Thermal sights can certainly give operators the upper hand, especially while working in fog or darkness. As with all technology, companies are providing better thermal sights at more affordable prices. One such option: the EOTech Light Weapon Thermal Sight, or LWTS, which author David Bahde wrings out in the upcoming February 2014 issue of Special Weapons for Military & Police.

Bahde writes, “The LWTS is an ITAR-regulated thermal-vision scope available to U.S citizens and law enforcement personnel. It can be used as a standalone device or in “clip on” mode (attached to other optics). Used by itself, the LWTS has 1x magnification with a 2x zoom. It acts more like a camera with a zoom feature than an “optic,” per se, when used alone. Attached to a scope, the LWTS utilizes that optic’s magnification and reticle. Four ballistic weapon reticles are available in clip-on mode—all are sightable to within 1 MOA. The unit’s 640×480 screen resolution is pretty good and can be focused from 3 meters to infinity. It includes an RS-170 real-time video input/output for remote viewing or recording. Designed primarily for use with low-power optics, the LWTS operates on four AA lithium batteries for a 10-hour run time. Weighing in at just under 2 pounds, it is lighter than many older models on the market.”


To learn more about the EOTech Light Weapon Thermal Sight and how it fared at the range, check out the February 2014 issue of Special Weapons for Military & Police, available on newsstands and digitally December 24, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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