Nightforce BEAST is certainly one of the best multi-purpose riflescopes available in the market. Whether you work in the law enforcement department, the Navy SEAL, the US military or are a competitive/ precision shooter, this scope is bound to grab your attention. We therefore take you through the details that add character to this device and assist you in knowing it better. Read on.
How Nightforce B.E.A.S.T. came into Existence
Targeting needs of snipers have changed in the war fields and shooters now have to take down a target located at further distances. As a result they require better optical quality, unprecedented accuracy and perfect identification. The US military was well aware of this aspect but they also knew that attaining these features are not achievable with the existing technologies. This is when U.S. Military asked Nightforce Optics for such a riflescope that can help combat forces get the best result at least casualty of the force. Engineers of the company worked upon the specific requirements and invented a technologically higher derivative, which is now known in the market as Nightforce Beast. This riflescope has got its name because of the robust features it comes with and that has nothing to do with the size. B.E.A.S.T stands for Best Example of Advanced Scope Technology. Nightforce calls it the ultimate scope, particularly apt for combat operations. In short, Nightforce BEAST came into existence to fulfill the demands of the US military.
Whether it is Tested before its release in the Market
We all know by now how rigorous and brutal the tests are through which Nightforce scopes have to pass through. Their side / forward impact, resolution integrity, and tracking accuracy are checked before released in the market for sale by Nightforce Optics. The scopes including BEAST are subjected to these rough tests only to make them better than rest in the class. Some of the other brutal tests include 24 hours submersion of the optical device under 100 feet water for testing waterproofing capability, off-axis shift due to impact at the time of recoil, and testing of functions at extreme temperatures – 160˚F to -80˚F – for one long hour. It’s release is therefore preceded by rigorous testing.
Whether it has a First Focal Plane or a Second Focal Plane
Nightforce B.E.A.S.T. comes with first focal plane and accomplished shooters will find it advantageous when they use the scope with their rifle. The biggest advantage in First Focal Plane over the Second is that throughout the magnification range, the reticle subtension in terms of visual proportion in the former remains the same. Whatever magnification you are setting for the scope, visual proportion of the reticle subtension remains the same. It is often seen that advanced shooters prefer FFP over SFP because the former is found to be effective in terms of range estimation, windage leads and target holdovers. As the variable numbers get eliminated, shooters enjoy enhanced accuracy as well as greater speed even in high stress conditions.
How it fares as far as the main aspects of an optical device is concerned
A sniper cannot afford to miss a target even by an inch because that may take the life of an innocent instead of a legitimate threat. When it is the question of taking down a target from long distance, that too by a military sniper, three aspects are required in an optical device. They are amazing contrast, extreme clarity and significant resolving power. Taking all these into consideration, Germany and US engineers have collaborated to ensure Nightforce B.E.A.S.T. is fitted with optical glass that easily surpasses the quality of any category scope optics, especially in terms of clarity and resolution.
In the next and last part of this Nightforce BEAST FAQ series, we will explore other important aspects like intuitiveness of the device, light transmission, tactical use of BEAST, reticles with different models and other specs / features of the scope in question. Make sure you learn to tame the beast by then!