Friday, December 2, 2011

More Than A High Priced Toy

I received a press release the other day for a new thermal imaging weapon sight released for the civilian market by ATN. Given the MSRP of $6,599, I at first thought this was a bit much even for the most ardent mall ninja. Then I started thinking about it.

For the average person, it is a bit much. However, for a farmer who loses thousands of dollars in an evening to crop damage by feral hogs, it might be worth its weight in gold. Given that it doesn't need available light to work nor is the image altered by ground fog, it would allow the farmer to see and shoot the feral hogs in all conditions. So long as the state allows night hunting for feral hogs - or coyotes in the case of livestock ranchers - this plus a suppressed rifle could be just the tool needed to take out that sounder of hogs eating his crops.

I would think contractors who have a crop depredation permit and provide their services to farmers could pay for this in short order from their increased effectiveness.

Of course, if you are just planning for the Zombie Apocalypse and want the ultimate night scope, this might be it. However, I'm unsure about the thermal signature of the living dead so you just might want to stay with your normal red dot sight.

Details on the ATN ThOR-320 Thermal Imaging Weapon Sight from the press release:
South San Francisco, CA – American Technologies Network, makers of military, law enforcement, security and outdoor night vision and thermal applications, is introducing the latest product in their ThOR series of thermal optical rifle scopes; the ATN ThOR-320. The ATN ThOR series of thermal imaging scopes are based on the same 320 x 240 high resolution microbolometer core technology used by the US Military and law enforcement agencies. The new ATN ThOR-320 is the smallest, most compact and lightweight in the ThOR series. The ThOR-320 uses forward-looking infrared (FLIR) that detects heat to create the visible image. The ThOR-320 provides extremely clear images through total darkness, fog or smoke. Nothing affects the sensitivity of these mini scopes, neither darkness, camouflage nor bright lights.

The ATN ThOR-320 is available in three different optical powers to suit the mission; 1x, 2x or 3x. The digital zoom option doubles the magnification. The ATN ThOR-320 thermal imaging sight is easy to use with digital controls and menu buttons that provide the user with a variety of aiming reticles, allow for the change in polarity and adjustment of image brightness of optimal image view. The scope also comes with precision digital windage and elevation adjustments and a MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny Rail quick release mount. The multipurpose ThOR-320 can also be converted into a compact handheld viewer by removing the mount and adding a hand-strap (included).

ATN ThOR-320 Features:
• 320 x 240 resolution
• Uncooled VOx Microbolometer technology
• 800 x 600 OLED display
• High resolution OLED Microdisplay
• Available in 30hz Fast Image frame rate and 60hz Enhanced Image frame rate
• Easy to use digital controls
• Interchangeable reticle patterns with push of the button
• Digital brightness control
• Video output
• Precision digital windage and elevation adjustments
• Rapid start up in 3 seconds
• Up to 6 hours of operation with two 3V lithium batteries
• Quick release Picatinny mounting system
• One-Year Warranty
• MSRP $6,599.00 for the ThOR 320-2x


  1. if you go by the fictional lore, zombies are room-temp critters. They're not going to stand out to a thermal sight.

    But with an active IR sight, maybe....

  2. That'd make a great toy for myself but it's pricey for me personally. I would like to get an earlier generation NVD at some point, they're a lot less expensive.

  3. At first, it was only military personnel who were allowed to own and operate thermal hunting scope. However, a lot has changed since the first scope was manufactured. Presently, this gadget is freely distributed in the civilian marketplace. There are those that are specially made for professional hunters. As a hunter who is very passionate about engaging wild animals in the dark, you can rest assured that you can find something that will be perfect for your needs.

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  5. Review of the ATN ThOR-320 Thermal Imaging Weapon Sight
    To give an initial surprise, this thermal imaging gadget retails about $6,600. Yes, that sounds quite expensive, but before one starts to ignore it, think about the benefits it can bring. Perhaps it may not be useful as a backup tool to be used in the dark to view moving being, however, it can be extremely useful as night vision for hunter and farmers who would like to catch the wild animals in their midst. It comes with a 320 x 240 resolution, and a very high OLED display. It can also record capture and have video output, more so, it has a rapid start of 3 seconds and can be used up to 6 hours continuously with 2 3V lithium batteries. It can be managed with easy digital and brightness control as well. Ultimately, it also comes with 30hz Fast Image frame rate and 6ohz Enhanced Image frame rate. Now, with all these great features, it seems to be a great value for money.