Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42mm F1 Rifle Scope
The Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42 F1 is a compact and powerful optic, featuring stunning fully multi-coated ED glass lenses. It has standard adjustments with Nightforce's low profile ZeroHold and is available in either .1 Mrad or .25 MOA increments. The capped windage adjustment prevents accidental adjustments in the field, while the parallax adjustment is marked with numbered distances and has digital reticle illumination. The eyepiece is designed for ease of use with enhanced engraving, an integrated Power Throw Lever, and an XtremeSpeed thread for quick diopter adjustment. The intelligent first focal plane reticles in the Nightforce F1 series allow for quick hold-off adjustments and precise ranging. The Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42 F1 sets a new standard in mid-powered optics.
Tenebraex Flip Covers are now included with ATACR™ Rifle Scopes*.
Features and Benefits of the Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42mm F1:
- Fully multicoated ED glass lenses
- Nightforce low profile ZeroHold™
- Capped windage adjustment
- Parallax adjustment is marked with approximate numbered distances
- Digillum™ digital reticle illumination
- Eyepiece features enhanced engraving, an integrated Power Throw Lever (PTL™) and an XtremeSpeed™ thread
- Intelligent, Nightforce F1TM, first focal plane, reticles provide fast hold-off adjustments and precise ranging calculations
Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42 F1 Overview:
The Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42mm F1 is a top-performing optic that offers a compact yet powerful design. Its stunning fully multi-coated ED glass lenses are a highlight, providing clear and crisp images.
Adjustments are standard with Nightforce's low profile ZeroHold feature, available in either .1 Mrad or .25 MOA increments. The capped windage adjustment prevents any accidental adjustments while in the field, while the parallax adjustment is marked with numbered distances and comes with digital reticle illumination.
The eyepiece of the ATACR 4-16x42mm F1 is user-friendly, with enhanced engraving, an integrated Power Throw Lever, and an XtremeSpeed thread for quick diopter adjustments. The intelligent first focal plane reticles in the Nightforce F1 series allow for quick hold-off adjustments and precise ranging.
In conclusion, the Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42mm F1 sets a new standard in mid-powered optics with its compact design, powerful performance, and user-friendly features.
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|ATACR 4-16x42 F1
|Objective lens diameter
|Internal adjustment range (MOA/Mil)
|e: 89 MOA
|w: 60 MOA
|e: 26 Mil
|w: 18 Mil
|Calibrated Ranging Power
|Exit pupil diameter
|Field of view @100 yards/100 meters
|16x: 2.1 m
|Objective outer diameter
Customer Ratings & Reviews
Nightforce continues to innovate
The Nightforce ATACR is a high-end riflescope that boasts impressive features and solid construction. I was initially impressed with the scope's weight and density, which gives it a sturdy feel. The scope also offers smooth zooming from 4x to 16x and an illuminated reticle with different color options. The elevation turret has a "ZeroSet" feature that allows for a zero stop and lockable button, but I noted a slight tight spot when dialing through the turret. The windage turret is well-designed and has an optional exposed cap for waterproofing. The scope also comes with high-quality Tenebraex covers for protection. In a range test with a 6.5 Creedmoor rifle, the ATACR performed well and held a consistent accuracy. Overall, I had positive opinions of the Nightforce ATACR and its features.
ATACR 4-16x42 f1 review
First Thoughts and Impressions Upon first handling the scope, the two words that come to mind are "short" and "stout". I was caught off guard by the scope's weight, which can be attributed to its 34mm main tube, large diameter turrets, and relatively heavy build compared to its objective diameter and length. However, these characteristics should not be considered as negatives. Inspecting the scope's controls and mechanical features, I found that the zoom from 4x to 16x was smooth and firm, and the entire ocular end of the scope rotates when changing the power settings. The parallax knob felt a little light when rotating, but it held its position well once it was stopped. This scope is the first Nightforce product to label the parallax knob with specific range values, with MIL scopes listed in meters and MOA scopes listed in yards. The "DigIllum" illumination button, distinguished by its gold color, is housed in the parallax knob and is simple to use. You can toggle between different intensity settings and colors (red and green) by pressing the button. Many consider the "DigIllum" to be superior to the rheostat or analog version used on larger NXS scopes, providing a clear and sharp reticle illumination. The elevation turret is exposed and has the new "ZeroSet" feature, instead of the traditional "ZeroStop". This feature acts as a zero stop with a lockable button that engages when dialing to zero. Once engaged, the button must be pushed to unlock the turret and dial up or down. The stop will lock from either direction, allowing the user to dial down 2 MIL or 5 MOA, depending on the model. I found this to be a nice feature and preferred it to a traditional zero stop. While using the elevation turret, I noticed a noticeable "tight spot" that required a little more effort to dial through. However, the resistance decreased the more I used the scope and is now hardly noticeable. The windage turret is well-designed and comes capped from the factory. If you prefer an exposed windage turret, Nightforce provides a beauty ring to cover the exposed cap threads. The turret is waterproof when the cap is removed. Both the windage and elevation graduations are precise, with audible feedback and no slop when cogged. Although they felt different, neither was bad. Turret "feel" is subjective, so I will leave it at that. Finally, I must mention the high-quality Tenebraex covers that are included with the scope. The objective cover is installed by screwing into the bell and flipping/locking up like most other covers on the market. The ocular cover fits over the ocular bell and is tightened with a small hex fastener. Once secure, the lid portion of the cover can rotate independently of the ocular lenses in both the open and closed positions. First Range Session For my first range session, I chose my most accurate and consistent rifle, a bone-stock Savage LRP chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, loaded with 140gr Berger hunting VLDs and H4350 powder. This setup has verified ½ to ¼ MOA accuracy at distance. The scope was mounted in 34mm Nightforce medium rings and properly torqued to specification using a Wheeler Engineering Fat Wrench. The bore centerline and reticle were aligned using the "RingTrue" reticle alignment tool from HIGHPOWER Optics. If you're not familiar with the product, it's a simple and effective way to mount a scope in line with the bore centerline.
This Nightforce scope is the second one I've owned. Its image quality is outstanding and its tracking is always accurate, never deviating from zero. Unlike other scopes that have a zero stop, this one has a zero lock that not only stops the elevation turret from moving but also locks it in place. This means you don't have to worry about the elevation turret shifting by accident. A simple button release lets you adjust the turret when you're ready. The zero lock is versatile and can be set at your true zero, and still allows for adjustments up to two mils below zero if necessary. Nightforce is a reliable brand and this scope is no exception. If I ever need another scope, I'll definitely go with Nightforce again.
Best Scope on the Market
The MOAR 4-16 F1 is the ultimate choice for those seeking the best of the best. Although it may be expensive, it is worth every penny for those who want the top of the line in a scope. The green and red illumination is exceptional, especially in daylight, and the 4 power and first focal plane provide the clearest scope picture. The 16" barrel on my sig 516 pairs perfectly with the Nightforce unimount 1.44". The weight is just right, making it a perfect fit for anyone who wants the best scope on the market, in my opinion, better than any US optic.
Amazing Scope worth more than the price of admission
As a fan of Nightforce for years, following my military service and experiencing their value firsthand, I have used Nightforce scopes as well as other top-quality scopes like Vortex Razor HD Gen1/2, Kahles, and S&B. In my opinion, the ATACR 7-35 F1 is the best option available on the market. The turrets have a satisfying click, and the reticle provides outstanding precision and reliability. In terms of price, the glass is comparable to other high-end models, but to me, the ATACR takes a slight edge in terms of clarity, even compared to Schmidt & Bender and Vortex. While I appreciate both of those brands, the ATACR 7-35 has become my new favorite. If you're considering purchasing it, don't hesitate – it's the best scope money can buy.
Best scope I've ever owned
This scope is outstanding and deserves more than 5 stars. The eye box, clarity, magnification, and adjustments are top-notch, making it a world-class scope. It performs exceptionally well across its range without any negatives, such as tunneling or better performance at minimum or maximum magnification. I also own a 1-8 ATACR and regret not having the green illumination feature. The green illumination is a great addition, especially for hunting in areas with fall backgrounds in Colorado and Wyoming. Additionally, I have astigmatism and this scope, with its parallax adjustment, has improved my experience tremendously. The illumination is unmatched and I can use all the settings. I am blown away by this scope and its performance. For its price, which is less than the 1-8 ATACR, it is unbeatable and a must-have for anyone in need of a scope in this magnification range.
The Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42 is my first FFP optic from Nightforce and I am impressed with its performance. I have other SFP Nightforce optics, as well as optics from Leupold, Valdada, Vortex, and Schmidt & Bender, and I chose this unit because of its compact design compared to larger objective lens models. I mounted it on my Rhino Arms RA-5R DMR 6.5 Creedmoor AR platform using Nightforce Ultralight 6-bolt rings, creating a proportionate and well-balanced combination of optic and weapon. The Nightforce Ultralight 6-bolt rings are strong and sturdy, although I may switch to a Spuhr unimount in the future. I opted for the MIL-R reticle and am pleased with it, even though I prefer the MSR reticle in my S&B glass. The ATACR 4-16x42 provides quick target ranging and the glass clarity is exceptional, surpassing my Leupold Mark VIII CQB in clarity and color transmission. The 34mm tube provides ample range of adjustment and the FOV is wider than larger objective lenses, as I desired. The eye relief is comfortable and the ergonomics with the Magpul adjustable butt stock are excellent on the AR platform. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with my purchase of the Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42 and highly recommend it for its designated application.
The Best scope you can buy
This U.S.-made scope matches anything I have seen from Europe or Asia, at significant savings. Rock-solid, perfect lenses, ideal reticle, and a perfect illumination system for low light shooting. I mounted this on my LaRue Predator and had no issues hitting a 2/3 metal man at 740 yds in 12-15 mph total value winds. The reticle tracks perfectly, and adjustments are spot on. I dialed up and down and held for wind. The recorded misses (four in 27 rounds) were when winds increased/decreased as the bullet was launched. The reticle illumination was excellent when the sun/shadow made the target/reticle hard to see( no white targets; mine are fully camo painted). I would have this scope on every rifle I own if I could afford the pickup-load I would need. Another is in my future. Don't hesitate, buy it.
Nightforce Atacr 4-16x42 f1 review
I just bought this Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42 f1 scope and mounted it on my Remington 700, 7mm-08 rifle, using the Nightforce rail and mounts. This is the second Nightforce scope I own; I also have the 2.5X10X42. The ATACR scope is truly a heavy-duty scope, and it is heavy and oversized, but the quality is incredible. Nightforce did not miss any of the details on this scope. Aside from the Zero Stop function, it also has a locking feature on the elevation turret to help prevent it from turning accidentally. The windage turret has a removable cover to prevent it from being accidentally turned. The numbers on the elevation turret are large enough that my 62-year-old eyes don't need my glasses to see them. Nightforce has also engineered two excellent scope covers that beat the heck out of your ordinary scope covers. They are incredibly rugged and well designed. I also love the illuminated reticle. If you are looking for a great quality scope, this one won't disappoint you.
The Atacr™ 4-16x42 f1 is a Amazing scope
I bought this scope after about six months of reviewing and comparing. My most significant need is the ability to redial zero very quickly and easily. I got the scope mounted and sighted in at 100 yards. I was then able to dial out to 1200 yards with first or second shot hits. I then came back through various distances and target sizes. All were accurate, and the movement on the turrets was nice and crisp.
Good choice for a hunting or target scope
I use this atacr 4-16x42 f1 scope on a 7saum and can't say anything negative about it. It tracks true and is very repeatable with the zero stop. The zero stop feature allows you to dial .8 mils below zero, which is useful if you shoot multiple hand loads. The scope is built like a tank. The only thing I would have liked would have been a higher range of magnification and a little less weight but all of that is in the scope specs so you can't complain.
This is my second Nightforce scope. Image quality is excellent; tracking is spot on and has never failed to return to zero. This The Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42 f1 doesn't have a zero stop but has something a whole lot better in my opinion. It has a zero lock. When turning the elevation turret back down to zero, it not only stops but locks. You don't have to worry about the elevation turret getting inadvertently moved. A readily accessible button releases the turret when you are ready to dial-up (or down). Unlike a zero stop, which must be set below your zero if you want to be able to dial down below your zero, this is settable at your true zero and still allows you to dial below zero (up to two mils) should you need to. The rest of the scope is all Nightforce, buy once, cry once. Should I need (and can afford!) another scope, it will be a Nightforce.