The Nightforce Beast 5-25x56mm Riflescope - MOAR, F1, Zero Stop has quite the name to live up to and it has nothing to do with size, weight, or appearance. This rifle scope by Nightforce cuts no corners and the concept known as "a beast" is born, both for the difficulties it presented and for the times when it seemed they had created a monster.
It has nothing to do with size, weight, or appearance. Nightforce's engineers were asked to do what was thought impossible - to create a riflescope the likes of which had never been built before. To invent radical new technologies that solve old problems inherent to competitor’s products. And to include capabilities and features that for years had been nothing but pipe dreams. Cut no corners, they were told. Not on materials, on quality, on workmanship, on durability. Conceive the ultimate riflescope, we asked them. Then build it. It was a challenge so demanding, so taxing, at times so overwhelming. When they succeeded, and it came time to give the newest Nightforce riflescope a name, nothing else seemed appropriate. “But we can’t call a riflescope a ‘”beast,’” some folks said. What does that stand for? What will customers think? They’ll think it stands for “Best Example of Advanced Scope Technology.” Because that’s what it is.
While locating a reticle in a riflescope’s second focal plane is most common, a first focal plane location has distinct advantages to the accomplished shooter. All reticle subtensions, whether in MOA or Mil-Radian configuration, remain in the same visual proportion to the target across the scope’s entire magnification range. This makes a first focal plane reticle particularly effective for target holdovers, windage leads and range estimation. It eliminates a number of variables, resulting in greater speed and ultimately in greater accuracy in high-stress environments.
There are plenty of high-magnification variable power riflescopes on the market. But, magnification without extreme resolving power, razor-sharp clarity and superb contrast - even in dismal light - is of no value. The slightest nuance in appearance can, for example, separate a legitimate IED threat from an innocent non-combatant. The optical prescription and glass used in the Beast was created through a collaboration between U.S. and German engineers, who were tasked with achieving resolution and clarity that surpassed that of any riflescope in the world. They succeeded.
True-to-eye light transmission exceeds 90 percent, with resolution and image clarity at unprecedented levels. XtremeSpeed adjustments on a 34mm tube provide 60 MOA (20 Mil-Radians) of adjustment instantly in a single rotation (120 MOA total travel)—meeting, or exceeding, the effective range of any known cartridge at extreme distances.
The heart of the B.E.A.S.T. is its i4F intelligent four-function elevation control. Initial adjustments with the primary elevation knob are lightning fast, in .50 MOA/.2 Mil-Radian increments. An integral fine adjustment lever provides additional elevation adjustments in .25 MOA/.1 Mil-Radian increments. It is the fastest, most precise elevation control ever conceived on a riflescope. The patented Nightforce ZeroStop™ system, allowing an instant return to the shooter’s established zero point, is standard. A new 360-degree brake control allows instant securing of elevation adjustments.
Perhaps the shooter suddenly anticipates engaging a number of targets at a substantially longer range, for example, 750 meters. Dial in the necessary elevation, activate the 360-degree brake control by pressing the control on top of the elevation knob, rotate the control 90 degrees counter-clockwise, and an instant, secure setting is established at 750 meters. Another press of the brake control and a 90-degree clockwise turn of the control disengages the brake setting. Unlike competitor’s systems, it is an instant, intuitive, one-hand operation, requiring no fumbling with complicated mechanisms, no time lost, no distraction from the target.
The Beast includes Nightforce DigIllum digital illuminated reticle technology, which has established new standards of convenience and repeatability. The shooter chooses the appropriate illumination setting for lighting conditions, from very dim to extremely bright, and can then turn off illumination to preserve battery power. When illumination is turned back on, it defaults to the shooter’s chosen setting. This ensures that the user’s night vision is not affected and that an instant shot is possible. DigIllum also includes a low-battery indicator and auto-off feature.
The Beast achieves 90%+ light transmission - approaching the maximum limit of what is physically possible. There is no such thing as 100% light transmission in a riflescope. Only a handful of riflescopes in the world have ever topped the 90% figure, and the human eye can distinguish differences of approximately 3%. At first or last light, the B.E.A.S.T. can make the difference between a precise shot - or no shot at all.
- Intelligent i4F elevation controls
- XtremeSpeed adjustments
- DigIllum digital illumination
- 90%+ true-to-eye light transmission
- Exceptional contrast and resolution
- 34mm tube
- First focal plane reticle
|Objective Diameter||56 mm|
|Exit Pupil Diameter||5x|
|Field Of View||5x|
|Eye Relief||3.35"-3.54" (85-90mm)|
|Internal Adjustment Range||120MOA elev. 80MOA wind. 34.9Mil elev. 23.27Mil wind.|
|Click Value||.25 and .50MOA / .1 and .2Mil-Rad|
|Tube Diameter||34 mm (1.34in)|
|Ocular Diameter||46 mm|