[SHOT Show 2023] Holosun’s Promising Thermal & Night Vision Hybrid Red Dots By: Matthew Moss

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Holosun had a surprise for us at this year’s SHOT Show Industry at the Range day – a pair of brand new prototype optics. The DRS family includes a thermal optic and a night vision optic. While the optics were marked DMS, Holosun told us they would likely be launched as the DRS.

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These new hybrid optics integrate thermal and digital night vision overlays with a red dot. The thermal optic, the DRS-TH, wasn’t attached to a firearms but I was able to take a look through the optic and play with its settings.

Building on the AEMS red dot both the TH and NV will be powered by two internal 18350 lithium batteries. The DRS-TH Pro which we examined showed clearly defined signatures even on the cold, windswept range.

Holosun DRS-TH at SHOT 2023 (Matthew Moss/TFB)

Rear view of the Holosun DRS-TH at SHOT 2023 (Matthew Moss/TFB)

Holosun DRS-TH at SHOT 2023 (Matthew Moss/TFB)

Holosun DRS-TH at SHOT 2023 (Matthew Moss/TFB)

Shooting with the DRS-NV in bright Nevada daylight wasn’t the ideal conditions to get a first impression of the optic. As a result while the image inside the optic was a little dull targets were still clearly identifiable.

The view through the Holosun DRS-NV prototype at SHOT 2023 (Matthew Moss/TFB)

The DRS-NV uses a digital night vision camera which had a crisp reticle and the image through the optic was clear with a fast refresh rate that allowed smooth transitioning between targets. The 8x digital zoom also provided a decent sight picture with just a little extra fuzz when on max zoom.

The view through the Holosun DRS-NV prototype at SHOT 2023 (Matthew Moss/TFB)

The view through the Holosun DRS-NV prototype at SHOT 2023 (Matthew Moss/TFB)

Like the DRS-TH, the NV will be available in regular and Pro variants, with the Pro having a larger sensor. While an MSRP hasn’t been fixed firmly yet, Holosun expect the NV models to retail for around $1000 while the TH will retail at around $1600 and $2300 for the Pro.

The view through the Holosun DRS-NV prototype at SHOT 2023 (Matthew Moss/TFB)

Another neat feature of the DRS-NV and TH is that they can record video and photos which can be downloaded through a USB-C port on the right side of the optic. The USB-C port will also allow users to stream footage from the optic to a secondary screen in real-time enabling some interesting applications.

The view through the Holosun DRS-NV prototype at SHOT 2023 (Matthew Moss/TFB)

Holosun hasn’t finalized the designs and features which will be included in the DRS optics so it’s hard to judge what their refined final form will have to offer but on first examination they are certainly an exciting future options for the thermal and night vision markets.

The new DRS optics could provide an affordable and capable route into night vision and thermals for those who have never had the chance to experience them before. We look forward to seeing more of them when they’re anticipated for release in Q4 of 2023.

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