Nikon Expands BLACK Riflescope Reticle Options – Hooray for MOA!

Debuted back in February of this year, NIkon has been heavily pushing their new BLACK lineup of riflescopes. Designed to be value-priced and feature-packed, the optics have been well received, especially considering their sub $750 price points and lifetime warranty. One might say they are aiming straight at Vortex’s Viper PST II lineup.

Much to the chagrin of us American long-range shooters, Nikon did not release an MOA reticle with their long-range focused optic – the 6-24×50 instead a MOA reticle was included 4-16x in both illuminated and non-illuminated options.

Nikon is fixing that now with the release of their 6-24x50SF Matte Illuminated X-MOA tactical-style reticle. Nikon claims the reticle is fully “synchronized to elevated windage and elevation turrets.” The BLACK X1000 maintains the side parallax adjustment, 50mm objective lens, 30mm body, and 1/4 MOA click-adjustable turrets with zero-stop.

Adding a few personal thoughts, I am a fan of Nikon’s X-MOA reticle. Where scopes often go into the weeks with a significant amount of “clutter” the Nikon keeps it dead simple with easy to read MOA hash marks that will make holding for the wind a breeze. While far off-center holds may be a bit more difficult, the simplicity offsets this in my mind.

Retail pricing is maintained at $649. Availability is set for “Summer 2017” so with summer approaching fast, it will not be a long wait.

Features from Nikon:

  • Full Multilayer Coatings maximize light transmission, brightness and contrast
  • Lead-and-arsenic-free glass is used for all lenses
  • Glass-etched ranging reticle located in the Second Focal Plane, the reticle can be used to estimate range, target size, elevation holdover and wind-drift at designated magnification
  • Side-Focus Parallax Adjustment
  • 4x Zoom
  • Generous, Consistent Eye Relief
  • Quick Focus Eyepiece
  • 30mm Main Body Tube
  • Elevated Windage & Elevation Turrets
  • Spring-Loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets
  • Waterproof/Fogproof/Shockproof
  • Sunshade included
  • Compatible with Spot On Custom Turrets


TFB’s FNG. Completely irreverent of all things marketing but a passionate lover of new ideas and old ones well executed. Enjoys musing on all things firearms, shooting 3-gun, and attempting to be both tacticool AND tactical.


  • Mrninjatoes

    MOA? Grow up and use MILS like an adult.

    • Christopher Wallace

      came to post this, MOA is going the way of the dinosaur

    • John Yossarian

      I will never think in metric, and you can’t make me!

      • Mrninjatoes

        I get it! My hunting rifle scopes are still in minutes.

      • int19h

        What if I told you that Jesus wants you to think in metric?

        Don’t believe me? Look at your hands.

        They have ten fingers. Not twelve. Not sixteen. Ten! That’s how God created you.

        Ten shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be ten. Twelve shalt thou not count, neither count thou four, excepting that thou then proceed to ten. Sixteen is right out. Thus spoke the LORD.

        • Keiichi

          Thanks Montey, that was enlightening.

        • Edeco


          Erm… yeah but the balled fist can represent a sixth number, which prior to the concept of zero would be six.

          • John Yossarian

            Perhaps the fingers were meant to represent binary, so that one hand can count to 32 (2^5) and two hands to 1024 (2^10)!

          • Edeco

            Truly His plan is difficult for the mortal mind to grasp.

  • John Yossarian

    Seems like a good contender with Vortex’s PST

  • jonp

    Big fan of Nikon optics. Whats the hostility over MOA? It works for the majority of shooting just fine.

    • Keiichi

      The only truly important thing when it comes to MOA vs MIL, is that the clicks on the dials match the reticle for that scope. Having to convert between the two “in the field” is a non-starter.

  • No First Focal Plane? Then not a Vortex competitor.

  • survivor50

    Nature isn’t ” METRIC “…neither are we.
    MOA for US, Metric for the rest…works for me !
    Your choice.

  • Dennis

    Sorry, maybe I’m just a little OCD but it just drives me crazy when the hash marks on the turrets don’t line up. It makes me wonder about the quality of the rest of the scope. I would expect to have this issue with a $300 scope but for over $700, I don’t think so.