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Canadian C1A1 night vision system PVS 501

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Ran across this many decades ago. It is a Canadian Night vision system. Unlike the British and Australians which used the American AN PVS-2 system, the Canadians did there own thing, much like the Lentz scope system for their C1A1s. Not sure who manufactured these it says by K 5728. I am sure the MCP came from the US but it is not a PVS-2 scope system. The top cover is totally different from the British IWS top cover. No crude welding or costing. Nice sheet metal part cut to absorb recoil. Rail is somewhat like the Israeli top cover but held on with Allen bolts and has alinement studs. Also has a scope stop built in.
Supplied carrying case has foam insert cut for the scope and accessories including batteries, carrying case optical cleaning wipes and two types of mounting systems. One for the C1A1 and the other for ?????. Case is marked L1A1, so these may have come from British stores. I expect not many were built. This one has a tag # of 42 and was built in 1972
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They look like D just a bit smaller. In 1972, the AN-PVS 4 was out. However, I've also heard this was a nice sight. Not as heavy as I expected.
 

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Its a commercially sold British IWS (Individual Weaponsight), the same as used on the British L1A1 rifle. Sold by Rank Pullin Controls Ltd, Loughton, Essex, England.
The Canadian's renamed it the AN/PVS-501. The batteries are 'specials' and are currently available on eBay, if you can get it out of the UK.


British IWS sight fitted to a BSA L1A1 Rifle




Top: AN/PVS-2
Bottm: IWS





 
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Now that is cool. I see you have a MAG 58 bipod on the L1A1. What is the background on that. I got a front handguard from Larry/FN many years ago in which the bipod folds into cuts in the handguard.
 

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Now that is cool. I see you have a MAG 58 bipod on the L1A1. What is the background on that. I got a front handguard from Larry/FN many years ago in which the bipod folds into cuts in the handguard.
The Bi-pods are from the L7 GPMG, with a modified bracket. They were fitted to observation rifles fitted with the IWS sight, commonly seen in NI
 

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Nope I own a pair of those, what I was thinking of was larger diameter and longer than a anpvs4.

A crew served similar scope..

Below was the one I was thinking of, hey only one letter off.


NFADLR.... You might be thinking of the AN/PVS-4
 
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Anyone know where to get the Wingnut screw/plate that fits to the AR15 bracket for the PVS2. I have the bracket but its missing the wingnut screw and the small retaining plate. no one want to send anything out of the US
 

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Use an allen nut or a flanged nut until you find the correct fastener.



Anyone know where to get the Wingnut screw/plate that fits to the AR15 bracket for the PVS2. I have the bracket but its missing the wingnut screw and the small retaining plate. no one want to send anything out of the US
 
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Did the British use the leatherwood mount?
I dont think so, if they did it would of been in extremely limited use, it seems to of been used in Australia. The standard British mount used was the IWS sight mount, this could fit the SS20 (IWS) and the smaller brother SS41 and SS80 Scopes. There is a different mount for the L5A1 NV Scope, that sort of looks like the rail for the SUSAT.
 

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PVS-4 is a wonderful scope, especially rebuilt with gen III tube. Huge front aperture collects a lot of light.
 
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