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  1. The power supply for this tube has truly been miniaturized, but is also it's weakest link. The battery compartment resides on the top of the tube. The on/off switch is a small toggle on the top right side and probably the weakest link of this entire scope, it is not very sturdy and a small snag would bend or break it. A single flange is next to it to protect it, but it's not very effective. The battery compartment is opened by releasing two thumb screws, one is used as the hinge. Once opened, the door is pushed to the side exposing the battery compartment and battery tray. A t
  2. The catadiotic lens allows for the gathering of more light than a standard lens. The light is allowed to come from the front to the back curved lens. The light is then focused on the rear facing mirror that looks like a small round silver disk in the image. The image is then sent back to the front of the intensifier allowing for a smaller intensifier to get the same image as the bigger tubes int he PVS1 and -2. The eyepiece lens utilizes the same shroud as the PVS-2, but to fit inside the plastic case, it has to be compressed and over time, they stay in this position instead of extende
  3. As stated before, the sight is offset to the side and the zero function is processed through the base. The lightweight nature of the M16 makes this scope combination very hard to hold upright. The reticle is set in a permanent position on the front of the scope, windage and elevation adjustments are made by moving the entire scope with the adjustments in the mount.
  4. While I made a quick post earlier about the PVS-3, I have since acquired one, so we will update it. here. AN/PVS-3: The PVS-3 was the first real attempt to reduce the size of the scope from the massive size of the PVS-1 and -2. It is called miniaturized even though today, doesn't seem to fit. The PVS-3 is the first to use a permanent catadioptric lens. The TVS-2 took a regular PVS-2 and added the catadioptric lens for better light gathering, but the PVS-3 did it permanently. Because of this, the intensifier can be smaller. It also uses button cell batteries for it's power sourc
  5. Here is the patch shop in Shindand. You can tell which are machine made versus the handmade ones.
  6. I was out in the western wastelands and everything in those shops was brought from KAF or BAF. On one trip to KAF, I made it to the boardwalk and found the famous patch shop back in the NW corner. They had machines and could make patches there, and I struck up a conversation with the guy and asked if I could get a tour. As the guy was walking me through, behind one desk was a box of patches in that usual crinkly cellophane and in the corner was that standard gold oval tag "China" Right next to the desk was a guy hacking out a patch by hand on a sewing machine. Long story short, theater ma
  7. The entire assembly comes in a fiberglass transport case, consisting of the image tube, emitter, replacement lens for the emitter. Slot for two C-cell batteries. The mounting attachment for the rifle. Two extra bulbs, and a battery carrier, cable, and battery. As a side note, the Soviets developed their sniper rifles with a scope, the PSO-1 that had the ability to see the IR emitters of the M3 and the AN/PAS-1. The scope would provide a orangish spot when it observed high levels of IR radiation in low light situations. The sniper would aim at the orange spot and fire, hopefully hi
  8. To turn the AN/PAS-4 on, you simply pull the levered rotary switch towards you one notch. This switch is on the bottom right rear of the image tube, turning the second notch turns the IR emitter on. Once the image tube is turned on, you get the reticle pattern. My system, the reticle light is burnt out and it is a small odd sized bulb, hopefully I can find one to replace it. The image of this tube is starting to go, you can see a bright spot in the image, this is from electron burn, so it is on the downhill slide. The image is really poor compared to what we are used to today.
  9. The AN/PAS-4 utilizes the same mount as the later PVS-1 and PVS-2 on the M-14 and M-16. It offsets to the left of the rifle as noted in the following two pictures. From the rear, you can see the faint glow of the intensifer through the eye shroud. From the front, you realize how much surface area this system provides A closer image of the ID plate
  10. AN/PAS-4: This scope is a upgrade of the M3 Sniperscope of KW vintage. While the tube and emitter is relatively the same size as the M3, the emitter has a larger directional shroud. These scopes were still being managed by the Corp of Engineers and were made by both Varo and known as the 9903. The other made by Polan and known as the P-155. The scope shown here is a Varo model. The AN/PAS-4 was still a active system needing large amounts of IR radiation to be able to see well enough to be used, but the one difference between the PAS-4 and the M3 is that the PAS-4 was given a separate
  11. M2 Snooperscope: The Snooperscope is a mount that takes a standard M2 scope so that it can be used in a pure handheld mode. This modification allows a M2 to be mounted on a mounting bar that attaches a angled handle with a push button that allows the operator to turn the system on and off with the push of the thumb button. The IR emitter is mounted on the underside of the scope. When the scope is to be used on a rifle, simply unmount the scope and mount it on the rifle. Unmount the emitter and mount it on the top of the scope and you are in business. This can be done relatively quic
  12. This set of pictures shows the right side of the scope and then with the IR emitter mounted above the scope. I also placed the emitter where it would mount if it was on a T3 scope, you can see how much higher you need to hold the rifle over a berm or support for the light to work, exposing the shooter. One note on these scopes. The first scopes weren't originally known as the M1, but as the T-120 and after the M2, the original was reclassed as the M1.
  13. The scope utilizes a six volt rechargeable battery that is mated to a power pack that converts the voltage into the higher volts necessary for operating the electron image tube. The power pack assembly was put into a standard M-1945 backpack with suspenders and a pistol belt. This power pack and battery powered both the image tube and powered the IR emitter which used the bulk of the available power. You can see in these two pictures the banana clips for mating to the battery and in the second picture, the on/off switch and the electrostatic control switch
  14. This is the ID tag, it is on the top of the eyepiece lens, this one made by Bell & Howell for the Corp of Engineers The objective lens as mentioned earlier is less bulbous allowing the scope to sit a little lower providing a better profile.
  15. Since I first posted this, I have added a few more scopes and thought I would add them and their information. The first that I will add is the M2 Snooperscope / Sniperscope. M1 / M2 Sniperscope. The M1 / M2 Sniperscope was the WWII initial scope mounted on the M1 and M2 carbines. The biggest difference is the objective lenses with the M1 having a more bulbous than the M2. Originally, these were designed to be mounted on the T3 carbine. The T3 was a completely different rifle in that it had the mounting bar permanently mounted to the receiver not needing the bar that was used on t
  16. We were issued these Multicam 1st Infantry patches in theater as our combat patches, now home, no one had any ACU, so we have been wearing the MC on our ACU's, no one has said a thing so far. I did find the ACU in a patch box, but won't be the one to ruin it for everyone else.
  17. The standard issue is the standard victory model .38, but guys would carry whatever they thought they could get away with. You will see just about everything under the sun, so if someone had a snub nose .38, it wasn't issued.
  18. Here you go Jean, the difference between the colors.
  19. It almost has a gold hue. It looks almost like a dark khaki.
  20. It's not out of the realm of possibilities that someone could have bought the cover in anticipation of a deployment instead of the typical issue cover. The only thing I would expect is more wear than it has. Still a nice looking helmet.
  21. 56 had side flaps that folded in with the main flap from back to front, no rubber lining. The 61 had a rubber throat the rolled up and the main flap from back to front over that rubber throat.
  22. You do realize the helmet cover is a civilian aftermarket cover? The real ones don't have the multicam tag on them.
  23. Out here in the western frontier, patches go from $2 to $4. I had a pile of hat patches made for $4 apiece for a friend, they come from the same shop as above. The vendors are getting squimish about the Americans leaving, so they are starting to dump their stocks. If you have patches made, they like to go no less than 10 pieces per order. The cool thing is when they misspell their own country, that makes for a very cheap novelty patch. I also got some mistakes that never were cut, they are still on the roll.
  24. I spent three weeks in Salt Lake City and pretty much covered everything they had to offer, which isn't much and what you do find is overpriced. WIth that said, there is an OpsGear outlet store in North Salt Lake City, but it isn't much and not worth the waste of gas as everything in the store front is the same as online and costs just as much. Capital City Antique Mall has a fair amount of stuff, but everything is over priced and you have to haggle or you pay way over. There are a couple of stores on 89 highway that I pulled some nice stuff out, one place has a bunch of old ammo crates i
  25. We have a Medevac platoon up there. We do log runs up that always seem to have a three hour delay.
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