Nikon ProStaff 5 & 7 Take Hunting to a Different Level

The Nikon ProStaff models have been true and dedicated companions to hunters everywhere for as long as we can remember. For decades, they’ve made sure that you not only set your sight on a nice prize but that you actually shoot and hit. So dedicated to their craft, Nikon know to bring the best quality of rifle scopes built with paramount craftsmanship to the humble consumer for an equally humble price.

The value for money is just huge. They know how to do business. And you can see that by how well their products have fared over the last decades. They’ve sold countless scopes, making innumerable hunters and family protectors all over the hinterland of forests and untamed wilderness able to prove themselves on top of the food chain.

Nikon ProStaff 5

Nikon ProStaff models today make a silent majority of rifle owners stay on target, ready and able to down any kind of wild animal, be it small, medium, or big game. While they keep silent admirers of the Nippon brand, these men and women are not so silent anymore when they put their camo uniform on and their eye to the Nikon ProStaff 3-9×40’s sight.

Speaking of which, if there ever was a testimony to the reliability of the Nikon ProStaff rifle scope models, this is it. The Nikon ProStaff 3-9×40 is renowned for its versatility and flair, for its sleek look and top-of-the-line optics. All of this for an incredibly reasonable price. Makes one wonder why they decided to discontinue this amazing scope (more about this here).

While you can still find the Nikon ProStaff 3-9×40 for sale second hand, we would recommend taking a look at the newest Nikon ProStaff models. I’m talking, of course, about the Nikon ProStaff 5 and the Nikon ProStaff 7. In the following two sections of this review, we will be detailing all the information we have about these incredible optics devices.

Nikon ProStaff 5: Models & Specs

The ProStaff 5 is now the signature Nikon ProStaff rifle scope. Currently, there are a total of 18 models of the Nikon Prostaff 5. These range from the basic 2.5-10×40 Matte Nikoplex at 275.95 to the incredibly complex 4.5-18×40 SF Illuminated Reticle BDC coming in at 579.95. The latter presents some of the most sophisticated types of technology that you can see today mounted on a gun. Here are some of the amazing features of the ProStafdf 5 models:

  • Multicoated Optical System. A distinctive feature of the ProStaff models, the multicoated optical system enhances contrast and boosts luminosity accordingly. The image will appear sharp and the target will be clearly distinguished from the noisy background.
  • The Nikon Spot on System. This one is based on signature ballistic match technology created by Nikon themselves. It compensates for the type of cartridge that you are carrying so that all of your shots, no matter the bullet, will always strike where you want them to.
  • Unique BDC Signature Reticle. No matter how near or how far, your sight will stay put and you’ll be able to take home the hunt of your dreams. The ballistic circles in the reticle are made so that you can see through them. While being of great advantage when far away from the target, these rings are designed so they will also help when you’re close to the target.
  • Reticle Adjustment System. Their instant zero-reset turrets make sure that your tweaking with the Nikon Prostaff rifle scope while out hunting won’t completely ruin the calibration. Essentially, this acts like a memory function, keeping in mind your last used settings.
  • Customizable Custom Turrets. Using the Spot On system, you too can customize your dial so that it best fits you, your rifle, and your preferred bullets. This poses an incredible advantage to stock sights.
  • Ability to Adapt to Sunshade. Some Nikon ProStaff 5 models have the option to add a 40mm and/or a 50mm sunshade objective. This will keep out any form of glare and will block any dust and rain from sticking to the lens.

Add all these awesome features to the fact that the Nikon ProStaff 5 is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and also fog proof, and you’ve got yourself an incredible scope. Both for your rifle and your hunting trips. The Illuminated reticle versions also come with colorful lights to take your marksmanship to the next level.

Nikon ProStaff 7: Models & Specs

Nikon ProStaff 5 & 7The ProStaff 7 is comparable to the ProStaff 5. It all comes down to preference, because in the performance department, some of the ProStaff 7 are better than some of the Nikon Prostaff 5, or the other way around. If should also be noted that the cheapest of the 10 ProStaff enters the market at about 299.99 (the 2.5-10×42 Matte Nikoplex), while the most expensive one is sold for 499.99 (the 4-16×50 SF Matte BDC). Here are the stand-out features of the ProStaff 7 (note that there are fewer features since most of the ProStaff 5 features also apply here):

  • 30mm body tube. The body tube of the Nikon ProStaff 7 is made so that it weighs as little as possible for as much durability and strength as possible.
  • Smooth Zooming Controls. You put your eye to the sight, you aim correctly, and you shoot. The zoom adjustment is so smooth, there’s absolutely no chance of dizziness while you’re hunting your big game from 500 yards away.
  • Bigger adjustment range. The adjustment range for the windage and elevation levels is much, much higher than for the ProStaff 5. Therefore, the Nikon ProStaff 7 is far better for things like long-distance hunting. The accuracy levels for some of the higher priced ProStaffs is simply surreal.

We know these don’t seem like much for the ProStaff 7, but remember to add them on top of all the others, and we’ve got ourselves a sight for sore eyes (not literally). Frankly, when it comes to recommending one of the two Nikon ProStaff models that are currently considered top of the line, we’re at a loss. They both are great.


What do you think of the Nikon ProStaff models? Do you like the new ones or would you prefer some of the old ones like the Nikon ProStaff 3-9×40, the Nikon ProStaff 4-12×40, or the 3-9×50? After all, most of the ProStaff riflescopes are incredible, and we here at Rifle Scope Center are confident that whichever you’ll pick, you’ll be making a good choice.

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