Gun World - - Scope-eye Chronicles -

Ari­fle­scope is at its best when mated with equiv­a­lent qual­ity prod­ucts.

Case in point: I at­tended a Night­force shoot­ing event at the CORE Shoot­ing So­lu­tions Fa­cil­ity in Baker, Florida, last Novem­ber. The Night­force scopes were mounted on Ac­cu­racy In­ter­na­tional ri­fles with Spuhr mount­ing sys­tems, and the Daniel De­fense gas guns were hold­ing the scopes in Night­force X-Treme Duty Ul­tra­light Un­i­mounts and Mag­namounts. It’s hard to imag­ine more ex­quis­ite pair­ings.

PRS (Pre­ci­sion Ri­fle Se­ries) com­pe­ti­tions are gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity faster than any shoot­ing events I can re­call in the last few decades. A lot of this is due to the re­mark­able evo­lu­tion of flat­ter long-range car­tridges, ac­cu­rate firearms to han­dle them and ex­cel­lent op­tics with well-thought-out FFP (first fo­cal plane) fly swat­ter-like ret­i­cles that are eas­ily un­der­stood and don’t make your head spin with com­plex­ity.

Com­bined with bal­lis­tic apps on your phone, a stand­alone de­vice, such as a Kestrel or a mounted de­vice such as the fu­tur­is­tic Rianov Ea­gle Bal­lis­tic Com­puter, you now have a good sport­ing chance for first-shot hits at 1,000 yards and much far­ther, de­pend­ing on how well you or

your spot­ter can read wind.

In­tro­duced at this two-day event was the new Night­force ATACR 7-35x56 scope. Like all nearly in­de­struc­tible and in­cred­i­bly pre­cise Night­force op­tics, the ATACR (Ad­vanced TAC­ti­cal Ri­fle­scope) has a tube thick­ness up to three times as deep as most other ri­fle­scopes. This scope is de­signed for op­ti­mum use in PRS com­pe­ti­tions, and you have a choice of the Mil-R, MOAR or TReMoR3 ret­i­cle. The 34mm tube al­lows for up to 100 MOA (min­utes of an­gle) or 27 mils (mil­li­ra­di­ans) in el­e­va­tion, and adjustments are avail­able in .25 MOA or .10 mil clicks.

The com­pany’s Dig­illum il­lu­mi­na­tion is stan­dard, as is its ex­cel­lent ZeroS­top. It has an in­te­grated power throw lever for quick mag­ni­fi­ca­tion ad­just­ment and can cor­rect par­al­lax down to 10 me­ters.


I shared some li­ba­tions and pizza with the founder, Dr. Ray L. Den­nis, who is a kin­dred spirit. He started Night­force be­cause he didn’t see the type of qual­ity he needed on the mar­ket. He’s a ded­i­cated varminter and a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional who re­quires the very best in­stru­ments in his pro­fes­sion, as well

as his hobby. The Night­force ED glass and tol­er­ances are the best money can buy. The ex­act­ing size of an etched line in some of the ret­i­cles can be as small as 7 mi­crons! (As a com­par­i­son, a hu­man hair is about 100 mi­crons.)

He and I also share an affin­ity for spring-pis­ton air guns, and all Night­force scopes are rated for the pun­ish­ing re­verse re­coil of these tooth-vi­brat­ing pel­let ri­fles. Not many man­u­fac­tur­ers can say that. He broke so many other scopes on springers that he made sure his scopes would be im­per­vi­ous to this type of dam­age.

The Spuhr mount­ing sys­tems are widely con­sid­ered among the very best avail­able to mate hard-use pre­ci­sion scopes to über-ac­cu­rate long-range guns. It al­ways makes me giddy when I can ad­just a scope a cer­tain amount and ab­so­lutely know it will al­ways move the cor­rect amount ev­ery time—no mat­ter whether it’s one click or 51.

Of course, this means that the gun, ammo, scope and mount­ing sys­tems must be up to the same level of con­sis­tency, and the per­son mount­ing it all to­gether must have com­plete at­ten­tion to de­tail, as well. If all that comes to­gether, your only con­cern is do­ing your job as op­er­a­tor.

An­other hard part is the wind. Know your ret­i­cle, and get com­fort­able with it so you can sum­mon up windage and el­e­va­tion from your spot­ter at a sec­ond’s no­tice us­ing only your ret­i­cle and with­out ever touch­ing your ad­just­ment tur­rets.


Ac­cu­racy In­ter­na­tional (AI) and Daniel De­fense pro­vided the firearms in 7.62 NATO and .300 Winch­ester. Re­fresh­ingly, I didn’t shoot a sin­gle .22-cal­iber gun dur­ing the whole trip. Black Hills sup­plied a truck­load of match ammo, and at the end of a cou­ple full days of shoot­ing, my shoul­der was feeling sat­is­fy­ingly used. Past the 1,000-yard marker, we shot off a three-story el­e­vated struc­ture us­ing AI ri­fles cham­bered in .338 Norma and .338 La­pua.

While the newly in­tro­duced ATACR 7-35x56 F1 was the star of the show, the fixed-power Com­pe­ti­tion 4.5x24 SR also had its time on stage. It’s a new scope made specif­i­cally for scope-sighted ser­vice ri­fle com­pe­ti­tion. The max­i­mum power

al­lowed in this dis­ci­pline is 4.5x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, and its weight of slightly more than 15 ounces makes this scope a su­perb choice, es­pe­cially with the Night­force X-Treme Duty Ul­tra­light Un­i­mount SR. It has a ZeroS­top and a fixed par­al­lax set­ting of 200 yards that al­lows a par­al­lax-free im­age to 1,000 yards. Its over­all length is slightly less than 10 inches, and it has a 30mm tube. It also has the SR-1 ret­i­cle specif­i­cally made for ser­vice ri­fle com­pe­ti­tion.

We used Night­force TS80 and TS82 spot­ting scopes mounted on the com­pany’s new, car­bon-fiber tri­pod. Just like all Night­force prod­ucts, these spot­ters are far from en­try level. The TS82, in par­tic­u­lar, isn’t cheap, but world-class prod­ucts aren’t. The un­mis­tak­able knurl­ing on the power ring is present here, as well, and it’s the most telling at­tribute iden­ti­fy­ing a Night­force op­tic.

Se­ri­ous op­tics for se­ri­ous work. GW

You can buy a lot of ex­cel­lent equip­ment with $150,000!

This Night­force 4-16x50 ATACR is well mated to this Daniel De­fense Am­bush .308 with per­fectly ap­plied Kryptek High­lander camo.

I Long-range night­mare: A Daniel De­fense

DD5V1 with a Night­force ATACR


The newly in­tro­duced Night­force ATACR 7-35x56 F1 is made es­pe­cially for PRS com­pe­ti­tions.

Night­force, Ac­cu­racy In­ter­na­tional, Spuhr and Rianov … some­times, there are no up­grades. All items com­bine to work to­gether seam­lessly as a whole.

Great shoot­ing sys­tems do not need to be ba­bied. Use them hard!

The best prod­ucts can be flogged mer­ci­lessly with con­fi­dence for days.

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