Going green with a giant Vietnam-era starlight scope (VIDEO)

Miles from TFB-TV goes out after dark to bask in the bright green glow emanating from the tube of a vintage AN/PVS-2 night vision sight.

While the military used early experimental night vision such as the T120 and the “Snooperscope” carbines in World War II and continued to develop and field small numbers of largely experimental optics for decades, by 1967 when the AN/PVS-2 was fielded it was a game changer.

The handsome 6-pound first generation “Starlight Scope” was mounted on M-14 and M-21 rifles to give snipers and perimeter watchtower guys the ability to reach out to the effective range of the 7.62x51mm NATO round on a clear night as long as there was some good ambient light to amplify. Army snipers such as Adelbert Waldron used these with deadly effectiveness.

Replaced by the marginally better AN/PVS-3A and the much nicer PVS-4 in the 1970s, these old scopes were passed on to allies with, for example, the British fielding some of these clunkers in the Falkland Islands. The specimen that Miles experiments with has Israeli markings.

In all, they are pretty cool for the time.

And word is, when you put your ear close enough to it, you can hear an echo to the Dung Lung bridge. You know, the last Army outpost on the Nung river. Beyond it, there was only Kurtz.