Nikon Prostaff P5 3-12X 42mm Riflescope Review

Nikon Prostaff P5 3-12X 42mm Riflescope Review
The 3-12X 42mm scope shown here (MSRP: $279.95) features Nikon’s popular BDC reticle located in the second focal plane.

The Nikon Prostaff P5 3-12X 42mm Riflescope have enhanced zoom rings, focusing eyepieces, and turret caps all made from aircraft-grade aluminum.

Over the years Nikon has expanded its Prostaff line to include specialty scopes for predator-hunting rifles, muzzleloaders, slug-shooting shotguns, rimfire and air rifle target guns, and even crossbows. And now the company has announced the new Prostaff P5 family of riflescopes.

The new Nikon Prostaff P5 riflescopes feature 1-inch main tubes and versatile 4-times zoom ratios to provide wide fields of view and increased image detail. The scopes use lead- and arsenic-free glass that is fully multicoated with anti-reflective compounds for consistently bright images in a wide range of lighting conditions. The scopes also have enhanced zoom rings, focusing eyepieces, and turret caps all made from aircraft-grade aluminum.

The line includes long-range models with turret-mounted side-focus parallax adjustments and hunting models with the new MK1-MOA reticle and matching MOA turrets. Models include 2.5-10X 42mm, 3-12X 42mm, 4-16X 42mm, and 6-24X 50mm configurations. All Prostaff P5 scopes are nitrogen purged and O-ring sealed for waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof protection, and they are covered with Nikon’s No Fault Lifetime Repair/Replacement Policy.

The 3-12X 42mm scope shown here (MSRP: $279.95) features Nikon’s popular BDC reticle located in the second focal plane. The scope is 13.1 inches long, weighs 17.1 ounces, and wears a matte black finish. It’s also offered in silver finish. Eye relief is from 3.7 inches to 4.0 inches, exit pupil ranges from 14mm to 3.5mm, and field of view ranges from 33.6 feet (3X) to 8.4 feet (12X) at 100 yards. This model has 60 MOA of windage and elevation adjustment.


MSRP: $229.95 to $449.95; nikonsportoptics.com


Nikon Prostaff P5 3-12X 42mm Specs

  • Manufacturer: Nikon
  • Magnification: 3X to 12X
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 42mm
  • Tube Diameter: 1 in.
  • Eye Relief: 3.7 to 4.0 in.
  • Field of View: 33.6 ft. (3X) to 8.4 ft. (12X) @ 100 yards
  • Adjustment Clicks: 0.25 MOA
  • Elevation Range: 60 MOA
  • Windage Range: 60 MOA
  • Length: 13.1 in.
  • Weight: 17.1 oz.
  • Finish: Matte Black

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