Equipped with a powerful integrated laser rangefinder, the Nikon LaserForce Rangefinder Binoculars are designed to help hunters bring the long-shot in.
As precision rifles have become more commonplace during big-game season, shots at deer, elk and other species have gotten much longer.
No doubt, this is a thrilling prospect. Not only is making an ethical, clean kill at distance among one of the most satisfying challenges to best. It also ups the odds of bagging a trophy worthy of any hunter’s wall.
With that said, hunters who test their marksmanship afield have to hold themselves to an exceedingly high standard. It is their duty to make sure that when they pull the trigger their bullet lands on its intended target.
This takes dedication to the art and science of marksmanship — plenty of range time, familiarity with a firearm and a good handle on ballistics. It also requires some essential gear that guarantees everything falls into place on those delicate shots, ensuring they’re perfect.
Nikon recently released an indispensable tool perfect for just this job. The Japanese manufacturer’s LaserForce Rangefinder Binoculars not only arms hunters with a high-quality set of optics, but ones that deliver accurate ranging to the yard.
This, as any shooter who has tested themselves at distance knows, is key data allowing for precise scope adjustments to compensate for bullet drop. And with a laser rangefinder powerful enough to exactly measure distances out to 1,900 yards at the push of a button, Nikon has created an instrument that covers nearly every feasible hunting situation.
The measurements appear instantaneously on an OLED display and can read out in .1-yard increments to 100 yards, and in 1-yard increments beyond that distance. The display has four brightness adjustments, giving hunters the ability to collect their shooting data in any lighting conditions.
Making the ranging feature of the binos even more powerful is Nikon’s ID (incline/decline) Technology, which compensates for the effects slope has on trajectory. Honestly, this is a must on this type of equipment to make it truly functional, given a great deal of the geography where longer-shots are taken tends to be mountainous, or at the least hilly.
The LaserForce Rangefinder Binoculars themselves provide hunters with a solid optic. All of the 10x42mm binos’ optics are made of ED (extra-low dispersion) Glass. The material delivers a sharper, more precise image, vastly reducing the fuzziness of chromatic aberration common to ordinary lenses. In concert with multicoating on every lens and prism surface, the binoculars deliver a superior image in nearly any lighting environment.
The binos are also constructed to last a lifetime. A metal die-cast body provides the LaserForce Rangefinder Binoculars with the durability to survive the most rugged hunts. And a tough rubber armor hide helps make the unit shockproof and easy to handle.
Like most solid optics, especially those with the bells and whistles of a rangefinder, the LaserForce Rangefinder Binoculars cost more than the discount-store variety. But in the scheme of things, its $1,199.95 MSRP is more than reasonable, given its potential to not only find a long shot, but make it come in.