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.
Hunters and outdoorsmen are always looking for ways to lessen their load while in the field. Nikon’s all-new ACULON Rangefinder is ultra-compact (3.6”x2.9”x1.5), making it small enough to fit in your pocket. Weighing just 4.4 ounces (without batteries), the ACULON Rangefinder is rugged and durable enough to be taken everywhere.
The ACULON Rangefinder has 6x magnification and a 20mm objective lens. It features long eye relief (16.7 mm) and is engineered using Nikon’s multilayer coated optics for bright and clear images. The ACULON is programmed in Distant Target Priority Mode – meaning that it will display the range of the furthest target amongst a group of targets measured. This is particularly useful if the object being measured is partially obscured by grass or brush.
The ACULON Rangefinder delivers an accurate reading from six yards all the way out to 550 yards. Measurements are easy to read on Nikon’s uncluttered, display. A simple, single-button operation makes it easy to get a quick measurement when needed. When the button is held down, the rangefinder gives a continuous measurement for up to 20 seconds as the user scrolls across the visible area.
The ACULON Rangefinder is available in dark green finish or Realtree XTRA Green camouflage. It operates on one CR2 lithium battery and is water resistant and rainproof. The MSRP for the ACULON Rangefinder is $170 for the dark green and $190 for the XTRA Green version.
The Nikon PROSTAFF 3 Fieldscope Outfit combines quality optics in a compact, rugged package for a take-anywhere spotter. Waterproof, fogproof construction, fully multicoated optics and an integral 16-48x Zoom eyepiece promise versatility and performance. Packaged as an outfit, with compact tripod and carry case, the PROSTAFF 3 Fieldscope is ready for the next outing.
The PROSTAFF 3 Fieldscope outfit can be close focused to just 32.8 feet, has a field of view at 1,000 yards of 120 feet at 16x, and an exit pupil of 3.8mm at 16x. It features 19mm of eye relief at 16x, making it ideal for people who wear glasses, as well as those who do not. The scope is 12.3 inches long and weighs a mere 21.9 ounces. Never before has a fieldscope had a weight light enough to rival a binocular.
With fully multicoated optics, the PROSTAFF 3 Fieldscope provides bright, high contrast images in most lighting conditions. The fieldscope is nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed for fully waterproof and fogproof , and is rubber armored for shock resistance and a sure grip, wet or dry. The PROSTAFF 3 Fieldscope Outfit will retail for $329.95.
The ACULON A211 binocular officially launches Nikon’s all-new ACULON optics family to the world. With seven fixed power and two zoom models, every adventure can now be enhanced with an economically priced quality optic.
The ACULON A211 uses aspherical eyepiece lenses (except zoom models) to minimize aberration and deliver rich, natural colors. Utilizing Nikon’s multilayer-coated lenses and Bak4 High Index Prisms, these binoculars offer excellent image brightness and clarity. Ergonomic styling, mated with a fully rubber-armored exterior, provides added shock resistance and a firm grip.
The ACULON A211 is easy to use and each version is loaded with user-friendly features that make the viewing experience a comfortable one. A smooth central focus knob is an easy way to bring views into focus, zoom models feature smooth fingertip zoom control. Turn-and-slide rubber eyecups allow for comfortable viewing during extended periods of use (except zoom models).
Field of View @ 1,000yds (ft)
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*8×42 also available in Realtree XTRA Green.
**Tripod Adapter is included.
***Taken at lowest power.