Nightforce NXS 5.5-25x56 100 MOA
Nightforce NXS 3.5-15x50 110 MOA
Leupold Mark 4 M1 10x 90 MOA
Leupold Mark 4 LR 3.5-10x 65 MOA
Leupold Mark 4 Ml 16x 140 MOA
Nikon Tactical 4-16x50 85 MOA
Bums Xtreme Tactical 3-12x50 90 MOA
Burris Xtreme Tactical 10x50 90 MOA
Bushnell 10x40 45 MOA
Swarovski 6-24x50 P 43 MOA
Swarovski PV 4-16x50 P 65 MOA
Swarovski AV 6-18x50 45 MOA
Zeiss VM/V 6-24x56 60 MOA
Note: The Bushnell and Swarovski AV scopes have 1-inch tubes; others have 30mm. Not all Leupold or Nightforce tactical scopes are listed here.
adjustments, and a centimeter-increment scope—he'd operate at higher efficiency than a counterpart using a combination of mils, meters, and Minutes of Angle.
Nightforce has addressed this issue somewhat by developing an optional elevation knob on its NXS scopes that employs mils as increments—0.1 mil per click and 5.0 mils per rotation. Interestingly, NVEC has a 0.2 mil elevation knob on its 4x Raptor Gen. Ill night weapon sight. These mil adjustments make possible fast, precise fire adjustment.
What should a sniper look for in target knobs? Although some target scopes offer 1/8 MOA per click, that's so fine that it takes forever to make elevation adjustments. I think 1/4 MOA is ideal for a sniping target knob.
As a rule, I would advise police snipers— not military snipers—to use scopes with target knobs. Why? Law enforcement snipers must deliver high-precision fire at close range,, with 99 percent of their shots placed at less than
150 yards. Especially when firing around and between hostages, target knob adjustments allow the most precise kind of aiming, the degree of discretion expected of a lawman's use of deadly force.
By contrast, a military sniper usually is making "area shots," as Carlos Hathcock used to describe center-mass aiming. Because the military sniper must be ready to engage multiple targets with quick response, he doesn't have time to fiddle with target knobs so he uses a Bullet Drop Compensator—with one major exception. Long-range .50-caliber shots must be ranged exactly and aimed precisely to hit a target, pretty well requiring the use of target knobs.
Some scope makers, such as Leupold and Zeiss, offer both target knobs and BDCs on their sniper-grade optics, while others offer one or the other. The custom shops at Burris and Leupold will even retrofit target knobs on their high-end scopes, which I've done several times and always with great satisfaction.
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