Nightforce SHV (Shooter Hunter Varminter) rifle scopes are the entry level of rifle scopes from the company Nightforce. These rifle scopes are designed for hunters and target shooters at longer ranges. With these rifle scopes, Nightforce entered a price range more people can afford, but without reducing the quality of the components. In these rifle scopes, Nightforce added only the most needed options, and they made all the controls simpler, to reduce the manufacturing costs.
The main tube diameter of these rifle scopes is 30mm, so finding a suitable mount shouldn't be a problem. This tube is made from a single piece aircraft-grade aluminum to withstand all possible hunting scenarios. The entire housing is filled with dry nitrogen to prevent internal fogging by hunting in very cold environments, and the housing is O-ring sealed to be also waterproof. The lens surfaces are fully multi-coated for better contrast, clarity and more light transmission. The reticle in these rifle scopes is set in the second focal plane, so the size stays allways the same. But one model, the Nightforce SHV 4-14x50 F1 has the reticle set in the first focal plane (reticle size changes with magnification) to make elevation and wind corrections easier. This is also the only rifle scope in this series that has exposed tactical turrets for quick adjustment. All other scopes have protective caps. The reticle in these scopes can be illuminated or non-illuminated, depending on the model or your personal needs.
The eyepiece on the SHV rifle scopes is made like on all European made rifle scopes, so the eyepiece is fixed and only a small ring is adjustable for your correct diopter setting. All rifle scopes, including the SHV 3-10x42 model, have adjustable parallax that goes from 25yards (23 meters) to infinity. This turret is located on the left side of the rifle scope (when looking from the eyepiece), so it is easily reachable and usable even with gloves. On the same turret is also the illumination control, with 11 intensity settings.
All Nightforce SHV rifle scopes are made very rugged and they will withstand even the strongest recoiling calibers for a lifetime. This is surely shown with a long warranty of 30 years.
The Nightforce SHV rifle scopes can only be mounted with 30 mm rings.