Nikon Prostafff Target EFR 3-9×40 AO Scope

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    CK94
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    During the last 8 years, I’ve brought and subsequently sold, at least 20 different airgun scopes looking for a scope that would give me a clear, sharp image. I finally had Leupold custom shop build a VX-3i 6.5-20x 40 AO scopes with a nice MOA reticule. Its everything I’ve always wanted in a scope. However like most, I can only afford only one of these!  :D  I decided to wait for Leupold to resurrect their little 3-9×33 EFR, but that is still about 4 months away, and usually marketing has an optimistic outlook thats now shared by manufacturing. So, I came across the Nikon 3-9×40 EFR. The specs that I found sounded much like the old Leupold 3-9×40 EFR, but what was the glass like?? Yesterday I was able to find one locally at Sportsmans Warehouse. It made a good impression in the store, so I brought it home with me and mounted it on my HW30s. First ting this morning, I did my own very non-scientific evaluation of it by comparing it side by side with my Leupold 6.5-20, and an older Hawke Airmax 4-12×40 AO. I set up an Optic Resolution Chart at 25 yards, set all 3 scopes to 8X, and adjusted each for zero parallax. As expected, the Leupold gave me a sharp, well defined image and I could read 16 point lettering at 25 yards. The Nikon image wasn’t quite as sharp, and had a bit less contrast than the Leupold. I could read 18 point lettering with it. The Hawke was way behind these two in clarity, and especially contrast and resolution. The 20 point lettering was also a bit fuzzy, noticeable less in overall image quality. So, I ended up with two good scopes, the Leupold at approximately $800, and the Nikon at less than $200! Now, “Your mileage may vary”, but my 91 year-old eye saw a smaller difference in optical quality between the Leupold and Nikon than it did between the Leupold and Hawke. So, this afternoon I made another trip to Sportsmans Warehouse and bought a second Nikon 3-9×40 EFR. This one is going on my Brocock Compatto. I really think that I’ve found a real “sleeper” and am very happy to share my good news.

    Joe in Tucson

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    EMrider
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    I share your views on the Nikon Prostaff scope.  It is an outstanding value. The image quality exceeds all of my Hawke and Sightron scopes. An ideal choice for an airgun.

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    hawkeye69
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    +++ on the Nikon and it’s rated for springers and gas piston rifles..

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    Oregun
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    That’s what I have on my S410SL.  It is light has clear optics, focuses <10yrds.  Good value 4 sure!… Nice review

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    CK94
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    Thanks for the affirmative replies!  Yes, I neglected to mention that its rated for airguns, including springers. 

    The other thing I omitted was the clean, solid feel of the windage and elevation dials. There is no question in my mind when I want to make a one or two click adjustment. I think that 70 years ago I could have heard the clicks in addition to feeling them. They are that distinct. Whereas, the Hawke windage and elevation adjustments are very soft and indistinct, bordering on being undetectable. This is true of both the Airmax and my Sidewinder 30 that cost more than 2.5 times more than I paid for the Nikon. 

    I guess that the guys and gals ‘in the know’ have been quietly buying up these Nikons,since they are now hard to find. When I checked the Sportsmans Warehouse website, they were sold out. I called the store here in Tucson, and the last two they had in stock are now safely on my airguns! If you’re interested, make sure that the scope you found is an EFR with an adjustable objective, Nikon #6734. There are several 3-9×40 varieties of scopes offered by Nikon. 

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    bowwild
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    When I was looking for a scope for my Air Arms ProSport .22 I discovered this Nikon.  Love it and I don’t think I’ve spent less on a scope since I was a teenager almost 50 years ago.  I even called Nikon to make sure it was ok on my springer. 

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    EMrider
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    “CK94”Thanks for the affirmative replies!  Yes, I neglected to mention that its rated for airguns, including springers. 
    The other thing I omitted was the clean, solid feel of the windage and elevation dials. There is no question in my mind when I want to make a one or two click adjustment. I think that 70 years ago I could have heard the clicks in addition to feeling them. They are that distinct. Whereas, the Hawke windage and elevation adjustments are very soft and indistinct, bordering on being undetectable. This is true of both the Airmax and my Sidewinder 30 that cost more than 2.5 times more than I paid for the Nikon. 
    I guess that the guys and gals ‘in the know’ have been quietly buying up these Nikons,since they are now hard to find. When I checked the Sportsmans Warehouse website, they were sold out. I called the store here in Tucson, and the last two they had in stock are now safely on my airguns! If you’re interested, make sure that the scope you found is an EFR with an adjustable objective, Nikon #6734. There are several 3-9×40 varieties of scopes offered by Nikon. 

    
The distinct clicks on the adjustment knobs is one of my favorite characteristics of this scope.  In my prefect world the Nikon would go to 12x.

    R

     

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    RogerV53
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    I bought one when they first came out, always been a fan of Nikon. Oddly enough the little prostaff EFR is the scope I judge all scopes buy. Any scope I buy regardless of cost gets compared to the little Nikon. Great scope never had a springer tear one up, they hold zero.

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    socaloldman
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    Another plus to that Nikon is the ability to set you adjustment knobs to a zero once sighted in.  Then using the knobs for different ranges you can quickly come right back to your original preferred zero.  I just love this scope on my walk around Brocock Contour.   A+++

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    bman940
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    You guys are Spot On with your PROSTAFF 3-9 Target EFR replies. I have been using 3 of them for over eight years now and 1000’s of pellets. Holds stead and love the AO. 
    Years ago I did help my neighbor out with Cub Scouts and we set up a 25-yard reactive range, and the kids had a blast. The adjustable fast focus eyepiece is one of my favorite features as well. Older eyes need all the help they can get!

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    flynviking
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    I bought one of the Nikon EFR scopes for my bolt action rimfire I use for silhouette matches and I think it’s a terrific scope.  I’ve been very pleased and for less than $200 it’s a bargain.  

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