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Carson/ITT AN/PVS-14, Elbit SLG White Phos
Carson/ITT AN/PVS-14, Elbit SLG White Phos
Carson/ITT AN/PVS-14, Elbit SLG White Phos
Carson/ITT AN/PVS-14, Elbit SLG White Phos
Carson/ITT AN/PVS-14, Elbit SLG White Phos
Carson/ITT AN/PVS-14, Elbit SLG White Phos

Available To US Customers only: All ITAR Regulations Apply.

Important Information About These Units:

These units are assembled with a Carson objective lens, Carson/ITT Housings, Ninox eyepieces and a new white phosphor SLG image intensifier from Elbit Systems of America. The optics and housing have been thoroughly inspected and found to be in good condition with no functional issues or damage. The image intensifier is brand new from Elbit Systems with zero hours of use.

All available units are ready-to-ship with a few day's lead time for ITAR form confirmation & assembly.

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.

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 unit is 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.

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:

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.

Testing and Assembly:

Every PVS-14 we sell is professionally assembled by our night vision techs. 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.
For more information on our assembly and inspection procedures, please reference our night vision servicing page.

As part of the testing and assembly process we will include full spec sheets from Elbit for your PVS-14. These spec sheets will be included with your purchase, ensuring peace of mind and high resale value.

Warranty and Return Policy:

Intensifier tubes are covered by Elbit's 2 year limited warranty against manufacturing defects and premature failure. In practice this warranty is 1 year and 8-11 months as Elbit starts the warranty clock as soon as the intensifier tubes are shipped from their facility.

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. Please note that damage due to user error or negligence is not covered by Elbit's intensifier warranty or our return policy.

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

Ninox

Waterproofing

60' for 2 hours (Milspec)

Battery Pack Connector

None

Gain Control

Manual

Assembly Status

Fully assembled and purged with nitrogen

Warranty

2 Year Limited on Tube


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Available To US Customers only: All ITAR Regulations Apply.

Important Information About These Units:

These units are assembled with a Carson objective lens, Carson/ITT Housings, Ninox eyepieces and a new white phosphor SLG image intensifier from Elbit Systems of America. The optics and housing have been thoroughly inspected and found to be in good condition with no functional issues or damage. The image intensifier is brand new from Elbit Systems with zero hours of use.

All available units are ready-to-ship with a few day's lead time for ITAR form confirmation & assembly.

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.

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 unit is 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.

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:

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.

Testing and Assembly:

Every PVS-14 we sell is professionally assembled by our night vision techs. 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.
For more information on our assembly and inspection procedures, please reference our night vision servicing page.

As part of the testing and assembly process we will include full spec sheets from Elbit for your PVS-14. These spec sheets will be included with your purchase, ensuring peace of mind and high resale value.

Warranty and Return Policy:

Intensifier tubes are covered by Elbit's 2 year limited warranty against manufacturing defects and premature failure. In practice this warranty is 1 year and 8-11 months as Elbit starts the warranty clock as soon as the intensifier tubes are shipped from their facility.

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. Please note that damage due to user error or negligence is not covered by Elbit's intensifier warranty or our return policy.

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

Ninox

Waterproofing

60' for 2 hours (Milspec)

Battery Pack Connector

None

Gain Control

Manual

Assembly Status

Fully assembled and purged with nitrogen

Warranty

2 Year Limited on Tube


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Cool Beans NOD’s

So, now that I’ve owned these things for a few months and have had the time to really use them. They are awesome, worth the price, work immaculately, and are better than any of the other options I messed around with. James C had some stellar customer service and I can’t recommend KS enough for NVG’s. 10/10 would recommend.

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