Nikon Announces new ‘Black’ Series Optics

A few days ago, Nikon Sports Optics unveiled the newest addition to their product lineup — the Black Series. In the past, Nikon has placed all its focus on its hunting line of rifle scopes and binoculars, but in recent years has begun to shift their products towards tactical and three-gun sports. The new Black series of tactical optics marks the first purpose-built reticle for such shooting in a Nikon scope.

According to Nikon

Nikon doubles down on its commitment to American shooters with the introduction of the new BLACK riflescope series-a new category of dedicated optics with models engineered for both precision long-range rifle and action-shooting AR enthusiasts.

 For the precision rifle shooter, Nikon’s BLACK X1000 is offered in a range of 4-16×50 and 6-24×50 models with X-MRAD or X-MOA tactical-style reticles synchronized to elevated windage and elevation turrets. Accurate and repeatable, the adjustments enable precise dialing of elevation come ups and wind compensation, while each of the new reticle designs present the shooter with a visually clean, yet highly functional and advanced tool for estimating range or maintaining holdovers.

Nikon tactical optics - Black X1000 with XMOA and XMRAD reticle

From the press release, it sounds like Nikon is trying to offer an appropriate tactical optics system for both 3-gunners running 5.56 rifles with their ‘Black Force’ and competitive shooters pushing the limits of their .308 cartridges with the new, ‘Black X1000’.

The new BLACK series reticles can be applied to virtually any shooting application, regardless of caliber or ballistic performance and can be further optimized for specific shooting situations utilizing Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Match Technology.

BLACK series riflescopes all feature a 30mm main body tube built with aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and Type 3 hard anodizing, providing exceptional ruggedness and optimum strength-to-weight ratios. Each riflescope has an optical system built from Nikon’s lead- and arsenic-free glass Eco-Glass, which is optimized with the company’s full multilayer coating on all air-to-glass lens surfaces.  Spring-loaded instant zero-reset turrets provide precise, repeatable corrections on all BLACK riflescope models.  And like all Nikon riflescopes, the new BLACK series is backed by the company’s No Fault policy for repair or replacement.

Nikon states the new optics will be available Spring of 2017, stay tuned for more info and reviews.

Jim is a freelance writer for dozens of firearm publications, the host of the YouTube channel Burst Review and the youngest author to write a cover story for Shotgun News in its 86-years of operation. Jim loves anything that goes, ‘boom’ but particularly enjoys military firearms from the Cold War and WW2. When he’s not slinging lead downrange he can be round hiking in the mountains with his wife Kim and their vicious attack dog, Peanut.

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