If your goal is to go big then the Night Optics Gladius 760 is for you. Let’s get it out of the way now, this night optic costs more than 5 grand, but you get what you pay for. The Gladius 760 is a generation 3 optic with 6x magnification. The Night Optics Gladius 760 is a big optic, with it’s 6 power magnification you can’t expect something dainty.
Going big isn’t just a reference to its size or price tag. The Night Optics Gladius 760 is rated for use in the big boys of firearms. We are talking 50 caliber rifles with this bad boy. However, nothing is stopping you from tossing this on your favorite hunting rifle or AR and giving it a spin.
Some of the basic features includes a quick detach mounting system, a film-less design, and an 8-degree field of view. Film-less designs often gather 15 to 20 more light, making your picture brighter and clearer. An 8-degree field of view on a 6 power optic is impressive and gives you a 420 ft. field of view at a thousand yards.
What really sets this optic apart is its detection and recognition range. The detection range is 475 meters, with a recognition range of 400 meters. That’s impressive to say the least. It has a red or amber colored reticle that can be swapped by the push of a button.
The Night Optics Gladius 760 has an excellent clarity and resolution rating of 64-72 lp/mm. This is what gives you that impressive recognition range when using the optic. The 6 power magnification aids in viewing and seeing what you are searching for, it makes this optic perfect for long range viewing and shooting. Just keep in mind night vision long range is a lot different than daylight long range.
The unit is also completely waterproof, and sealed well against dirt and debris. It’s not made to be submerged, but rain and splashes aren’t going to hard it. The unit uses ¼ MOA adjustments when zeroing the optic. These are a good choice for a 6x night vision device. ½ an MOA is for red dots and 1/8th is for long range day scopes.
The unit also weighs only 2.8 pounds, which is impressive for such a powerful and large optic. On top of that it takes two AA batteries and runs for 60 hours.
It doesn’t get much better than 72 lp/mm. You have an impressive recognition range and 6 power magnification all rolled into one. The filmless lens gives this optic a decisive advantage in low light situations as well.
While it is a big optic it does have an impressively low weight given the circumstances. The controls are simple and accessible from behind the rifle without having to move your eye away from the lens.
The features you need are all here, lightweight, waterproof, different reticles, and of course a quick detach mount. What I would like to see is a rail to attach additional illuminators.