I used to be a professional photographer, shooting sports, weddings, portraits…you get the idea. In that world, Nikon vs. Canon is the same kind of debate as GLOCK vs. 1911 or 9mm vs. .45 ACP. After starting with Canon, I jumped to team Nikon and used their cameras and fantastic glass for more than 30 years. They never once let me down.
Now Nikon’s Sport Optics division has announced their new PROSTAFF P3 line of very affordably-priced riflescopes. And given my experience with them, I wouldn’t have the slightest hesitation dropping my hard-earned dollars on one.
Here’s their press release . . .
Melville, NY (February 2019) – Nikon proudly introduces the new performance benchmark for its family of dedicated hunting riflescopes: the all-new PROSTAFF P3. This next generation of PROSTAFF riflescope was designed to deliver Nikon’s legendary optical performance and mechanical consistency over a lifetime of tough hunting use.
Featuring a 3x zoom ratio optical system designed specifically for the needs of hunters, the PROSTAFF P3 applies multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds to all glass surfaces for bright and vivid sight pictures, optimum light transmission and maximum brightness from first to last light. Its generous eye relief is consistent throughout the zoom range to not only keep the user’s brow safe during heavy recoil, but to maintain positive cheek-weld during magnification changes.
PROSTAFF P3 riflescopes are built on an all-new, one-inch tube platform for enhanced durability and modern looks. All models feature aircraft grade aluminum tubes, turret caps, zoom rings and eyepiece focus rings with knurling that is easy to grip with bare—or gloved—hands.
Available in a wide range of models with reticle choices that include Nikon’s BDC, Nikoplex or Mildot—PROSTAFF P3 provides precise, ¼ MOA turrets with crisp movements that can be both heard and felt. These spring-loaded windage and elevation turrets can be instantly reset to “zero” after sighting-in for easy reference and in-the-field adjustments. All models are designed to be parallax-free at 100 yards, with the exception of the high-power 6-18x40AO models, which feature adjustable objectives for focusing from 50-yards to infinity.
The PROSTAFF P3 lineup includes matte and silver exterior finishes. As with all Nikon riflescopes, the PROSTAFF P3 is waterproof, fogproof and shockproof and is backed by Nikon’s No Fault Lifetime Repair/Replacement policy.