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2021 Night Vision: ATN PVS 7 Gen 3 on Wendy XFIL Helmet

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Published on 13 Feb 2021 / In Firearms

This is part of my two part review on a very cool and not so cheap night vision system. This video covers the ATN PVS-7 Gen 3 night vision monocular fitted onto a capable "Team Wendy" EXFIL LTP helmet. A Wilcox G11 swiveling NVG Mount with its claw plate allows for quick swing up/down versatility. You've seen this system in use in many movies.
If you don't know what any of this means and is confusing, I break it down for you here in this review of a proven military and issued night vision system. It's pretty darn cool.
Unlike a dedicated weapon mount, the PVS-7 monocular is strapped to YOU. It will allow outstanding pure darkness situational awareness and it works well. It's relatively lightweight, durable, waterproof, focusable, includes an IR illuminator, and probably will last your whole lifetime. The various Generations and resolutions are discussed and I give my recommendation where you should spend your money.
The Team Wendy helmet comes in multiple forms: polymer bump helmet (this one), carbon fiber lightweight version, and the impressive Threat Level IIA ballistic version (see links below). All are outstanding in their suspension system, CamFit cinch system, chin straps, Zorbium liner & padding, and accommodation for MOE rails and NV devices. The military uses these for good reason. Some philosophy on helmet use is included.
All in all this system is legit and versatile. For night sighting it is best coupled with an IR Laser module, the review of the Steiner DBAL A3 will occur separately here. I would highly rec' both of these items if you can take the cost and then pair them with the Olight Balder IR unit (below). This system will provide tactical advantage over the unprepared zombies that may seek you out!
Big thanks to TNP Donor "Trevor" for loaning me this cool system for review.

A lot of links follow, taking you to Pro 2A Optics Planet, great prices. Links will become ineffective over time:
ATN PVS-7 Gen 3 64 lp/mm night vision monocular, this is my preferred version:
All PVS7 NV at Optics Planet:
ATN PVS-7 Gen 2 night vision:
Wilcox G11 swiveling NVG Mount, shown (mounts in slot on helmet, high quality)
AGM Global Vision PVS-7, various grades, NL series, get a 3NL if you can afford it, white phosphorous versions here:
AGM PVS14 monocular:
Armasight PVS-7 Gen 3 Night Vision, more $$:
Team Wendy helmets, all are excellent, good prices here too:
Team Wendy Carbon Fiber helmet, mentioned:
Team Wendy EXFIL LTP helmets:
Team Wendy EXFIL SAR:
Team Wendy basic helmet, great cost effective host platform:
Team Wendy ballistic Threat IIIA defeating helmets, shown: (if it doesn't load hit blue Search button again)
Steinerr DBAL laser aiming modules: (if it doesn't load hit blue Search button again)
Steiner DBAL 3 reviewed:
Olight Baldr IR weapon light, preferred:
Olight ODIN weapon lights, impressive, 21700 batts for the full sized!
SureFire Scout M600DF:
SureFire M640DF Scout Light Pro $300:
Custom name tape was made here, use a red background, silver letters, looks awesome: BLACK
Deep Blue's amazing watches, they're all xlnt:

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leathersr 1 year ago

Thank you for the content. I have a PVS-7 that a previous owner mistreated - likely tried to operate it in daylight. I've been sitting on this thing for over a year, thinking I will get around to fixing it someday - - after seeing your content I'm reinvigorated to get this functional and train with it.

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FreeTruthSpark 2 years ago

You get zero added field of view, no depth perception, more weight, lower battery life, more bulk, and higher cost when you go with pvs-7 over pvs-14, plus you lose the ability to leave one eye uncovered to see unassisted ambient light and it is much more difficult to use passive aiming techniques (looking through an NV capable optic vs using an IR laser aiming device) as it is very unnatural lining up the optic to the center of your face. Also, for lightweight, very secure and much much more comfortable than the plastic head mount, check out the Crye Precision Nightcap. For around $100 it is an excellent option over a bump helmet or the plastic "Skull crusher" system.

I Highly Highly Highly discourage buying a pvs-7 over a pvs-14.

My two cents from days worth of hours behind night vision.

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bgrossman_8932 2 years ago

The included head gear is really terrible. You need a helmet for a stable platform.

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craig6363 2 years ago

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Jonathan Cooper
Jonathan Cooper 2 years ago

Love the videos, lots of great information.

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