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10/30/2020 2:42:12 PM
Posted: 11/22/2020 11:57:06 AM EST
He wants it bad and has the cash in hand. If I sell it and get something like a Hogster, how disappointed will I be? I almost never use it; bought it for SHTF days and I suppose the Hogster might work for that purpose? Or Pulsar? If I do it, I’d spend about $3K on a thermal and $2K+ for a PVS14.
FWIW, I also have a Gen3 PVS7 with 3x magnifier.

Or do I just keep the Reap and move on? It is bloody nice, have to say. Love the PVS7’s.
Link Posted: 11/22/2020 12:48:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/22/2020 12:54:40 PM EST by KoreyKirsch]
Originally Posted By clubmanager1:
He wants it bad and has the cash in hand. If I sell it and get something like a Hogster, how disappointed will I be? I almost never use it; bought it for SHTF days and I suppose the Hogster might work for that purpose? Or Pulsar? If I do it, I’d spend about $3K on a thermal and $2K+ for a PVS14.
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The Hogster is nice especially if you like the dual role of scope and/or scanner. The Hogster -R 25mm is a good close range scope probably more conducive to SHTF situations. Almost a 15° field of view, and 1.4x magnification. Will you notice the difference from a Reap and a Hogster 25. I would hope so with the Hogster 25 priced around the low-mid 2K range. However, I have never heard of someone buying a Hogster and not being happy with the image for the price. If you digitally zoom a lot, you will not love the Hogster 25. If you leave it at base mag and use PIP if you need more range, you will be fine. The higher the humidity you use it in, the less difference there will be in image quality between the Reap and the Hogster.

The Hogster 25 has a comfortable shooting range to about 125-150 yards. The 35 to about 200 yards and the Super Hogster to about 300, so which Hogster really depends on what FOV and magnification fits your needs the best.

If what you are after is a thermal scanner and don't need a thermal weapon sight, then I would recommend the newly released Bering Optics Phenom 640 12 µm scanner. It is priced at the lower $3K range, and the image is absolutely fantastic. It has a 13° FOV. I had used their 17 µm Phenom before and the 12 µm, is even better. I just drove around last night and free-hand recorded some deer. Sorry for the shakiness. The Phenom image was very comparable to a Trijicon MKIII 60 I had with me.

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Give Tom Austin a call at Night Goggles and he can get you set up no matter if you want another Trijicon, decide to go with Pulsar, or move to a Hogster or Phenom.
Link Posted: 11/22/2020 5:39:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/22/2020 5:46:55 PM EST by lilMAC25]
You will be dissapointed, IMHO.


The Trijicon has the best image out there right now under $10K. Maybe the Halo series as well.

OTOH, if you don’t use it... sell it, buy a baller PVS 14, TNVC TOR, and Hogster. You’ll have a loaner set (PVS7), a thermal, your own quality NOD, and a way to aim at night without the thermal. Maybe set up a rifle with an RDS and a tall mount for passive.


ETA: if the Phenom is as good as stated above, then that might should be your route (if you’re not dead set on thermal weapons sight).
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