Trijicon IR Hunter MK3 35MM Thermal Riflescope Review

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Trijicon was founded in 1981 by Glyn Bindon. It is one of the most considerable manufactures that provide high-end thermal imaging scopes for firearms and monoculars. In 1985, Trijicon started to produce self-luminous optics and night sight components. They launched IR-hunter, REAP-IR, IR-patrol, and SNIPER-IR. Here we’re going to discuss the IR hunter MK3 35 mm model.

IR Hunter Thermal Scope

This scope is specially designed for hunting. It comes with two models that are MK2 and MK3. The MK2 comes in 20 mm and 35 mm. While the MK3 includes 35 mm and 60 mm. MK3 35 mm is the perfect choice for those who want medium-range shooting.  It also offers a better field of view.

Both MK2 and MK3 have the same features such, as OLED display, a 12-micron thermal detector, 640*480 resolutions, and 1.5 to 4.5 X optical zoom. Also, the package includes a USB interface cable, instruction manual, lens pen, reference guide, and digital eyepiece.

One major issue that we’ve found in this MK is its battery life, you need to purchase a battery pack.

Features

IRMK2 19 mm

IRMK2 35 mm

IRMK3 35 mm

IRMK3 60 mm

Refresh rate

30 to 60 Hz

30 to 60 Hz

30 to 60 Hz

30 to 60 Hz

Magnification

1.5 X

2.5 X

2.5 X

4.5 X

Battery type

CR123

CR123

CR123

CR123

Finish

Matte black

Matte black

Matte black

Matte black

Lens diameter

19 mm

35 mm

35 mm

60mm

Battery life

Up to 5 hours

Up to 5 hours

Up to 5 hours

Up to 5 hours


REAP-IR Mini Thermal Scope

It is the Trijicon’s versatile mini thermal scope. You can use it for your hunting but is not specially designed for hunting like an IR hunter. This REAP-IR is small in size, which is very compact to handle when compared to the hunter scopes. 

It comes around 21 ounces of weight. Its different models also have the same internal components, specifications, and lens, one as mentioned above.


IR Patrol Thermal Monocular

It is a multipurpose thermal monocular from the Trijicon. It is a handheld, rifle mounted, and more versatile one. Its BAE sensor delivers clear images without magnification. It would be best if you used it as a thermal monocular primarily, although it can adapt to other users. Its lens works well for outside up to 1000 yards.


SNIPE-IR Clip-On Thermal Scope

It is a high-end thermal scope from Trijicon, which comes in a very sleek and matte black body. If you’re a beginner hunter, this scope can make you professional. Like the MK3, this scope is specially designed for hunting.

 It comes with a 640*480 resolution that gives enough clear image quality. With the help of daylight scope, you can use this Snipe as a standalone thermal scope. It can standalone as a thermal monocular too. This SNIPE-IR is one of the best clip-on and user-friendly thermal scopes.

Trijicon IR Hunter MK3 Review

Now we’re looking into a depth review of the IR-Hunter MK3, which is the updated version of the IR-hunter MK2 model. This scope is designed with plenty of advanced features based on the user’s suggestions.

You can’t record your hunting video and transfer it to a digital recorder through the video cable, like the other scopes.

Trijicon IR hunter mk3 thermal riflescope

  • Brand: Trijicon

  • Zoom magnification:8X

  • Field of view:12 degree

  • High refresh rate: 30/60 Hz

  • Resolution: 640*480

Attachments

It is attached with a stadiametric range finder, dual lever mount, battery extender cable, multiple reticle locations, and download video cable. The MK2 comes with a single lever mount.

The highlight features in this scope is the elevation position readout and the windage. If you’re a glass wearer, then its diopter helps you to focus the images that depend upon the eye relief.

It is attached with a 640*480 micro IR vanadium oxide microbolometer so that you can view both heat and cold objects even without any light conditions.  If you’re interested in hunting during night time, then this scope will help you to reach the target quickly.

Refresh Rate

The high-frequency rate of this scope is 60 Hz, which allows you to follow fast-moving aims without the image blurring.

Construction

Trijicon IR- Hunter MK3 is made of aluminum alloy and an eye-catchy black matte finishing. It ensures the quality of the scope so that you can use it for an extended period.

Weatherproof

It is built with a weatherproof feature that protects your scope from the weather. You will get clear images even at any adverse weather conditions. It is a water-resistant scope that can submerge up to 3 feet, but you can’t submerge more than 15 minutes under the water.

Edge Detection Mode

This mode helps to view the target in a different way, and it restricts the brightness of the display around your destination.

Visual Display Resolution

The bright OLED display has a 640*480 resolution that enhances visibility.  The enhanced target recognition and digital contrast enhancement are great examples of it.

The enhance target recognition allows you to adjust the target automatically, and it is effortless to set up.

What Is The Difference Between The MK2 and MK3?

When we compare this IR- Hunter MK2 and MK3, we got many differences.

The IR- Hunter Mk2 comes with a single lever mount and a small 20 mm lens.  It gives you a wider field of view on the 20 mm lens. While the IR- Hunter MK3 has a dual lever mount that delivers higher magnification (4.5X).  It offers a smaller field of view on the 60 mm lens, which is the ideal choice for those who prefer medium and long-range hunting.

The IR- Hunter MK3 is available on two lens options that are 30 mm and 60 mm. Like the MK2, the 30 mm lens is best for both spotting and shooting. You can quickly achieve your small, medium, and long-range target by using this.

The 60 mm model is the best choice for hunting. It is specially designed for long-range shooting, and it comes with a smaller field of view.

Both models are powered by different types of batteries. The IR- Hunter MK2 can work up to four hours, while the MK3 gives a continuous performance for up to six hours.

Finally, the optical magnification for the MK2 is 1.5 X on the 20 mm, as well as 2.5 X for the 35 mm. While the MK3 2.5 X magnification for 35 mm, and 4.5 X magnification for 60 mm.

Both MK2 and MK3 have 8 X digital magnification that helps you to zoom in your targets.

MK3 vs. Pulsar XP 50

Pulsar is one of the well known thermal optics brands, and the Pulsar XP 50 is the direct opponent for the Trijicon MK3. The XP50 comes with plenty of features such as video recorder,  wifi compatible, weatherproof, etc. Pulsar XP50 has 50 Hz of refresh rate, which is lower when compared to the MK3. Its image quality is also not commendable than IR- Hunter MK3.

If you want the thermal scope with the latest technology, streaming, and video recorder, then you can go with XP50.

If your priority is to get a clear image and you no need the record or streaming features, then the Trijicon IR- Hunter MK3 is the best option.

Pulsar XQ50


  • Magnification: 2.7 X

  • Eye relief:16 mm

  • Refresh rate: 50 Hz

  • Battery life: 8Hours

  • Resolution:640*480Pixels

  • Battery Type: Lithium

  • Finishing: Matte

  • Objective lens diameter:42 mm

IR- Hunter MK3


  • Magnification: 2.5 X

  • Eye relief:27 mm

  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz

  • Battery life: 5 Hours

  • Resolution:640*480Pixels

  • Battery Type: CR 123

  • Finishing: Black Matte

  • Objective lens diameter:35 mm

Wrapping Up

Trijicon produces the high-end quality thermal scopes and imager, which is available on today’s market. Their scopes are expensive, but it offers plenty of features for its price. If you’re a passionate hunter and search the worth able scope for your money, then the IR- Hunter MK3 thermal imaging scope is the best choice.

Hope so, our article about the Trijicon IR- Hunter MK3 thermal imaging scope will be helpful.

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