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Battle of the Monoculars: PVS-14 Vs. Nocturn Industries Tanto

Monoculars 

Night Vision monoculars are the most popular entry level device into the night vision market because they are easy to use, more affordable than goggles and can be paired with a second night vision or thermal unit.  

Custom Night Vision offers the PVS-14 and Nocturn Industries Tanto Monoculars as housing / part kits and complete builds

PVS-14

  • PVS-14 is the most popular night vision device on the market and has been issued to the military for 25+ years. 
  • Features includes
    • Manual gain brightness control
    • Built in IR illuminator
    • AA battery compartment with rotary style on/off switch offers 40+ hour runtime 
    • Weight: 355 grams with standard mil-spec optics / 325 grams with RPO optics
    • Works with Photonis, Elbit and L3 10160 or 11769 tubes (11769 required for manual gain brightness control)
  • Warranty: 2 year warranty when sold as part and 5 years when sold as a complete build
  • Upgrades available:

We carry a complete line of PVS-14 at Custom Night Vision

Nocturn Industries Tanto

  • Released in 2021, this ultralight 3d printed monocular has quickly become a commonplace in the night vision community. 
  • The Tanto uses PVS-14 optics and is compatible with all PVS-14 accessories including dovetail arm
  • Features includes
    • Ultralight design comes in three colors: Black, FDE and ODG
    • No manual gain or IR illuminator
    • 123 Lithium Battery with Push button battery design offers 40+ hour runtime
    • Weight: 355 grams with standard mil-spec optics / 325 grams with RPO optics
    • Works with Photonis, Elbit and L3 10160 or 11769 tubes (11769 tubes must have pigtail removed)
  • Warranty: Lifetime no questions asked warranty on housing when sold as part or complete build
  • Upgrades available:
  • We carry a complete line of Nocturn Industries Tantos at Custom Night Vision

Bridges 

  • Monoculars are able to bridge two monoculars together to offer the advantages of an articulating goggle 
  • Most popular bridges that work with the PVS-14 and Tanto:
    • Noisefighter Panobridge MK3 Bridge is our most popular bridge due to its excellent price, ability to offer a panning FOV, add-on parts allow it to run thermals and has a lifetime warranty.  This is a 3D printed design with metal hardware.   
    • Wilcox Industries Bridge System is includes two 14 adapters that can be removed to run a thermal on either side.  This completely aluminum bridge is the most expensive and heaviest, but has the most adjustments and feels very solid. 
    • MOD Armory IC/D-14 Dual Mounting Bridge includes two 14 adapters that can be removed to run a thermal on either side, has a lightweight design and excellent price. This bridge is completely aluminum.  

Mounts 

The majority of our customers use monoculars with helmet mounted setups to allow for handsfree use.  Night Vision Monoculars require two things to attach to Helmets that have the proper shroud: 1) Transfer Arm and 2) Helmet Mount

  • Transfer Arm: The two most popular transfer arms are the  Noisefighter AX14-Pro  and Wilcox Industries Dovetail Arm.  Both of these arms have the ability to swing monocular in front of either eye.
    • AX14-Pro has quickly become the most popular transfer arm due its low cost, ultralight design and lifetime warranty.  
    • The Wilcox Arm with the powered switch has been discontinued and was not very popular due to the finicky nature of the auto off power feature. 
  • Helmet Mount:
    • The most popular mount for many years is the Wilcox G24 Mount. Practically all of our night vision customers purchase a G24 to use with their night vision device. 
    • Wilcox recently released the G24 Lite Mount that does not contain a magnet (magnet was only used with the discontinued auto off dovetail arm).  
    • Due to the cheaper price and lighter weight, the G24 Lite is gaining in popularity and is our go to recommendation.  

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