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Thermal scopes are perfect for hunting hogs and predators at night because they aid in detection and don’t rely on external illumination like night vision does. Over the last few years, we’ve seen thermal scopes offer higher resolution and lower prices, which have helped them become one of the most exciting optics categories.
SHOT Show 2023 is where new rifles and handguns are on display, but there were also some innovative new thermal scopes introduced at the show. One of the biggest new product launches was the Holosun DRS.
Holosun DRS Night Vision and Thermal Red Dots
DRS-NV Key Features
- Red Dot Sight w/ Fusion Night Vision Overlay
- Digital Zoom: Up to 8x
- Onboard video recording
- Waterproof Rating: IP67
- Battery: Two 18350
- Sensor Resolution: 1024 × 768
- Battery Life: 5 hours
- Window Size: 1.25 × 0.98 in
Holosun is known for making reliable, affordable red dots, and their new line of red dots is designed for use after dark. There’s a digital night vision model and two thermal models (standard and high definition).
They optics have a small footprint, a little larger than their AEMS, and are affordable compared to competitive offerings. The night vision optics will be about $1,000, and offer a 1024×768 resolution digital night vision sensor with up to 60 fps. They’ll also have features like 8x digital zoom, video recording, and are powered by two 18350 rechargeable batteries.
The DRS-TH Pro is the high-definition thermal red dot, and it will have a 384×288 resolution with white hot, black hot, highlight, outline and fusion display. The high-definition thermal will be around $2,300. For comparison, Steiner makes a thermal red dot that will set you back $7,500. The bad news is that these new optics aren’t available yet and you likely won’t be able to buy one until the end of the year.
Check out recent test of the best thermal scopes for information on thermal optics you can order right away.