New Nightforce SHV 4-14×50 F1 Rifle Scope

    The new Nightforce SHV 4-14x50 F1 rifle scope on the SHOT Show floor.

    The new Nightforce SHV 4-14×50 F1 rifle scope on the SHOT Show floor.

    Nightforce Optics announced the new SHV 4-14×50 F1 rifle scope at SHOT Show this year. The SHV (Shooter, Hunter, and Varminter) series is aimed at providing Nightforce quality at a price more affordable to most customers. The SHV 4-14×50 F1 rifle scope is a first focal plane scope.

    Nightforce is one of the most respected rifle optics companies in the world. They may not have the tenure of Leupold, Schmidt & Bender, Swarovski, and the likes, but their absolute dedication to high quality glass has garnered them a well-earned high reputation for rifle scopes.

    Nightforce SHV 4-14×50 F1 Specifications

    • Focal Plane: First
    • Objective Diameter: 59mm
    • Exit Pupil Diamter: 4x = 10.8mm; 14x = 3.3mm
    • Eyepiece Diameter: 43.6mm
    • Field of View (FOV): 4x = 25.1 feet; @ 100 yards = 7.4 feet
    • Eye Relief: 2.75″ to 3.15″
    • Internal Adjustment Range: Elevation = 90 MOA; Windage = 70 MOA
    • Adjustments: 0.25 MOA per click
    • Parallax Adjustment: 25 yards to infinity
    • Tube Diameter: 30mm
    • Overall Length: 14.8 inches
    • Weight: 30.o ounces
    • Mounting Length: 6.1 inches
    • Available Reticles: MOAR and MIL-R
    • Illumination: Standard
    • Elevation Feature: ZeroSet
    • MSRP: $1290.00.

    Nightforce SHV 4-14×50 F1 Features

    The Nightforce SHV series rifle scopes have won awards from Outdoor Life for their incredible features, while answering a demand from more traditional shooters who want Nightforce quality at a more affordable price. Don’t be fooled, the SHV series is no “basic” or “bargain” rifle scope. The SHV 4-14×50 F1 scope is an amazing product that packs serious features that will more than satisfy most shooters. Nightforce accomplished all of this while keeping the price tag within reach of many shooters. Not cheap by any means … but reachable if you’re serious!

    The SHV 4-14x50 on a Ruger Precision Rifle.

    The SHV 4-14×50 on a Ruger Precision Rifle.

    The SHV 4-14×50 F1 has traditional rifle scope lines, but includes the larger 50mm objective lens that is not a common feature of most bargain scopes. A 50mm (59mm outside diameter) objective lens allows so much more light into the scope, it really opens up the visual image of the target very nicely for the shooter. In addition, the ocular lens is an amazing 40mm (43.6 mm outside diameter). Again, the larger lens size helps bring the shooter’s eye on target quicker and with more light to view the target.

    The exposed turrets are a huge advantage in my opinion.

    The exposed turrets are a huge advantage in my opinion.

    The magnification range is very nice. Though many traditional hunting scopes go down to 3x power, they also typically stop at 9x or maybe 10x. The SHV 4-14×50 F1 has a magnification range of 4-14x, which really dials in those tight or longer shots for the shooter. Most shorter range shots can still be easily handled at 4x magnification.

    The Nightforce turrets are exposed (as they should be in my opinion) making any adjustments for elevation or windage easy and capable while still on target looking through glass. I understand turret covers, and the protection they offer, but I feel a serious rifle scope should have open turrets sturdy enough to handle the elements.

    The MOAR Nightforce reticle.

    The MOAR Nightforce reticle.

    The SHV 4-14×50 F1 scope comes with the shooter’s choice of MOAR (Minute-of-Angle Reticle), or the MIL-R (Mil-Radian) reticle. Either choice gives the shooter a unique view with advantageous markings.

    The MIL-R Nightforce reticle.

    The MIL-R Nightforce reticle.

    The SHV 4-14×50 rifle scope comes with standard illuminated reticles in both options, making low light shooting not only practical but enhanced as well.

    Another look at the Nightforce SHV 4-14x50 F1 rifle scope by itself.

    Another look at the Nightforce SHV 4-14×50 F1 rifle scope by itself.

    First Focal Plane vs. Second Focal Plane

    First focal plane scopes magnify the crosshairs in proportion to the magnified target, where second focal plane scopes keep the crosshairs at a constant size while the target is magnified.

    The benefits of a first focal plane scope is that the sub tensions and Mil markings remain in constant proportion to the target even as the magnification increases. This means that an experienced shooter can make appropriate range estimations and hold-over points for their target no matter what magnification setting they are on. First focal plane scopes have been around for some time, but they have recently begun a large surge in popularity.


    Second Focal Plane scopes keep the crosshairs small, only magnifying the target with increased magnification settings. This is because the focus of magnification is forward of the crosshairs. This format has been popular with many shooters because it does not interfere with their view of the target by enlarging reticle with magnification. The drawback is that any range estimation or holds are based off a set distance, and do not transfer as magnification increases.

    Aaron is a life-long firearm enthusiast and hunter. He has been a police officer for nearly 19 years, and currently is a Sergeant in Special Operations. He has served on the department’s SWAT Team for 14 years, with 8 years as the Sniper Team Leader. When not fussing over fractions of inches, and gut-less wonders, he can usually be found sipping from a ridiculously large coffee mug. Aaron is also the editor and main writer at