Re: Nightforce ATACR Scope Review
Hunting/Tactical Scope "Golden Age":
The New NF ATACR scope is an excellent piece with many useful features and great glass (the best grade, ED which means Extra-low Dispersion).
I think we are now in a "Golden Age of scope making. Computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM) have put us light years ahead of even the best 1950s and '60s scopes. In every area, durability, accuracy and repeatability of turret movement, reticle design and glass material quality and precise grinding, even moderately priced scopes are now really very high in quality. A good Nikon rifle scope is not in the same league as a good NightForce scope but it is still dead reliable and accurate.
As an example of this Golden Age the ATACR scope is very similar to the 34 mm tubed Bushnell ERS 3.5 - 21 X 50. The new ERS has Z-Lok turrets and a lot of similar features to the NF ATACR scope. The ERS glass is not ED quality as in the ATACR but it is right next to it and, of course, lower in price.
My one hope is that we will see more American MADE scopes like Leupold and Burris. Some very good scopes from American companies like NightForce and Bushnell are now coming out of Japan. Let's see those high quality manufacturing facilities being established here in the USA.
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