KAC PVS-30 Like New Refurb Review/Info
These have been on the market for a while now and unfortunately there is very little out there review wise on them. I feel there are a lot of guys out there ready and really wanting to pull the trigger on one but have not because of the lack of reviews. I'm by no means a night vision expert, but I'll give my 2 cents worth.
If you are thinking about buying one, DO IT!
I was very leary of buying one because of it being a military trade in. Especially dropping $4800ish on one sight unseen. I started to order one from a online vendor half the country away and have it shipped but after a bit of digging I found a like new unit in stock within driving distance of me. I called the fine folks at Ready Made Resources in Tellico Plains, TN and the owner was kind enough to hold me one for a day so that I could drive up and check it out.
I knew within 15 seconds of getting it in my hand I would purchase it. It looked exactly as advertised, like brand new. The tube was extremely clean, and the unit looked like it had just been plucked off the assembly line. This is how it comes, along with some paperwork...
I have it mounted on a SR25 APC w/a Leupold Mk6 3-18x H59 reticle.
We have had no moon since I picked the unit up and mostly overcast from all the storms that blew over in the SE. The pictures I took through the scope were with an iPhone. No adaptor, just me trying to hold the phone up and get shots through the scope. As with most all pictures through a NOD, the pictures do not do justice to what you see with your eye. These shots are on a private range I use. There is a hostage/perp target at around 150, a B27 around 250 and a cardboard cut out of the B27 black area at about 430. These are with no moon, no artifical lighting, overcast sky. This is in a rural area.
Picture showing all 3 targets at around 5-6x. The one at 430 is upper right of the centerline. Looks like a blackish blob here, but to my eye I could clearly make out a human shape.
The LE Targets hostage target at 100 at around 8x on the scope. I could make out the 2 different people's pictures on the target with no problem at all. I could also see the perp's weapon. I was extremely surprised at this considering how dark it was. For me, just this fact alone was plenty justification for the purchase. Again, the picture is nothing like what I saw with my eye.
This is the B27 at full 18x on the scope.
The B27 at around 8x.
The B27 cardboard cutout at 430 at around 8x. It is just below and left of the center of the cross hair. I hesitate even posting this one because it just does not do justice to how it looked to my eye.
When the clouds cleared up I took out and the resolution was so much better. The only light around was from the stars. I could not believe the detail I could make out on tree limbs around 600 yards away. I cannot say enough good things about this optic. I got on one of the satelite tracking websites and just after sundown tonight I located the X-37b coming almost directly over my place. I cannot say for certain that it was X-37b, but it appeared exactly where the website said it would and traversed overhead just as the site said. Pretty cool in my book.
I'll post more pictures up as I take them over the next couple weeks. I'll try to pick up a scope adaptor for my iPhone to get better pics and maybe some video. My plan is also to pick up some 22lr tracers, mount it on my 22 and get some video out to 500 yards of the tracers in flight.
In closing, if you have ever wanted to pick up a clip on but do not have nor will you have $9000-12,000 dollars to drop on a new one I highly recommend you look into one of these units. This one really does look and perform like it just shipped out from KAC. I really appreciate the great price and service I got from Ready Made Resources. They had the best pricing I had found on these things. I know there are several places online where you can buy one of these but if I were going to buy another one today or had a friend or family member looking to pick one up RMR would be where I would point them to.
I'll post more pictures as I get them.