Wolf—the same purveyors of ammunition once considered so questionable that using it voids the warranty on some firearms—has announced that they’re stepping into the world of optics and night vision devices. And while the brand is somewhat questionable, the specs look really good. MAC has the exclusive scoop on Wolf’s new lineup of optics, and he’s given me permission to share some of them with you . . .
The fact that caught my eye is that the night vision scopes aren’t the Gen 1 intensifier crap we’ve seen from other vendors—they’re Gen 2+ or Gen 3 tubes. AKA “the good stuff.” Which is what has my hopes up that these will actually turn out to be solid products at a good price. Here’s what Tim has to say about them:
The PN21K is similar in size and function to the U.S. military PVS-14. The PN21K is smaller in size than the PVS-14 and is available with either a Gen 2+ or Gen 3 image intensifier. The PN21K is auto-gated to prevent damage to the intensifier should it be exposed to bright light. Like the PVS-14, the PN21K can be used handheld, head mounted, mounted to a firearm and even paired with a second unit to create night vision binoculars. Another unique feature is the ability to mount either a 3x or 5x magnifier to the PN21K as accessories which are sold separately. The unit weighs 10oz and is powered by a single 1.5v AA battery.
The PN22K is the optic that has caught my attention. What makes this optic unique is the ability to quickly switch between daylight and night time use by turning a large knob. The sight uses two parallel channels to accomplish this feat and is housed in a aluminum body that is capable of handling recoil of a 30-06 rifle. Both Gen 2+ and Gen 3 intensifiers are available for the PN22k and it is powered by a single 1.5v AA battery. Making this system even more appealing is the inclusion of an integrated IR illuminator for use in extremely dark conditions. The PN22K offers 3x magnification in both the daylight and night vision channels. With the Gen 3 intensifier the PN22K has a recognition range of 450 meters. It weighs 45.8oz and is 12.6″ in length. It’s designed to attach to a 1913 rail system.
The PSU is similar in concept to the ELCAN SpecterDR. It incorporates the ability to quickly switch from 1x to 4x magnification with the flip of a lever. The PSU features an illuminated reticle with (7) intensity settings and is powered by a commonly available CR2032 3v battery. The tube is made from solid aluminum and is shock proof and water tight. Multi-coated lenses assure a sharp image with excellent color and resolution. When in 1x mode, the PSU can be used with both eyes open much like you would use a red dot sight. If you need to reach out to extended ranges, simply flip a lever to enable 4x magnification and using the BDC reticle you can engage targets out to 800 meters. The unit is 7.4″ in length and weighs 24oz. The sight mounts to a 1913 rail via two quick detach levers.
Needless to say, we’ll have more details when we get to Vegas, but if the quality is there, these have the chance to give ATN and OpticsPlanet a run for their money.