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Looking for a riflescope is no easy task. There are so many different types to choose from. Some good, some well, not completely rubbish but you’ll want to pass on those.

Whether you are a hunter or into competitive shooting, you need to consider the Nikon Black X1000. It will be definitely a great accessory to your AR 15 rifle.

Before I show you exactly why I recommend the Nikon Black, let’s delve a bit into the world of riflescopes – the good ones.

The Nikon Black X1000 Riflescope Review

If you are looking for an entry-level precision riflescope, or just looking for a great scope but on a budget. The Nikon Black X1000 is the exact scope that fits the bill. This is an excellent scope that comes packed with many features. That you will find exceptional. Let’s put this scope under a microscope and see what this scope is really made of.






Depending on your choice. The Nikon Black X1000 comes in a number of configurations that include:

  • 4-16x50SF Illuminated X-MRAD Reticle
  • 1-4×24 (with a horseshoe style reticle, complete with drop scale)
  • 4-16x50SF Non-Illuminated X-MOA Reticle
  • -24x50SF Illuminated X-MRAD Reticle
  • 4-16x50SF Illuminated X-MOA Reticle

Nikon Black X1000 – General Specifications

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For the rest of the review, we will look at the 4-16x50SF. Here’s a brief overview of what to expect from the Nikon Black X1000 here are the specifications below:

  • Magnification: 4x-16x
  • Objective Diameter: 50mm
  • Field of View: 6.8-27.2 feet at 100 yards
  • Tube Diameter: 30mm
  • Eyepiece Outside Diameter: 44 mm
  • Weight: 24.3 Ounces
  • Overall Length: 14.8”
  • Eye Relief: 3.6”-4”

If that looks like something that you could work with. Let’s continue and take a closer look at what this riflescope has to offer.

Design and Build

First off, perhaps you will be interested to know that the Nikon Black X1000 is manufactured in the Philippines. And no, that does not mean the quality is compromised, it still is a high-quality optic. The only reason Nikon Sport Optics took production there is simple – price.

The main tube of the Nikon Black X1000 is machined from aircraft grade aluminum. Making it a very durable piece of equipment. The rear section is a bit limited as far as ring placement is concerned (could have been better). But fortunately, the front portion has plenty of room to make up for that.

As hunting sometimes goes, you may have to spend a bit of time in the rain. And that’s when you will appreciate the Nikon Black X1000’s waterproof and fog proof construction.

One of the only flaws I found in this scopes design is the limited eye relief. It only has one constant setting throughout the magnification range. 

Eye relief is the distance between your eye and the ocular lens. When using a high caliber cartridge, you will definitely need a bit more eye relief as a short eye relief. Could cause the scope to hit your eye upon recoil. Other than that, this is one excellently designed scope. Also, equally built with the same excellence. Many scopes in this price range fall behind the Nikon Black X1000 in this respect.

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As for the glassware, the Nikon Black X1000 has some pretty great lenses. Contrast and colors are pretty good, and everything that needs to be coated is well coated. This, as I said, is a great entry level scope, but it still will suffice you pretty well in matches as well.

As you can tell from the dimensions, this isn’t exactly the smallest scope nor the lightest one on the planet. It is certainly won’t win any beauty awards. But the Nikon Black compensates for that by giving you excellent performance. Talking of which, let’s see how this great scope performs.


If there’s any factor on a riflescope that really matters, it’s the tracking. As precision scopes go, if the scope doesn’t track true to the .10 mil values marked on the turrets, it’s not precise. You might as well throw it in the trash.

Does the Nikon Black deserve to be thrown away? Absolutely not! This baby tracks as precise as any of the best scopes on the market.

As for the turrets, they are very easy to use, especially since the .10 mil clicks are well spaced on the knob. And the clicks themselves, well, they are adequate enough to help you keep track of what you are doing. 

This makes it that the tracking on the Nikon Black X1000 is perfect. No matter the distance between you and your target.

Price and Value for Money

I bet you have been wondering how much the Nikon Black X100 will cost you. You’ll be surprised to know that you can get this great scope for around $600.00, which, to me, is an excellent bargain. You can’t get better value than this from any other scope at this price range.

How to Choose a Riflescope


When you are choosing a riflescope for your AR 15, you always have to remember one thing and one thing alone. Your scope is the only thing between you and your target. 

That simply means a good scope brings your target closer to you. But a great scope will show you precisely where to hit. Let’s take a look at some common features of riflescopes. That make an uncommon difference in your shooting.

Scope Magnification

When it comes to magnification choice, you only have two main choices. Fixed magnification or variable magnification. Your final choice as to whether you go with a fixed magnification riflescope or a variable magnification. It is determined by the range of distances you plan on doing most of your shooting.

For example, if all your shots will be taken within a particular range, you will need a fixed scope lens. Also, and if you plan on shooting over variable distances, especially beyond 50 yards. Then you’ll definitely need a very good variable riflescope.

I know many people shy away from variable riflescopes. Because it is assumed they all cost north of a thousand bucks. But that’s just a myth, especially if you put the Nikon Black X1000. But more on its price later, especially after you see just how great of a riflescope it is.

Although fixed scopes are really less expensive than variable scopes. Don’t dismiss variable scopes altogether if you are on a budget. Now, looking at build quality between the 2, you will find another myth there. It is generally assumed that fixed magnification scopes are sturdier. Than their variable counterparts and in a sense it is true. 

But that’s just because they have fewer parts, which translates to fewer chances of malfunctions. So, with riflescope engineering advancing at a fast pace. Variable scopes are also being made stronger.Besides, it is a more durable and rugged enough to spend a lifetime in the worst of situations. Also, still come out functioning well.

The biggest advantage of variable scopes is, well, they are versatile. When it comes to giving you clear shots over any distances you may want to shoot. This ultimately means you can do many types of hunting with a single scope.

Now, when we talk about magnification. There are some numbers you will need to understand. In order to make a wise and informed decision concerning your next scope. These numbers tell your scopes magnification capabilities, in a nutshell.

For example, on a fixed scope, you may find it designated as a 4X. Furthermore, with the 4 meaning that the scope is capable of magnifying your target with a factor of 4. As for variable scopes, you can find it designated the numbers 4-16X. Meaning the scope can magnify your target by any factor between 4 and 16.

Focal Planes

One other quick consideration when looking for a great riflescope. It is the kind of focal plane you prefer between a first focal plane scope or a second focal plane scope. Both have their strengths and weakness, and both serve well on the field.

The major difference between first and second focal plane scopes. It is that in first focal plane scopes. The reticle increases in size as the magnification increases. 

Whereas in a second focal plane scope. The reticle does not increase in size as magnification increases. This ultimately means that first focal plane scopes can’t reach the same magnification levels as second focal plane scopes.

Ocular Lens

The lens you look through on a riflescope is called the ocular lens and determines your field of view. This is important because if a lens gives you a limited field of view. It is becomes difficult to track a moving target such as a dear.

Apart from that, it compromises safety standards. As you will not be able to have a clear picture of your target’s surroundings and the area behind. This increases the chances of hitting something or worse still, someone, by mistake.

Objective Lens

The objective lens is the lens farthest away from you, the one through which light enters the scope. It is the number after the “X” or, after the magnification, in a scope denotation.

For example, the Nikon Black X1000 can come in a 4-16X50 configuration. In this case, the “50” is the diameter in mm of the objective lens. The bigger the diameter, the brighter and clearer the view.

So what does all this mean in relation to our Nikon Black X1000 riflescope? A whole lot, actually. Let’s take a look at how our amazing scope performs in all these areas.

The Nikon Black X1000 – Best Entry Level Riflescope

In summary, the Nikon Black is a great riflescope to complement your AR 15. Whether you intend to use for sport or for hunting, this scope will not let you down. This definitely is the best entry level Riflescope you can put your hard earned money.


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