 UNS
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The AN/PVS-22 UNS (Universal Night Sight) is a high-resolution Clip-On Night Vision Device that mounts to any MIL-STD-1913 rail interface forward of a riflescope. This gives the operator night vision capability from a standard day scope system. The AN/PVS-22 utilizes a fully Mil-Spec Gen 3 PINNACLE Auo-Gated image intensifier tube, a fast f/1.15 catadioptric lens for a brighter and sharper image in starlight, and patented permanent boresight alignment technology. The unit is installed, operated, and removed without tools and without affecting boresight (permanent boresight alignment). The PVS-22 can be mounted in front of a spotting scope for long range reconnaissance, hand held as a night observation device, or placed in front of a riflescope for sniper applications. The UNS is optimized for medium to long-range sniper weapons, rifles, and machine guns including the Mk11, Mk12, M-16A4, SCAR-H, M240, and M-24. OSTI’s patented Shock Mitigation System is specially designed to protect PINNACLE tubes from damage under heavy recoil. PINNACLE tubes are usually not intended for high caliber weapons, but they are perfectly secure with the AN/PVS-22.
There are many clip-on night vision devices available on the market. Many make claims that simply cannot be backed up. This is why the US Military chose the FLIR AN/PVS-22 UNS. It is the original intermediate-distance clip on and will hold resolution, giving the shooter a clear image out to 12x depending on the day scope’s glass and available light. We have achieved this kind of resolution while using a Nightforce NXS 3.5-15×50. Although, the sweet spot for the best resolution is between 6-8X with most day scopes. The large 68mm objective lens will let in much more light than other clip-on systems. Most other clip-on units on the market will have severe image degradation after 4x.
The AN/PVS-22 utilizes the latest ITT Gen 3 PINNACLE technology giving the operator an extremely robust system suited to any environment. The cast housing will stand up to the elements rain or shine and protects the unit from abuse found in the field.
We have used the AN/PVS-22 extensively in the field. This UNS is the real deal PVS-22 developed by OSTI and now produced by FLIR and issued to US Forces around the world in the Global War on Terror. Indeed, we get many reports about how these units greatly contribute to terrorists having very bad nights! We have found that the image quality averages highest at about 10x, but will make it to 12x depending on the quality of glass being used behind it. This is an important factor in resolution when deploying the AN/PVS-22. Whenever you stack optics in front of each other, you will assume some image degredation. We have snapped pics behind some various optics such as the Leupold MKIV, Trijicon ACOG NSN, and Elcan Specter DR. In our opinion, the AN/PVS-22 UNS is one of the most versatile units on available. The ability to clip the unit in front of the already-zeroed day optic is extremely advantageous since it means a unit or department does not need to keep certain rifles dedicated to night operations. The adjustable gain gives your military or LE unit a step above commercial tube systems, especially in urban environments where the halo effect is reduced and resolution is enhanced versus commercial I2 systems.
Export of Night Vision Equipment or related accessories (such as manuals) is strictly regulated by the US Department of State in accordance with the guidelines of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). It is a major crime to ship or carry US manufactured night vision devices outside the borders of the United States, punishable by fines and prison sentences. Ignorance of these regulations will not hold up in court. By purchasing night vision equipment from TNVC, you attest that you will not attempt to export or carry this night vision equipment outside the borders of the United States. Also, it illegal to allow a non-US Citizen to look through US Gen3 Night Vision Devices, even on US soil. Again, this is a crime punishable by fines and prison sentences.