In the mid to late 1990’s there just wasn’t the huge tactical scope market that exists today. Our team was using glorified hunting scopes with knobs that were replaced for “tactical purposes.” The knobs worked, but were never designed for the use and abuse a tactical officer inflicts on equipment. The glass was kind of yellow, and the only lighted reticle offered was one you had to “charge” with your flashlight — more commonly found with watches than tactical scopes. The elevation available was limited at best and meant holding over after as little as 600 yards.
Even in the late 1990’s, spending a couple of grand on a scope was almost laughable to a police department no matter how much better the scope was. In time the Nightforce Extreme scopes were brought to my attention, offering a couple of features at the time only seen on custom scopes. Not only was the entire reticle lighted, but it was etched in the glass. Unlike some of the competition these did not shoot “loose” after a few hundred rounds. It can be quite disconcerting to look down the scope and see your reticle “peeling” away. Although the actual window where a lighted reticle comes into play is pretty small—and when you need it, you really need it. It can be very frustrating to identify your threat and due to lighting conditions not be able to clearly identify your crosshairs. Nightforce provided a viable solution.
Another unique feature was the clear dots in the Mil-Dot reticle. Having always preferred as uncluttered a reticle as possible, this was fantastic. They also offered several reticle choices many of which were far more practical for police work than the Mil-Dot system.
Nightforce has added a ZeroStop feature that allows for an absolute return to zero no matter the condition, assuring the operator will be able to be on his zero during any deployment.