Nightforce was kind enough to invite TTAG to their first media/dealer product release event held recently at the CORE Shooting Solutions facility in Florida. In this two-day event, representatives from Nightforce teamed up with Accuracy International and Daniel Defense to allow members of the media and select dealers to get some first-hand shooting experience with their new products (both 2016 and 2017 releases).
Instructors from CORE provided detailed courses of instruction on long-range marksmanship and also set up PRS-style stages featuring targets from 100 to 1050 yards.
ATACR 4-16×50 (SFP)
In 2015, Nightforce released the excellent ATACR 4-16×42 F1 riflescope. Following up on its success, Nightforce is now releasing a similar 4×16 ATACR model with a less expensive second focal plane reticle, a high-profile elevation turret, and a 50mm objective, the ATACR 4-16×50 (SFP).
This scope is primarily intended for the law enforcement market, but would be equally at home on any rifle where it’s important to balance weight with magnification, while still maintaining military ruggedness. For example, this optic would be ideal on an AR-10, a SCAR, or a light weight hunting rifle.
This new model features a 34mm main tube, a 50mm objective, side parallax adjustment, and an illuminated reticle.
It also comes with a very handy removable power throw lever.
The scope is very compact at 12.6 inches, and is relatively lightweight at 33.3 ounces. Three reticle options are available (1) MIL/R, (2) MOA/R, or (3) Horus TMR 2. This scope is made at Nightforce’s Idaho factory using ED glass sourced from Japan. MSRP is $1,950.00.
Focal Plane: Second
Magnification Range: 4-16x
Objective lens diameter: 50mm
Tube diameter: 34 mm/1.34 in
Internal adjustment range: Elevation: 110 MOA or 30 Mil
Windage : 60 MOA or 16.4 Mil
Click value: .250 MOA / .1 Mil-rad
Calibrated Ranging Power: 16x
Parallax adjustment: 45 yd–8
Exit pupil diameter: 4x: 9.5 mm / 16x: 3.17 mm
Eye relief: 89 mm/3.50 in
Field of view @100 yards: 4x: 26.9 ft; 16x: 6.9 ft
Objective outer diameter: 59 mm
Eyepiece outer diameter: 45 mm
Overall length (in./mm): 13.1 in/333 mm
Weight (ounces/grams): 33.3 oz/944g
Mounting length (in/mm): 6.32 in/161 mm
Front/Rear Mounting Length: 2.00 in/2.53 in
PTL (Power Throw Lever): Standard
Reticles available: MOAR™ / MIL-R™
Illumination: DigIllum™ digital reticle illumination
Elevation Feature: Zero Stop
Nightforce’s Shooter Hunter Varminter (“SHV”) line of scopes was primarily intended to fulfill the needs of hunters who wanted to experience Nightforce quality but in a more streamlined and affordable package. These scopes aren’t “overbuilt” like the NXS and ATACR lines, and therefore offer considerable weight savings.
This year, Nightforce has included a long range scope to the SHV line: the 5-20 x 56. It features a 30mm main tube, a 56mm objective, and second focal plane reticles.
What impressed me the most about this scope is that it didn’t get dim at the higher end of its magnification range, which is a problem that plagues many scopes in this price range. Also, the current production models features larger diameter turrets than when originally released. The street price of this scope is around $1,200 – $1,300, which makes it a real value given its quality.
The side parallax adjustment turret also does double duty by housing the illumination adjustment. While this arrangement does widen the profile of the scope, it eliminates the need for a separate illumination turret, which can appear quite awkward and less streamlined.
As shown in the photo above, the windage turret is capped, but is also designed so that the shooter can easily dial windage adjustments under field conditions.
Focal Plane: Second
Objective Diameter: 56mm
Exit Pupil Diameter: 5x; 8.7mm, 20x; 2.5mm
Field Of View: 5x; 17.9ft, 20x; 5.0ft, 5x; 5.46m, 20x; 1.52m @100 Yards/100 Meters
Eye Relief: 3.14in-3.54in (80-90mm)
Internal Adjustment Range: 80MOA elevation 50MOA windage, 21.8Mil elevation 13.6Mil windage
Click Value: .250 MOA
Tube Diameter: 30mm (1.18in)
Ocular Diameter: 43mm
Mounting Length: 6.5in/165mm
Weight: 30.5oz/865grams (illuminated); 29.1oz/825grams (non-illuminated)
Overall Length: 15.2in/386mm
Reticles: MOAR, IHR
Illumination: Center Illumination on Select Models
Parallax adjustment: 25 yds to infinity
Elevation Feature: ZeroSet
Competition SR 4.5x
NRA and CMP service rifle matches have been gaining in popularity in recent years. In in an effort to respond to trends in military marksmanship training, the CMP enacted new rules in 2016 that, for the first time, permitted AR-15-type rifles to have optical sights (fixed power or variable) with a maximum magnification of 4.5x and an objective lens no larger than 34 mm. See CMP Rule 6.1.1.
Recognizing a need to service this shooting community, Nightforce quickly released their Competition SR Fixed 4.5 x 24 riflescope in in the summer of 2016. Weighing in at 15.5 oz., this fixed-power 4.5 x scope is made in the USA and features 100+ MOA of elevation and windage adjustment. It also features zero-stop turrets and provides 20 MOA of adjustment per each turret rotation.
The scope comes standard with Nightforce’s new “SR-1” reticle, which was designed specifically for service rifle competition use in mind. It is a non-illuminated reticle featuring heavy posts at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions, and a 10 MOA center circle with 8 MOA crosshair. The design is intended to be visually intuitive for shooters who use iron sight.
To complete the package, Nightforce has also introduced the new Unimount SR. This a lightweight mount provides a “nose to charging handle” positioning, which is preferred by many service rifle shooters. Many military vets will recall this technique from their basic training days. Of course, the Unimount SR will fit any 30 mm scope, and offers 20 MOA of taper in a lightweight package.
Focal Plane: Second
Objective outer diameter: 24mm
Exit pupil diameter: 4.5x:5.3mm
Field of view @100 yards: 4.5x: 23.2ft
Eye relief 95mm/3.7 in
Internal adjustment range (MOA/Mil): e: 100 MOA w: 100 MOA
Click value: .250 MOA
Parallax adjustment: Fixed 200 yd
Tube diameter: 30mm/1.18 in
Eyepiece outer diameter: 40 mm
Overall length (inches/mm) 9.9 in/251 mm
Weight (ounces/grams): 15.4 oz/437g
Mounting length (inches/mm): 6.6 in/168 mm
PTL (Power Throw Lever): N/A
Reticles available: SR-1
MSRP $1,950, street price about $1,850