Reaching New Distances with the Nightforce Wedge Prism – SHOT Show 2020

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With all the new precision rifles, improved cartridges, and more efficient bullets, long-range shooting is reaching greater and greater distances. The Nightforce Wedge Prism can now be the answer to a scope not having enough elevation adjustment to reach a rifle’s full potential.

The Wedge Prism mounted in front of a 56mm objective lens.

The Wedge Prism optically shifts the incoming image to the scope by a precise elevation value which is added to the riflescope’s elevation adjustments, allowing precise holdovers at increased distances. 

The Prism is available in two variants, a 50 MOA and a 100 MOA version. In MRAD these equate to 14.5 and 29.1 MIL. These are the advertised nominal values which may vary slightly; each unit will be engraved with the exact value for the unit.

It looks like a lens full of Pure Magic, what is this witchcraft?

The Wedge Prism is fully compatible with all brands of riflescopes. It is designed primarily for use with 56mm objective lenses, but can support smaller objective sizes. 

The Prism mounts in front of the riflescope to a picatinny rail with a Quick Detach attachment to ensure consistent, repeatable mounting. The mounting height of the Prism is designed to match up to a 1.5” centerline of a 56mm scope. The actual ring height needed will vary depending on the thickness of the mounting rail on the receiver.

Mounting system allows removal when not needed and storage in provided case

The closer to centerline of the scope and closer to the scope will result in a clearest image. For optimal performance it may be necessary to slide the riflescope in the rings to minimize the distance between scope and prism.

A continuous rail from receiver would help eliminate mis-alignment

Nightforce indicated that response to the has been about 50/50 between extreme long-range shooters and rimfire shooters. Rimfire precision matches have been growing in popularity but due to the limited power of the rounds, extended distances require greater elevation adjustment that the Prism offers.

Running a quick ballistic check, it looks like the Wedge Prism would add enough elevation adjustment to my Nightforce scope on my 6.5 Creedmoor to reach over 2000 yards, if I was lucky enough to have a place to launch bullets that far.

The first time I saw a similar unit was at an Accuracy 1stLong Range Rifle class and that model was noticeably pricier than the $990 retail price of the Nightforce Wedge Prism. So if your looking to reach new distances beyond your current scopes elevation travel, check out the new Wedge Prism.

Key Features:

• 50 MOA/14.5 MRAD* or 100 MOA/29.1 MRAD* elevation shift variants available for extreme long-range use
• Quick Detach MIL-STD 1913 attachment ensures consistent elevation shift when installed in the field
• Compatible with all brands of riflescopes
• Exact elevation shift measured for each unit and engraved for reference in the field
Includes: MOLLE padded carry case, flip cap lens cover, lens cleaning cloth.

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About the author: Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

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  • John Baker February 7, 2020, 10:43 am

    Concerning the note on “pricier”:
    NF $990/100moa
    Charlie Macro $1400 with 800moa capability or $175/100moa
    Charlie Micro starts at $700 for up to 120moa.
    Enhanced Charlie Micro offers 300moa to the system for $900
    Wedge systems start at $70 in the store for hunters under the Umarex/Axion brand.
    Enhanced CQB wedge units start at $350
    All of our units are scope mount capable and rail mount capable.
    We offered ours in 2015 and was at SHOT New Products in 2016-

  • JB February 7, 2020, 9:56 am

    The Alpha, Charlie, and Second Zero are the first wedge prisms. Get the originals.

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