In the upcoming March 2014 issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS, author Phillip Null writes, “Night vision can be reliably accomplished in two ways, but the most prolific means is with an image-intensifying night-vision device (NVD). Image intensifiers capture available electromagnetic radiation, or ambient light, outside that portion of the spectrum visible to the human eye and amplify it 2,000 to 5,000 times before displaying it on a phosphor screen… Visible only through NVDs, infrared (IR) lasers [allow] rapid target identification and engagement without compromising the position of their user to those without night-vision technology.

“One of the most innovative infrared lasers to date is the Uni-IR produced by New York-based LaserMax. Weighing in at 0.9 ounces and requiring only 1.75 inches of mounting space, the Uni-IR is also one of the smallest and most lightweight models available. Because humans see light only in the 400- to 700-nanometer wavelength range, the Uni-IR beam, operating on the 850-nanometer wavelength, is invisible unless viewed through NVDs. This beam produces a 0.6-by-1-inch targeting dot at 20 yards, and because it’s monochromatic, users don’t need to be concerned with any visible red hue common to 850-nanometer LED light sources.”

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