[NightForce 2016] ATACR 7-35×56 F1 Coming to Market

Nightforce has been extremely successful with their ATACR line of rugged, long range rifle scopes, among numerous groups of shooters in the PRS sport community and just the precision rifle community in general. However, with their new 7-35 power magnification in the First Focal Plane with ED glass, the company is looking to expand the long range market with their latest optic.

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Currently, Nightforce has a number of options within the product catalog that go or are similar to the magnification range of the ATACR 7-35, such as the NXS 8-32, the Competition 15-55, and Precision Benchrest 8-32. However, many of these scopes are built for very specific shooters such as F-Class competition and Benchrest. Both of which can afford to have heavier scopes, and do not require the use of a First Focal Plane that a Mil/LE/PSR shooter would want. Instead the scopes use Second Focal Planes. In addition, the ATACR 7-35 gives a shooter a lower power setting than most at 7x magnification than any of the aforementioned scopes, while at the same time offering a higher 35x magnification power than any current rugged, light, and long range scope. In fact, the ATACR beats Nightforce’s own ultimate offering, the B.E.A.S.T, with a 5-25 magnification power.

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In addition, the scope will over 100 MOA clicks of elevation travel on the turret, ideal for working at extreme long range.

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The scope is going to be officially released at SHOT 2017, with an expected MSRP of $3,600-$4,000.


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  • HemingwaysBeard

    What is the main factor that pushes the price of a scope into the $3-4k range? Is it the quality of glass, or an intricate construction process?

    • Gary Kirk

      The logo on the side..

    • Drew Coleman

      You’re paying for quality of glass and attention to detail during the build process.

    • Orion Quach

      Where it’s made also

    • Harry’s Holsters

      This optic will never pay off for the average shooter but it is worth to people shooting real distances.

    • Mike N.

      Scopes are opto-mechanical devices. The mechanical part is just as expensive, if not more so, than the glass. The turrets on Nightforces are some of the best I’ve ever used in terms of positivity/tactility and repeatability (which is more important than optical quality, IMO), and these sorts of scopes are built to take a beating and still function. 100moa of elevation travel is a lot for a scope of that high a magnification (their BR scopes have around 40moa). None of these things are cheap.

      That said, it wasn’t that long ago that the benchmark in this class, the Schmidt & Bender PMII 5-25×56 was a ~$3,200 scope, and now it’s closer to $4k. The price goalposts have moved. Such is life.

  • 22winmag

    There is Leoupld… and then there is everything else.