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So, this past weekend my client said he'd "never ever shot an animal....." He wanted to kill a pig first...and of course, I wanted him to experience that at night. This is his first ever harvest. The pig was shot at around 90 yards, in the neck, with the terrific new SSA, Barnes TSX, 85 grain load, coming out of my 12.5" barrel at 2974 FPS. As you might imagine, the pig was a complete POP/ FLOP....DRT

So, I took him out with the new Cardinal Armory 12.5" 6.8 mounted on a Spikes Tactical SBR lower, and then crowned with one of the world's finest D-740's purchased from Victor at TNVC. This unit is nothing short of breathtaking. Every hunter who looks through it, says "HOLY $%&* :shock: .... especially the guys that have never seen a true GENIII Pinnacle autogated. I still find it amazingly bright, clear, and with the auto gating, versatile.

The unit is highly concise and brilliant, but it should, IMO, have a variable gain switch, and the ability to select from reticle to 1 MOA dot option. These are personal preferences/ wishes and yours may vary. The knobs are easily purchased (grabbed with the hand) and the levels of intensity can be adjusted for the reticles, either red or amber. I have become so used to the exceptionally unobtrusive 1MOA dot (not obscuring mt target at 440 yrds) that I prefer that over the reticle of the D-740. If only one could select that dot as a reticle option? I find myself turning down the intensity of the reticle so low that only the center cross and a few hatches are visible, so that I can see where the bullet will be placed on the target.

Focus is simply achieved by turning a knob on the top of the unit and then diopteric adjustments can be made for your individual eyesight, by turning the eyecup. I personally chose to cut the triangular shutters out of the eyecup, since my targets are not shooting back and have not yet acquired NVD's :twisted: . This allows a much faster sight picture, and the entire FOV can be seen when mounting the weapon normally, which is critical to assuring that the eye is lined up with the reticle's superimposed image, without having to jockey for head position and cheek weld.

All in all, it is one of the finest NVD's I have eve handled. You do not have to worry about the EO or Aiampoint , with their two or three extra pieces of glass reducing the brightness and resolution. Even with no moon, I can still identify hogs at up to 100 yards, easily, and 300 if there is even a quarter moon. Under full moon, it is nearly as bright as a cloudy day. The IR illuminator (Torch) looks like a million CP spotlight in the D-740.

The mount is solid, though I really would prefer a QD, and I understand that might be in the works in the future.

If you haven't tried NVD's get one of these. If you shoot hogs at night, your kill % will go up at least 100%. Mine did

BTW, Victor's TNVC provides some of the finest CS I have ever experienced, period. Buy with confidence.

Thanks, Victor!





 

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And I just purchased my PVS14's through them.....

Thats fine I think the PVS 14's are more in line with what I may use them for.

I would like to check that optic out while I am down there though.
 

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Don't worry,

You did the right thing. The PVS-14 is more versatile, and I think that each person should buy that model for their first NVD. I own a PVS-14 as well, and that was the first one I bought. I am glad I did. I have killed hundreds of hogs with my PVS-14, but it was time for a dedicated night-rig, once I had learned the system sufficiently to warrant such a purchase.
 

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Thanks, I doubt I will be doing enough night hunting to warrant a night rig like you need one, mine will be for these hog hunts and just becuase I wanted one...

Cant wait to get down there and slay some pigs.
 

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Chris,

Which version of D-740 did you go with?

G2-MS...?
G2-SHP...?
3A...?


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How much effectiveness do you think the D-740 G2 sacrifices...at half the $$$...?

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How much effectiveness do you think the D-740 G2 sacrifices...at half the $$$...?

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I would be speculating, but I would guess that the resolution, and the gain are not going to be nearly the same. The Signal-to-noise ratio is also important and that is sacrificed in the lesser gen units. I have only owned Gen III units so take that FWIW.

Also, I don't think you can get an auto-gated Gen II tube. The auto gate makes a huge difference, since you can expose it to intense light sources without damage. IOW, you can turn the unit on in the day time to zero the weapon, without fear, and more importantly, if you are hunting at twilight, you don't have to use a different gun. You can turn the unit on, and use the D-740 even before it is totally dark.

Auto gating also protects against burn-in with lasers, etc.
 

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HTR said:
owenslee said:
How much effectiveness do you think the D-740 G2 sacrifices...at half the $$$...?

Kerry
I would be speculating, but I would guess that the resolution, and the gain are not going to be nearly the same. The Signal-to-noise ratio is also important and that is sacrificed in the lesser gen units. I have only owned Gen III units so take that FWIW.

Also, I don't think you can get an auto-gated Gen II tube. The auto gate makes a huge difference, since you can expose it to intense light sources without damage. IOW, you can turn the unit on in the day time to zero the weapon, without fear, and more importantly, if you are hunting at twilight, you don't have to use a different gun. You can turn the unit on, and use the D-740 even before it is totally dark.

Auto gating also protects against burn-in with lasers, etc.
Thanks Chris,

Good information.

I have owned a couple Russian units over the years...half of which failed and most only good to 100m under the best circumstances. I would like to pick up a good NVD while they are still legal to own.

I built a coyote AR for my Dentist several years ago with the best Russian 2nd Gen scope at the time, but it was HUGE... Before I delivered it I shot a five shot 1.5" group @ 100 yds with it at 2300 hrs and a 1/2 moon. Ever since then I have wanted to build another AR with quality NV. I was leaning toward the PVS-14 but appreciate your personal experience and comment on the D-740.

Any other units worth considering?


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I love this place, awesome review, I hope we continue to see more of this from you.
 

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Great write up!!! Thanks you sir!! Also it's good to see the SBR getting a chance to come out to play!! :wink:

As far as NV... I know a bit of the technology, but nothing of the legalities... IF I ever went with NV, the PVS 14 route is most likely what I'd buy. Are these 50 state legal? I know in MinneSNOWta, we can't use NV at any time while hunting. But... I don't think possession is restriced... Is there any where I could go to see the laws regarding NV?

Thanks again for the write up!!! Gives my SBR ideas of a Texas vacation!! :wink: :mrgreen:
 

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Please no NV stories, pics or reviews. I'm trying to save up for a new HT receiver and this thread is confusing me. :)

Oh no I have a question. Now you've done it.
Do the non-gated Gen II scopes have a significantly shorter lifespan when subjected to muzzle blast compared to Gen III (Gated)? I'm using the Smith's Vortex flash hider if that matters.
 

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Very nice write up HTR, I have been wishing on Vic's stuff for a long while. One day soon hopefully I'll have one of his products. I got a question for you, have you checked the zero when you remove the D-740 and replace it? Does it come back to zero with that mount? Again very nice...I'm green with :mrgreen:
 
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