Review..AN-PVS-7B 3rd GEN "Select Alpha' Goggles

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Review..AN-PVS-7B 3rd GEN "Select Alpha' Goggles

Postby Landowner... » Wed Apr 21, 2004 11:39 am

I dont really know what to say...wow..Ive never used NV except on my cheapo sony video cam which has about five feet of usable range, so I have no reference to judge. Im the kind of person that expects alot and I get dissappointed alot at some purchases I have made. I usually just buy the best up front now because you really do get what you pay for as the saying goes. These Goggles are no exeption. The image is extremly clear and bright. Its not video game-ish like I expected with objects looking like shadows and washed out. I can see bark patterns on trees, my dogs pupils, stars(better than the naked eye),grass blades, sticks, leaves blowing on trees. I can see from one end of my property to the other. I never needed the illuminater even while doing closeup stuff like reading my watch. It is much more realistic than you see on the latest high tech video games like splinter cell..The close focus enabled me to look at my watch and read the compass, pet my dog, open a cold one, roll a cigarette etc. Its truly remarkable. The 1X image takes a little bit of getting used to while walking thru the woods but it wasnt a big deal. I also wish they came in stereoscopic(?)as an option. Every adjustment you could have to make them fit your eyes and head are available. Even the distance between the eyes which I was worried about.

The headgear is sturdy and snug and comfortable..The goggles wobbled slightly at the snap-in contact point which made focusing slightly less precise but I'm a nitpicker. The headgear was easily adjustable and light and none of the straps or head-ring dug into my skin or anything. They come with a strap pre strung so you can hang them around your neck like binochs. I wore the goggles for around three hours beofre I had to take them off because of a tired neck. I'm a slim person of average height so the bigger built guys can probably handle the weight longer.

The focus is just like operating a 35 mm camera. Its easy and fast and sharp.

The tube and innards, well, what can I say..I cant believe how many photons are present in pitch black conditions. What else is out there that I cant see?...I received the thin filmed(just like the menu said) :D , select A tube and it does have 1 blemish at the 7 o clock position far away from the field of view at the very edge of the image. It doesnt detract at all from the performance but I couldnt imagine having a bunch of these all over the place. Its about the size of a small crumb. The entire field of view is flawless, clear to the edge except for that small spot I mentioned..I would spend a little extra and get "A" tubes if your going to purchase but thats just me. The image was soo bright that when a car passed by (6 acres away) on the main road and one very small bit of stray sidelight from the headlights barely made it thru all of the wooded area it illuminate the entire hill. I jumped thinking somebody just drove up behing me on my long driveway. I was amazed to find the source of the light was a car way down on the main road. When I quickly took off the goggles I could barely see the car at all through 6 acres of heavily wooded land. I also couldnt figure out why my car glowed. Come to find out it was a small recharge light on my cell phone cord laying on the floor covered with empty beef jerky bags and cigar boxes. There are also alot of small holes in my front door of my house. Weird..If there are photons present, this unit will find them.

The housing is thick graphite type plastic found on hard shell cases, semi-auto handgun handles and such. Very tough and black with no markings whatsoever except for the seriel number.

I'm very happy with my purchase and would recommend this unit. Especially if your a survival worry wart like me. If something ever happened(war on native soil, global type weather catastrophie, five year old daughter lost in the woods, etc)its better to be prepared than to try to obtain something when supplies are gone or the emergency has already happened.

One last note I forgot. It came with the tube data sheet clearly marked what type of tube your getting. I hate getting ripped off and I really liked this confirmation. Alot of websights dont even mention these cards. You know what that means :arrow: "D" grade...

I will never buy anything less than third generation and I am very pleased with my goggles and the customer service here...Larry...
Landowner...
 

Postby Dav » Wed Apr 21, 2004 3:23 pm

Nice Review Man.
Dav
 

follow up...

Postby Larry » Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:38 am

Thanks Dave...

Hello fellow night rats...Ive had a chance to live with this equipment for 4 years so i thought i would drop in and give prospective buyers a long term assesment...

Simply put, i cannot live without this gear..It has proven itself over and over again...things like pouring rain, mud, running down the hill and tripping and falling and rolling halfway down the hill like a meatball, have shown to display no discernable damage at all to the unit...

the headgear still works fine, the exterior hardly shows any damage at all due to the super tough resin it is contructed from...the focus is clear and sharp..batteries last a long time......and its looks very intimidating while being worn, especially when paired up with my german shepherd, my tactical vest and AR-15... When i catch redneck tresspassers on my land they dont give me any trouble at all..they turn around like they are told and leave wide eyed :shock: ..

I HIGHLY recommend this unit to anyone who is even slightly thinking about purchasing a night vision unit...When the chips are down, you and your family will have a serious edge on the situation...

Thanks nightvisionmall.com
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Postby Bertie » Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:31 am

Nice dog Larry.
A bit off-topic, but you started....: we don't see the long-haired type of German sheppard over here in the netherlands.
I like them more than the short-haired.
My wife has two terriers, not so impressive, at least physically seen.
In their own minds they are as big as a deerhound and they behave as a pact of wolves, i did tell them tey are not but as terriers are, they are not listening to me.
They probably learned that from my wive......
Cheers everybody!
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Re: Review..AN-PVS-7B 3rd GEN "Select Alpha' Goggles

Postby Larry » Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:43 am

Hello fellow night rats...ive lived with my night vision for 12 years now. I thought i would give another update..theses goggles were the best purchase ive ever made..they still work like new..i knew the sh!t was gonna hit the fan but i didnt know it was going to be this bad or this soon. Our electric has gone off for weeks at a time, cyotes hav overun the hill, the house i was building was broken into and all my wiring cut, weve endured freaky storms and hurricanes, pillheads are EVERYWHERE and civil unrest looms near..this particular piece of equipment has served me well in all of these instances..ive had absolutely zero problems with this unit..it is built like a tank...Headgear works, focus is crisp and it always powers up..

After my wiring got stolen out of my new house while under construction i decided to start staying overnight on the jobsight..to make a long story short the thief was dumb enough to come back and yes, i was waiting for him..after he pulld up(with his lights turned off) and turned off the 4 wheeler i proceeded to sneak out the front door and sneak out back and approach the subject in full tactical gear and armed to the teeth..he brought some fat chick with him which ruined my plan of stripping him naked and painting him with glow in the dark paint and a diaper and then...oh never mind.....I successfully snuck up to the subject while he was leaning back and bragging about how much he frequents my property..i snuck up so close( it was pitch black) that i was literally at arms length in front of him and he didnt even know it..thats when i made my move. I put my AR right next to him and fired about 15 rounds over top his ugly ass head..6 inches of flames were shooting out the end of the barrel..he yelled "oh sh!t!!" and jumped out of his skin. I bet he thought he got shot, which was the idea. I got in his face and told him if he ever made tracks on my land again id bury him up here..while he was fumbling for his keys she was screaming "leave! Leave!" I then proceeded to "walk him off the hill" while intermittently firing at his fourwheeler while escorting him off my property.....Him and his fat trailer trash girlfriend limped away on a four wheeler with four flat tires..i told him to spread the word..nobody has bothered me since..i think the word got around cause its been nice and quiet up here. I dont even hav hunters passing thru anymore.

I LOVE these goggles..........Larry
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Re: Review..AN-PVS-7B 3rd GEN "Select Alpha' Goggles

Postby efahrenholz » Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:42 am

All I can say is...wow.

Did it feel like silence of the lambs?

Awesome story, I loved it.
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Re: Review..AN-PVS-7B 3rd GEN "Select Alpha' Goggles

Postby Bertie » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:36 am

Bravo Man!
If I would dare to do this to a criminal over here in the Netherlands, I would be the one who gets busted.
But what no one sees, hurts no one. :wink:
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Re: Review..AN-PVS-7B 3rd GEN "Select Alpha' Goggles

Postby camo304 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:56 am

Bertie wrote:Bravo Man!
If I would dare to do this to a criminal over here in the Netherlands, I would be the one who gets busted.
But what no one sees, hurts no one. :wink:



Same over here, you would be looking at a long stretch nice read tho :D
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Re: Review..AN-PVS-7B 3rd GEN "Select Alpha' Goggles

Postby Bettendorf » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:44 pm

You're my hero, Larry.
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