Nikon Debuts BLACK Series of Riflescopes

Nikon, known for their optics (and fabulous cameras), has debuted their latest new series of riflescopes, the BLACK series. The BLACK series is designed specifically for precision long-range and “action rifle”
modern sporting rifle enthusiasts.

Rather than go for the complex reticles that seem to be the fad of the day, Nikon is opting for high-speed, low-draw MOA or MRAD crosshairs (a touch I enjoy, as busy reticles have not been my cup of tea). For the precision rifle shooter, introductory options include a 4-16×50 and a 6-24×50. As a nice touch, the windage and elevation turrets are synchronized to the chosen reticle so no MOA/MIL or MIL/MOA problems here.

Action rifle shooters will find a 1-4×24 optic a welcome option. The BLACK FORCE 1000 features a true 1x magnification and an illuminated double horseshoe reticle, including BDC circles for intermediate range holdovers.

All BLACK series optics are compatible with Nikon’s “Spot On Ballistic Match Technology” and are built on standard 30mm aluminum tubes, type III hard anodized. All the optics further include Nikon’s lead and arsenic free Eco-Glass and fully multilayer coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.

The BLACK series will be available Spring of 2017, with retail pricing starting at $399 for the 1-4x and ranging to $649 for the 6-24x models.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Squirreltakular

    I wonder what the reasoning was behind the double horseshoe. It seems… unnecessary.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      If one horseshoe is good….

    • iksnilol

      They should go with 4 horseshoes. Horses have 4 legs, and they’ve used horseshoes the longest so they should know what’s up.

      • Friend

        That’s the best thing I’ve seen all day.

      • Klaus Von Schmitto

        Iksnilol, your logic is perfection.

        • iksnilol

          My chemistry professor disagrees.

          • Klaus Von Schmitto

            Unless you’re planning on being a chemist, take a low C and keep moving on.

          • iksnilol

            I’m sorta trying to get an E here, but hey, thanks for the optimism. I failed my final once, and am trying it again. This week actually.

          • Dougscamo

            Okay….what’s an “E”?….Excellent….eccentric….eclectic…? Curious readers want to know…..

          • iksnilol

            Grading scale.


            At least at my college it is like that.

          • Dougscamo

            Okay….stands for “eeking”….as in eeking it out…. 🙂

          • iksnilol
    • int19h

      It is so that it looks like more like someone just shot Kenny.

      • BaconLovingInfidel

        the bastards

  • Ragged Hole

    If these aren’t FFP they kind of seem like a flop if they are geared toward precision “action rifle” shooting like the PRS type competitions.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      $649 for the 6-24x models.

      Well… I have my doubts about FFP.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Nikon finally dropped their stupid idea that everyone wants BDC!

    Now they are going after Vortex and their market of people who don’t believe in magic ballistics because they’re scared of math.

    • Squirreltakular

      I actually can’t tell if this is a dig at people who like BDCs or not.

  • The_Champ

    I’ve had very good luck with Nikon optics on hunting rifles over the last few years. IMO they offer pretty damn good glass for the money you pay.

  • Greg

    Hey TFB, could you guys start citing your source with the link at the bottom of each post? I see it every once in a while, but it
    would be nice to have a separated line at the bottom so the reader can quickly go to it for more info. Thank you.

  • Danny C

    Primary Arms. Enough said. Their 4-14x RGRiD FFP Mil/Mil scope is best for half the price.

  • GlockandRoll

    Such a shame that they are 2nd focal plane 🙁

  • jonp

    For the money Nikon makes some of yhe best glass out there. I have bdc scopes on several rifles and they work fine. Their ballistic program is great and all manu should do this