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Have you decided you want to invest in a thermal scope, but aren’t sure where to start?  We suggest the Armasight Predator 336.  Now found under the FLIR brand name. 

The Armasight Predator 336 scope represents the quality, reliability and advanced technology Armasight is proud to put into their scopes.  

 Armasight Predator 336 is the lightest thermal scope in its class.  This compact scope has a multitude of features making it an ideal choice for military, police forces, and hunters alike. 

 The Armasight Predator 336 can work as both a thermal scope and a weapon scope.  Available functions allow you to use it as a spotting scope or handheld thermal imager as well.  The versatility and affordability make it an excellent choice as an entry-level scope 

Armasight Predator 336  Top Features                   

Thermal Imaging

Weather conditions that can cause problems with other scopes are not a problem for the Armasight Predator 336

The FLIR Tau 2VOx microbolometer delivers a clear quality image, even in haze, fog, smoke, and snow. Dawn and dusk conditions are not a problem for this versatile scope.  Radiofrequency and visible light are not emitted by this scope.  

Digital Detail Enhancement

The second-generation digital detail enhancement and active contract enhancement features make it is easier to identify what is in the image.  The image is not blurry but rather has high contrast and excellent edge sharpness.  

The contrast and image correction are further improved by the Information-based histogram equalization and Smart scene optimization features.  

High Levey of Accuracy in Targeting

Another high-tech feature of the Armasight Predator 336 is the software algorithms and chart technology used for accuracy in targeting. 

The boresight retention of ordinary ballistic drums is not a match for the digital reticle platforms available in The Predator 336.  The e-zoom function allows for customization of the power settings for 1x to 2x and 4x. 

Versatile Mounting

If you have military equipment or hunting rifles, you will not have trouble mounting the Predator 336 scope.  The MIL/STD 1913 Picatinny weaver rail system has a quick-release locking system for fast installation.  You can keep the same shooting position and consistent eye relief consistent each time you remount the scope.    

Intuitive Function

If you want to record your hunt, there are two options.  A digital recording device can be connected via an NTSC/PAL video port. The second option is the optional Digital Video Recorder function available on the scope.  

There is a wireless remote that comes with the scope.  It can be used to activate the thermal imaging mode when the scope is in standby mode.   Using the wireless remote can be an excellent way to save the battery life of the scope.  

Construction

The Predator 336 is the lightest in its class.  Constructed with aluminum allow material, it weights around 1.5 pounds.  Don’t let the lightweight and compact build of this scope fool you.  

This thermal imaging scope is tough enough to endure a broad array of temperatures.  The O seal and nitrogen filling protect from the fog and makes the scope water-resistant. It is an ideal scope to have in all kinds of weather and terrain situations.  

User Friendly

The Picatinny weaver rail system is not the only user-friendly feature of the Predator 366 scope.  Direct button adjustments, direct button functions, and electronic menu selections are layered for ease of use. 

The simple and intuitive controls provide the operator with a way to customize and utilize the wide variety of setting options available. 

Reticle Options

There are reticles options for everyone.  You can select the colors red, black, white, or cyan of the type of reticle you most desire. 

The six different types of reticles available are Dot 4 MOA, cross-center dot, Line dot, clear, crosshairs, and “No Reticle.”

Silent Shutter (SSN)

If you are worried about shutter noise, the Predator 336 scope is an ideal choice.  The user-controlled, non-mechanical flat-field correction feature is responsible for noise reduction.  Noise is decreased because the time between mechanical shutters is increased.  

Thermal Palette Options 

You can adjust the thermal palette to your preference.  There are several options from which to choose.  Most commonly used are black hot and white-hot.  Rain, Sepia, Ice-Fire, or OEM Custom are also available. 

Battery Life

It takes two CR 123 batteries to power the Predator 336.  These batteries can give 4 hours of continuous performance.  If you need extra battery power, a power pack can be attached to the Weaver rail.  It is easy to keep track of the battery status.  The wireless remote helps to save battery life.  

25 mm Lens

The 25 mm lens is more desirable than the 19 mm lens.  It captures more infrared light and produces better quality images.  A 25 mm lens has a wider field of view.  

Sensor

The predator produces sharp images of targets at a distance.  The 336*256 sensor uses an LED display.  The user can identify large objects at 200 to 300 yards and smaller targets at 100 yards.  

Magnification

The three types of magnification range on the Predator 366 are 1.6* NTSC, 2* PAL, and digital zoom. However, the digital zoom function can decrease image quality.  But the digital zoom does allow for magnification for 1x to 4x.

Specs

  •       The lightest and most compact scope in its class
  •       Optical Magnification 1.6x
  •       The latest Tau 2 17-micron uncooled FLIR core technology
  •       Pixel Array Format: 336×256
  •       Display Type: LED VGA 640×480
  •       Easy and Intuitive Drop-down user interface
  •       Fast 30Hz or 60Hz imaging
  •       Digital E-Zoom: 1x, 2x and 4x
  •       Color Modes: White Hot/ Black Hot/ Rainbow/ Various Color Modes
  •       6 onboard digitally controlled reticle patterns available: Dot 4 MOA, Line Dot, Cross-Center Dot, Cross, Crosshair, and “No Reticle”,
  •       Reticle Colors: Black, White, Red, Cyan
  •       Electronic zoom reticle tracking capability maintaining boresight
  •       Extended Operation Time with Optional Extended Battery Pack
  •       Recording: Video Output /Optional Video Recorder with onboard replay
  •       Wireless remote control for tactical operations
  •       CNC machined aircraft-aluminum alloy construction
  •       Rapid start-up
  •       MIL-STD-1913 (Picatinny Rail) Quick Release Mount
  •       Integral MIL-STD-1913 Rails on unit for optional day optics or accessories
  •       10-year warranty on FLIR detector
  •       Made in the USA

Final Thoughts

Armasight Predator 336 on a rifleThe Armasight Predator 336 thermal scope is versatile and user friendly.  It can be used as a thermal scope, a hunting scope, a spotting scope, and a handheld thermal imager. 

The multitude of features available makes this scope customizable for most users.  The low price makes the Armasight a well-spent investment as an entry-level scope. For more advanced scopes check out our long-range scopes buyer’s guide.