How Much It Costs To Get Into Night Vision?

Getting into night vision gun gear is definitely more expensive than getting into regular shooting sports.

In this quick guide, let's talk about how much it costs to get into night vision. This will include night vision goggles, laser devices, infrared weapon lights, and other important setups.

After reading this, you can decide what is right for you.

Night Vision Goggles

Average Cost - $1800 - $8000+

ATN PVS7-3 Gen 3 Night Vision Goggles, 64 lp/mm Resolution, Gen 3 Tube NVGOPVS730

Getting a rock-solid helmet-mounted night vision goggle is the BIGGEST expense when starting out. Some can even cost up to $40,000, such as the GPNVG 18, used by the US Spec Ops.

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For most people, a PVS 14 is the common night vision goggle to buy without investing too much money into it, and they work very well.

Laser Devices

Avg Cost - $600 - 1300

Steiner eOptics eOptics Laser Devices Dual Beam Aiming Laser, Intelligent DBAL-I2, PEQ-2, IR, Class I, 4mW Adjustable IR Illumination, Black, 9007

There are tons of laser devices that offer great night time tactical capabilities. For night vision use, an IR laser illuminator and an IR laser combo are very helpful for seeing things in the dark. 

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An IR laser pointer is only visible under the night vision goggle, and it can be used to signaling and aiming without leaving any visible signature in the dark.

An IR illuminator is like a flashlight beam only visible to those wearing a night-vision goggle. 

Night Vision Optics

Average Cost - $1200 - $3000

Pulsar 4.5-18x Digisight Ultra N450 LRF Digital Night Vision Riflescope, Black, PL76627

Helmet-mounted night vision goggles are great, but other times a rifle-mounted night vision scope is helpful for fixed position long-range shooting without a lot of gear on the shooter's head.

A good night vision scope ranges from $1800 to $7000, and the price difference is based on the range capability and glass quality as always.

If night vision shooting is something long-term for you, and the money is not an issue, then it's always a better idea to spend a bit more than to spend more buying a series of upgrades.

IR Weapon Light

Average Cost - $380 - $500 

SureFire M312 Scout LED Weapon Lights, IR/White, 250 Lumens, Black, M312V-BK

A good IR weapon light costs from $250 - 390 on average, and there are also laser devices with built-in IR lights.

The infrared weapon light beam is only visible under the night vision goggle, and it provides many tactical advantages to stay low profile without compromising positions.

This type of night vision gear is helpful for military and law enforcement applications for the most part, but it can also be helpful for civilian use, such as home defense and hunting.

White Weapon Light

Average Cost - $150 - $300

Cloud Defensive REIN Micro Complete Kit, Black, REiN-M-CK-BLK
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modlite plhv2 in action 35 ft

If $3000 - $8000 worth of night vision gear isn't financially sound for you currently, you can still get something cheaper to identify targets in low-light, however, your position will be exposed.

There are many different types of weapon lights available on the market for pistols, rifles, and shotguns. The Surefire Scout lights are the most popular on the market, and there are tons of options available including light mounting accessories and control switches.

Key Takeaways

Getting into night vision shooting with all the support gear costs on average $8000 - $12,000.

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Just having a night vision goggle, or just having the IR laser without support gear, only makes your purchases "this" much useful. 

These include:

  • Rifle + accessories
  • Optic
  • IR laser
  • IR illuminator
  • White light + accessories
  • Handheld light
  • Night vision goggle
  • Mounts
  • Helmet 
  • Support gears
  • Mags

Reality Checks:

  • It's difficult to find good places to shoot at night for most people especially living in big cities
  • Most indoor ranges don't allow low light shoot
  • Know people who can facilitate the training environment 
  • People collect expensive NV gear and end up not really using them at all
  • Most professional night vision trainings are pay to play sessions (can be very expensive)
  • Avoid debt when buying those things! financial freedom is just as important living in the free world