- December 4, 2017
- Heath Wood
Whether it’s hunting predators or wild hogs, one of the biggest debates among night hunters, seems to boil down to one thing, what’s the best way to see them coming in the dark–Thermal or night vision?
Thermal imaging is detected through body heat such as that of coyotes, fox, bobcats, and wild hogs. While recently using the Sig Sauer Echo1 Thermal Reflex Sight, many questions seem to answer themselves. The ECHO1™ Digital Thermal Imaging Reflex Sight from SIG SAUER® is the most innovative direct view thermal sight in the world. Based on the newest generation of thermal imaging sensors, the digital sight provides for day or night time predator and hog hunting.
- 206×156/12 Micron Thermal Core
- Provides for Day and Night Time Hog Hunting or Predator Hunting
- 5 default reticles and the ability to design / upload new reticles
- Sight can take pictures, individual and burst mode
- Color LCD display for day/night time direct view targeting
- White or black hot menu selectable plus color palette and game highlight
- Top mount peep sight and ROMEO1 adapter plate for backup sights
- Includes a M1913 Picatinny cross-slot STANAG compliant mount
- Thermal detection >1000 yards, targeting range >300 yards
- Electronic zoom from 1x to 2x
- IPX-6 waterproof
- 30 Hz frame rate
- 12 micron pixel size for higher definition and better detection
- 8 hour minimum runtime
I had the Echo1 Thermal Sight topped on a Sig Sauer M400 Vanish rifle chambered in .223. When an animal is approaching while using the Echo1, there is no doubt as to what and where the target is. Because of thermal imaging sensors, the target is always clear, making the animal defined on the LCD screen, which in turn allows the ability to identify the target more quickly, making for a faster shot.
Another way I could see that thermal is better was because I was able to keep both hands on the weapon while scanning the hunting area because of the thermals being built into the sight. The small compact design of the Echo1 also allowed me to hold the weapon longer because it doesn’t weigh much more than a regular scope would.
When calling at night, many hunters will have someone scanning with some type of light which stays on the animal until shots are fired; this is because some night vision needs more light to be able to see the target clearly. With the thermal imaging of the Echo1 there is no need for extra light, because the thermals work off of the natural body heat of the animal. No need for extra light when calling in predators is one more way to stay concealed until predators are within gun range.
With less equipment needed in the field, as well as clearer images on a small screen that is attached to the gun as the sight, it’s easy to see why the Sig Sauer Echo1 Thermal Reflex Sight is quickly becoming one of the most popular pieces of the night hunter’s arsenal.