The Versatility Of Nikon’s Black Force100 Scope

The Versatility Of Nikon’s Black Force100 Scope

Nikon Black Force100 angle

Offering a wide range of magnifications and a versatile reticle, the Nikon Black Force100 1-6×24 riflescope delivers a flexible aiming solution for your carbine.

What Features Makes The Black Force100 A Top Tactical Optic:

  • Fully multi-coated optics on all air-to-glass surfaces
  • Wide field of view, more than 100 feet at 100 yards
  • Glass etched reticle for extreme durability
  • True 1X magnification, for both-eyes-open engagements
  • 6X zoom ratio for ample magnification at longer ranges
  • Waterproof and shockproof for rugged use
  • 30mm, one-piece main body tube provides maximum strength
  • Quick focus eyepiece for lightning-fast target acquisition

Versatility is usually a safe rule of thumb when it comes to scoping an AR-15. An optic with true 1X magnification at the low end that has power enough to make mid-range shots a snap typically enhances the platform, no matter your application. Certainly, this isn’t to say a red-dot or something with higher magnification isn’t called for upon occasion. But generally, those are better options for rifles you’ve designated for special purposes.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of protean optics for America’s favorite rifles. Most recently, Nikon has given shooters a new option worth considering with an addition to its Black line of tactical optics – the Black Force100. The variable-power, 1-6×24 scope offers a broad range of magnifications tailored specially to excel on a jack-of-all-trades AR.

As usual, Nikon delivers solid glass in the Black Force100 – with all air-to-glass surfaces multi-coated to maximize light transmission and ensure bright crystalline images. And it appears solidly built, constructed around a one-piece, 30mm main body tube that’s fairly unimposing in the weight department – around 20 ounces. However, the eye-catcher (quite literally) of the Black Force100 is Nikon’s new Force-MOA reticle. Glass-etched and illuminated (center dot), the reticle functions much like a red-dot in 1X magnification, yet its MOA-based hash marks provide precise hold-off and hold-over at extended ranges.

Nikon Black Force100 reticle

Windage and elevation adjustments of the Black Force100 are through low-profile turrets, with fairly exacting ¼-MOA-per-click increments. For fast zeroing after sighting the scope in, Nikon has outfitted the turrets with single set-screws. And it features low-profile caps, giving you the confidence the scope will maintain its zero even in the harshest conditions. Additionally, the illuminated center dot features side controls, allowing for easy toggling between 10 intensity settings.

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Given Nikon has made a name for itself providing relatively economical optics, the Black Force100 comes in at a fairly reasonable price – MSRP of $650. A value, given the features the scope boasts.

More from Nikon:

Melville, NY – Nikon announces an expanded level of performance and capability to its flagship tactical optics line with its new BLACK FORCE100 riflescope. This versatile new 1-6×24 optic brings a broader range of magnifications, new reticle design and increased ergonomics to users and their MSR platforms.

Nikon Black Force100 Side

Through Nikon’s Glass First engineering principle, the true 1x to 6x optical system of the BLACK FORCE100 was created to facilitate distortion-free target engagements with both eyes open at 1x, and aiming precision for extended ranges when zoomed up to 6x. To achieve its bright, sharp sight pictures, all optical components of the BLACK FORCE100 are built from Nikon’s lead- and arsenic-free glass and optimized with the company’s full multilayer coating on all air-to-glass lens surfaces.

Nikon developed the all-new, multi-function FORCE-MOA glass-etched reticle specifically for the BLACK FORCE100 optical design. For high speed targeting at true 1x magnification, Nikon’s FORCE-MOA reticle integrates an illuminated 2 MOA red dot to draw the eye toward the center. The MOA-based hash mark design of the lower reticle provides holdover points for longer known ranges as determined through the calculations of a ballistic table or app.

Reticle center dot illumination is controlled by the 10-step rheostat on the left side of the turret housing and features an intermittent “off” between each brightness setting.

Nikon Black Force100 rear

Windage and elevation adjustments in the BLACK FORCE100 are accomplished via low profile ¼-MOA turrets The turrets feature a single screw zero-reset to allow for fast zeroing of the turret after sight-ins. Sturdy, low profile turret caps assure extreme durability and total sighting confidence under tough conditions.

The BLACK FORCE100 is built on a robust, one-piece aluminum 30mm main body tube to provide exceptional ruggedness and optimum strength-to-weight ratios.

Black Force100 Specs:

  • Magnification: 1-6x
  • Objective Lense Diameter: 24mm
  • Exit Pupil: 4-12.2mm
  • Field of View: 18.3-111.2 ft @ 100 yds
  • Tube Diameter: 30mm
  • Objective Outside Diameter: 30mm
  • Eyepiece Outside Diameter: 44mm
  • Weight: 20.8 oz
  • Overall Length: 11.6 in
  • Adjustment Graduation: 1/4 MOA
  • Max Internal Adjustment: 100 MOA
  • Parallax Setting: 100 yds
  • MSRP: $650

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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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