Prepper Guns: Firearms, Ammo, Tools, and Techniques You Will Need to Survive the Coming Collapse (2016)


Night Vision

If you don’t own the night, the night will own you.


FLIR Scout TS thermal night vision scope. This is the tool I used to watch for lions attacking at night in Africa.

This is another area where I don’t claim to be an expert, but I have used night vision and thermal vision gear for hunting and during nighttime shooting competitions just enough to know that it’s a very good idea for a prepper to have some on hand.

I once used thermal to stand guard from the top of a termite mound in Zimbabwe. The area was infested with lions and we were trying to cut up and load a Cape buffalo that had been shot right at dark. I watched for lions while the PH and trackers took care of the buffalo. It was an exciting time.

I have also hunted coyotes and hogs several times using both night vision and thermal vision. I have used night vision in competition a few times, usually with IR laser sight on a handgun or carbine. A couple of times we ran stages with full-auto, short-barrel M4 carbines. It is both awesome and an eye opener that to protect your home and family you really need to have some night vision.

As this is a gun book, I won’t explore the topic too deeply. Besides, there is a lot of information out there, so use the time now to educate yourself and decide what’s best for your unique situation.

Without going into a lot of technical detail, there are two basic types in common use. What we call night vision uses ambient light to allow you to see. This is the ghostly green screen that most people have seen with the night vision cameras used on some television shows. The other is thermal, which works off heat. Everything has a different heat signature and with thermal vision that is shown in black, white, and shades of gray.


The Bushnell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision with Zoom is relatively inexpensive, but let’s you view your property at night, undetected.

Both have their pros and cons, including cost. But it’s a good idea to have some night vision to help protect your home or compound when there is no light.

It’s a good idea that you have something with the ability to aim and shoot a rifle using night vision for one or more people in your party.