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Just ahead of the NRA Show this weekend comes news out of Georgia from Nightforce that they’re expanding their well-respected NXS compact line. Already offering a 2.5-10×32 scope, they’ve upped the ante by adding a 42mm front optic. Which should make seeing those early rising deer or happy hour rutting feral hogs that much easier to spot in low light conditions. Here are the details . . .

The latest addition to the extremely popular line of Nightforce NXS™ Compact riflescopes is the new 2.5-10 x 42, incorporating many features unique to the optics industry.

For many years, the Nightforce 2.5-10 x 32 NXS™ Compact—proven in the hands of the U.S. military—has been renowned for performance far beyond its size.  With its larger objective lens, the new Nightforce 2.5-10 x 42 NXS™ Compact is even more effective in low light, without compromising its light weight (19 oz.–20.5 oz.) and efficient size (11.9 inches in length).

The 2.5-10 x 42 is one of the only 10x riflescopes on the market to include side parallax adjustment, adjustable from 25 yards to infinity.  It incorporates Nightforce DigIllum™ digital reticle illumination technology, offering red or green settings in multiple intensities from very dim to extremely bright.  DigIllum™ also includes settings specifically for use with night vision equipment.

The Nightforce PTL™ is standard, allowing instant magnification changes even while wearing gloves.  Six different reticles are available, including the new IHR™ (International Hunting Reticle). The 2.5-10 x 42 is offered with .250 MOA Hi-Speed™ or .1 Mil-Radian adjustments exposed target-style configurations, or with capped, enclosed adjustments in .250 MOA only.

The 2.5-10 x 42 NXS™ Compact proves that size is no substitute for quality, providing performance that exceeds most riflescopes of any size.  Its low mounting profile, versatile magnification range and streamlined proportions make it ideal for a mountain or safari rifle, and Nightforce Compacts are extremely popular for the various AR platforms.

The Nightforce 2.5-10 x 42 NXS™ Compact has a MSRP starting at $1,800.  For more information, visit or call 208.476.9814.

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  1. Hmmm. That would replace the Redfield on my Winchester 70 Ultimate Classic .30-06. If’n it wasn’t $1800 MSRP. Still, looks awesome.

  2. That sounds like the PERFECT mix for hunters, mid-range battle rifles, and anyone who wants to use add-on night vision doing the previous.

    This kind of setup embodies the mid range scope. Add a true 1x-6x optic (like leupold’s) and a 24x long range optic and you have the 3 scopes that can rule the world.

    Stick the 1-6 on your cqb carbine, the nightforce on a .308 (or similar) battle rifle, and the 24x on your 1000+ yard gun.

    I get a feeling this scope might get some private buys from soldiers going downrange. The only scopes markedly better msrp at $4500.

    • What is up with Americans and high magnification? I mean 1-6 for CQB. I learnt to shoot with no magnification at 100 metres with 22 lr, And I am no exeptional shot. In my opinion a 1-8 or 2-8 would be an ideal multipurpose optic. Put it on 1x or 2x for close range work (100 metres or less) and crank it up to 8x for long distance work (800+ metres). And use the Other magnifications at a hundred metres increase for each level of magnification (3x at 300 m, 4x at 400 m and so on)

      • the 1-6 is good because the low is ONE 🙂

        Military shooters like high magnification at long range because scopes are used for observation and hitting human targets. Hunters just need to see if the thing has antlers or not. If you’re shooting a person at 500m going by his face you need a bit more detail 😉

        Oh and btw my father did some range instruction when he was in the marines. They put him into that slot for 6 months after boot camp because he could hit the 500 yard target 9/10 in slow-fire prone with iron sights with a m16a2. You know how he did it? If he could see any of the target around the front post he knew he was off aim.

    • If you can afford one. I’m sure they’re great but my last three rifles cost as much as that one scope. What makes a Nightforce worth the price compared to a Nikon Monarch?

      • I would agree that the value equation for most people goes down after $1000 on most scopes, but the difference is there.

        Roughly a $2000 and up scope would add about 5-10 minutes of hunting time at sunrise/sunset. For the long range shooters it’s about a large range of magnification (for house clearing), more accurate reticules and turrets, and less eye strain when observing.

        • I don’t doubt for a minute the difference is there. If I had the means I might give a Nightforce a try but with my meager means I have to draw the line at a scope that costs as much or less than the rifle it will go on. Maybe some day I’ll have the pleasure to look through a Nightforce or US Optics and see the difference but I’ve been happy with my Nikons.

          I have a S&W i-Bolt in 30-06 that is stupid accurate and would be a great candidate for a Nightforce.

        • Same, sticking with the under $500 Leupold’s myself until I either make 80k a year or win the powerball 🙂

      • Better coatings, better light transmission, lower distortion (especially at the edges of the field of view), more solid internal mechanisms that give you better repeatability when you move the windage and elevation.

  3. My NightForce NXS is by far the best scope I have ever owned! I will probably never purchase another brand. Now that they finally offer a FFP I plan on buying that one as well.

  4. Looks good but pricey. Nightforce are in the category above Leupold, so they are going to be expensive. But my experience with Leupold has taught me that cheap scopes are not worth a dime but good quality scopes are worth every cent.

    My only criticism is trying to find a decent 4x fixed power scope, and the only ones are in the $400-500 category, if you can find them. I need a 4×40 maximum scope for a particular class in a telescopic sight matches, and the rifle has to be in original service caliber and configuration, or acceptable alternative, with a 4x scope (scope and mounts can be modern). At the moment I have a Arctic Fox scope lying around from another failed project and now I have to find a set of 30mm rings to match to a Mauser 98 Lyman bridge mount.

    • I would go check out the CMP forums. With all of their service matches I bet someone can point you in the right direction.

      • Thanks for the advice but my requirements are somewhat more specialized. I compete with this group:

        And I helped draft the new rules covering the telescopic sight matches. The classic class is getting too difficult to enter because of the costs of original equipment. The Classic Modified class allows reproduction mounts and modern low magnification optics (4×40 Maximum) on classic service rifles. But browsing the optics manufacturer’s web sites shows that non-variable scopes are actually rare in some makers, and non-existent in others.

    • Check out the Rifle Scopes forum on I have found that site to be the best for information. There are experts that will answer any questions you may have. All the major companies (NightForce, Schmidt & Bender, USO etc..) also post on there.

  5. I hope the blog entry above was just a quickie cut-n-paste from the Nightforce press release.

    This scope is another Nightforce not competitive for hunting purposes. Nightforce scopes are excellent for military and competitive duty, but seriously, touting most of them, including this one, as “ideal for a mountain or safari rifle” shows ignorance of the hunting market riflescopes that exceed Nightforce. Chiefly, Zeiss and Swarovski, which not only better Nightforce, but cost a few hundred less, to boot (in the hunting product lines).

  6. On suggestion from one of my folks I got Nightforce NXS 2.5-10×32. A little deterred initially owing to the price tag but I will have to give it to Nightforce Optics for this superb device.

  7. i missed the bull elk of a lifetime last year, thousands on travel, tags, time off etc.
    reason, I fell on a rock the day before, and didn’t know my zeiss had an internal spring break.

    If you hunt in extreme environments, nightforce is worth the cost for the reliability. period.
    if you hunt from a tree stand or flat woods, agreed. you’re wasting your money.


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