When most people get into night vision they get inundated with information and options. It can be extremely difficult to figure out what tools are needed and what gear makes sense.
The TLR VIR II is a great option for those just getting into night vision.
We would never say that the TLR VIR II is the “perfect” solution. What it does offer are features that are amazing, especially considering the price. This illuminator/laser is great for folks on a budget. Put it on your rifle for now, save up and eventually get a dedicated laser aiming system. When you finally upgrade to a higher end laser aiming device, put the TLR VIR II onto one of your pistols for night time shooting.
The TLR VIR II follows the same body as the TLR 1 which offers great holster compatibility for handguns.
What are the tradeoffs with the TLR VIR ii?
When comparing the TLR to a dedicated laser aiming system like the DBAL-A3, there are some tradeoffs. For one, users will not be able to select just the laser pointer or just the IR illuminator. They always fire together when engaged. The illuminator will also not be as high of a performer compared to a dedicated IR light, like the Surefire X300V or the DBAL. Perhaps the single largest downside to the TLR VIR ii is the fact that in order to change the battery, the user will need to remove from the weapon system. The battery cannot be replaced while the unit is mounted on your rail.
With those negatives being stated, why is it still a good option?
Here’s the lowdown: we recognize that as people get into night vision, the prices can be a massive shell shock. We know that the TLR VIR ii does not have ALL the functions of a dedicated laser/illuminator, but the price is right and it has ENOUGH function to actually be..functional. That dedicated laser/illuminator can easily run $1500-$2000+. For less than $400 beginners can have a good performing white light, close range IR flood, and very capable laser aiming device all in one.
Because of this, we believe this is a solid option for ANYONE who is in the night vision game. Even if it is just for a backup gun, the TLR VIR ii is a little powerhouse.
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