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Posted: 7/14/2008 4:21:36 AM EDT
I have been wanting to get a NV scope to shoot hogs with but can not afford anything more than $1500.00 to $2000.00
Is the PVS4 a good choice for this price range? Anything else in this price range I am missing?
The scope will be mounted on a flat top AR in 6.8
Thanks for any help you can give!
Link Posted: 7/14/2008 7:13:11 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/14/2008 7:41:30 AM EDT
The ones we were issued were crap and useful only on a SAW. Reticles frequently detached themselves and wouldn't keep a zero. I think you can spend your money better on a gen 2 monocular(another advantage as the an/pvs-4 is a big honkin thing).
Link Posted: 7/17/2008 5:11:44 AM EDT
PVS-4 I've had is quite sturdy.
They are heavy/big but also reliable in my experience.
I'd say for 1500 you might be better off with gen2 D740 or something like that for a touch more.
Link Posted: 7/17/2008 9:12:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 8:49:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/19/2008 8:53:52 PM EDT by Duffy]
The thing is huge  Had one for a while, could only mount it on a carry handle and it made the rifle unwieldy as hell.  When it's huge like that I'd simply leave it home when I go camping.

PVS14 or MUM, on the other hand, is handy and not much larger than an Aimpoint.

I'd love to see a PVS4 mounted on a helmet

This is the only pic I have, taken back in 2001.

Link Posted: 7/19/2008 9:14:47 PM EDT
If you have 2,000 dollars you have got yourself some excellent gen3 scopes like a PVS14 slightly used at your disposal.  
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 10:08:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/20/2008 10:11:27 AM EDT by Victor]
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 10:37:51 AM EDT
Friggin thing is big as a house
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 3:19:56 PM EDT
I've read that the PVS-4 will stand up to the recoil of a 308, whereas a PVS-14 wont- at least not repeatedly. Thats why some folks bother to put a gen3 tube in a huge-sized PVS-4.

Link Posted: 7/20/2008 5:27:51 PM EDT
I guess I'm an old fart going back to the days when the PVS-4 was the premium scope and the PVS-5 dual tube goggles were top of the line.  I never had a problem with either one and today with the lower prices of the older systems, I still use them on my civilian weapons.  No, they're not going to be as light as a PVS-14 but then again back in the day going to war was a lot simpler and the larger, heavier sight wasn't a big deal because you weren't carrying as much crap as the pepsi generation is these days.  I agree that you might be able to do better on the price but the PVS-4 is still a good scope so I wouldn't worry about that.
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