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Discussion On Wild Bunch Dispatch Issue #67 Starts HERE At 6pm Mountain Time!

December 5, 2021

The Q&A portion of the Wild Bunch Dispatch will be held on this page from 6pm to 7:30pm (Mountain Time) today.  Any questions you might have on the 67th issue please post here and I will try to answer them to the best of my ability.  Some ground rules:

1)  Please stick to the subject matter of the newsletter.

2)  This is not a debate forum.  If you have some concerns I’m happy to address them, but I can’t get into a long circular debate while other people have questions.

3)  If I do not respond to your question immediately, don’t freak out.  I’ll get to it, don’t worry.

4)  Try to keep to one or two questions each time you write a post.  Please refrain from essay-long multi-question posts.  It is much appreciated. 

I will begin discussion at exactly 6pm Mountain time.  Looking forward to your questions and thoughts on the Wild Bunch Issue #67.  If you missed out on this discussion you can still subscribe for the next issue and participate.  For more information on how to subscribe, visit the link HERE.


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    Brandon Smith December 5, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Discussion is now open on Issue #67.

  • Mako December 5, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    What dealer would you recommend for a good PVS-14? And do you think night vision will be hard to find in the near future because of supply chain problems?

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      Brandon Smith December 5, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      I actually bought my setup from Ready Made Resources, but there are a few other good sellers out there. One problem is that a lot of outlets are really low on stock right now, especially on the mid-grade NV scopes that are a little less expensive. I would buy high end scopes from a dedicated NV dealer or a website that is known for quality service. I would not buy it from Amazon or Ebay when it comes to such a chunk of change. Also, the good quality NV is made in the US so they may be able to still produce it for a while even with supply chain problems, but expect prices to climb along with inflation. If there is another crisis event then expect ALL NV to disappear quickly. It was nearly gone in 2020 and that could easily happen again.

  • helot December 5, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    I’m wondering what is the cheapest night scope that’s worthwhile.

    I know zero about them, but I have plenty of annoying coyotes in the backyard which might make for great moving targets.

    Do night scopes work well under a full moon? Seems like the coyotes are most active at that time.

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      Brandon Smith December 5, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      It depends on what you are trying to do with it. If you want to navigate in the dark through the woods or in an urban environment then I would not use anything less than a good PVS-14 or a helmet mounted thermal device, so you are looking at $3000+ just to get started. If you are going to be sitting in one spot as security or for night hunting and you aren’t worried about enemies with NV, then the cost goes way down. I recommend the Sightmark digital NV scopes along with a very good IR illuminator like the NightSnipe 750. You can see for around 700 yards with that setup and it costs less than $1000, just be sure you have some good lithium batteries or the ability to charge batteries cause the cheaper scopes eat up battery power. NV scopes actually work BETTER when there is moonlight and starlight.

  • Donald December 5, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    What is your opinion on the COTI (Clip On Thermal Imager)?

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      Brandon Smith December 5, 2021 at 6:54 pm

      I think it’s expensive for what it is. I’ve never used it but from what I’ve seen from test videos it didn’t seem very good compared to a dedicated thermal monocular. I would rather have the FLIR Breach which is much cheaper and a better image quality and then run the Breach on a dual mount next to the PVS-14. It’s a neat idea, though. For people who don’t know, the COTI is a thermal device that clips in front of the PVS-14 and adds a thermal overlay on top of the NV image, so you get NV and thermal in the same scope. The military has much better all-in-one units with NV and thermal in the same scope, but even if you can get your hands on one I think they cost around $15,000 or more. I’m a writer not a YouTuber so I don’t have that kind of money to try one. Beyond that, I’m not sold on the NV + Thermal idea. The military tests I’ve seen look like a mess. The field of view is so cluttered I’m not sure how you would identify a target unless they were standing straight up with a perfect human outline. Thermal is useful in certain situations, but it’s not the insurgent killer that DARPA and the DoD made it out to be decades ago.

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    Brandon Smith December 5, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Discussion is now closed on Issue #67. Thanks to all those subscribers who participated. If you missed out on this issue or would like to subscribe to The Wild Bunch Dispatch to receive future issues, visit the subscription page HERE.

    Issue #68 will be released in two weeks.

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