Nightforce Optics comes with a remarkable array of riflescopes belonging to different price ranges. Headquartered in Idaho’s Orofino, Nightforce Optics Inc. is known for letting its scopes pass through as many as seventy checking points, where most other optical devices fail. Some of the most sought after series include Nightforce Competition, NXS, Benchrest, BEAST, SHV, and Nightforce ATACR. Nightforce SHV is the latest one to be included. Whether you want a long range scope, a device for competition shooting, varmint hunting or short range shooting, a suitable range of Nightforce scopes is there for you to explore. While Nightforce NXS, Benchrest, and Competition are some of the most popular riflescope series available in the market, Nightforce SHV is growing as a name and becoming a strong in-house competitor as well.
Now, let us discuss about the brand’s various scopes and get a comparative view of some of the most popular scopes:
Nightforce Competition- The Competitor’s Choice
Nightforce Competition (15-55×52) scope is surely one of the best riflescopes, available at a far lesser price than the ones manufactured by some other brands such as Leupold or Nikon. This optical device has been introduced in the market by Nightforce as a product that improves upon quality of Nightforce Benchrest and NXS scopes, which have already made their presence felt in the long range shooting paradigm. This scope comes with best in class light transmission (92 per cent), .125 MOA adjustments (elevation as well as windage), 6.9 feet to 1.83 feet Field of View throughout the magnification range (15x to 55x), and high quality ED Glass that ensures high resolution as well as great color contrast correction. Eyepiece that comes with this scope is a European-styled fast focus one that helps shooters make scope adjustments quickly at field.
Perhaps the best aspect of Nightforce Competition scopes (2014-version) is the comparative weight, which is significantly less than other long range scopes such as NXS and Precision Benchrest. The main reason behind less weight of the Competition scopes is the smaller objective lens, which is just 52mm diameter in comparison to 56mm diameter objective lens found in NXS or Benchrest scopes. This advanced scope, which can be used with F-Class or even X-Ray 51 tactical rifle, was first introduced in the year 2013. However, after factoring in user experiences, Nightforce came up with the latest 2014-version that has two noted advancements – Hi-Speed adjustment and ZeroStop features that are available with standard equipment.
Nightforce NXS and Benchrest – Two High Quality, Rugged Scopes for Short and Long Range Shooting
NXS is an unbeatable optical device in the class that can be used in combat operations. While Nightforce NXS 3.5-15×50 scopes are perfect for use in military small guns, Nightforce NXS ( 5.5-22×56) models are used for long range military target shooting. One of the best aspects of 5.5-22×56 model is its effectiveness in taking shots at close ranges. The other model sub-categories in the NXS category are 8-32×56 and 12-42×56, which are used for extreme long range shooting or in Benchrest competitions.
Nightforce Benchrest is another high end scope that comes with parallax adjustment range from 25 yards to infinity, glass-etched illuminated reticule, fast reticle focusing, .125 MOA target turrets, and 56mm multi-coated lenses. Nightforce Benchrest is available in another variant – 12-42×56 – which is most suitable scope for highest range shooting or Benchrest competition.
When it comes to price, Benchrest scopes are more affordable (anything from $400 to $600) than the NXS models. There are obvious reasons of this price difference. Two aspects laudable in NXS models are facility of side focus and the scope’s robust. Parallax correction at Benchrest can be done through adjustment at front objective lens. Angle click adjustments vary in both these handsets. While Benchrest comes with ⅛ MOA or 0.125 MOA, NXS models come with ¼ MOA or 0.25 MOA.
One of the USPs of Nightforce scopes is the ZeroStop technology. ZeroStop adjustment technology is a patented one by Nightforce that spins elevation turret back to zero range and helps shooters focus the optical device in seconds. One of the greatest advantages of Nightforce NXS scopes is definitely the presence of ZeroStop feature in most of the models. However, Benchrest models are devoid of this feature.
Nightforce SHV Scope – Newest Addition in the Nightforce Family
Nightforce has introduced its latest scoping device, called SHV or Shooter-Hunter-Varminter, for shooters who are not looking for any combat operation. Whether it is for hunting varmint or hunting at long range, the entire range of shooting can be experienced at a much affordable price. This scope is way more affordable than the NXS variant because all the overbuilt features have been done away with in SHV. Users will get ZeroSet feature, similar to that of ZeroStop found in NXS, in Nightforce SHV 5-20×56 models.
To conclude, the comparative analysis of the famous Nightforce riflescopes available in the market – Nightforce Competition, NXS, SHV, and Benchrest can go a long way in helping you decide which one to settle with. So think about it, have a look at Nightforce scopes, their prices, select your preferred scope, and go for the kill!