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With a lifetime warranty and high-end glass and features, Nikon is looking to steal a chunk of the long-range optics market with their aggressively-priced BLACK FX1000 line of scopes. If the promises hold true, they’ll be stiff competition for the likes of Vortex, Nightforce, SIG, et al. Stay tuned, as TTAG will be reviewing a scope or two from the line soon. In the meantime, Nikon’s press release follows . . .

Nikon Introduces Match-Ready First Focal Plane Riflescope

Melville, NY (March 2018) – Nikon just made competition-grade FFP scopes accessible–to everyone. For 2018 Nikon expands its flagship BLACK tactical optics family with the introduction of the FX1000. Competition-ready straight from the box, the BLACK FX1000 combines match grade features such as a first focal plane optical system, high-speed turrets, integral zero stop and choice of glass-etched MOA or MRAD reticles. To summarize, the new BLACK FX1000 becomes the feature-packed optic long-range shooters have been waiting for–and one that changes the paradigm of how tactical optics are valued.

The BLACK FX1000 utilizes Nikon’s proprietary optical glass and multicoating technology to provide exceedingly sharp resolution, and clear target images regardless of distance. The 50mm objective lens in each model not only gathers–but transmits–maximum brightness from first to last light.



Nikon’s advanced FX-MOA and FX-MRAD reticles were designed specifically for the first focal plane optical system used in the BLACK FX1000 riflescope. Each reticle is designed to optimize the sight picture and provide the necessary tools for ranging, holdover and windage corrections whether shooting a match or punching paper.

The BLACK FX1000’s high-speed turrets allow you to dial-in 25 MOA/10 MRAD of adjustment per revolution with crisp, clean, tactile clicks. These high-speed turrets allow most modern calibers to be dialed in excess of 1,000 yards with a single turn. Built for the constant dialing that comes with long-range precision, the elevation turret debuts Nikon’s all-new integral zero stop that assures you don’t lose your zero once set. BLACK FX1000 riflescopes each have a side focus parallax adjustment located on the left side of the turret block for parallax compensation from 50yds-∞. On illuminated reticle models, a 10-level rheostat control integrated into the knob features intermittent “off” settings between each brightness level.

The BLACK FX1000 is offered in 4-16×50 and 6-24×50 variants, with the choice of FX-MOA or FX-MRAD reticles. The 4-16×50 models provide 90 MOA/25 MRAD maximum internal adjustments and the 6-24×50 models provide 60 MOA/17 MRAD internal adjustments.

The BLACK FX1000 riflescopes are built on 30mm tubes from aircraft grade aluminum alloy with Type-III hard anodizing surface finish for maximum ruggedness and long-term durability. Waterproof, fogproof and shockproof, all BLACK FX1000 models are backed entirely with Nikon’s lifetime repair/replacement NO FAULT POLICY.


BLACK FX1000 4-16x50SF FX-MOA (MSRP – $649.95)
BLACK FX1000 4-16x50SF FX-MRAD (MSRP – $649.95)
BLACK FX1000 4-16x50SF Illuminated Reticle FX-MOA (MSRP – $749.95)
BLACK FX1000 4-16x50SF Illuminated Reticle FX-MRAD (MSRP – $749.95)
BLACK FX1000 6-24x50SF Illuminated Reticle FX-MOA (MSRP – $799.95)
BLACK FX1000 6-24x50SF Matte Illuminated Reticle FX-MRAD (MSRP – $799.95)


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  1. Those are some attractive MSRPs. Let’s see if they deliver because that alone has me interested.

    • “…stiff competition for the likes of Vortex, Nightforce, SIG, et al.”

      Um, and Leupold? What, are the American scope companies just relegated to “et.al.“ these days?

      • Ha! Sorry. Just didn’t pop into my mind first when I typed this up and had PRS on the brain.

        …But those companies are American companies 😉 …SIG Optics is in Oregon, Vortex in Wisconsin, Nightforce in Idaho and Georgia.

        • Thanks Jeremy.

          Has SIG or Vortex ever manufactured an optic on US soil?

          Inquiring minds want to know.

        • Not that I know of, no. Though some amount of final assembly and some components may be done & made domestically. AFAIK, both brands have products made in Japan and in China depending on the product. Nightforce is mostly Japanese, as I understand it, and as far as I know all of SIG’s scopes are Japanese while some of their red dots and maybe some other things can be Chinese depending on model.

  2. I bought a cheap scope for a Ruger 10/22 and while the optics were great the mechanics of the turrets were poor. So I upgraded to a Nikon Target EFR. Not real cheap but a good value given its excellence.

    My little pet peeve is that the numerical units on the turrets are in inches at 50 yds. OK, it is intended for .22LR target shooting at 50 yds., but … Can’t we agree that turret units should always always be in MOAs or MRADs??

  3. I’d prefer a x-mas tree reticle among their offerings (think Horus). They’re the cat’s meow.

    And, used properly they make adjusting turrets a thing of the past.

  4. I’ve got an old Weaver K4 but it got two =l= cross hairs. ? I guess one is for long range.or maybe centering the target in the middle like rangefinder.?

  5. Vaporware at this point. They don’t exist. Nikon makes good glass. Their internals are a little suspect. Recently had an old Buckmaster fall apart internally and they sent me a Prostaff 5 or 7 cant remember which as a replacement. A screw inside the windage turret broke first day I had it on a rifle. Haven’t bothered to send it back yet. Nightforce they are not and of course they dont cost like a NF either. I dont understand why they dont make pro grade rifle scopes like they make pro grade cameras. There is obviously a market for high end shooting glass.

  6. You guys going to talk about Nikon pulling out of the NRA Convention?? Or is that too much advertising dollars?

  7. Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t AO and S&B about the only optical companies that still make their glass in US? Both be a waste of money given my shooting skills. Love my Nikon DSLR, think a FFP BDC Prostaff 5 will match my AR, skills and budget.

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