Ever wish you could see better in the dark?

Well thermal imaging can do quite a bit more than that.

I got a chance to test out the Armasight Contractor 320 3-12 X 25 Thermal Weapon Sight to see how well it performed. Before I begin the review here are the features right from Armasight:

  • Multiple color palettes
  • Intuitive menus with turret controls
  • 8+ Reticle Types (Reticle Catalog)
  • 4 hours runtime at 20° C 
  • Image Detail Enhancement
  • 1/2MOA Boresight 
  • Standard Picatinny Mount Included
  • Video Recording & Image Capture
  • Shot-Activated Video Recording
  • USB Video Stream
  • Wi-Fi Video Stream
  • Bluetooth 5.0 Capabilities
  • Application on iOS / Android Devices
  • USB-C Interface for External Devices
  • Integrated Stadiametric Rangefinder
  • Inclinometer
  • Levelometer
  • Graphic Compass
  • Picture in Picture Mode
  • Angle Cosine Indicator
  • Reticle ON/OFF Selection
  • Battery Status Indicator
  • Alloy Metal Body and Ergonomic Design

Right out of the box the Armasight Contractor 320 3-12 X 25 Thermal Weapon Sight came with the following:

  • Contractor 320 3-12x25mm Thermal Weapon Sight
  • Standard picatinny mount
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • Thermal Zeroing Target
  • 2x CR123A Batteries
  • Product Manual
  • Lens Cloth
  • Soft Case

Here are a few more things that is easier for Armasight to explain in their own words:

The Contractor 3-12x25mm Thermal Weapon Sight is built around our proprietary ArmaCORE 12 Micron Sensor and combines image processing, wireless communication interface, GPS, and internal memory in a single housing that yields a 40% reduction in size and 25% reduction in weight. This translates to pixel size reduction and increased resolution. All combined, the ArmaCORE features represent a 35% reduction in power consumption, allowing the units to run continuously for up to four hours on two CR123 batteries.

The Contractor series also offers an intuitive turret system that enables users to navigate features, such as digital zoom, color pallet and reticles quickly and intuitively to adapt to changing conditions and environments. The units come equipped with a digital compass and inclinometer that help calculate distance, direction and angles. Like all Armasight products, the Contractor 3-12x25mm is MIL-STD compliant—allowing for reliable use in all weather conditions.

First examining the Armasight Contractor 320 3-12 X 25 Thermal Weapon Sight you will notice how easy the weapon mounts are to use. Flip two switches on for attachment to your weapon rain or pop them off for quick off weapon use. Very handy and very sturdy!

The controls are very easy to use. Everything is right at your fingertips when moments matter.

While the Armasight Contractor 320 3-12 X 25 Thermal Weapon Sight can be used as a stand alone thermal imaging unit, it was also made to be mounted on a rifle. I chose a Ruger AR style rifle to mount it to and installation was very quick. Check out the fold down eyepiece for glasses wearers.

Mounted on the rifle I do have to say it looks quite impressive. Range day came and the sight in started.

I chose to begin sight in at 50 yards on a bright sunny day. I was interested how the specialty target supplied would show up in the bright sunlight.

This is the Thermal Zeroing Target that was supplied. When mounted at a slight angle, it allows for easier viewing through the Armasight Contractor 320 3-12 X 25 Thermal Weapon Sight. Another old school trick for sighting in thermal imaging scopes is cheap disposable handwarmers. Remember thermal units work both night and day.

After sight in and back on the homestead, it was ready to be put to work against the local coyotes. They have been hanging out in the back 40 and certainly need to be educated.

Before sight in day I did decide to check the Armasight Contractor 320 3-12 X 25 Thermal Weapon Sight on some of my poultry flock while off the rifle. Notice below chicken heads and legs show lots of heat. The rest of the body is well insulated.

Here is another view from another coloration background of the Armasight Contractor 320 3-12 X 25 Thermal Weapon Sight. This one is very bright indeed.

Here is one image where black shows heat.

How about white is hot as the color scheme?

There are many options for what works best for the user.

Ducks make an interesting visual display of the red hot image option. Not much hides from thermal imaging!

While set up and watching for coyotes and other predators the Armasight Contractor 320 3-12 X 25 Thermal Weapon Sight worked well. Sadly, the predators stayed away and I was not able to send hot lead against warm vermin. Note the stored up heat from the sun in early evening on objects near the coops.

Walking around with the Armasight Contractor 320 3-12 X 25 Thermal Weapon Sight a robin decided to pose on the old tractor path during a daylight hike. This shows that even smaller warm blooded animals can be spotted with thermal imaging. I spotted deer through brush cover also but was not quick enough to take a picture or video.

While not cheap in price, quality thermal imaging devices certainly give you an edge during predator hunting or defense. While I was a bit sad to send the Armasight Contractor 320 3-12 X 25 Thermal Weapon Sight back after testing, I was quite happy I had the opportunity to test out such a cutting edge product. If you are looking for a thermal imaging scope, I certainly can recommend the Armasight Contractor 320 3-12 X 25 Thermal Weapon Sight.

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