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How to buy night vision products (eBook)

Download this Police1 night vision products buying guide to learn key steps for product selection, purchasing and implementation


Much of what you do as law enforcement officers takes place in low, altered or failing light. Knowing how to read both the light and the situation at hand lets you make choices on how to handle them. Using white light at the wrong time, without an awareness of your environment or opponent’s capabilities, could expose you as a target.

Night vision technology has been available since the 1960s. The earliest night vision systems turned invisible infrared radiation (IR) into images that were displayed on a screen, but these systems were heavy, needed to be super-cooled and cost thousands of dollars. Now, there are handheld devices that sell for a few hundred dollars, and even a night vision attachment for your smartphone. Recently, a new system of night vision has come to the market, which uses even miniscule amounts of ambient light to display a true color image on a screen. Once available only to the military, these systems are now available to the public.

Night vision equipment can give your officers a huge advantage over a suspect who cannot see in the dark. You also need to understand how night vision will interact with your other tools, such as red dots and illuminated scopes.

This Police1 guide addresses the issues to consider in the acquisition of night vision products, whether night vision goggles, binoculars, monoculars, weapon scopes or cameras. Included in this guide:

  • Key considerations before purchasing
  • Questions to ask vendors
  • Company directory

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