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The Versatility Of Nikon’s Black Force100 Scope

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:

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.

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.

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.

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:

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