Nikko Stirling Targetmaster

Half Mil Dot reticle

By Dave Bahde

Introduction

Quite some time ago I had the opportunity to test a Nikon 2.5 to 10x Tactical scope. It was done at the request of a friend of mine that manages a local gun store here. I found it to be a pretty good scope. In any case I completed the review and submitted it to Sniper Country and they posted it. It was some months later that I was contacted by Steve and was asked to contact Nikon. It appears that someone actually reads what I write, because Nikon wanted to use one of my statements. As this individual was from Nikon, it was one of the good things, but hey, I was just happy someone actually read my review. Besides as second focal plane scopes go, the Nikon was a great scope. In any case I was asked to test their new 4-16 Tactical scope. I am un-accustomed to this whole process, usually I evaluate stuff I buy, but they said I could have it for the test, and just send it back. Sounded good to me, and I was curious to see if anything had changed since my last review. This has been a bit of a long term test, so I will cover a bit more than I did with the last one.

Description

When the scope arrived at the office, upon opening the box I noticed something immediately. This scope came with Butler Creek covers! Someone more important than me must have made the same complaint. In any case, as all tactical scopes should, it comes with a sun shade, and the Butler Creeks it needs. It has a 50mm objective and a 41mm ocular piece. The tube is 30mm and the overall length is 14 inches. The construction is very strong. It weighs in at 24oz, and is a very nice matt tactical color. To me the best way to describe this scope is "practical and functional". It has the same large, easy to read knobs, and is graduated in 1/4 minute adjustments. There are 10 minutes per single revolution of the scope, and the spec sheet indicates there are 50 total minutes of adjustment. I actually found there to be more usable minutes than listed in this particular scope. There is a side focus knob on the opposite side of the windage adjustment. The power settings are adjusted by turning a dial on the ocular piece. When adjusting the power settings it does not move the eyepiece however, so your Butler Creek cover will not move. It comes with an Allen wrench to adjust the knobs. This scope came equipped with the Mil-Dot Reticle. It is similar in appearance to the Premier Gen II in that it has lines in between the dots. The dots are of the round variety, and the line is at one half a Mil. This particular scope did not have a lighted reticle. If it did the rheostat would be on the eyepiece. All in all it is a very nice looking scope with good balance, and it feels substantial, as a tactical scope should.

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