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The AN/PVs-24 Clip-On Night Vision Device (M2124) Night Vision Sight is part of the USSOCOM SOPMOD system for M4 Carbine. It is designated as a lightweight, short-range clip on sight optimized for the 4x optics included in the SOPMOD program (Trijicon ACOG and Elcan Specter DR). The AN/PVS-24 provides the operator a day/night optical capability. Eliminating the need for two separate optic systems for day/night operations, the AN/PVS-24 simply clips onto the standard 1913 Picatinny Rail in front of the day optic, providing night vision capability with minimal-to-no POA/POI shift. This benefits the user by reducing the weight of gear carried into the field and maintaining a constant eye relief on the same optic. The AN/PVS-24 utilizes an L3 Gen3 Auto-Gated tube, providing a bright, crisp image.
Clip-On Night Vision Devices are very popular among Special Operations Forces because of their increased versatility over a dedicated night vision scope that needs to be re-zeroed every time it is reattached to a rifle. The AN/PVS-24 has a specific tasking in that it is designed for low-power optics. Because the system does not have to produce high resolution images at long distances under increased magnification, it can be made smaller and lighter. Its 55mm objective lens is significantly smaller than the intermediate-range AN/PVS-22, making the unit lighter by several ounces. The smaller profile is optimized for the M4 Carbine’s short carbine-length gas system and hand-guards.
The AN/PVS-24 is a robust unit that utilizes L3’s top-of-the-line Gen3 Auto-Gated Image Intensifier Tube. It performs very well when used within its operational parameters. As such, it should be used with an M4/ M4A1/ AR-15 weapon system, chambered in 5.56x45mm. It’s optimal magnification range is between 4-6x, depending on the available ambient light. The best-case usage is with a 4x day scope. During our field evaluation, we were able to produce crisp images up to 6x with a variable magnification scope. But, increasing the magnification began to lower the quality of the image, producing sparkly artifacts (a sign that a night vision device is being too heavily taxed). This happened as a result of the AN/PVS-24’s relatively smaller 55mm objective. However, the unit performs very well in front of an ACOG or Specter DR.
While the AN/PVS-24 is not intended as a sniper-capable clip-on sight, it is a wonderful addition to a designated marksman’s rifle kit. Operating the unit is simple. It runs off a single CR123 battery and has simple, intuitive controls. The On/Off switch is easily accessed by the shooter without taking his primary hand off fire control, while focus is achieved by actuating an innovative lever on top of the system. The lever focus is a really nice touch because of its gross-motion capable movement. The user really gets the feeling he/she is affecting the unit. It also works incredibly well for fine focus because it can be manipulated with slight finger pressure. Care must be given to not accidentally affect the focus during rigorous movement, though.
Overall, the AN/PVS-24 is a good unit. It will serve well as long as it is used within its intended design parameters.
Export of Night Vision Equipment or related accessories (such as manuals) is strictly regulated by the US Department of State in accordance with the guidelines of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). It is a major crime to ship or carry US manufactured night vision devices outside the borders of the United States, punishable by fines and prison sentences. Ignorance of these regulations will not hold up in court. By purchasing night vision equipment from TNVC, you attest that you will not attempt to export or carry this night vision equipment outside the borders of the United States. Also, it illegal to allow a non-US Citizen to look through US Gen3 Night Vision Devices, even on US soil. Again, this is a crime punishable by fines and prison sentences.