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  • Civilian Service Rifle – learning new techniques and updating equipment

    Nigel Greenaway  started full bore rifle shooting at the age of 14 and was coached for four years at Bedford School by the Great Britain National Rifle coach. Well known on the Classic, Practical Rifle and Civilian Service Rifle circuits he has won numerous national competitions - notably first winning the PR nationals in 1993 and then four years in a row between 2000-2003 plus the PR National League in 1997, 1998 & 2007.  He took up Civilian Service Rifle shooting in 2000 – winning the event using a 7.62mm Parker Hale M85 and again in 2006, 2009 and 2012 having downsized to a .223 Southern Gun Company AR15 rifle. He also specialises in shooting WW1 and WW2 sniper rifles - winning numerous 200, 600 and 900 yard sniping competitions and was the only civilian invited to the 2004 British Army's Sniping Symposium to coach snipers from 25 different countries in the use of classic sniper rifles.


    It is with great pleasure that Sportsman Gun Centre has invited Nigel to submit an article for our blog and test The Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 24

    Civilian Service Rifle – learning new techniques and updating equipment

    Civilian Service Rifle (CSR) shooting has had a core band of followers since the late 1990’s but recently there has been a dramatic rise in the numbers of shooters, particularly in the CSR Winter League with over 700 participants shooting in one or more matches during 2015. Perhaps the reason for the sudden rise in popularity, apart from the obvious fact that it is great fun, is a series of coaching courses run by the NRA’s Peter Cottrell. Peter is an expert rifle coach and winner of this year’s CSR League and National Championships. These coaching courses have gone a long way to removing some of the mystique or fear factor that have perhaps prevented some shooters from taking that first step in to CSR shooting.


    I took part in a coaching session for the Urban Contact Match and am pleased to say that old dogs can learn new tricks. However, even old dogs like me can still make mistakes and I had a real howler at this year’s National Championships. So what lessons did I learn and what new equipment would I like to use to lessen the chance of making the same mistake twice?


    The right way to shoot the Urban Contact Match


    The NRA has invested in a turning target range on Short Siberia and this allows civilian shooters to shoot the 40 round Urban Contact Match – a four stage event at 100, 75, 50 and 25 yards. Each stage requires ten rounds but adopting new techniques will extract better results as all the scoring rings are used on the Fig11 and Fig14 targets.

    100 Yards Standing Supported

    Supported standhand position

    Start standing about two metres behind the firing point and on appearance of the targets for 15 seconds move forward, adopt a standing supported position on the right hand side of the post and shoot two shots at the left hand Fig 11, followed by four exposures of five seconds, two shots each exposure. Supported standsquare onThe trick here is to take a square on position to the post, feet square with your shoulders and lean in to the post supported with your left hand palm on to the post with your index and thumb gripping the fore-end of the rifle. Don’t let the side of the rifle touch the post as this will affect your zero, usually the elevation. The square on position helps because a more normal left foot forward stance can cause you to use the post as a pivot point and your shots end going left and right.

    75 yards kneeling or squatting supported

    The appearance of the targets is the signal to move forward to the 75 yard point, adopting the kneeling or squatting position around cover. Your left hand can be placed palm to the post again but instead of kneeling on your right knee try kneeling on your left with your right knee acting as support for your right elbow. You now have two points of support – the post and your right knee. There are two exposures of 15 seconds, five shots on the right hand Fig11 on each exposure.


    50 yards standing and kneeling or squatting

    The appearance of the targets is the signal to move forward to the 50 yard point, adopting the standing alert position and on appearance of the upper Fig14 target for six seconds, fire two shots – one standing followed by one kneeling before adopting the standing alert position again.  There will be four more 6 second exposures. You may find it beneficial to use a sling.

    25 yards standing unsupported

    The appearance of the targets is the signal to move forward to the 25 yard point, adopting the standing alert position and on appearance of the lower Fig14 target for seven seconds fire as many shots as you like.  Adopt the ready alert position between the remaining two exposures, each again of seven seconds. Many shooters adopt a 3, 3, 4 firing sequence as the first two exposures allow you to gauge the timing before speeding up to shoot four on the last exposure. However, there are no hard and fast rules and if you have got a nice rhythm then shoot four shots if it feels right on any of the exposures. Again you might want to use a sling.



    If you want to be successful in CSR learn how to use a sling! Sling types are the single point, two point or the Springfield type. For a number of years I have used a Tactical Interventions Specilaists Quick Cuff sling. It is an interesting sling because it combines the elements of a two point sling and a single point sling so that you get the best of both worlds. Different types have certain advantages depending on what position you are adopting.  The Quick Cuff has a separate arm cuff with a female fastex buckle attached that you wrap around your supporting arm.  The two point sling that is attached to the rifle also has a male fastex buckle which allows it to be set up as a single point when attached to the cuff on your arm.  A well-fitted sling actually helps you adopt a more consistent position and helps you recover from the recoil quicker.  Therefore it is a good idea to use a sling even when using a bipod.


    Sitting/Kneeling – little to choose between a two point or single point but a single point will need to be shortened from its prone position length. A hasty sling is the best for the Urban Contact Match


    Standing – Use a two point or Springfield sling attached at the front and rear sling swivels.  With the two point adopt a simple hasty sling by inserting your arm through and back round before gripping the fore-end.  In the standing position this sling position will result in the rear of the sling resting across the top of your chest and therefore helps stabilise your position.  You will have to lean backwards slightly to achieve this.  You can achieve the same with the Springfield sling but use its forward loop through which you insert your arm and adjust the length of the rear portion of the sling to gain support across your chest. The great thing about this is that the sling also helps you support the rifle in the Ready/Alert position – rifle in shoulder, barrel pointing down at 45 degrees.  You’ll be very grateful of the support the sling gives both when shooting and whilst waiting for the next target to appear!


    I use my Quick Cuff sling as a single point when prone and a two point for all other positions.  It has the advantage that it will be adjusted for length in both configurations before the competition starts, without having to worry about adjusting it in the middle of a shoot – particularly during a run down when you have little time to make any adjustments other than to your sights!


    Adjusting your sights

    Depending on how high your scope is above the bore of the barrel, on an AR15 this is likely to be at least 2.5 inches or more, you will need to increase your elevation as you get closer to the targets. On my rifle that is plus 1.5 minutes for 50 yards and plus 6 minutes at 25 yards.

    My big mistake was that the night before the competition I was fiddling with the elevation turret on my Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 24 and mistakenly turned the elevation down by a complete turn or 10 minutes.  This equates to 10 inches at 100 yards as I found out to my cost on the day of the competition.  My shots were just above the knees of the Fig11 – a nice tight group but well outside the scoring rings so only scoring two points per hit.  The 75 yard target was little different so I had just dropped 60 points out of a possible 100 - consider that in this year’s championships 2nd,3rd and 4th places in the grand aggregate were separated by only five points! Thankfully, someone cross-shot on to my Fig11 target with five extra shots. This allowed me to have a re-shoot and I quickly turned the elevation turret a complete turn and proceeded to shoot the joint highest score of the day - my luck was in.


    After the competition I actively looked at what was available on the market to prevent this from happening again. Luckily such a scope exists - the relatively new Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 32 with ZeroStop – a function that allows you to zero your scope at 100 yards and then make this your bottom-most setting. If you forget how many turns you’ve had - just dial down to the bottom and you have regained your zero – brilliant. I was already sold on the quality and functionality of my existing Nightforce so it was only natural to progress to the latest model. A 30mm tube plus an illuminated Mil-Dot reticule remains the same so the transition will be straightforward whilst the new scope has the added advantage of 20 minutes elevation for each full rotation of the elevation drum. This allows you to set a 100 yard zero and still have enough elevation in one turn to reach 600 yards. There are three different reticule patterns available for this model. The scope’s features and magnification range make it the ideal scope for the two main rifle classifications of CSR – Service Optic (maximum 4.5 magnification) or Practical Optic where there is no restriction on magnification (but when you get down to 25 yards you’ll be pleased you can zoom down to 3 power). The current importer of the Nightforce scopes and accessories is The Sportsman Gun Centre. My thanks to them for quickly supplying me with this new scope – I lost no time in fitting it and testing it in a CSR league competition on 4th October 2015.


    Considering that I’d only had the chance to zero the scope at 100 yards I was very pleased with the results, especially in the Urban Contact Match where I scored 183 ex 200 and that was with a dropped shot because I was a bit slow in getting a shot off. I’m more than pleased with my purchase and have no hesitation in recommending The Nightforce NXS 2.5-10 x 24 as the most suitable scope for CSR shooting currently available in the UK.


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    We get asked questions like, "how do I get in shooting?" all the time. Mike Powell steps up to answer those questions with his guide into entering the world of the sporting rifle shooter.

    Bain of foxes everywhere, Mike writes a regular fox control article for Sporting Rifle Magazine and is one of the UK's foremost sporting rifle experts.

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    Today it seems more people than ever are joining the ranks of the sporting rifle shooter. This is distinct from target shooting which is a totally different discipline requiring different equipment altogether. Although you obviously require a rifle for target work my brief here is to explain the way the beginner can get into live quarry shooting.

    For many would be shooters a start may well have already been made by way of the air rifle route. I myself started many years ago in this fashion and had immense enjoyment doing so, but then inevitably the desire to have something more powerful led me into the world of the firearm.  It may surprise some would be shooters that some air rifles are designated as firearms due to the power they generate. Anything producing over 12ft lbs is classed as a firearm and the same procedures to acquire a firearm certificate (FAC) have to be followed as if were a true firearm.

    So we assume you are thinking of purchasing a rifle that is classed as a firearm, for many the commonest step will be a rimfire, possibly a 22Long Rifle (.22LR) this being the most popular for the first time firearm owner to cut his shooting teeth on. There are others but we will come to those later.

    Unless you are going to shoot targets only, when you will need to be a member of a shooting club the first requirement will be to find some land to shoot over, today the word permission is used. This can be perhaps the hardest part of the whole exercise as much land already has people shooting over it. Much has been written on ways to go about obtaining shooting permissions, all I can say is that unless you know a friendly landowner or someone who will take you under their wing allowing you to shoot over their own permissions it can be a difficult task! But let’s assume you find somewhere, the next step will be to apply for a firearm certificate which will allow you to purchase both a rifle and ammunition of your choice and use the rifle, in the first instance on designated land.

    Applying is pretty straightforward and can be done online. Application forms have been simplified and providing there are no medical or previous criminal problems and that you can prove that you have a need to possess a firearm there shouldn’t be too much of a problem acquiring one. The most common reason for you to obtain a FireArms Certificate (FAC) is for vermin control. The various costs again can be obtained online from your local police force.

    If you have permission to shoot over some land it is probable that the land will be inspected by a licensing officer who will also check your plans for security at home.  You will require an approved gun cabinet which will need to be securely fixed to a wall in the house, preferably out of sight.

    Contrary to what you may hear, most police force firearm licensing units are helpful and if you ask for help it will normally be given. In Devon where I am located the local police licensing unit is both helpful and efficient and I have never had a problem with them. I would add though that it is far better to ask them what you want rather than telling them!

    We will assume that in due course your FAC duly arrives with permission to purchase a rifle, ammunition and probably a sound moderator. You will have stated on applying for your FAC which type and calibre of rifle you require and how much ammunition you wish to purchase at any one time, and how much you will have in your possession, again at any one time.

    The decision of what calibre and rifle you will require will of course depend on the type of shooting you will be doing. For normal vermin control as I said earlier the old standard 22LR still takes some beating being able to deal with rabbits, crows and other small ground game and even at close range the odd fox. However shots at the latter should, certainly for the newcomer be limited to fifty yards or less. There are however several other small calibre rifles on offer which may well be of interest to the newcomer, one such is the 17HMR. This is a high velocity rimfire offering flatter shooting out to longer distances than the 22LR. It is less likely to ricochet and will account for a fox out to fifty or sixty yards. Calibres such as the .204 Ruger and .20 Tactical are probably best left until you have had more experience, although the former is really catching on with its extremely high velocity and ability to shoot accurately with a very flat trajectory out to 250-300 yards. This type of calibre however is not cheap to run especially if you are using a lot of ammunition, you can of course load your own, however this is something for the future, not when you are just starting out.

    Should you be going down the road of becoming mainly a fox shooter then you will need something more powerful. Perhaps the most common calibre for fox control is the .223 centrefire, it is accurate, and ammunition is readily available and both good secondhand and new specimens are readily available. There are several other calibres that are used for foxing such as the 243, 222 and the aforementioned .20 calibre rounds. I have used several different rifles and calibres for my fox control work and one thing that they all do is to kill foxes very efficiently. It really comes down to a matter of what you prefer.

    Should you be fortunate enough to have deer of one species or another on your ground you are indeed fortunate, however you will have had to mention this on your firearm application as deer will need to be specified on the FAC, of course a larger calibre rifle will be needed for deer and as a general rule .243 is the smallest legal calibre used for deer. There are exceptions for two species, Chinese Water deer and Muntjac, these can be shot with .22 centrefire calibres, however there are regulations governing their use and should be checked upon. Different rules apply in Scotland, but as with all things relating to shooting there is a wealth of information easily accessible on all these aspects of your new sport on line.

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    If your quarry is deer a .243 will be fine for roe and the other smaller species, and although quite capable of killing larger deer such as Sika, Fallow and Red it would be preferable to go for something larger such as a .308. Once again there is a wide choice of calibres to choose from and advice is always on hand to guide you.

    There is a great deal to learn about sporting rifle shooting in all its forms, and it would take far more space than I have here to cover all aspects of this very addictive sport. Once you become involved, so many avenues will open up to you, you may wish to specialise in small vermin control. Seeking out and stalking wary rabbits can stand you in good stead for the day when you may wish to pursue larger game. Foxing as I said before has gained many followers over the last decade and can be a very exciting sport especially as it will probably lead you into the world of night vision with all the paraphernalia in the world to tempt the enthusiastic newcomer! I would suggest you seek out the advice of someone who is really experienced in this form of shooting as the equipment involved can be costly. The Sportsman Gun Centre have many experienced shooters among its staff who will be only too pleased to help.

    Joining a shooting forum is quite a good idea, although you will find the need to separate the wheat from the chaff if you ask a question, as everyone will have their own fairly positive ideas on what you should or shouldn’t do!

    Whichever path you decide to follow in this absorbing and exciting sport always remember any of the weapons you handle are not only capable of killing vermin etc. they can equally kill humans so safety should always, without exception, be at the top of every shooters list. I have walked the hills and valleys of Devon with gun or rifle for more years than I care to remember and have loved every minute of it, may you get the same pleasure wherever your shooting road leads you.

  • AIR GUN LAW 2014

    It is an offence to have an air gun if you are a person prohibited from possessing a firearm by section 21 of the 1968 Act. This section prohibits anyone who has been sentenced to a custodial sentence of between three months and three years from possessing an air weapon or other firearm for five years from the date of release.

    • Anyone sentenced to three years or more is prohibited for life.
    • It is an offence to fire an airgun within fifty feet (fifteen metres) of the centre of a public road/path in such a way as to endanger or impede any road user/pedestrian.
    • It is an offence to shoot protected wild birds or animals. When live quarry shooting, it is your responsibility to make sure that you only shoot legal quarry.
    • It is an offence to shoot pet animals. Besides being abhorrent to most people, this is above all others, the offence that gives all airgun shooters a bad name.
    • It is an offence to have an air weapon with intent to damage property.
    • It is an offence to have an air weapon with intent to endanger life.
    This may seem a long and onerous list, but it is all no more than common sense. If you use your gun safely and responsibly, you will be in no danger of committing an offence.



    Airguns can, in the wrong hands be lethal. However, by following a set of simple, commonsense safety rules, you can ensure that you are never the cause of an accident.
    • Always treat ANY gun as if it was loaded.
    • NEVER point your gun at another person.
    • Never carry a loaded air weapon in a public place and when you are carrying your gun in public, keep it fastened securely away in a gun slip or case. (A full magazine is also classed as a loaded gun)
    • Never load your gun until you are ready to shoot.
    • Never fire your gun unless you are certain the shot will be a safe one. This means checking there are no other people nearby who might be endangered by the shot and ensuring there is a suitable backstop to catch pellets and prevent ricochets.
    • When at a shoot, never let your gun out of your sight.
    • Never let young children near your gun unsupervised.
    • Never touch anyone else's gun unless you have permission.

    After using your gun, make sure it is unloaded and store it in a secure place to which children cannot gain access and Store ammunition in a separate secure place.


    Air weapons are only sold from registered firearm dealers of which Sportsman Gun Centre is one. The law was changed and Internet and online sales were banned. You can still purchase online from The Sportsman Gun Centre but they can only be collected from one of our stores or sent to a RFD (registered firearms dealer) for collection. The buying and selling of second hand air rifles and pistols remains unaffected.

    Air rifles with muzzle energies of less than 12 foot pounds (16.3 joules) and air pistols with muzzle energies of less than 6 foot pounds (8.15 joules) don't requiring a licence and can be bought by any person aged 18 years or more.

    Any air rifle with a with a muzzle energy greater than 12 foot pounds is only available to section 1 F.A.C. (fire arms certificate holder). A firearm certificate is available from your local police firearms licensing department. Air pistols with muzzle energies greater than 6 foot pounds may only be acquired with the authority of the Secretary of State.

    Self contained gas cartridge system (these are manufactured by Brocock also known as ‘SCAC' Cartridges and does NOT include the CO2 cartridges used in CO2 rifles and pistols) are prohibited weapons which may only be acquired with the authority of the Secretary of State. If you are in any doubt, seek advice from your local police firearms licensing department.

    Having bought your gun, you can use it for a number of purposes including target shooting, vermin control and hunting small ground game/ vermin. However, if you have never shot before, you would be well advised to go to a shooting club with an airgun section and learn from a qualified instructor how to handle your gun safely and responsibly and become an accurate shot. You may find that target shooting provides all the challenge you need or you may want to move on to shooting live quarry.


    If you do move on to live quarry shooting you must be careful only to shoot on private property over which you have permission to shoot. Do not shoot at live quarry if there is any doubt that your shot will result in a humane kill. Provided you follow the safety rules contained in this article, you will be able to shoot safely and enjoyably even on quite small pieces of ground.

    ALWAYS use your airgun in a way that demonstrates that airgun shooters are, in the main responsible people who pose no threat to anyone. Always follow the guidelines set out in this information.

    We at the Sportsman Gun Centre have always been big fans of Deerhunter, as a brand Deerhunter clothing is second to none and is truly one of the most suitably established brands of clothes in the hunting and shooting community. Deerhunter clothes are fashioned directly to the hunting and shooting communities providing some of the most popular ranges of Deerhunter Jackets and Deerhunter Trousers.

    Deerhunter is an industry leader when it comes to the quality of clothing they produce and today Deerhunter clothes has become the best known clothing brands in the industry and is expanding their popularity across the world, establishing Deerhunter clothing with a superb reputation as being recognised as a top hunting clothes brand.

    Deerhunter clothing

    Deerhunter clothing was founded in Denmark in the year 1927 by the now renowned Engel family. With a passion for hunting and the great outdoors, Engel set out designing the first of the Deerhunter clothing range. With a focus on the practical necessities of outdoor clothing design, Deerhunter have produced an individual style of clothing founded on the practical demands of the most avid hunters.

    Today Deerhunter clothing is world renowned and is represented in over 30 countries establishing the Deerhunter brand as synonymous with the hunting community as well as establishing Deerhunter clothing as a respected brand amongst other outdoor pursuits.

    Further to the superb range of Deerhunter clothes, Deerhunter have shown exemplary innovation in their line of clothing which is often imitated by many other leading brands, yet Deerhunter clothes remains affordable and delivers exceptional performance for astonishingly good value for money.

    Deerhunter clothes

    Deerhunter have developed their clothes with the hunter in mind, creating new innovative clothes features that are superbly suited to the professional huntsman. The Deerhunter clothes range is well varied for both summer and winter seasons and provides exceptional waterproofing features on many of their clothes so as to deal with the wet conditions of northern Europe.

    Expanding on Deerhunters fantastic reputation for producing practical hunting clothes, Deerhunter has also enlisted their clothes to the world of taste and style, appealing to the respectable vanity of country men and women as well as establishing Deerhunter clothing as a remarkable brand of clothes.

    In addition to Deerhunter’s clothing style and durability, deerhunter clothes are still pursuing the most advance innovations on the clothing market today, such as Deer-tex clothing that provides 100% waterproof insulation, yet still allows the clothing to breath.

    Further to Deerhunter’s Deer-Tex clothes, Deerhunter also provides HITENA clothes, a super durable material, designed to withstand the harshest of weather conditions as well as maintaining a lightweight and sporty performance.

    Deerhunter Jackets

    Deerhunter jackets are one of the most popular jackets among the stalking and shooting clothing communities. Deerhunter jackets have developed in a variety of ranges, from waterproof camouflage, sport shooting jackets to the more refined gentleman and ladies jackets. The Deerhunter Jacket comes in a variety of the most well known camouflages such as Reeltree AP and APG as well as Deerhunter’s own Innovation camo patterns enabling you to purchase Deerhunter jackets in both Snow and Blaze Innovation camouflage patterns.

    Deerhunter Jackets also don’s many additional innovative features such as Molskin and Thermolite materials, ideal for light weight silent hunting and providing maximum environmental insulation. In summery the Deerhunter Jacket is the ultimate in practical outdoor clothing as well as boasting a classy style and reputable taste.

    Deerhunter Trousers

    Deerhunter Trousers also don’s many additional innovative features such as Molskin and Thermolite materials, ideal for light weight silent hunting and providing maximum environmental insulation. In summery the Deerhunter Jacket is the ultimate in practical outdoor clothing as well as boasting a classy style and reputable taste.

    Deerhunter trousers are now available in sneaky 3D camouflage; one of the most popular of the camo clothes ranges for trousers and jackets. All in all we have found the all of Deerhunter clothes, excel in their quality and design. We at Sportsman Gun Centre are thrilled with the continued pursuit of excellence endeavoured by the Deerhunter clothing brand and we have no doubt that we will continue to be a major retailer of this distinguished brand.


    benchNightforce offers a wide range of sophisticated reticles that maximize the effectiveness of our riflescopes. While many scope companies treat reticles as an afterthought, each Nightforce reticle is designed for ultimate performance within specific applications. This is the only way to acheive the highest degree of repeatable, predictable accuracy possible…making your choice of reticle almost as important as your choice of riflescope.

    Illumination is standard on all Nightforce reticles.

    Nightforce parallax adjustment and reticle illumination control is located on the left side of the scope. Pulling out the adjustment activates reticle illumination, while turning the adjustment alone adjusts parallax. It is a patented system only from Nightforce. On fixed-parallax Nightforce scopes, the left-side adjustment controls illumination only.

    CH1 - Benchrest

    Subtension of .036 moa, selected after extensive research to give competitors a reticle highly suited for benchrest competition. Unobstructed field of view allows shooter to observe wind flags.

    CH2 - High-power competition

    Designed for long-range, high-power competition. .200 moa dot on a .036 moa crosshair (at 22x). Dot is calibrated for scored shooting on NRA high-power targets. This is the choice of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.

    CH3 - Benchrest

    Extremely fine crosshair and floating dot permits compensation for mirage and wind conditions in 1 moa increments. Allows bracketing of bullseye while maintaining center aim point.


    Most American shooters are accustomed to reticles located in the second focal plane of a scope. In this configuration, the viewed reticle size remains unchanged at all magnifications. For most applications this is preferred, and indeed most Nightforce scopes utilize the second focal plane location. A first focal plane reticle remains in the same visual proportion to the target across the scope’s entire magnification range, making it especially appropriate with rangefinding reticles. Combined with nightforce highly tactile and intuitive adjustments, it makes for a scope that is extremely quick, accurate, responsive and utterly reliable.

    Illumination is standard on all Nightforce reticles.

    Nightforce parallax adjustment and reticle illumination control is located on the left side of the scope. Pulling out the adjustment activates reticle illumination, while turning the adjustment alone adjusts parallax. It is a patented system only from Nightforce. On fixed-parallax Nightforce scopes, the left-side adjustment controls illumination only.

    NP-RF1, MLR2, MD2, LV.5, Horus H-58

    f1 ret

    All the above reticles have been newly designed to maximise effectiveness of the first focal plane. All are available with Nightforce's 3.5-15x50 F1 Scope which comes with a set of their superb Ultralite rings as standard.

  • The Nightforce Bullet Hole Scope Story

    bulletholeNightforce scopes are subjected to abuse during product development that would quickly destroy lesser optics. Preproduction scopes are tested in a pressure tank simulating 100 feet of water for 24 hours, ensuring absolute waterproof integrity. They test thermal stability by freezing them to -80o F, then heating them to 200o F within a one-hour period. Function is checked at both temperature extremes. Recoil and impact are tested at 1,250 Gs for both positive and negative forces.

    Before it is shipped to a customer, every scope is completely inspected and checked at 70 to 130 different points, depending on the model. A battery of tests, including forward impact, side impact, tracking accuracy and resolution integrity. These are but a few of the steps nightforce take to insure absolute quality before any scope leaves their facility.

    Whatever you think you might do to your scope, chances are They’ve already done it.

    The hole you see in the well used Nightforce 3.5-15 x 50 NXS scope (Main Image) was made by an enemy 7.62x39 round fired at a U.S. soldier. The bullet completely penetrated the erector tube which is the heart of the scope's optical system. We’re happy to report that the soldier was not injured, and the only casualty is the scope's magnification ring, frozen on 15x. Its focus, tracking, and all other functions work just fine. It still holds point of aim like new. The soldier wrapped the scope in duct tape to keep out sand and dirt, and used it without a problem for the next three days, completing his mission.

    Nightforce receive many stories like this. Since Nightforce riflescopes are used in active theatres by most of the elite special forces worldwide, they are subjected to and survive the most brutal conditions imaginable. Nightforce aren't saying they're scopes are bulletproof but there is at least one soldier, however, who would argue otherwise.



    Nightforce Reticles - Ballistic


    Professional, military and competition shooters have long appreciated the precision made possible by sophisticated ballistic reticles, especially at extreme ranges. But, for the hunter—or for any shooter for whom time is of the essence traditional ballistic reticle designs are often too complicated, cumbersome, cluttered and slow for effective use in the field. Not any more.

    Nightforce's Velocity reticles solve the basic problems that have historically plagued the hunter when presented with a long shot. Now, there’s no guessing. No difficult calculations. No estimating holdover. No counting elevation adjustments. Once you’ve determined the range to your target, simply choose the appropriate elevation/windage mark and hold dead on. They’re up to twice as fast as ordinary ballistic reticles.

    Tailored for your rifle and your Load

    Some manufacturers tout “one-size-fitsall” ballistic reticle designs that require you to dial down your magnification (not a good idea when shooting at longer ranges), in an attempt to match their reticle’s configuration to your rifle… hardly a recipe for speed or precision. Nightforce's Velocity reticles are offered in several configurations based upon the muzzle velocity and caliber of your rifle. Virtually every modern rifle cartridge will mesh perfectly with one of our Velocity series with minimal point-of-impact deviation.

    The online calculator allows you to enter your chosen load’s details. It instantly tells you which Velocity reticle is appropriate for your rifle, and provides an optimum sight-in distance to maximize your bullet’s trajectory. Sight in your rifle according to these recommendations, and you won’t have to worry about holdover again.

    Velocity 600 and 1000

    Nightforce Velocity reticles are offered in two basic styles: with 600 yard calibrations for our 2.5-10 x 32 NXS Compact scopes, and with 1000-yard calibrations for our 3.5-15x and 5.5-22x NXS scopes. Like other Nightforce reticles, illumination is standard. In addition to holdover markings, windage compensation in 5 and 10 mph increments (up to 15 mph on the 1000 yard version) is clearly indicated.

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