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AN/PVS-14 Night Vision Monocular, Gen III+ Elbit XLS GP (Q4 2020)
AN/PVS-14 Night Vision Monocular, Gen III+ Elbit XLS GP (Q4 2020)
AN/PVS-14 Night Vision Monocular, Gen III+ Elbit XLS GP (Q4 2020)
AN/PVS-14 Night Vision Monocular, Gen III+ Elbit XLS GP (Q4 2020)

Available to US Customers Only: All ITAR Regulations Apply

KommandoStore is excited to offer new, high quality PVS-14s. Each unit is professionally assembled using Milspec/NATO Israeli housings, Carson glass and the latest Elbit Systems intensifier tubes.

Lead Time: 90 Days

Dec. 11th 2020: We have updated the estimated lead time from 60 to 90 days to 90 days after the latest update from Elbit on the status of our tube order.

Most night vision retailers are quoting lead times of 6-12+ months. COVID, election concerns, civil unrest, and the increasing popularity of NODS have all contributed to a huge supply shortage in a very inelastic market. Elbit and L3 can't keep up with tube orders, and as a result intensifier tubes are scarce, expensive, and back-ordered to heck.

We're not immune to market forces, but earlier this year we placed sizeable orders for optics, intensifier tubes and housings. Now they're rolling in while everyone else is out of stock.

Because of this, assembly and delivery of our PVS-14s will take 60 to 90 days instead of 6-9 months. We're expecting our next batch of tubes late December, and our housings before then. We already have all of our Carson internals on hand and ready, so assembly is a piece of cake.

Despite this, we do have to put in a disclaimer because the market is going crazy right now.  In the event that our orders are delayed, we'll let you know and revise our lead time accordingly. And of course, you can cancel your PVS-14 order and recieve a full refund at any time—right until it ships.

Hand Select:

Each PVS-14 is professionally assembled in partnership with VF1 systems of California. Due to inherent variability in XLS tubes, we are offering an optional hand select service for customers. Customers who choose hand select will be contacted after purchasing to determine their needs and the best available tube for them. This allows you to prioritize individual metrics of your choosing (e.g. high FOM, low blems, matched pairs etc.)
If you don't specify anything, that's fine too. We know what to look for and will take good care of you.

Our currently published inventory for the hand select option is limited to 30% of our total available XLS tubes. This ensures that everyone is treated fairly.

 

About the AN/PVS-14:

The PVS-14 was introduced into service at the turn of the 21st Century, replacing the US Military's ageing inventory of PVS-7 units. Key advantages of the PVS-14 are size and weight reduction over the legacy PVS-7 units---the compact, lightweight design of the PVS-14 monocular cuts both by nearly half.

At a compact 316 grams, the entire unit can easily fit in your hand, providing the average soldier with robust night fighting capabilities in even the worst low light conditions. PVS-14s can be worn on a lanyard and used as a spotting scope---more commonly they are helmet mounted for hands free use. Thanks to a huge volume of military surplus helmets and head mounts, you're only 30 minutes on eBay away from terrorizing hikers at 2am.

The Monocular Question:

Although the limitations of monocular night vision are obvious, the unique strengths of the PVS-14 system are rarely discussed. The form factor of the PVS-14 enables a great deal of flexibility and modularity---allowing users to get into night vision cheaply and add capability over time.

  • A single PVS-14 can be worn with a helmet, or around the neck as a monocular. This can be augmented by a second PVS-14, enabling binocular night vision.
  • Bino PVS-14 setups can be split up on the fly, allowing you to "donate" a single monocular to a teammate without losing your night vision capability.
  • The intensifier tubes in our PVS-14 units can be re-used and assembled inside many of the most popular binocular night vision housings. This reduces the cost of evolving and upgrading your kit down the road. 

With this in mind, we consider the PVS-14 to be the best option for people looking to get their feet wet in Night Vision. If you decide night vision is something you like---congratulations, the PVS-14 is an ideal stepping stone as you move towards more complicated and expensive setups.

Equally, if you decide Night Vision isn't for you PVS-14s are easy to offload. As the single most popular night vision device in the US, there is a healthy secondary market for PVS-14s. Units like ours (which are built on US made Carson parts kits) tend to not depreciate much at all.

Background On Tubes:

These units are built with brand new USA produced image intensifiers from Elbit Systems. Elbit Systems (formerly Harris) is one of the two manufacturers forming the current image intensifier duopoly in the US market---the other being L3 (now known as L3 Harris).

The more astute of you may have noticed something in the names there, and you would be right. When Harris merged with L3, they sold their night vision business to Elbit Systems to avoid redundancy with L3's existing product line.

What does this mean for you? Well, Elbit Systems is a bona fide military manufacturer and as such, they are currently gearing up for the latest OMNI IX contracts. Broadly speaking the maximum specs of the previous OMNI VIII contracts are now the minimum requirements in OMNI IX. As a result, we've been seeing fantastic performance out of their 2020 production image intensifiers.

One of the other key advantages in working with a reputable manufacturer is the provenance of the tubes. The secondary market is currently flooded with stolen image intensifiers. Currently there's a significant effort underway at the DHS to combat this, but the reality is that many night vision units are built with stolen military property. This can be very expensive when Uncle Sam knocks on your door and takes your NODs. This may sound a little outlandish (how would they know after all?) but I've seen this happen to people I know.

It's also worth mentioning that 'grey market' tubes can mean subpar quality and hidden faults, as most thefts occur during the decommissioning process. Unlike a factory tube, there is no warranty support when these fail.

In short, new production Elbit tubes offer unmatched quality with a 2 year warranty and no risk of your door getting kicked down.

Tube Specifications:

Q4 2020 Update: Of the 28 Green XLS tubes in our Q3 2020 batch of PVS-14s 50% came in above 1700 FOM. A few came in over 2000 FOM. Obviously past returns do not guarantee future performance of our Q4 2020 batch, but we are very happy with these Q3 results and firmly believe that the GP XLS provides a great value to the end user

All phosphor image intensifier tubes are made in large, identically formed batches. This manufacturing process has an inherent level of variability, just like the processes used to create modern CPUs. Obviously Elbit and L3 do their best to minimize intra-batch differences, but it is a fact of life in night vision.
Because of this variability, each batch of tubes shakes out into several distinct grades. At Elbit they sort into three categories. In descending order these are SLGDT, SLG, and XLS. In layman's terms these grades roughly correspond to Aviation/Magnified use, Ground Use/1x Use (High Grade), and Ground Use/1x Use (Mid Grade). Tubes that do not meet minimum XLS standards are destroyed.

Grading is accomplished with a minimum standard model. Each grade of tube has minimum values for photocathode response, figure of merit, gain, halo, resolution, signal to noise ratio, and blemishes. In other words, a tube could be Aviation grade in all respects but have a 0.003" blem in zone one---making it land in XLS rather than SLGDT.
To prevent cherry picking Elbit does not release full spec sheets for each tube from the factory. Instead they just guarantee the minimum values for each grade.

In practice this means that:
  • SLGDT tubes meet military aviation standards and are suitable for magnified use. In these applications even pinprick peripheral blemishes can completely disqualify an intensifier tube. Because of this, SLGDT tubes are among the most expensive on the market. 
  • SLG tubes meet military specifications for use in ground based systems. Particularly those where users are not highly magnifying the image (i.e. head mounted NODs). It's important to note that these are not a "compromise" over aviation grade, SLG tubes are incredibly high quality---especially so in the latest 2020 manufacturing batches

So what about XLS?

XLS tubes are physically identical to the SLGDT and SLG tubes above, however the XLS rating is a commercial specification. This makes XLS tubes an incredibly attractive value proposition for the average night vision user.

In plain English: XLS is the grade that Elbit uses to classify tubes that do not meet the milspec. Does that make them bad tubes? Not necessarily. The vast majority of XLS tubes are SLG or SLGDT spec with minor blems.

  • Single small needle sized pin prick (0.003-0.006”) in zone 1? Sorry pal that’s not milspec!
  • More than two of those pin pricks in zone 3? No soup for you!
  • etc.

Now obviously nobody wants a blem in their unit, but how much usability does a small pinprick take away? The answer is very little when used as intended. Like death and taxes blems are a fact of life in night vision; even the best intensifiers will form small blemishes and imperfections with regular use. It's an unavoidable side effect of the technology.

If you're the type of person that likes to sit inside and stare at solid white walls, you will absolutely pick up a blem of any size. In more realistic field conditions blems become extremely hard to spot against dark dynamic backgrounds.

Because of this, we believe that XLS tubes offer an unmatched value to the customer. With an XLS tube you can enjoy night vision which is every bit as functional as higher-grades whilst saving hundreds of dollars. This means more money for practice and training under night vision---and believe me practice is essential.

Testing and Assembly:

Each PVS-14 is professionally assembled in partnership with VF1 systems of California. The experts at VF1 correctly test, assemble, and calibrate our units according to military TDPs and best practices. While PVS-14s are relatively easy to slap together small errors are easy to make and can have significant negative effects on your unit. Shoddily assembled NODs can suffer from internal condensation, uncomfortable eye strain, and reduced image clarity.

As part of the testing and assembly process VF1 will generate spec sheets for the XLS intensifier tube in your PV-14. These spec sheets will be included with your purchase, ensuring peace of mind and high resale value. Note that we will keep a copy of this information on file in the event that you misplace your spec sheet and need another.

Warranty and Return Policy:

Intensifier tubes are covered by Elbit System's 2 year limited warranty against manufacturing defects and premature failure.

PVS-14 internal optics are covered by Carson's a 1 year limited warranty against manufacturing defects and premature failure.

The Israeli PVS-14 housings are covered by a 1 year limited warranty against manufacturing defects and premature failure.

The unit as a whole is covered by KommandoStore's standard 30 day return policy, plus free return shipping. We will also facilitate servicing and support of your night vision, including warranty repairs if needed.

Note that our warranty does not cover damage due to user error such as user-induced blems, reticle burn, impact damage etc. In the unlikely event that you accidentally damage your PVS-14, we will do our best to assist you in the repairs process.

Specifications:

Weight

316g

Battery Type

AA (Lithium Recommended)

Battery Life

Approx. 50 hours at Room Temp

Material

Glass Filled Nylon Polymer

FOV

Approx. 40 degrees

Glass Type

Milspec USA produced Carson PVS14 objective and eyepiece

Waterproofing

60' for 2 hours (Milspec)

Battery Pack Connector

None

Gain Control

Auto

Assembly Status

Fully assembled and purged with nitrogen

Warranty

1 Year Limited on Housing, 2 Year Limited on Tube

 

Note: FOM = SNR*Resolution

Elbit SLG White Phosphor Tube (Thin Film Auto Gated)

Parameter

Min

Max

 

Photocathode Response (FOM)

1800

N/A

 

EBI

N/A

2.5

 

Gain 2x10^-6 fc

40,000

80,000

 

Halo (mm)

N/A

1.25

 

Resolution (lp/mm)

64

N/A

 

Signal to Noise (SNR)

24

N/A

 

Blem Spot criteria

-

-

-

Blem Size (in)

Zone 1

(max)

Zone 2

(max)

Zone 3

(max)

>.015

0

0

0

>.012-.015

0

0

0

>.009-.012

0

0

1

>.006-.009

0

1

2

.003-.006

0

2

3

 

Elbit XLS Green Phosphor Tube (Thin Film Auto Gated)

Parameter

Min

Max

 

Photocathode Response (FOM)

1350

N/A

 

EBI

N/A

2.5

 

Gain 2x10^-6 fc

40,000

80,000

 

Halo (mm)

N/A

1.25

 

Resolution (lp/mm)

64

N/A

 

Signal to Noise (SNR)

21

N/A

 

Blem Spot criteria

-

-

-

Blem size (in)

Zone 1

(max)

Zone 2

(max)

Zone 3

(max)

>.015

0

0

0

>.012-.015

0

0

0

>.009-.012

0

1

1

>.006-.009

0

1

2

.003-.006

1

2

3

AN/PVS-14 Night Vision Monocular, Gen III+ Elbit XLS GP (Q4 2020)

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2 Year Limited Warranty
Free Returns & Cancellations

Available to US Customers Only: All ITAR Regulations Apply

KommandoStore is excited to offer new, high quality PVS-14s. Each unit is professionally assembled using Milspec/NATO Israeli housings, Carson glass and the latest Elbit Systems intensifier tubes.

Lead Time: 90 Days

Dec. 11th 2020: We have updated the estimated lead time from 60 to 90 days to 90 days after the latest update from Elbit on the status of our tube order.

Most night vision retailers are quoting lead times of 6-12+ months. COVID, election concerns, civil unrest, and the increasing popularity of NODS have all contributed to a huge supply shortage in a very inelastic market. Elbit and L3 can't keep up with tube orders, and as a result intensifier tubes are scarce, expensive, and back-ordered to heck.

We're not immune to market forces, but earlier this year we placed sizeable orders for optics, intensifier tubes and housings. Now they're rolling in while everyone else is out of stock.

Because of this, assembly and delivery of our PVS-14s will take 60 to 90 days instead of 6-9 months. We're expecting our next batch of tubes late December, and our housings before then. We already have all of our Carson internals on hand and ready, so assembly is a piece of cake.

Despite this, we do have to put in a disclaimer because the market is going crazy right now.  In the event that our orders are delayed, we'll let you know and revise our lead time accordingly. And of course, you can cancel your PVS-14 order and recieve a full refund at any time—right until it ships.

Hand Select:

Each PVS-14 is professionally assembled in partnership with VF1 systems of California. Due to inherent variability in XLS tubes, we are offering an optional hand select service for customers. Customers who choose hand select will be contacted after purchasing to determine their needs and the best available tube for them. This allows you to prioritize individual metrics of your choosing (e.g. high FOM, low blems, matched pairs etc.)
If you don't specify anything, that's fine too. We know what to look for and will take good care of you.

Our currently published inventory for the hand select option is limited to 30% of our total available XLS tubes. This ensures that everyone is treated fairly.

 

About the AN/PVS-14:

The PVS-14 was introduced into service at the turn of the 21st Century, replacing the US Military's ageing inventory of PVS-7 units. Key advantages of the PVS-14 are size and weight reduction over the legacy PVS-7 units---the compact, lightweight design of the PVS-14 monocular cuts both by nearly half.

At a compact 316 grams, the entire unit can easily fit in your hand, providing the average soldier with robust night fighting capabilities in even the worst low light conditions. PVS-14s can be worn on a lanyard and used as a spotting scope---more commonly they are helmet mounted for hands free use. Thanks to a huge volume of military surplus helmets and head mounts, you're only 30 minutes on eBay away from terrorizing hikers at 2am.

The Monocular Question:

Although the limitations of monocular night vision are obvious, the unique strengths of the PVS-14 system are rarely discussed. The form factor of the PVS-14 enables a great deal of flexibility and modularity---allowing users to get into night vision cheaply and add capability over time.

  • A single PVS-14 can be worn with a helmet, or around the neck as a monocular. This can be augmented by a second PVS-14, enabling binocular night vision.
  • Bino PVS-14 setups can be split up on the fly, allowing you to "donate" a single monocular to a teammate without losing your night vision capability.
  • The intensifier tubes in our PVS-14 units can be re-used and assembled inside many of the most popular binocular night vision housings. This reduces the cost of evolving and upgrading your kit down the road. 

With this in mind, we consider the PVS-14 to be the best option for people looking to get their feet wet in Night Vision. If you decide night vision is something you like---congratulations, the PVS-14 is an ideal stepping stone as you move towards more complicated and expensive setups.

Equally, if you decide Night Vision isn't for you PVS-14s are easy to offload. As the single most popular night vision device in the US, there is a healthy secondary market for PVS-14s. Units like ours (which are built on US made Carson parts kits) tend to not depreciate much at all.

Background On Tubes:

These units are built with brand new USA produced image intensifiers from Elbit Systems. Elbit Systems (formerly Harris) is one of the two manufacturers forming the current image intensifier duopoly in the US market---the other being L3 (now known as L3 Harris).

The more astute of you may have noticed something in the names there, and you would be right. When Harris merged with L3, they sold their night vision business to Elbit Systems to avoid redundancy with L3's existing product line.

What does this mean for you? Well, Elbit Systems is a bona fide military manufacturer and as such, they are currently gearing up for the latest OMNI IX contracts. Broadly speaking the maximum specs of the previous OMNI VIII contracts are now the minimum requirements in OMNI IX. As a result, we've been seeing fantastic performance out of their 2020 production image intensifiers.

One of the other key advantages in working with a reputable manufacturer is the provenance of the tubes. The secondary market is currently flooded with stolen image intensifiers. Currently there's a significant effort underway at the DHS to combat this, but the reality is that many night vision units are built with stolen military property. This can be very expensive when Uncle Sam knocks on your door and takes your NODs. This may sound a little outlandish (how would they know after all?) but I've seen this happen to people I know.

It's also worth mentioning that 'grey market' tubes can mean subpar quality and hidden faults, as most thefts occur during the decommissioning process. Unlike a factory tube, there is no warranty support when these fail.

In short, new production Elbit tubes offer unmatched quality with a 2 year warranty and no risk of your door getting kicked down.

Tube Specifications:

Q4 2020 Update: Of the 28 Green XLS tubes in our Q3 2020 batch of PVS-14s 50% came in above 1700 FOM. A few came in over 2000 FOM. Obviously past returns do not guarantee future performance of our Q4 2020 batch, but we are very happy with these Q3 results and firmly believe that the GP XLS provides a great value to the end user

All phosphor image intensifier tubes are made in large, identically formed batches. This manufacturing process has an inherent level of variability, just like the processes used to create modern CPUs. Obviously Elbit and L3 do their best to minimize intra-batch differences, but it is a fact of life in night vision.
Because of this variability, each batch of tubes shakes out into several distinct grades. At Elbit they sort into three categories. In descending order these are SLGDT, SLG, and XLS. In layman's terms these grades roughly correspond to Aviation/Magnified use, Ground Use/1x Use (High Grade), and Ground Use/1x Use (Mid Grade). Tubes that do not meet minimum XLS standards are destroyed.

Grading is accomplished with a minimum standard model. Each grade of tube has minimum values for photocathode response, figure of merit, gain, halo, resolution, signal to noise ratio, and blemishes. In other words, a tube could be Aviation grade in all respects but have a 0.003" blem in zone one---making it land in XLS rather than SLGDT.
To prevent cherry picking Elbit does not release full spec sheets for each tube from the factory. Instead they just guarantee the minimum values for each grade.

In practice this means that:
  • SLGDT tubes meet military aviation standards and are suitable for magnified use. In these applications even pinprick peripheral blemishes can completely disqualify an intensifier tube. Because of this, SLGDT tubes are among the most expensive on the market. 
  • SLG tubes meet military specifications for use in ground based systems. Particularly those where users are not highly magnifying the image (i.e. head mounted NODs). It's important to note that these are not a "compromise" over aviation grade, SLG tubes are incredibly high quality---especially so in the latest 2020 manufacturing batches

So what about XLS?

XLS tubes are physically identical to the SLGDT and SLG tubes above, however the XLS rating is a commercial specification. This makes XLS tubes an incredibly attractive value proposition for the average night vision user.

In plain English: XLS is the grade that Elbit uses to classify tubes that do not meet the milspec. Does that make them bad tubes? Not necessarily. The vast majority of XLS tubes are SLG or SLGDT spec with minor blems.

  • Single small needle sized pin prick (0.003-0.006”) in zone 1? Sorry pal that’s not milspec!
  • More than two of those pin pricks in zone 3? No soup for you!
  • etc.

Now obviously nobody wants a blem in their unit, but how much usability does a small pinprick take away? The answer is very little when used as intended. Like death and taxes blems are a fact of life in night vision; even the best intensifiers will form small blemishes and imperfections with regular use. It's an unavoidable side effect of the technology.

If you're the type of person that likes to sit inside and stare at solid white walls, you will absolutely pick up a blem of any size. In more realistic field conditions blems become extremely hard to spot against dark dynamic backgrounds.

Because of this, we believe that XLS tubes offer an unmatched value to the customer. With an XLS tube you can enjoy night vision which is every bit as functional as higher-grades whilst saving hundreds of dollars. This means more money for practice and training under night vision---and believe me practice is essential.

Testing and Assembly:

Each PVS-14 is professionally assembled in partnership with VF1 systems of California. The experts at VF1 correctly test, assemble, and calibrate our units according to military TDPs and best practices. While PVS-14s are relatively easy to slap together small errors are easy to make and can have significant negative effects on your unit. Shoddily assembled NODs can suffer from internal condensation, uncomfortable eye strain, and reduced image clarity.

As part of the testing and assembly process VF1 will generate spec sheets for the XLS intensifier tube in your PV-14. These spec sheets will be included with your purchase, ensuring peace of mind and high resale value. Note that we will keep a copy of this information on file in the event that you misplace your spec sheet and need another.

Warranty and Return Policy:

Intensifier tubes are covered by Elbit System's 2 year limited warranty against manufacturing defects and premature failure.

PVS-14 internal optics are covered by Carson's a 1 year limited warranty against manufacturing defects and premature failure.

The Israeli PVS-14 housings are covered by a 1 year limited warranty against manufacturing defects and premature failure.

The unit as a whole is covered by KommandoStore's standard 30 day return policy, plus free return shipping. We will also facilitate servicing and support of your night vision, including warranty repairs if needed.

Note that our warranty does not cover damage due to user error such as user-induced blems, reticle burn, impact damage etc. In the unlikely event that you accidentally damage your PVS-14, we will do our best to assist you in the repairs process.

Specifications:

Weight

316g

Battery Type

AA (Lithium Recommended)

Battery Life

Approx. 50 hours at Room Temp

Material

Glass Filled Nylon Polymer

FOV

Approx. 40 degrees

Glass Type

Milspec USA produced Carson PVS14 objective and eyepiece

Waterproofing

60' for 2 hours (Milspec)

Battery Pack Connector

None

Gain Control

Auto

Assembly Status

Fully assembled and purged with nitrogen

Warranty

1 Year Limited on Housing, 2 Year Limited on Tube

 

Note: FOM = SNR*Resolution

Elbit SLG White Phosphor Tube (Thin Film Auto Gated)

Parameter

Min

Max

 

Photocathode Response (FOM)

1800

N/A

 

EBI

N/A

2.5

 

Gain 2x10^-6 fc

40,000

80,000

 

Halo (mm)

N/A

1.25

 

Resolution (lp/mm)

64

N/A

 

Signal to Noise (SNR)

24

N/A

 

Blem Spot criteria

-

-

-

Blem Size (in)

Zone 1

(max)

Zone 2

(max)

Zone 3

(max)

>.015

0

0

0

>.012-.015

0

0

0

>.009-.012

0

0

1

>.006-.009

0

1

2

.003-.006

0

2

3

 

Elbit XLS Green Phosphor Tube (Thin Film Auto Gated)

Parameter

Min

Max

 

Photocathode Response (FOM)

1350

N/A

 

EBI

N/A

2.5

 

Gain 2x10^-6 fc

40,000

80,000

 

Halo (mm)

N/A

1.25

 

Resolution (lp/mm)

64

N/A

 

Signal to Noise (SNR)

21

N/A

 

Blem Spot criteria

-

-

-

Blem size (in)

Zone 1

(max)

Zone 2

(max)

Zone 3

(max)

>.015

0

0

0

>.012-.015

0

0

0

>.009-.012

0

1

1

>.006-.009

0

1

2

.003-.006

1

2

3

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Excellent product! Am now currently eating cup-o-noodles for the rest of my life

I had purchased this in early July and i received this towards the end of November. It was well worth the wait! I greatly appreciate the small accessories that came with it as well. It comes with a PVS-14 pack, a J-arm (it feels rather flimsy), caps for the lenses, and a lanyard. This product works great in the dark. The only downside is finding a suitable mount for my ATE helmet, but if you have that squared away you should be fine. I am very happy with this product 5/5 would LARP in the woods with!

P.S.

if the kommando store sold some suitable mounts that would be awesome :)

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