Polish PNW 57 tank helmet with infrared goggles, surplus

99.99 EUR
Polish PNW 57 tank helmet with infrared goggles, surplus
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If you've always wanted a piece of half-century old Soviet Unionese night vision gear that might now work, look no further! Even if you couldn't see in the dark with this, this does for very warm headgear. Last batch ever we think, but in nice condition!

This is Polish made version of Soviet Army PNV 57 night vision device, permanently fixed into the Soviet variety of soft tank helmet, affectionately known as "the sausage hat" in Finnish army. Comes with all kinds of (perhaps even working) accessories!

Note: Sometimes these come with a hand-held light, but the latest batches have been mostly without it. Also, the metal box might not be the one on the picture, and since these come from Poland, might not be metal.

This includes:

  • The tank helmet with the NVG set bolted on it.
  • Handheld UV light and filters.
  • Wires to connect all of the above.
  • Various assorment of spare parts, or none at all.
  • A can of suspicious black goo.
  • A sturdy metal box to carry all this crap.

Please note: These might or might not work. We can't (and can't be arsed to) test these. Our customers have reported on connecting these to batteries (cut off the plug and wire them in as you like - sometimes the wire is cut already) and apparently most of these work and aren't that picky on voltage either. However, what you get is best of Russian Gen 1 from the 1950's, so the powering up the device might not make that much difference on how well you see in the dark with it.

We're not selling these as a cheap alternative to functional NVG. If there is functionality, it's mostly in the form of keeping your head warm while wearing the thing. We're selling these because old soviet electronics combined with a freaky-looking hat is something you just need to own if you can get it.

Condition

Condition is used - yes, somebody has driven a 36 (metric) ton tank wearing these - but these look intact, and they wouldn't be much prettier even if they hadn't been ever issued.

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4/5 07.06.2016
Working Gen1+ goggles, provided you get a 12 volt power source. I jury rigged a cheap handheld drill to work as mobile battery. You will need an IR torch to make full use of these. If you're willing to put in some work soldering, this is problaby the best value NVG's you'll ever find.
It even had the original polish service manual.
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4/5
I would recommend for a friend
25.02.2017
I'm going to start by saying that i did NOT buy mine from varusteleka, but i assume that the guy who had it before me got it from here anyway.

My unit came in a very highly dented steel box, so much that i had to hammer the fucker into shape so i could close it again, ontop of the box was written PNW57a" and what i assume is the serial number, next to them was a handwritten green V that i assume was put there when the thing was surplussed. Inside the box was very clean, no rust or such, there was the TS2 helmet with the goggles dated 1966 (didn't have mic and speakers), a notebook with list users and times of use (mine had 1.5 hours of use), an UV torch, four UV filters wrapped in paper for lights of a tank/car, and two T type power splitters with adapters for an ancient cigarette lighter port (the seller gave me an extra cable since he hacked the original one). On the roof of the box was a couple of pieces of paper (warnings and parts list i think), a clamp looking thing for something i cant recognize, and a small compartment with lens cleaning cloth, 3 extra fuses (one without a box), and 2 spring looking things wrapped in paper.

The helmet and the UV light were very clean and looked new, both worked pretty well for what they were, even though the right image on the goggles was a bit darker and the lamp inside the UV light had gotten pretty dusty. A great way to test the setup was to adjust the thing for 12V (remove screw cover from the bottom of the electronics box), attach the splitter and have a the plug touch the contacts of a normal 9V battery. The power of the setup disappointed me even though these are 1950s tech (note that model E is a whole another system), unlike normal NVD systems the thing didn't strengthen any light, it actually darkened it a bit (i think this could even work in sunlight without getting damaged), the only good thing about the goggles is that they see UV light perfectly even though the torch provided is weak, what i plan on doing is grabbing some old Lada headlights, taping the UV filters on them, hacking the cables, and making a metal case with straps to attach them on trees and such with.

I got mine for 60 euros + shipping which is very cheap for something like this, definitely gonna keep and use it with love. I wasted almost 45 minutes writing this with no regrets.
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
21.09.2017
This thing is awesom! Just received it and for me it came in a beautiful metal case with lots of stuff which I have to figure out yet. some batteries in there to and some tools and books etc...I am flabergasted!
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5/5
I would recommend for a friend
17.10.2017
I contemplated buying these last time they were offered, but waited too long and they sold out. This go around a jumped and purchased them. These things are pretty bad ass looking. No clue if they work, although they look very well taken care of. Being Polish military stuff I figured maybe they’d be solar powered or something. Haha. Very cool piece of military history and will make a great addition to my collection
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