Fans of the AR type rifles have some exciting new optics selections from Nikon with the expansion of the M-223 line. These new scopes are made with a 30mm main body tube giving them a wider adjustment range and one version features an illuminated reticle making it even more effective in a low-light environment.
Both of the new M-223 are 1.5 – 6×24 and come with Nikon’s BDC 600 reticle, calibrated specifically for the .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO round with a 55 grain bullet. This gives shooters unique open-circle aiming points at 100 yard increments and additional hash marks at 50 yard intervals that allow compensation for bullet drop at longer ranges.
The illuminated reticle version can be adjusted to various brightness settings using convenient push buttons on the eyepiece and has 32 intensity levels for the orange center dot. The new M-223 scopes are waterproof, fog proof and shockproof and are covered by the Nikon limited lifetime warranty. Suggested retail for these new scopes is around $600 for the standard model and $800 for the illuminated reticle version.