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NIGHTFORCE® OPTICS BEGINS FULL RATE PRODUCTION FOR US SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND

Orofino, ID, U.S. – (December 19, 2019) Late last year, the Nightforce Optics MIL-SPEC ATACR™ 1-8×24 F1 was chosen as the First Focal Plane selection for the Squad-Variable Power Scope component of the family of USSOCOM Miniature Aiming System-Day (MAS-D) Optics. The Squad Variable Power Scope is designed to be integrated into current and future anticipated weapons that the US Special Operations Command employ.

Part of a life cycle replacement program for the SOPMOD Block II optic, the Nightforce MIL-SPEC ATACR 1-8x brings a new capability to the warfighter; a constant variable power scope. Unlike previous systems that were 4x only – or, in later variants, selectable between 1x and 4x – the MIL-SPEC ATACR 1-8x provides constant variable power selection between 1x and 8x. 

“The Nightforce MIL-SPEC ATACR 1-8×24 F1 is an over-engineered, military-grade scope built with the military’s extreme endurance in mind,” said Nightforce’s MIL-GOV-LE Business Development Manager, Tod Litt. “It offers numerous mission-critical features including a large eyebox for rapid engagement, a Power Throw Lever for rapid magnification adjustments and the shortest length in their class to maximize rail space. The fully, multi-coated ED glass in the ATACR results in superb light transmission, brilliant image rendering and exceptional color contrast for accuracy in virtually any condition the Warfighter may find themselves in.” 

Full Rate Production of the new optic has commenced at the Nightforce factory and will continue over the next few years. After the order is fulfilled, the optic is to augment the venerable M4A1 and similar small arms systems throughout USSOCOM. The integration of a 1-8x optic truly capitalizes on the necessities for today’s dynamic battlespace that can find the operator engaging at longer distances or clearing a building, oftentimes during the same mission. 

“It’s very humbling and prideful to all of us here at Nightforce Optics to know that we are providing product that see’s front-line action in defense of life, limb and freedom for all Americans,” said Litt. “Every member of the Nightforce Optics’ team is emotionally vested to ensure we make a product that will perform at its best when the conditions of war are at their worst. We consider the cost of failure in everything we do.”

While this specific optic is produced exclusively for the USSOCOM, the Nightforce Optics ATACR 1-8x24mm F1 (C597) is its commercially available version, allowing the use of the same unsurpassed optical quality and advanced daylight illumination technology that was selected for service. 

For more information on Nightforce Optics, please visit www.nightforceoptics.com, or email Glenn Lass, MIL-GOV-LE Program Manager at glass@nightforceoptics.com.

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About Nightforce 

As a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium sport optics and related products including riflescopes, spotting scopes and accessories, Nightforce builds the most rugged, reliable, and repeatable optics available. We are known for exceptional products, each built with painstaking craftsmanship. Every riflescope is crafted with such fanatical attention to detail, it is expected to hold up to the most punishing conditions, and last generations. The legendary Nightforce quality testing involves impact tests and follow up inspections that ensure the riflescope is ready to perform to customer expectations and more.

Contact: Glenn Lass

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NIGHTFORCE® OPTICS AWARDED USSOCOM P-VPS CONTRACT

Orofino, ID—(December 16, 2019) Two variants of the Nightforce Optics ATACR product line have been selected by United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to fill the Precision – Variable Power Scope component of the Miniature Aiming Systems – Day Optic (MAS-D) Program. The MIL-SPEC ATACR™ 5-25×56 F1 and the MIL-SPEC ATACR™ 7-35×56 F1 will be integrated as the Standard and the Long Range solutions for US Special Operations Command’s current and future anticipated Sniper Weapon Systems.

As part of a life cycle replacement program and capabilities enhancement, the Nightforce MIL-SPEC ATACR 5-25 and 7-35 are designed to provide improved target detection and acquisition, as well as hit probability, for engagements out to 1500m and beyond.

“The selection of both ATACR models brings continuity to a community that, until recently, have been using a variety of aging systems, all with slightly varying controls and reticle designs”, said Nightforce’s MIL-GOV-LE Business Development Manager, Tod Litt.

The Nightforce MIL-SPEC ATACR 5-25 and 7-35 offer unparalleled performance in extended range target detection and reliable mechanical adjustment. Both optics feature Nightforce’s exceptional ED glass, 0.1 Mil-Radian adjustment value for both windage and elevation, the Horus Vision TREMOR3 reticle, and a tan, hardcoat anodized finish. Provided as a system for the program, the selected optics also utilize a purpose-built Nightforce scope mount and laser range finder integration platform. When employed as a complete solution, the SOF Snipers ability to detect, range, and receive a firing solution is greatly accelerated.

The new optics are to augment multiple systems in the SOCOM inventory and will coincide with the release and fielding of the Mk22 Sniper System, based on the proven Barrett MRAD platform.

For more information on Nightforce Optics, please visit www.nightforceoptics.com, or email Glenn Lass, MILGOV-LE Program Manager at glass@nightforceoptics.com.

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About Nightforce

As a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium sport optics and related products including riflescopes, spotting scopes and accessories, Nightforce builds the most rugged, reliable, and repeatable optics available. We are known for exceptional products, each built with painstaking craftsmanship. Every riflescope is crafted with such fanatical attention to detail, it is expected to hold up to the most punishing conditions, and last generations. The legendary Nightforce quality testing involves impact tests and follow up inspections that ensure the riflescope is ready to perform to customer expectations and more.

Contact: Glenn Lass
glass@nightforceoptics.com

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Nightforce Congratulates Scott Satterlee on Successful 2018 Competitive Season

Nightforce Optics congratulates Nightforce shooter Scott Satterlee on a highly successful 2018 precision rifle season. Satterlee finished 2018 with a 5th place overall ranking and High Senior in the Precision Rifle Series, as well as an 8th place overall in the National Rifle League standings. During the year, he was the winner of the Defy the Distance PRS match in Three Forks, MT, and had eight other Top 10 finishes in major matches. In addition to competing in matches around the country, he also provided precision rifle training to over 100 students and was the match director for the Nightforce ELR PRS match at the Q Creek Ranch in Wyoming. “Scott is a consummate professional and talented marksman, someone we are thrilled to have representing Nightforce in the field,” says Alan Stilwell, North American Sales Manager. “We congratulate him on his season and are eager to see what he can do going into 2019.”

Satterlee’s choice of Nightforce products for the year included the ATACR 7-35×56 F1 for competition and long-range shooting, the ATACR 4-16×42 F1 and SHV 4-14×50 F1 for hunting, while the ATACR 1-8×24 F1 is used for carbine shooting.

About Nightforce

Nightforce is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium sport optics and related products, including riflescopes, spotting scopes and accessories. Based in Orofino, ID, Nightforce is known for rugged, high-precision engineered designs that are capable of holding up to punishing conditions. Nightforce has established a benchmark for high-quality, high-performance products that have accompanied soldiers into battle, world champion shooters to the winner’s podium, and helped hunters take the trophy of a lifetime.

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Nightforce Releases New Riflescopes

Nightforce Optics premium ATACR™ line is based on a simple motivation, build the ultimate riflescope. The ATACR™ 4-16×50 F1 offers shooters a choice of a 50mm objective lens for even greater lowlight and long-range capability. Nightforce’s patented ZeroStop™ elevation adjustment has 100 minutes or 30 mils of elevation travel. Other features include brilliantly clear Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass, optimized intelligent reticles such as the MOAR and Mil-C, an integrated Power Throw Lever (PTL) that makes magnification changes very fast in any condition. As standard with other DigIllum equipped scopes, the digital illumination provides both red and green options at the shooter’s preference. Also included with the scope are custom Tenebraex flip-up lens covers. The ATACR 4-16×50 F1 will meet the demanding needs of law enforcement, hunters who want a versatile first focal plane optic and competitors wanting great glass in a compact package.

The SHV™ family has been available for several years and is in use by shooters and hunters. Nightforce prides itself in listening to the wants of shooters, in turn the SHV™ 3-10×42 will be available with an Illuminated MOAR™ or Forceplex™ reticle for use in lowlight conditions. The now user adjustable illumination control used replaces the parallax adjustment on the 3-10, allowing the reticle brightness to be adjusted to meet current conditions.

“Nightforce listens to its consumers and each of these scopes were developed based on feedback of consumers, our dealer base and professionals in the field. As with any Nightforce product we have designed, tested and built these optics to provide performance beyond expectations whether in our premier ATACR line or our more affordable SHV family” said Alan Stilwell, Nightforce North American Sales Manager.

The Nightforce ATACR 4-16×50 F1 has an MSRP of $2,500; and the SHV 3-10x Illuminated has an MSRP of $985.

For more information on Nightforce Optics, please visit www.nightforceoptics.com, or email Alan Stilwell, National Sales Manager.

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About Nightforce

As a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium sport optics and related products including riflescopes, spotting scopes and accessories, Nightforce builds the most rugged, reliable, and repeatable optics available. We are known for exceptional products, each built with painstaking craftsmanship. Every riflescope is crafted with such fanatical attention to detail, it is expected to hold up to the most punishing conditions, and last generations. The legendary Nightforce quality testing involves impact tests and follow up inspections that ensure the riflescope is ready to perform to customer expectations and more.

Based in Orofino, Idaho, Nightforce has established an industry benchmark for the highest performing products. Nightforce optics have accompanied elite soldiers into battle, world champion shooters to the winner’s podium, and helped hunters take the trophy of a lifetime.

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Nightforce Optics a Sponsor of U.S. Rifle Team

“After twelve years of sponsoring the U.S. Rifle Team, Nightforce is proud to continue backing F-Class competitive shooting and the U.S. Rifle Team in their endeavor to bring home the gold again at the 2021 World Championships,” said Nightforce Optics Director of Sales and Marketing, Gordon Myers. “As Gold Medal partners, we’re more dedicated than ever to see the team achieve their goals and triumph in South Africa in 2021.”

“Ever since U.S. Rifle Team members collaborated with Nightforce design engineers to create the Competition™ 15-55×52 riflescope, that particular Nightforce optic has reigned as the dominant scope in worldwide F-Class competitions,” said Myers. “We’ve enjoyed a dynamic and constructive relationship with the Team for more than a decade, and look forward to supporting them in their next World Championships bid and beyond.”

“As a fantastic long-term partner, Nightforce continues to give back to the F-Class shooting community through their unprecedented support of our Team,” commented U.S. Rifle Team Captain, Phil Kelley. “Now in our fourth straight F-T/R World Championship cycle, we couldn’t be more appreciative of the past, present, and future support we enjoy from the folks at Nightforce. As competitors, we insist on the absolute best tools for our sport, and we’re delighted to voice that the world-class team, strong brand reputation, and stellar products developed by Nightforce are unsurpassed in every way.”

The U.S. Rifle Team fields three squads consisting of F-T/R, F-Open, and Under 25 shooters. The complete team is comprised of 60 members including competitors, coaches, and support staff for the three individual squads. “Every four years, the Team re-sets, much like with Olympic teams,” said Kelley. “We’ve been winning international competitions with Nightforce atop our rifles since 2009, and as we prepare for the next World Championship run in South Africa in 2021, Nightforce will be at the firing line with us again. The cost of success is significant to each shooter on the team, and it’s only through the support of loyal sponsors like Nightforce that we’ll continue as the best F-Class shooting team in the world,” added Kelley.

“From all of us at Nightforce, it’s an honor to assist America’s elite shooters on the U.S. Rifle Team,” said Myers. “By sponsoring the Team plus many other F-Class matches all over the world, we’re committed to enriching long-range, competitive shooting as a whole.”

To learn more about partnering with the U.S. Rifle Team as a sponsor, please visit www.usarifle2021.com, or visit their Facebook page.

For more information on Nightforce Optics, please visit www.nightforceoptics.com, or email marketing, at marketing@nightforceoptics.com.

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About the U.S. Rifle Team

The three-time, World Champion U.S. Rifle Team is proud to represent the United States and our F-Class competitive shooting. Representing all walks of life, team members are spread across the country. We compete regularly against teams from other nations, and at the 2017 World Championships in Ottawa Canada, close to twenty countries were represented.  

Most team competitions are fired at targets 1,000 yards away with the inner-most scoring ring at five inches in diameter, and the next ring at ten inches. Rifles are custom-made and designed specifically for the sport. All rifles used in the F-T/R Class are chambered in either .308 Winchester or .223 Remington calibers. The rifles must weigh less than 8.25 kilograms and must use either a bipod or a sling as the front support. Competitors generally use handloaded ammunition. Anyone with a .308 or .223 rifle and a bipod can compete and have fun in this sport, and with local matches all over the U.S., anyone interested need only look for an NRA High-Power event, and register as an “F-T/R” competitor.  
 

In the 1990s, a long-time target rifle competitor from Canada named George Farquharson lobbied the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association to allow competitors to use a bipod and a scope in addition to slings and iron sights for competition. The sport took off in the early 2000s and is now divided into two classes including F-T/R, and F-Open. F-Open allows for many different calibers, heavier rifles, and the use of machine-type bench rests to guide the rifle. Both competition classes shoot only from the prone position.

About Nightforce

As a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium sport optics and related products including riflescopes, spotting scopes and accessories, Nightforce builds the most rugged, reliable, and repeatable optics available. We are known for exceptional products, each built with painstaking craftsmanship. Each riflescope is crafted with such fanatical attention to detail it’s expected to hold up to the most punishing conditions and last for generations. The legendary Nightforce quality testing involves impact tests and follow up inspections that ensure the riflescope is ready to perform to customer expectations and more.

Based in Orofino, Idaho, Nightforce has established an industry benchmark for the highest performing products. Nightforce optics have accompanied elite soldiers into battle, world champion shooters to the winner’s podium, and helped hunters take the trophy of a lifetime.

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Nightforce Optics Named Top Tier Sponsor 2018 PRS

“A key priority for the folks at Nightforce is to foster the growth of shooting sports through high-quality competitive events like the Precision Rifle Series,” says Nightforce Optics Director of Sales and Marketing, Gordon Myers. “It’s no secret that PRS shooters frequently win matches with Nightforce on their rifles, so what better way to encourage their efforts than by backing their sport through dedicated sponsorship?” he asked.

The Precision Ri?e Series is a championship-style point series race of the best precision rifle competitions and shooters in the nation. “PRS continues to reinforce the growth of competitive rifle sports and precision rifle matches, by featuring the finest matches and shooters the sport has to offer,” said Myers. “And because Nightforce offers the best riflescopes for long range shooting, including the ATACR®, NXS®, and SHV® product lines, it’s the perfect partnership for this class of shooters and the precision rifle discipline.”

PRS participants can expect to see Nightforce represented at all the PRS Bolt Gun Series including the Extreme Long Range (ELR), the Precision Rifle Series Finale, as well as the Gas Gun Series matches.

For more information on Nightforce Optics, please visit www.nightforceoptics.com, or email marketing, at marketing@nightforceoptics.com.

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About Precision Rifle Series

Born out of military, law enforcement, and hunting scenarios, the practical application of the precision rifle is the underlying theme for all series. Whether you are looking for a local club to join, wanting to compete with America’s favorite rifle, the AR-10/15, or you want to test yourself against the best shooters in the nation and the world, the PRS has a spot for you. The Precision Rifle Series is a yearly point race for several series including the PRS Bolt Gun Series, PRS Gas Gun Series, and the PRS Club Series. The intent is to provide a national framework as the aggregation point for local, regional, and national matches; tracking scores and the growth of the practical, long-range rifle discipline. By providing structure and governance, the growth of the discipline has been exponential since the PRS was launched in 2011 thanks to the exceptional coalition of the match directors, shooters, and sponsors participating in the PRS. For more information visit precisionrifleseries.com.

About Nightforce

As a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium sport optics and related products including riflescopes, spotting scopes and accessories, Nightforce builds the most rugged, reliable, and repeatable optics available. We are known for exceptional products, each built with painstaking craftsmanship. Every riflescope is crafted with such fanatical attention to detail, it is expected to hold up to the most punishing conditions, and last for generations. The legendary Nightforce quality testing involves impact tests and follow up inspections that ensure the riflescope is ready to perform to customer expectations and more.

Based in Orofino, Idaho, Nightforce has established an industry benchmark for the highest performing products. Nightforce optics have accompanied elite soldiers into battle, world champion shooters to the winner’s podium, and helped hunters take the trophy of a lifetime.

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Nightforce Optics Adds to the ATACR Series

“We originally designed the Nightforce ATACR first focal plane riflescopes for our military customers,” said Nightforce Director of Sales and Marketing, Gordon Myers. “They remain the foundation for our MilSpec riflescopes to this day. ATACR optics are well-received by long range shooters, because we combine battle-proven ruggedness with high quality optics and functionality. Our new ATACR 1-8×24 F1 incorporates all the advantages of the ATACR family in one of the most compact and adaptable 1-8 power optics available in the marketplace today,” he added.

“The new ATACR 8 power characterizes the Nightforce theme of ‘Rugged, Reliable, Repeatable™”, said Alan Stilwell, North America Sales Manager. “At dusk, dawn, or mid-day; whether you’re shooting close-quarters or long-range distances, the versatile ATACR 1-8×24 F1 delivers a superior field of view and is exceptionally precise. This riflescope’s bomb-proof reliability, extremely low-profile adjustments, and this model’s intelligent FC-DM® reticle, is robust enough to partner up with any designated marksman or competitor.”

Measuring a mere 10 inches in length and weighing 21 ounces, the ATACR 1-8×24 F1 is rich with standard mission-critical features including a daylight-visible, center red dot for rapid engagements, and multi-coated ED glass that furnishes superb light transmission, brilliant images, and exceptional color contrast. The 8x zoom helps locate, identify, and engage targets at maximum effective ranges. While the low-profile, true .1 Mil-Radian adjustments are capped to prevent accidental adjustment.

“We united legendary Nightforce toughness with precision-engineered components and high-tech expertise, resulting in the most technologically advanced optic

Nightforce has ever offered,” according to Stilwell. “The new ATACR 1-8×24 F1 is mechanically unrivaled to withstand a lifetime of harsh recoil so that years from now, your scope will be as precise as the day it was new,” he said.

NIGHTFORCE ATACR 1-8×24 F1 SPECIFICATIONS:

Focal plane: First
Objective outer diameter: 34 mm
Field of view @100 yards/100 meters 1x: 11.26 mm | 96.1 ft | 29.3 m
Field of view @100 yards/100 meters 8x: 3.19 mm | 13.1 ft | 4 m
Eye relief: 3.74″ | 95 mm
Internal adjustment range (Mil): e: 30 | w: 30
Click value: .1 MIL-RADIAN
Parallax adjustment: Fixed at 125 m
Tube diameter: 1.34″/34 mm
Eyepiece outer diameter: 46 mm
Overall length (in/mm): 10.08/256
Weight (oz/g): 21/595
Mounting length (in/mm): 5.67/144
PTL (Power Throw Lever): Standard
Reticles available: FC-DM™
Illumination: Daylight visible, externally adjustable
Elevation feature: Capped, finger-adjustable
Covers: Tenebraex® included
MSRP: $2,800

The new Nightforce ATACR 1-8×24 F1, and the entire line of Nightforce premium optics and accessories will be on display at SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. Please visit Nightforce in booth # 20449.

For further information on Nightforce Optics, please visit www.nightforceoptics.com, or email Marketing at marketing@nightforceoptics.com.

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Nightforce Optics NX8 Family of Riflescopes

The first riflescope unveiled in the NX8 family is the new NX8 1-8×24 F1 optic. Specifically designed for short -to medium-range shooting, the compact NX8 1-8×24 F1 riflescope delivers trusted Nightforce performance to virtually any rifle platform, and boasts true 1x capability.

“Constructing such a small riflescope to surpass the performance of most larger scopes entails a solid commitment to innovation and optical technology,” said Nightforce Director of Sales and Marketing, Gordon Myers.

“The compact NX8 1-8×24 F1 has true 1x magnification and a daylight visible reticle with multiple brightness settings, it is versatile enough to use at close ranges, plus, has extraordinary capability at far reaching distances” stated North America Sales Manager, Alan Stilwell. “The NX8 1-8×24 F1 conserves valuable real estate on your rifle at only 8.75 inches in length, and weighs just 17 ounces,” Stilwell added. “Put it on your competition rifle for 3-gun, or use it for a variety of shooting disciplines; the NX8 1-8×24 F1 is also robust enough for professional use.”

As targets increase in distance, the intelligent FC-MIL™ or FC-MOA™ first focal plane reticle options provide precise hold points. For those preferring to dial for long shots, the turrets feature Nightforce ZeroStop® elevation-adjustable technology with windage limiter, allowing for a rapid return to absolute zero regardless of any previous elevation adjustments. Adjustments are a true .2 Mil-Radian or .50 MOA. And, to aid in fast magnification adjustments, the Power Throw Lever (PTL) is included.

On display at SHOT Show 2018, in Las Vegas, NV, the compact and lightweight Nightforce NX8 1-8×24 F1 adds flexibility to your shooting options with fast target acquisition at a variety of distances. Please visit us in booth #20449.

NIGHTFORCE NX8 1-8×24 F1 SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Focal plane: First
  • Objective outer diameter: 30 mm
  • Exit pupil diameter: 1x: 7.9 mm | 8x: 3 mm
  • Field of view @ 100 yards/100 meters: 1x: 106 ft. | 1x: 32 m
  • Eye relief: 3.75″ | 95.3 mm
  • Internal adjustment range for MOA: e: 100 | w: 100
  • Internal adjustment range for MIL-RADIAN: e: 30 | w: 30
  • Click value: .5 MOA | .2 MIL-RADIAN
  • Parallax adjustment: Fixed at 125 m
  • Tube diameter: 1.18″/30 mm
  • Eyepiece outer diameter: 40 mm
  • Overall length (in/mm): 8.75/222
  • Weight (oz/g): 17/482
  • Mounting length (in/mm): 5.7/144
  • PTL (Power Throw Lever): Standard
  • Reticles available: FC-MOA™/FC-MIL™
  • Illumination: Daylight visible, externally adjustable
  • Elevation Feature: ZeroStop®
  • MSRP: $1,750


For information on the new Nightforce NX8 1-8×24 F1 riflescope, click here.

For further information on Nightforce Optics, please visi www.nightforceoptics.com, or email Strategic Marketing Manager, Fred Karl at marketing@nightforceoptics.com.

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About Nightforce
As a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium sport optics and related products including riflescopes, spotting scopes and accessories, Nightforce builds the most rugged, reliable, and repeatable optics available. We are known for exceptional products, each built with painstaking craftsmanship. Every riflescope is crafted with such fanatical attention to detail, it is expected to hold up to the most punishing conditions, and last generations. The legendary Nightforce quality testing involves impact tests and follow up inspections that ensure the riflescope is ready to perform to customer expectations and more.

Based in Orofino, Idaho, Nightforce has established an industry benchmark for the highest performing products. Nightforce optics have accompanied elite soldiers into battle, world champion shooters to the winner’s podium, and helped hunters take the trophy of a lifetime.

Media Contact:
Phone: 208.476.9814
Email address: marketing@nightforceoptics.com

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Nightforce Optics Now Available At Bass Pro Shops

In recognition of the growing long-range market segment, best-selling models from the ATACR, NXS, SHV and Benchrest families are available via Bass Pro Shops. These optics will pair well with both new and existing rifle, ammunition, accessory and reloading offerings Bass Pro has in its product portfolio related to hunting and shooting.

“We are very excited for this opportunity as it represents another big step forward for Nightforce Optics,” says Gordon Myers, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Bass Pro Shops is a leading retailer in the outdoor and firearms industry, and their commitment to providing quality products and recognition of the growing long-range market segment makes this a great fit for Nightforce.”

Nightforce is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium sport optics and related products, including riflescopes, spotting scopes and accessories. We are known for our rugged, high-precision engineered designs that are capable of holding up to punishing conditions. Based in Orofino, Idaho, Nightforce has established a benchmark for high-quality, high performance products that have accompanied soldiers into battle, world champion shooters to the winner’s podium, and helped hunters take the trophy of a lifetime.

About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops is a leading destination retailer offering outdoor gear and apparel in an immersive setting. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today 102 retail and marine centers host 120 million people annually. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is known as a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors.

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Nightforce Tech Tip: Dialing or Holding for Bullet Drop

In the accompanying video, we will be demonstrating each of the methods using our Nightforce B.E.A.S.T. 5-25×56 F1 first focal plane riflescope which includes the Horus H59 reticle.  We are engaging a target at 420 yard which requires 2.2 mils of elevation adjustment for our rifle system. 

Dialing

The first method is to dial your elevation adjustment. In our example, we engage a 420 yard target using 2.2 mils (mil-radians) of elevation adjustment. The shooter will dial 2.2 mils on their elevation adjustment, and hold the center of the cross hair on the center of the target. 

Holding

Alternatively, the shooter can dial their elevation adjustment to zero, and hold the 2.2 mils within the reticle.  This “hold over” will place the center of the crosshair above the target.  The 2.2 mil indication point within the reticle will be used to hold center on the target. 

Both methods perform the same function, adjusting for bullet drop, equally well but use different methods and have their own advantages.  

Holding for elevation adjustments can allow the shooter to engage a single target very quickly without having to take the time to dial the necessary elevation adjustment.  Holding over can also be a way to rapidly engage multiple targets or for taking a quick follow up shot after a miss. For example, by creating a list of elevation adjustments for each target to be engaged (dope chart), the shooter can quickly glance at the adjustment and hold over the appropriate amount within the reticle.  For a quick follow up shot after a miss, the shooter can measure the distance of the miss by utilizing the information within the reticle and can make a corresponding hold adjustment. 

In certain situations, dialing is a preferred method for making elevation adjustments.  One example is the reticle design within the riflescope and another example is when making precise wind holds.

Not all reticles are designed for this purpose and may not offer as much information within them to allow the shooter to precisely hold over for elevation (or wind) adjustments.  For example, our IHRTM reticle is an excellent hunting and dangerous game reticle and does offer hold over reference points. However, by design it has a very clean, unobstructed view yet contains less “intelligence’ or information within it versus the H59 reticle referenced in this article or other Nightforce intelligent reticles such as the MOARTM or Mil-RTM.  Therefore, dialing may be a preferred method of making precise elevation adjustments when using this style of reticle.

When holding for wind, especially at extended distances, dialing the elevation adjustment may be a preferred method.  By dialing the necessary elevation, the shooter can keep the target along the main horizontal stadia line, and hold off for the necessary wind adjustment by using the information in an intelligent reticle. 

Look for a future article which will dive deeper into fully utilizing the information within an intelligent reticle.

Turrets View all types of turrets with explanations on how to use them.