Avimo Binocular Prismatic, General Purpose (Land Service L12A1) 7X42 (View 1)
- Field of View: 7 deg = 124 yd/1,000 yd; APFOV 49 deg
- Weight: 1,222 gr (including neck strap and eye-lens protectors)
- Exit Pupil: 6 mm
- Condition: In Good condition, consistent with age and wear.
Notes: Going into the 1970’s the British armed services still used circa WW II binoculars most of which were introduced before the war and some even before WW I. In 1971 a Statement of Requirement was issued for the development of a general purpose binocular usable by the Army, Navy and Air Force. Ross won the contract but shortly afterward went out of business, the contract passing to Avimo Ltd. which took over Ross in 1975. The result was the Avimo Binocular Prismatic, General Purpose (Land Service L12A1) 7X42 which was first issued to the Army in 1979. The optical components of the binocular were probably made in Singapore, and the binocular was used by the British in the 1982 Falklands War, Iraq and most recently Afghanistan. During the Falklands War it was reportedly not popular with soldiers because: 1) the objective barrels were located at the bottom of the binocular causing a soldier to risk raising his head 2 cm higher when observing than when using a conventionally built one; and 2) the binocular was prone to collimation loss resulting in soldiers separating the two halves in the field (easy to do) and using them as monoculars.