What are the Different Types of Military Binoculars?

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Binoculars are special optical devices that help a person see images from far distances. These are often used by military personnel in combat. There are many types of military binoculars available for a variety of uses other than combat. They come in many sizes and configurations including rangefinders and night vision binoculars. These binoculars are typically more rugged than a standard pair of binoculars.

Standard military binoculars are available in green, black, or tan. This makes them easy to camouflage in multiple outdoor environments. They are available in many small pocket-sized versions, which are perfect for backpacks or belt harnesses.

One of the most versatile military binoculars is the rangefinder binocular. These binoculars provide a real-time range distance calculation for a target. Rangefinder binoculars are used with certain military weapons to help the shooter adjust the distance of his weapon. They can also be used by hunters to determine the range of fire for the shot.

Many military binoculars have advanced night vision capabilities. These binoculars use infrared technology to help magnify distant objects in complete darkness. Night vision binoculars are most often used in tanks and infantry divisions to help the military perform maneuvers at night.


Most military binoculars are more expensive than standard binoculars. They range in price from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. These binoculars have higher magnification capabilities than a standard lens, which makes them a better quality binocular. Many military versions can clearly span a distance of 1,600 yards (1.46 km).

Military-marine binoculars are made with an extremely rugged material, which makes them difficult to break. Military binoculars are tested in some of the most difficult terrain in the world, which makes them a valuable asset for hunting. Anti-fog and water resistance are two important qualities in a good pair of binoculars. Most military binoculars include standard anti-fog features and are water resistant.

The most durable military binoculars available today have either six-times magnification or seven-times magnification. This is because higher magnification typically requires a large bulky package that must be mounted on a tripod for viewing. Most infantry use the six-times magnification because it is available in compact units and provides adequate coverage.


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