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HAMR and Delta Point Review: Leupold’s competitor to the ACOG

This is a combined video of my review of the Leupold HAMR and the run and gun exercises I’ve done with it. Its a 4X32 scope and red-dot combo. The full (long) cut of the run and gun is right after the jump . . .

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Night Vision on the TAR-21

 

This combination took me a while to set up. Installing the full length top rail was a huge pain in the ass but it allowed me to mount a 512 eo-tech and riser in front of my ATN Spirit. With a Gen 2+ tube its not the best NVD available, but its certainly a cut above entry level units. Using a 1x lens and picatinny mount in conjunction with the IR output of the Inforce WML means I can confidently engage targets within 100 yards.

While current generation Tavors come with a full length rail, I had to buy mine from Canada Ammo. Made by Ranch Tactical, this rail is certainly a cut above the NEA equivalent, but it does have some fitting issues still. The rail fits over the lower profile gas block, effectively removing the rear flip up sight and covering the IWI proprietary NVD or magnifier mount.

The night vision I’m using now came from this site here:

Vortex Optics VOTRS kit

 

 

I spend some hands on time with the VOTRS kit, and try a few variations outside what ships in the box. Designed for long term viewing, the VOTRS kit combines both mid and high power optics in one system. It’s worth noting that I did not order a kit directly out of the catalog. I built mine over the course of a year picking up one part at a time. As a result my combination is different from those sold directly from Vortex.

Razor 85mm spotting scope, Razor 10×42 binoculars, Recon 10×50 RT monocular, CBX tripod

 

I assembled this over 2 years, mostly of stuff bought from Wholesale Sports. The case itself I had to special order from vortex. They no longer sell VOTRS kits as a retail item, but they will still custom build them for anyone who asks.

FLIR PS32 versus Multicam Camouflage

One of the major advantages of thermal optics is that they ignore visual camouflage when scanning for heat.

We take a multicam camouflaged backpack with a hand warmer inside it, and lay it down in the grass. You can see the thermal vision highlight it in a way that your eyes just can’t do. Even with the camera image brightened and centered on the pack, it can be tricky to spot, but the FLIR PS32 unit calls it out instantly.

The thermal unit I’m using in this video came from this site: