OP­TICS

NIKON’S NEW EN­TRY INTO THE FFP FIELD WILL BE AROUND FOR A LONG TIME TO COME.

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The gi­ant “ma­chine” of Nikon isn’t al­ways the first to mar­ket, but when it does get there, it tends to have well-vet­ted, de­sir­able, midrange prod­ucts with lots of stay­ing power. Nikon’s vast ex­pe­ri­ence and man­u­fac­tur­ing re­sources al­low for ef­fi­cient pro­duc­tion, with cost sav­ings passed on to the con­sumer. Its new BLACK FX1000 fol­lows that tem­plate.

The Black FX1000 ri­fle­scopes are FFP (first fo­cal plane) scopes, mean­ing that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the ret­i­cle and the tar­get stays the same, re­gard­less of the mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of the scope.

For ex­am­ple, us­ing my sample 6-24x50 SF scope set at 6x, my crosshair, or aim­ing point, sub­tends (cov­ers up) 0.14 MOA of a bullseye at 100 yards. It also sub­tends the same 0.14 with the scope at 24x. So, the ret­i­cle grows at the same re­la­tion­ship as the im­age. This al­lows you to es­ti­mate range, main­tain holdovers, dial el­e­va­tion come-ups and com­pen­sate for wind holds at any and all mag­ni­fi­ca­tions. With sec­ond fo­cal plane scopes, the ret­i­cle stays the same size as the im­age grows, al­low­ing range es­ti­ma­tion at one mag­ni­fi­ca­tion only—usu­ally the high­est.

HIGH STYLE

The BLACK FX1000 scopes are 4x FFP mag­ni­fi­ca­tion range scopes and are built on 30mm tubes. They are of­fered in 4-16x50 and 6-24x50 ver­sions, and you can choose from ei­ther an il­lu­mi­nated, glass-etched FX-MOA or FX-MRAD ret­i­cle. My 6-24x50 sample was one of the first avail­able, and it came with the il­lu­mi­nated FX-MOA ret­i­cle. It weighs 24.5 ounces.

They are, in­deed, black scopes, with a satin fin­ish and “mur­dered-out” black graph­ics—all ex­cept for the white mark­ings on the tur­ret, as well as the white CE and other mark­ings on the bot­tom of the eye­piece. The bot­tom of the scope is marked “Made in Philip­pines.”

The eye­piece in­cor­po­rates a fast-fo­cus eye­piece and a mag­ni­fi­ca­tion ring that moves smoothly from stop to stop, with no grit or bumps in be­tween. The ridges on the power ring, it­self, are sharp-cor­nered, and the mid­dle of the ring is some­what con­toured for bet­ter pur­chase when mov­ing it.

The style of the power ring is rep­re­sented on the tur­rets also. The re­set­table el­e­va­tion tur­ret has 60 MOA of avail­able move­ment. This will get you to 1,000 yards with most pop­u­lar mod­ern car­tridges. An an­gled base on your firearm might prove use­ful for very long-range shoot­ers. The tur­rets de­liver se­cure clicks and give a sense of re­peata­bil­ity that was later con­firmed with a laser dur­ing test­ing. The dial mark­ings are sharp and easy to read. The tall el­e­va­tion tur­ret in­cludes a zero-stop that’s easy to set. Af­ter sight­ing-in, loosen the three hex screws and re­move the outer tur­ret, loosen the three small set screws on the zero-stop ring and turn the ring un­til bottomed out. Then, retighten the three ring screws and re­in­stall the outer tur­ret.

NIKON USED ITS EX­PE­RI­ENCE TO AGAIN DE­LIVER AN­OTHER EX­CEL­LENT OP­TI­CAL PROD­UCT, AND THIS TIME, IT’S PRICED HUN­DREDS OF DOL­LARS LOWER

THAN MUCH OF WHAT’S CUR­RENTLY ON THE MAR­KET.

The qual­ity and ex­e­cu­tion on all re­lated com­po­nents is pleas­ing. The windage tur­ret is also of the tall type and can like­wise be re­set to zero via three hex screws.

The left tur­ret in­cor­po­rates the bat­tery, il­lu­mi­na­tion rheo­stat and par­al­lax dial. The sin­gle CR2032 bat­tery pow­ers my red FX-MOA ret­i­cle (which is ad­justable in 10 in­ten­sity lev­els) with con­ve­nient “off” stops be­tween ev­ery “on.” It is eas­ily vis­i­ble at high power in sun­light but also pleas­ingly dim at low power. The ret­i­cle will power down af­ter one hour of in­ac­tiv­ity. The par­al­lax dial moves smoothly from stop to stop, and the sharp ridges make it easy to grasp.

GREAT PRICE, GREAT PROD­UCT

Nikon used its ex­pe­ri­ence to again de­liver an­other ex­cel­lent op­ti­cal prod­uct, and this time, it’s priced hun­dreds of dol­lars lower than much of what’s cur­rently on the mar­ket. It would be an ex­cel­lent choice mounted on your first long-range ri­fle, such as the great Ruger Pre­ci­sion Ri­fle, which re­ally ig­nited a craze for those types of bolt guns. The 4-16x50 model would be a great fit on your AR.

Steven K. Ledin is a former U.S. Navy nu­clear gun­ner’s mate and cur­rent di­rec­tor of a prominent on­line op­tics re­tailer. He’s a CCW and NRA in­struc­tor and has been a spon­sored com­pet­i­tive shooter and pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor. He has hunted (and got­ten lost) from Alaska to Africa.

The tur­rets in­cor­po­rate ¼ MOA clicks and are re­set­table to zero via three hex screws.

The BLACK FX1000 fea­tures “mur­dered­out” graph­ics.

There are in­ter­mit­tent “off” po­si­tions be­tweenthe 10 ret­i­cle in­ten­sity set­tings.

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