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  1. I wouldn't waste my time on them if your sole purpose is to sling them on eBay, someone just cropped up with some and is starting them at $5 with a BIN price of $15.
  2. Found a crate of them too. Cleaned them up, revived the stock, and put some on eBay. They don't sell often or well because while they are neat, there are a ton of them everywhere, but almost never any hardware, which is the limiting factor. Now, find a big crate of the hardware, you could make a mint. I wouldn't go out and buy them thinking you will make any money. Sorry to be a downer, but not worth your time unless you get them for nothing and then undercut everyone else selling them.
  3. Dont sell any of those suits until you find out what helmets he has, you may have some great sets.
  4. Today, while doing some tear-down maintenance and cleaning, I took the objective lens off the M2 Sniperscope. In doing so, I took the IR filter out to find the reticle etched on it. The reticle is a floating chevron as shown in the picture, question answered.
  5. IR work actually dates back to the 1930s. The first device was used to drive a truck with. One word of caution with these things, they act as a pseudo capacitor and it is very easy to get a nice jolt from them if digging around the battery compartment after it has had batteries in it. Nice find.
  6. Very nice picture, that is an interesting shot, look at the day/night selector, it's in the night position with the lens cap up. Someone is asking for a dead I2 tube.
  7. The Intensifier is Gen III, but usually a lessor grade than found in monoculars or ANVIS due to recoil. The high end tubes are built to tighter tolerances and recoil in anything over 5.56 tends to cause damage. This Aquila has a 62lp quality intensifier, but as in this image, you can see that it is still bright and gives good definition. The reticle is a small floating basic duplex lighted reticle. If the power is turned down to the reticle, there is no black reticle as in the PVS-10, the image field is just blank. The Raptor/Aquila is a good scope, but with increasing technolog
  8. For reticle adjustments, the Raptor has adjustment turrets that can be manipulated by fingers with the elevation on top the control box and the windage facing aft towards the shooters face which can be a little confusing as windage is typically on the side, 90 degrees to the shooters face. The Aquila on the other hand has inset click adjustments much like civilian scopes, requiring tools. This does not allow for quick adjustments in the dark, but then the theory is that you wouldn't be able to see the turrets anyway in the dark and would have to know which direction and adjust by feel. Even
  9. The left side is the business end of the scope, all controls are here as most shooters are right hand, this allows the right hand to focus on pulling the trigger and manipulating the bolt if on a bolt rifle. At the base of the objective bell is the focus knob. This knob has a protruding lever so you can feel the position that the knob is during dark operations, going from 25 yards to infinity. On the Raptor, this objective focus is on top like the PVS-10. On the Raptor, the control box is slightly smaller, but the battery box protrudes out and is a top load system. On the Aquila, the contro
  10. AN/PVS-12 Aquila / M644 Raptor: This is a rugged dedicated night vision scope designed to give good visual acquity several hundred yards. The PVS-12 Aquila is what is used for this representation. The scope has a hard aluminum body with either a 4x or 6x objective lens. This is a dedicated scope, meaning that it is designed to be mounted to a rifle, making it a night fighting weapon since normal weapon sights cannot be used with this scope. This is the last of the dedicated scopes, after this, are the "clip-on" scopes that allow for a normal scope to be used for the day and then the
  11. The PVS-10 is a good idea, since it doesn't require having to be side mounted like the early PVS-1 and -2 or taking the day sights away like the PVS-4. It's biggest drawback is that it weighs 4.7 pounds, causing the rifle to be very top heavy. This scope was the only attempt at a day/night scope and will probably be the last. The PVS-10 has to be returned to the factory for repair due to it's complexity and that doesn't go well with a sniper in the field.
  12. The reticle is a standard mil-dot. As mentioned before, this reticle is just in front of the eyepiece and behind the day/night optics. The reticle illumination can be turned on during day or night, except it is not very effective. During the day, The scope operates much like any other day scope. I don't see the optics to be as clear as a regular sniper scope, but is acceptable. I believe that the mirror refraction is the cause of this. The picture is more because my camera can't take good pictures through the scope, this was the best I could do. During the night, reticle is still th
  13. The reticle adjustment turrets are on the back of the scope in front of the eyepiece on the left side and the top. The windage is set to 1/2 MOA adjustment per click. The elevation is set for the M118 special ball ballistics with drop compensation. The eyepiece lens allows for the eye to focus on the reticle and allows for three inches of eye relief from recoil.
  14. The right side of the scope has no functional controls as this is the ejection side of the weapon. The black oval is the back side of the battery compartment. The left side contains the opening to the battery compartment, here shows the cap open with two AA batteries inside. The lever switch in the middle is what changes the scope from day (horizontal) to night (vertical). At the rear of the scope is the windage adjustment knob. The objective lens is a removable 6X lens. A 10X can be installed. The lens has a mounted rubber cap to help protect the lens from dust and the intens
  15. The top of the scope contains from front to back, the distance focus knob, good from 25 feet to infinity. The gold color circle behind the focus knob is the high light cut off sensor. Six buttons on the top control the night vision. The three buttons on the left turn the intensifier on and off and control the manual gain of the intensifier. If it's dark, by pressing the forward left button, the gain of the intensifier will increase, depressing the rear left button decreases the gain. The middle left turns the intensifier on and off. The right side top buttons control the r
  16. AN/PVS-10: The AN/PVS-10 was developed in the late 90's and is known as the Sniper Night Sight or SNS. The SNS is the first real attempt at a day/night sight system. The SNS was designed to be used on the M-24 Sniper Weapon System or SWS. While designed for the SWS, the SNS uses the integral rail system and can be mounted on any weapon and has been seen mounted on the M-84 .50 cal rifle. The scope has a lever on the left side that switches the scope from day use to night. The lever moves an internal image diverting mirror that when up in the day position blocks the image intensifier f
  17. Actually, it was that way as well in 2010 when I was in Iraq. Even the SF guys were short of 9mm. When we did our show and tell with weapons, we were only given one stick magazine for the Sten, shameful.
  18. The ASU is just another attempt at the current theme of "Everyone a winner". The blues were a dress uniform for those occasions where you wanted to look a little snappier than with greens. Now, everyone is wearing a snappy uniform and no one is snappy. Just as said in the movie The Incredibles, "When everyone is a Super, then nobody will be a Super"
  19. While in Afghanistan, we were co-located with a MARSOC unit. They had the new widget pistol with the fancy grips and cool new color. Within two months, they were already looking beat to hell, the finish is for crap and it was shinier than the worst M9 I've ever seen. They were having a helluva time getting .45 rounds because it isn't a regular issue round anymore. Not that 9mm is any easier to find. We were only given two mags worth of ammo because 9mm is in short supply. Don't know how that happens, ammo is in short supply in a mature 12 year combat zone? Damned DHS.
  20. I recently sold my "accidental" find to a big time .38 Victory model collector for $150 and he didn't flinch a bit. Authentic or not, there are enough that believe that they are to be willing to pay the price.
  21. The problem with it is that it is to small to use. Either the item you are hooking it to is to large to get inside the hook and keeper, or if you do get it on, the keeper can't be pushed past and it gets jammed up. The only thing that I have found it works on is the cables of the UH-60 troop seats or on the Huey, I would hang it off the vertical seat support, more as a hanging hook instead of a clip. Now, one thing it is good for. When we would get our overwater gear, I would use a spare bag to keep those items in and would hook that bag to my helmet bag with those clips.
  22. Don't know that it has ever officially been stated. For the last 26 years, used it to hook it to the seat cables when I didn't use a snap link.
  23. It was that expensive when I was there while it was still on the boardwalk.
  24. When a helmet gets reported as part of the official report, the belmet will be recovered for research as part of the TBI project. This is part of the reason why helmets are now getting TBI sensors in the crown. the above helmet was hit before this started, hence why he probably got to keep it. It is also why, during Medevac, that the helmets are recovered with the casualty.
  25. No. The closest thing is a brass range clearing rod.
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