Gear Ex Historiam: Night Vision Recoil Staff February 10, 2016 Join the Conversation “Throughout the history of warfare, the cover of darkness has provided a tactical advantage to one or another of the opposing forces. In their quest for a physical and psychological edge over their foes, military leaders since time immemorial have sought artificial means of penetrating the darkness and turning night into day.” This installment of Ex Historiam discusses the development of Night Vision. The music in this video plays like something from an old SyFy movie, doesn't it? Like they should have had Les Tremayne narrate it. It's definitely interesting to see how they looked at NODs (or NOGs or NVGs or whatever your preferred acronym is). Practical military use night vision devices have definitely come a long way from the so-called “snooperscope” and “Vampir” system used with the Sturmgewehr 44, even since the Gen 1 optics of the Vietnam War. As interesting as these older NODs to watch and play with, until they come up with some good night vision contacts we' d just as soon stick with GPNVG18s should we have to go into harm's way. Thing about it. Hog hunters and recreational outdoorsmen are using equipment that is by an order of magnitude more efficient than what GIs were using during wartime just a few decades ago. Makes you wonder well we'll be when the kids in elementary school now are the officers and NCOs doing work. After all, they have (apparently) already developed an eye drop that improves night vision with the use of Chlorin e6 (Ce6), a material taken from deep sea fish. Ce6 has previously been used in cancer treatment regimens and more recently in treating night blindness in subjects with visual impairment. More recent tests indicate it could do much more than that. We'll see. Meanwhile, here's a blast from the past. Ex Historiam: Night Vision Read previous Ex Historiam and watch their videos right here on RECOILweb. Explore RECOILweb:Where Our Families Train: The Other Great Orlando AttractionHandguards from, "Unique-ARs"Outta the Closet: Bite Size SpydercosTrauma Preparedness: You be the Judge NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.