Nightforce NXS 12-42x56mm and NXS 8-32x56mm Riflescopes – Durable and handy
The Nightforce NXS 8-32×56 and 12-42×56 from Nightforce are durable, handy and highly dependable additions especially to those weapons used in tactical operations and competition shooting. The NXS 12-42×56 is an upgrade to Nightforce 8-32×56 and both rifle scopes are quite bulky as they weigh about 34 ounces and are 16.125 (30mm main tube and a 56mm objective lens) and 15.9 inches long respectively. This includes the sunshade that is appended to every scope. Despite the bulk, the scopes are quite handy and easy to use with sizeable windage and height adjustment knobs and a parallax correction knob on the side.
As the names indicate, the two scopes differ in magnification but are equivalent on quality and performance. Further modifications include the level of internal regulation for height and windage. The upgraded version is low on adjustment but that issue is offset by the 20 MOA mount rail.
Quality Assurance tests
Nightforce subjects it scopes to rigorous Quality Assurance testing which involves 75 different steps. The technical team does not compromise on the quality of the scopes as the QA includes side impact tests at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock while maintaining 1/8 MOA or less track out within 40 minutes of vertical adjustment. Only those scopes that clear these harsh tests and meet all quality standards are given a go.
Mounting the scope
A scope like NXS deserves to be used with a weapon of equal quality. Using Nightforce’s scopes with weapons that are less rugged and less reliable will not serve the purpose. Most users tend to mount the scopes themselves. Though it is gratifying to do so, it is sensible to resort to professional help for mounting the scopes. The major reason being competition scopes require greater precision and accuracy in alignment and only a perfectly mounted scope will ensure superior performance. With a scope like Nightforce’s NXS, it is impossible to not obtain high performance. If problems do arise, they are probably due to gaffes in alignment and improper mounting rather than equipment issues.
Nightforce scopes can be subjected to the harshest of treatments and still not go down on performance. Its durability and reliability makes it one of the most popular scopes among the Special Forces Team. It is well known that the quality and performance of these gears make a huge difference in operations in the free world. The survival of many depends on the reliability factor of these equipments. It is this high level of dependability that makes Nightforce scopes a permanent resident in the arsenal of soldiers.
There might be other scopes in the market with similar specifications but Nightforce’s scopes are much less expensive. Add to that the rapid height and windage adjustment potential, its hard wearing nature and consistency in performance in a variety of conditions, the NXS is certainly the best deal for competition shooting.