TAC­TI­CALLY SET

AC­CES­SORIES DE­SIGNED TO EN­HANCE YOUR SKILLS, LIFE­STYLE

Tactical World - - Contents - Story by a Staff Writer, Pho­tos Courtesy of the Man­u­fac­tur­ers

FEA­TURED PROD­UCT OF THE MONTH

{ 01) FLIR THERMOSIGHT PRO PTS536 AND PTS736

Au­gust 2017. That’s when preda­tor hun­ters, in­va­sive wildlife con­trol spe­cial­ists and tac­ti­cal pro­fes­sion­als had the op­por­tu­nity to first try FLIR’S Thermosight Pro PTS233 ther­mal-imag­ing weapon sight. Pow­ered by FLIR’S new­est, com­pact, un­cooled, high-per­for­mance 12-mi­cron Bo­son ther­mal cam­era core, the 19mm Thermosight Pro PTS233 “set a new stan­dard” in ther­mal im­age qual­ity, while of­fer­ing a “wealth of in­no­va­tive and in­tu­itive per­for­mance fea­tures.” And the price rolled in at less than $2,200. But that was last year. This year FLIR in­tro­duced two new Thermosight Pro ther­mal ri­fle­scopes: the 50mm Thermosight Pro PTS536 and 75mm Thermosight Pro PTS736.

First Look Both new FLIR Thermosight Pro mod­els are pow­ered by FLIR’S 12-mi­cron pixel pitch FLIR Bo­son ther­mal cam­era core, which de­liv­ers smaller, lighter op­tics with in­creased im­age per­for­mance and range. Fea­tur­ing on-chip video pro­cess­ing and an un­com­pressed video sig­nal fed di­rectly to a bright, high-def­i­ni­tion 1280 x 960 FLCOS dis­play, the FLIR Thermosight Pro Se­ries of­fers im­proved ob­ject de­tec­tion and clas­si­fi­ca­tion in the field and clean ther­mal im­agery in any light—from low con­trast day­light to to­tal dark­ness. And this in­cludes smoke, haze and light fog. Both new Thermosight Pro mod­els of­fer 60Hz video re­fresh rates, 320 x 256 ther­mal res­o­lu­tion, USB-C con­nec­tiv­ity, user-con­trolled imag­ing pal­ettes, im­age en­hance­ment fil­ters, and built-in dig­i­tal com­pass and in­cli­nome­ter.

Shot-ac­ti­vated on­board record­ing al­lows for the in­ter­nal stor­age of up to two-and-a-half hours of video or 1,000 JPEG im­ages. Thermosight Pro mod­els also fea­ture mul­ti­ple ret­i­cle and ther­mal pal­ette op­tions and “crisp” iconol­ogy and graphic over­lays over vir­tu­ally all back­grounds.

Fea­tures

• The new FLIR Thermosight Pro PTS536 fea­tures a 50mm lens, 4x op­ti­cal mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, 4x dig­i­tal zoom and a 4.5°W × 3.5°H FOV.

• The new FLIR Thermosight Pro PTS736 fea­tures a 75mm lens, 6x op­ti­cal mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, 4x dig­i­tal zoom and a 3°W × 2.5°H FOV.

The Bot­tom Line • The new FLIR Thermosight Pro PTS536 and PTS736 will be avail­able through es­tab­lished FLIR deal­ers in the U.S. at MAPS with price tags set to be $3,795 and $4,795, re­spec­tively.

Web: FLIR.COM

{ 02) FOR­REST TOOL CO. MAX MUL­TIPUR­POSE TOOL KIT

En­dorse­ments can mean a lot, and that’s es­pe­cially the case when it’s the U.S. Army. Of­fi­cials at For­rest told us that the MAX has be­come a stan­dard spec com­po­nent of nearly all of the Army’s light and medium tac­ti­cal ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing AM Gen­eral’s HMMWV, Force Pro­tec­tion’s Buf­falo, Tex­tron’s M1117 Se­cu­rity Ve­hi­cle, BAE’S Caiman and Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics’ LAV-25. Plus, they say it is spec’d for the up­com­ing JLTV. The MAX Mul­tipur­pose Tool Kit, which is made in the United States, is a durable and lightweight hand tool that re­duces weight, space and cost on lightweight and medium-weight tac­ti­cal ve­hi­cles in the field. The MAX is a sev­en­tools-in-one mul­tipur­pose “so­lu­tion” for all long-han­dle tool needs. The com­plete tool menu in­cludes an ax/sledge, shovel, mat­tock, pick, broad pick, and a heavy-duty re­versible rake and hoe, all fit­ting into a com­pact kit. The en­tire pack­age weighs in at 12.5 pounds. For­rest Tool is a small, vet­eran-owned com­pany.

FAST FACTS

• Tem­pered tool steel

• 34-inch com­pos­ite poly­glass han­dle

• 3.5-pound Hud­son Bay-style ax head

• Leather ax sheath

• Com­pact stor­age in a low-pro­file Cor­dura car­ry­ing case

• Sug­gested re­tail price: $249.95

Web: For­rest­toolco.com

{ 03) LY­MAN (TACSTAR) CAR­BON FIBER AR-15 HAND­GUARDS

If you’re look­ing for a hand­guard that is rugged, light and looks good, you may not have to look fur­ther than Ly­man’s car­bon fiber AR-15 hand­guards that fea­ture an in­te­grated Pi­catinny rail. These are de­signed to pro­vide an “un­beat­able strength-to-weight ra­tio, of­fer­ing dura­bil­ity and tough­ness to go along with their light weight and good looks.” They also stay cool to the touch, even with ex­ten­sive fir­ing. Trevor Mullen, VP of Global Mar­ket­ing and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment for Ly­man Prod­ucts, said, "Whether you are a com­peti­tor, pro­fes­sional or just en­joy a day at the range, this Tacstar car­bon fiber hand­guard will make a dif­fer­ence in your shoot­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. First, you'll no­tice how lightweight it is at just four ounces. Sec­ond, af­ter re­peated shoot­ing, the hand­guard stays cool to the touch. And, the in­te­grated Pi­catinny rail is one less ac­ces­sory you have to fool with when ac­ces­soriz­ing your ri­fle. The Tacstar car­bon fiber hand­guard is easy to at­tach and you'll ap­pre­ci­ate its sleek ap­pear­ance as much as all the other ben­e­fits." The fully free-float­ing oc­tagon hand­guards are equipped with mul­ti­ple cool­ing slots and ac­ces­sory mount­ing points, which will ac­cept any M-lok-style mount­ing hard­ware used with ac­ces­sories, such as slings, bipods, lights or ver­ti­cal grips. The Tacstar hand­guard at­taches to the ri­fle with an alu­minum mount­ing sleeve, which sim­ply clamps over the ex­ist­ing bar­rel nut.

FAST FACTS

• 10-inch Car­bine Length: MSRP $174.98

• 12-inch Mid-ri­fle Length: MSRP $199.98

• 15-inch Full Ri­fle Length: MSRP $224.98

Web: Ly­man­prod­ucts.com

PTS536

PTS736

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