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Product review Sightmark Wraith 4-32x50 Digital Day Night Scope

Sightmark Wraith 4-32x50 Night Vision and HD Day scope:

Our initial tests with this device have shown outstanding performance, reliability, and value.

The new 2019 Wraith brings a lot to the table for its low price of 499.97 (Sight and factory IR light only) An extremely capable night vision device producing target ID in excess of 200 yards using the included factory IR light and eye shine detect to around 300-350 yards  With an outstandingly capable full color HD day vision display and recording, you will find the Wraith to be an amazingly versatile device. Below, I will attempt to break down my opinion of the Wraith's features both pro and con and show why we think this could be a great place for the average hunter to start.


Let's take a closer look.

The 2019 Wraith currently comes in one configuration only. (2 future models are slated but not yet released)

SM18011 Sightmark Wraith 4-32x50

What comes in the box?

In the standard Sightmark retail package you will find the 4-32x50mm sight, a spot to flood adjustable 3 intensity setting IR light, Fully adjustable, pivoting ball head style light mount, allen wrench, 2-123 batteries (for the IR light) and a cleaning cloth. Below I will discuss the use of all included components, their individual performance, and functions.

The sight itself

The Wraith has a 1920x1080 HD sensor that provides full color daytime clarity. With the simple push of a button it switches between its 3 modes.

  • full-color HD daytime
  • Black White night vision mode
  • Green Black night vision mode

In daytime mode the internal 720P display screen provides a sharp and crisp image. The display screens brightness control is perfect and adjusts easily, allow viewing with or without the eye guard in position. It doesn't matter if you are in ultra bright daytime sunlit conditions to total darkness, old eyes or young, the display screen does its job very well. With the -6 to +3 diopter adjustment found on the rear eyepiece, you can adjust easily for glasses, no glasses, or poor eyesight to the display in the unit. The front manual focal adjustment is precise and easily clears the image at varying distances actively in the field.

In case you are wondering or are not familiar with how digital scopes work here is a little run down. A digital sight has a forward sensor that is what does the information receiving. It receives information in the form of electromagnetic waves. Unlike our eyes that are only capable of receiving a very narrow range of informational waves, digital sensors coupled with varying filters have the ability to receive or filter a wider variety of signals. Basically when you hit the button to switch from night to day mode, the sensor is covered by an IR filter that begins filtering out all but the "visible" light. This plus a mixing RGB (Red Green Blue) sensor and coor output display screen provide us with the color image. In night mode the IR filter is removed via a magnetic switch and as much information as possible is received on the sensor, which allows the device to use and see the higher wave lengths of light that we normally couldn't see with our eyes to create a 2 color (Black/White or Green/Black) gradient grey scale image without full color but with full reflective surface detail.

The IR (Infrared) Light: The light is infra red similar to the one that your TV remote uses to communicate with the set receiver. It does not project an eye visible forward beam, however you will see a red glow in the light unit itself. (The portion of the spectrum used is technically near IR wavelength and a portion of the light produced is in the visible spectrum (below 700 nm), yet only visible at the source emitter LED and red so it typically will not affect game. The factory included IR light range is around 200-250 yards ID. Clearly seeing something as small as a rabbit. Light performance will obviously vary based on ambient weather conditions (Fog/rain)and foreground clutter, although I will mention I was extremely impressed by this units ability to auto adjust and compensate for reflective brightness caused by foreground objects. (Brush, fence lines, trees, etc..) In most instances I was able to look right past most obstructions that would have blinded other devices out. The addition of a more powerful IR light can significantly increase both detection and ID distances plus adds the benefit of rechargeable batteries. ) The light is easily removable for full color daytime use. Some states that allow daytime use for video but not night vision use have restrictions on devices if the light is not removable. The Wraith is IR dependent, in most night hunting situations. It does not amplify light like a tube intensified unit. The truth is, while hunting, most tube intensified units require IR light for eye shine detect anyway, as animals tend to blend into the gradient scale backgrounds. If you are going to need IR light anyways, a few big advantages to digital are: They are not subject to damage from overexposure to light and there is no tube to degrade over time. Image quality while subject to IR light use is comparable to high quality tube intensified. (GEN 2 or higher nightvision) Digital near IR is typically also dramatically cheaper. Typically a great choice for the average cost conscious hunter who is looking for a gun mounted device.


The Wraith has full video and image capture that is stored on a removable Micro SD storage card up to 64GB (Not included in the retail packaging.) This provides for hours of video and thousands of images per card. I tested video on a .223 .308 semi auto, and .25-06 bolt action with zero file corruption issues using the card we provide in our kit packages. (Poor connection has been an occasional issue with other devices of this type, whether caused by the device connections or inferior cards)

I find clarity in day and night mode to be exceptional and that the device seems to hold image resolution better than some. The image is digitally zoomed resulting in a noticeable, but usable, pixilated image when extremely magnified. One Item to note, I found the magnification naming to be understated, I felt the FOV was constricted. While the additional magnification provides great image detail, just know, there is considerable sacrifice in FOV. (More like 7X instead of 4X) I would recommend a scanning device anyway, as it's not typically a great idea to be pointing a gun at un-identified objects in the first place. A thermal scanner such as the Pulsar Axion is a major compliment to any night vision hunting experience and will offer detection ranges that other devices simply can't provide. With this said, the combination of near IR and thermal provides the best of both worlds. Super long and covert thermally contrasted detection with outstanding reflective night vision ID clarity and the versatility of color daytime use. If you can afford it, they are an outstanding compliment to one another.

Sightmark Wraith offers 5 individual aiming profiles that are stored in the device that can easily and quickly be recalled. These aiming profiles allow switching the device between weapons, loads, or simply POI changes at varying distances. With the addition of the Sightmark return to zero dual lever throw Quick Detach mount makes this process even easier. (SM13025 Sold seperatley.)

With 10 reticle choices and 9 available reticle colors another beauty of digitals ability to adapt begins to shine. Easily switch between colors for different lighting, eyesight, background, or game conditions, while also having the ability to choose a longer range drop compensating , short quick target acquisition dot, or a traditional duplex reticles just to name a few.

True AA battery performance is a breath of fresh air. Past devices have been either battery hogs or just didn't operate on anything but expensive and or quirky hard to source AA batteries. The Wraith accomplishes outstanding runtimes in excess of 6 hours on readily available and inexpensive NiMh rechargeable batteries. The ones included in our kit were the best in our performance test, powering the device approximately 7 hours. The Wraith also has a micro USB power input which allows the use of 5V Powerbank style cell chargers for exceptionally long run times if needed via an external power kit.

I found the Wraith's menu to be intuitive, easy to understand and simply navigated. The device is very simple and well thought out. The One Shot zero process found on the Wraith has become pretty much the standard on digital Night Vision devices and is extremely simple while achieving laser precise accuracy in as few zeroing shots as possible.  The input pad is simple and convienintly place, you will have no issue understanding its input functions.

The design is very cohesive when mounting on flattop rails commonly found on most of today's modern sporting rifles. It can be a bit of a chore to fit digital devices correctly on older bolt action rifles, as the ocular height tends to be high and the eye relief is short and critical, which can create issues. The good news is, while I would definitely consider the eye relief and height a con in the bolt action category, the normal head positioning issues these would typically exaggerate are mitigated by the lack of parallax issues found on traditional optics, where eye to optical element alignment can create perspective issues if not perfectly maintained. Long story short, head position doesn't really matter to accuracy much on the Wraith)

The device mount is very sturdy and I had absolutely no issues in any of the applications that I tested it in. With this said, I would strongly recommend heeding the recommended .308 rating on the Wraith. My concern has less to do with the device itself not being able to withstand heavier recoil, but more to do with some older gun mounting specifications not being able to take it. The nintention at the time of the receiver mount tap designs on most older bolt action applications clearly never had manufacturers anticipating restricting movement in 2-3 lbs of sight mass while also sitting that high over the receiver. (Leverage) Use some common sense when pairing the device, you might even be able to use it as an excuse to buy a new gun.

The weather resistant design seems very legit, I tested one day in a steady rain directly exposed and had the device completely soaked with no issues whatsoever.

All in all, I found the Sightmark Wraith 4-32x50 to be a very dependable, versatile and capable device that brings a lot to the party for its miserly price of only 499.97 (really cheap in Night Vision standards, especially if you take into consideration performance, durability, warranty, and the integrity of the company you are dealing with.) If you are looking for a great place to start, are new to night hunting, or just want a cool gadget that is sure to impress, the Sight Mark Wraith should have you grinning from ear to ear.


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As always, if you have any questions at all, feel free to call, text, or message me directly anytime.

Travis Fox

Fox Optic




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