Well, Nikon Sport Optics has finally serious about tactical rifle optics. The new Nikon BLACK Force 1000 1-4x24mm will be retail for $399.95 and it will be available Spring 2017. Comparing to other quasi-tactical models that Nikon had before, the new Nikon Black series is using a bigger 30mm tube body, all but one model have reticle illumination and the most significant to me is the new tactical focused reticles.
The new Nikon 1-4x24mm features a large ocular piece and tall capped turrets. Under the caps, by design, the tall turrets offer 1/2 MOA per click of adjustment and whopping 350 MOA of total adjustment. That’s a bit excessive for a short-range 1-4x. According to Nikon, the Nikon BLACK Force 1000 has a true 1x at the low-end.
The Nikon BLACK Force 1000’s first focal plane SpeedForce reticle. It has an interesting double-horse shoe and dots design. It’s illuminated by a CR2032 lithium battery with 10 brightness levels. However, there’s no mention of if the illumination is daylight visible or not, or what the battery life is.
At 10.5 inch long and 16.4 ounces without mount, the new Nikon tactical 1-4x24mm is about average among the 1-4x on the market. The Nikon BLACK Force 1000 will be retail for $399.95 and it will be available Spring 2017.
In addition to the Black BLACK 1000, Nikon will be also release couple of long-range BLACK X1000 models in 4-16x50mm and 6-24x50mm. Those are all second focal plane designs with either a MOA or MRAD reticle and exposed matching MOA or MRAD turrets. MSRP is $499.95 for the non-illuminated 4-16x50mm MOA only model, $599.95 for the illuminated 4-16x50mm models in either adjustment units, and $649.99 for the 6-24x50mm MRAD only model.