Nikon Releases their BDC Reticle in First Focal Plane

    Nikon has announced the release of their BDC reticle in the First Focal Plane. Touted as the “Distance Lock” function, the FFP scopes are now available across a variety of scopes with different capabilities.

    Specifically, the FFP version of the Nikon BDC is available in the following optics:

    • MONARCH 3 3-12x42SF Matte BDC FFP
    • MONARCH 3 4-16x42SF Matte BDC FFP
    • MONARCH 3 4-16x50SF Matte BDC FFP
    • PROSTAFF 5 3.5-14x40SF  Matte BDC FFP
    • PROSTAFF 5 3.5-14x50SF Matte BDC FFP
    • PROSTAFF 5 4.5-18x40SF Matte BDC FFP

    All the scopes feature Nikon’s fully multi-coated optics, 1/4 MOA adjustment (a nice touch), and a quick-focus eyepiece. All optics take full advantage of Nikon’s Spot-On ballistic application which at First Focal Plane means one does not have to be at maximum magnification to get the the benefits of the calculator.


    My take? Its a nice addition to Nikon’s scope line (which I do own a privately purchased 3-9x with the reticle, but this is a classic example of when Marketing people get a little aggressive on branding. Having to call something as simple as First Focal Plane as a new branded function is going a bit over the top.

    My interest in the marketing label aside, FFP is a great touch, especially at this price point. The basic ProStaff 3-12x optic is expected to retail for $359.95 with the top-end Monarch 4-16×50 looking for only $659.95


    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.