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Nightforce F1 Scope: Preferred Scopes in Military

It was in the year 1992 that Jeff Huber established Nightforce. Huber was himself a hunter and long range shooter. This made him introduce something that would help the shooters and hunters in long range shooting. If you browse through the Nightforce products you will find that most of these are suitable for long range shooting. The scopes that were first introduced by this brand were the predecessors of the, now world famous, 5.5-22×56 NXS which clicked immediately with the users. Thus, by 1992 itself, Nightforce became a force to reckon with. But a lot of people ask me that why would we opt for Nightforce when there are other brands as well. Firstly, the brand has its own band of followers and secondly, there is no harm in choosing an optic that is highly revered worldwide. Nightforce F1 scope is one device that is particularly designed for the US military enforcement.

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Features of Nightforce F1 Scope
Nightforce has distinguished itself as producing only “top tier” optics and when you test Nightforce F1 scopes, they do not fail you either. Here take a look at the specifications of this scope:

  • Tube Diameter: 30mm
  • Adjustment Click Value: 1/10 MIL
  • Adjustment Type: Click
  • Exposed Turrets: Yes
  • Finger Adjustable Turrets: Yes
  • Turrets Resettable to Zero: Yes
  • Zero Stop: Yes
  • Turret Height: Medium
  • Fast Focus Eyepiece: No
  • Lens Coating: Multi-coate , Mil-Spec abrasion resistant
  • Warranty: Lifetime factory warranty
  • Ultralite Picatinny-Style Medium rings
  • Sunshade Included: Yes
  • Sunshade Length: 3″
  • Lens Covers Included: Yes, bikini style
  • Power Variability: Variable
  • Min power: 3.5
  • Max power: 15
  • Reticle Construction: Glass-etched
  • Reticle: Mil-Dot
  • Illuminated Reticle: Yes
  • Holdover reticle: No
  • Reticle Focal Plane Location: 1st
  • Parallax Adjustment: Side Focus
  • Finish: Matte
  • Water/Fogproof: Yes
  • Shockproof: Yes
  • Airgun Rated: No
  • Objective Bell Diameter: 59
  • Ocular Bell Diameter: 43
  • Eye Relief: 3.9″
  • Max Internal Adjustment:
  • Elevation: 32 MIL
  • Windage: 23.5 MIL
  • Exit Pupil Diameter: 14.3-3.6mm
  • Weight: 30 oz
  • Field of View at 100 Yards:
  • 27.6′ @ 3.5x
  • 7.3′ @ 15x


Dimensions, in inches unless otherwise stated:

  • A: 14.7
  • B: 6.1
  • C: N/A
  • D: N/A
  • E: N/A
  • F: N/A
  • G: 59mm
  • H: 43mm
  • Fog proof
  • Shock proof

Moreover, these scopes are tested thoroughly for leakage, optical clarity, alignment, repeatability, thermal and physical stability and its entire finish. A device that passes through so many layers of testing is definitely fit for military uses.

What Makes F1 Scopes Exclusive
Another USP for these scopes are the MIL/MIL configuration, the F1 stands for First Focal plane or FFP optic. This feature was quite favoured by the tactical marksmen and military people. Hence, this technology became popular with the US military forces as well. And Nightforce was able to draw its attention to their outstanding scopes. The reticle of such a scope allows changes in the size when you alter the power. This helps in accurate milling marks for the reticle for any distance calculation at any magnification. This was an innovative technique as the milling marks of the Second Focal Plane or SFP were accurate for only one magnification setting. Needless to mention that for tactical settings you require quick scopes that can measure the ranges in a jiffy. As a result the F1 scopes won over the SFP reticles.

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About Mark Griffin

Hi, This is Mark Griffin, a professional camp instructor, a passionate hunter and wildlife enthusiast. I like to travel & participate in hunting events across the country and abroad. I have been reloading, shooting and hunting for over 15 years now. Beside, a professional Camp Instructor, I am an avid blogger and freelance writer. Plenty of my blogs/articles have been featured on popular hunting forums and web magazines. When not hunting, photographing, writing, or spending time with my 'kiddos', I usually try to master wildlife painting!
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