ATN began its corporate life in a burned-out California bank building, where a few gung-ho guys assembled night vision optics. Skip ahead to today and the company is worth $40m, employing some 50 people. CEO James Munn is one of them. And he’s got a winner on his hands. “We sold 30 thousand X-Sight I’s,” the former Army Specialist told TTAG. “We’ve already received 30 thousand orders for X-Sight II. We’re shipping them as fast as we can make them.” No surprise there . . .
A $699 day/night vision scope is a wonderful thing. But the X-Sight II goes well beyond that remit. Although it doesn’t pull the trigger for you, the X-Sight II does everything else a multi-thousand dollar Tracking Point scope does — and then some.
For example, the X-Sight features recoil-activated high-def video. I know what you’re thinking: if the gun’s recoil activates the video it’s too late. And it would be — if the X-Sight II didn’t constantly buffer the video signal, saving the ten seconds of data before the gun was fired, and 20 seconds of video afterwards (or more). Clever eh?
Wouldn’t it be nice if the X-Sight II had Bluetooth to quickly transfer the resulting video to a smart phone and thus to social media? Done. How about inputting all that data via the phone rather than fiddling with buttons on the unit? Done. Range-finder? Done. Ballistic calculator with input for ammo types? Done.
How about the ability to input the probable target size (e.g. four-feet for a hog) and wind so that the sight’s computer can calculate the ideal “shooting solution”? Pshaw! The X-Sight II will do all the calculations and automatically adjust the reticle to show you the ideal place to aim given the target’s range and size, the wind and ammo specs. Now how much pay?
Oh right: $699. Of course none of that’s much good if the resolution sucks. The X-Sight II improves the old unit’s line pair resolution from 60 to 140. So it doesn’t suck. In short, aside from the eternal Keurig question and potential icon overload, what’s not to love? We’ll see when our T&E unit arrives in the mail.
Our man Cleckner — sniper guru and author of Long Range Shooting Handbook — has agreed to put the X-Sight II through its paces. “It’s either the best thing ever or a piece of junk,” Ryan reckons. Meanwhile, as Aladdin and Jasmine sang, it’s a whole new world. Welcome to it.