It doesn’t actually get mounted to a gun, but Eotech’s new X320 handheld thermal imager is beyond cool. It’s the size of a pair of roof-prism binoculars and gives you the almost magic ability to see through camouflage and foliage, or to track warm footprints over cold, hard ground. It’s not really priced for recreational use yet, but the cost of this technology is dropping faster than you might think. Make the jump for some creepy, skull-eyed infrared video . . .
I filmed this through the lens with a small camera, and I’m amazed it worked at all. The actual thermal image is of course much larger and more focused than this highly compressed, 3rd-generation low-bandwidth YouTube video. Trust me, it’s pretty weird.
The X320 weighs 13 ounces, runs for six hours on two AA batteries and lists for $3799. Still too pricey for a Christmas present, but within the reach of law enforcement and wilderness rescue groups.