U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- After rumors of FLIR discontinuing thermal and night vision riflescopes sales to individuals, FLIR released a press message at the SHOT Show on 21 January 2020.
FLIR is discontinuing certain Outdoor product lines as it further heightens its focus on the professional user. Select handheld product lines will continue to be offered commercially, but remaining products will be further focused toward law enforcement, public safety, and other professional users. FLIR will offer discontinued products through existing channels until inventory is fully depleted, and FLIR will continue to honor qualified warranties for all registered products. For warranty information, visit www.flir.com/support.
FLIR Outdoor thermal handheld products FLIR will continue to sell include:
- Scout family
- Scion series
- LS series
FLIR Outdoor products to be discontinued pending inventory depletion:
- All thermal bi-oculars and thermal monoculars except for the products detailed above
- All night vision and thermal riflescopes and clip-on systems
- All night vision multi-purpose systems and goggles
- Laser systems
- All outdoor and tactical accessories
I spoke with Heider Lazzarini at the FLIR booth. He stated this was a decision by the CEO of FLIR. There will be thermal handheld products available to individual sportsmen, as stated in the press release, but not thermal and night vision riflescopes and laser systems.
There are 13 models of various thermal and night vision riflescopes and laser products now available at the FLIR online catalog. Prices of the models, from a quick survey of the FLIR website, showed a range from $1,695 for the FLIR T-Maim multi-laser aiming system, to $6,995 for the FLIR CO-XLR-LRF clip-on night vision with high-performance intensifier tubes.
Heider stated there were at least three or four competitors who offered thermal and night vision riflescopes.
FLIR's booth at the Shot Show was impressive, with well-done videos of air and land drones being used for various security purposes.
Warfare is entering a new phase, where drones, autonomous and semi-autonomous systems are gaining ever-increasing importance. The ability to see in darkness and with various sensors is another area where possession of the capability offers large tactical advantages.
If you wish to obtain one of the FLIR systems to be discontinued, no more will be available after the existing stock is sold.
FLIR will not be selling these sorts of systems to individuals in the future. All future sales of thermal and night vision riflescopes, for example, will be to law enforcement, public safety agencies, and other professional users.
Technological advances are rapid; retail prices are expected to continue to fall over time. A system that costs $20,000 dollars a decade ago might cost $4,000 today.
Alternate systems to dedicated weapons sights exist. For example, a helmet-mounted optic might be used with a red, green, or infrared laser mounted on a rifle, handgun, or shotgun.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.