In the past I have spent a lot of time using a Nighforce NXS 3.5x15x50mm. The NXS line was originally designed for military small arms so it was built to withstand harsh conditions. The scope has served me well and has held up to a lot of use. I have found the quality, durability and repeatability to be excellent.
This particular rifle scope is pretty bare bones, it doesn’t have zero stops, high speed turrets and isn’t first focal plane. The elevation turrets are the older style which have 10 MOA per rotation and numbered index marks to keep track of where your zero is. The scope is marked “Made in Japan” on the 30mm main tube.
The illumination feature is incorporated into the parallax knob which doubles as the on/off switch located on the left side of the scope. The battery life of the illumination feature has been impressive and I don’t mind leaving it on continually during our night time shooting sessions. I haven’t needed to change the battery while I owned the scope. One of the disadvantages of the Nightforce illumination is that the intensity isn’t externally adjustable.
The scope is true MOA/MOA with the NP-R2 reticle and ¼ MOA turret adjustments for both elevation and windage. I have found the magnification range to be very practical, its set to 15x the majority of the time. I have found the NP-R2 reticle to be very useful for both range estimation and hold over’s. I think many would prefer the NP-R1 reticle because of its finer windage and elevation sub tensions. I know everyone likes bells and whistles but this scope is simple, affordable (used) and reliable.
I have noticed a lot of Nightforce second focal plane scopes pop up for sale in the optics section on various forums. I think these are excellent scopes for people looking to upgrade their optic. They are often affordably priced compared to brand new top tier scopes. Nightforce has a well earned reputation for excellent quality control, durability and repeatability. Their scopes are offered with a lifetime warranty.
Bill and I were both running Nightforce NXS scopes on our rifles when we wrecked the General Lee. The 5.5-22x56mm and the 3.5-15x50mm survived a very tough test, one I’m not willing to do again!