SOCOM Nightforce ATACR 1-8x24 F1
(Photo by Nightforce)

The Department of Defense has announced that the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has chosen the Nightforce ATACR to be its Squad-Variable Powered Scope.

SOCOM Opts for Nightforce ATACR

SOCOM chose the Nightforce ATACR 1-8×24 F1 riflescope to replace its current scope system on M4 rifles. Part of the the reason the ATACR was chosen because of its ability to go quickly from close quarters to long-range combat.

“The S-VPS is a low-profile, wide-field-of-view, passive scope for near-range engagements out to and beyond the maximum effective range of the weapon system, for small arms employed by special operations forces,” said the DoD in the announcement.

The ATACR features ED glass, bright daylight illumination, an intelligent reticle and low-profile adjustments. Additionally, its field of view at 1X is equivalent to open sights, but with much more precision.

Nightforce optimized the first focal plane reticle for low-power rifle use. Additionally, the center dot and segmented circle are visible, even under the brightest conditions. This provides fast target acquisition regardless of lighting for close quarters combat. However, its integrated Power Throw Lever allows the scope to quickly zoom out to 8X for longer engagements. It also comes with low-profile turrets and true .1 Mil-Radian adjustment.

“The Nightforce MIL-SPEC ATACR 1-8×24 F1 is  an over-engineered, military-grade scope built with the military’s extreme endurance in mind,” said Bill Bracken, Nightforce MIL-GOV-LE Senior Program Manager,. “It offers numerous mission-critical features including a large eyebox for rapid engagement, a Power Throw Lever for rapid magnification adjustments and the shortest length in its class to maximize rail space”

Nightforce ATACR 1-8×24 F1 Specs

  • Focal Plane: First
  • Objective Outer Diameter: 24mm
  • Eye Relief: 3.74″
  • Click Value: .1 Mil-rad
  • Parallax Adjustment: Fixed 125 yds.
  • Tube Diameter: 34mm
  • Length: 10.06″
  • Weight: 21 ozs.

For more information about the Nightforce ATACR 1-8×24 F1, please visit

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