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Today's Moment of Collector Zen...

 A Czech Gen 1 infra-red rifle sight sitting on a Romanian semi-auto non-assault-rifle that looks scary and will take a bayonet - and we all know about the sprint-by bayoneting epidemic.

Czech infra-red night sight on a Romanian-made scary rifle.
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 One bad thing about that big IR spotlight on your rifle, if the OPFOR troops have an IR scope of their own, they can send a bullet right back into your noggin just by looking for the big hot spot.
My question is, why the IR on a 47?  I mean... I'd understand better on a Dragunov, but on a battle rifle, it seems a bit... odd.  Or did the Pact have a designated IR man?
What was the first weapon be put an IR scope on?

The M3 Carbine.
We also put starlight scopes on M16s in Vietnam.  It's mostly a night-vision tool for the platoon, vice a sniping weapon.
For some more "Fight at Night" stuff check out:

The first U.S. IR weapon was actually the T3 carbine, a variant of the M1 carbine purpose built with Redfield style bases incorporated on the receiver.  The M3 was the later version which could be created in the field by removal of the rar sight and installation of a long mounting bar which was included as part of the goodies in the "20,000 Volt Set Number 1" sniper scope.

The bureaucrats decided that the weapons were Ordnance Department responsibility, but the scopes and related stuff fell into the Corps of Engineers realm.

So, if it were on a line soldier's weapon, would you have a designated IR guy, or would every member of his platoon have one?
At this point in the business, they were waaay too expensive for everyone to have one.  I don't know what doctrine was, back in the day.   But I'm sure they weren't issued one per.

If you click the link J(NTA) provided, the production numbers were in the thousands - even if you went to ten thousand you aren't getting to 1 per troop, but you could get to 1 per squad.  Mebbe some of our SEA vets will chime in.
I may not have been Infantry, but it would make sense to me to have one soldier with the IR and a mag full of tracers, and have the rest of the squad/platoon put lead where the tracers are going.
The counterpoint to that argument is that tracers (and the IR spotlight) work both ways.  But you have to have an IR scope to see the spotlight.  You just have to have eyes to see the tracers.