Dot of Doom Designed for Duty: Nikon’s P-Tactical SPUR Reflex Sight

Nikon’s P-Tactical SPUR reflex sight is built for close and medium range applications. Tiny but mighty, it is rugged enough to handle abuse and recoil on nearly any pistol, rifle or shotgun with a Picatinny Rail.

I have fired over 5,000 rounds with this particular P-Tactical SPUR on a wide variety of guns. I do a lot of testing and reviews. The simple ruggedness of the SPUR has made it my go-to sight for everything from pistol caliber carbines to shotguns. Easy to mount and fast to zero, it moves effortlessly from one rail to another providing precise aiming.

The Siaga AK in .223 was a perfect test platform for the SPUR. The high temperatures and shock of rapid-fire were no problem for the SPUR.

The machined aluminum body measures 1.8 inches x 1.1 inches x 1 inch. SPUR weighs only 1.1-ounces but it’s designed to handle the recoil of shotgun slugs. It is covered in a matte-black finish and is IPX7 waterproof which means it can be submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes without damage.

The SPUR performs well, even under the high recoil impulse of a Stern .45 ACP conversion. This direct blowback system has manageable recoil but challenges optics. and mounts.

The SPUR’s 1X magnification makes shooting with both eyes open simple with an extra-wide parallax free field of view and unlimited eye relief. The 3 MOA dot is centered in an extra-wide 27mm x 16mm sight window for fast target acquisition. Nikon’s “TRUCOLOR” coating lets you see the target without the unnatural bluish tint present in other reflex sights.

This QuarterCircle10 QC-5 / Strike Industries build with a SPUR is a minimalist wonder. Small and light, the QC-5 pointed well and was effortless moving from target to target or rapidly placing multiple rounds into a hit zone.

I found the SPUR easy to set up and zero. Operation is intuitive and simple. It provides a quickly adjustable dot which is big enough to pick up quickly and small enough to be precise. I used it on rifles, pistol caliber carbines, and a shotgun. It is ideal as a primary sight but small enough to use as a backup sight with a 45 degree offset mount.

The SPUR lets you shoot head up and both eyes open. This increases situational awareness and makes fast hits effortless. Point and shoot.

The 3 MOA illuminated red dot has 10 intensity settings that are adjustable using the plus and minus buttons located on the left side of the sight. Press the plus button to turn on. To turn off, hold the minus button down for three full seconds. There is an automatic shutoff after 12 hours. The two lowest settings are for night vision, settings 3–10 are for daylight. Throughout the day from low light to the bright midday sun, the dot is adjustable for a perfect sight picture,

 Nikon P-Tactical SPUR Reflex Sight

Spur brightness controls. Photo courtesy of Nikon.

SPUR has a long battery life running for 15,000 hours on a single CR1632 lithium battery at the lowest setting. A new lithium battery is provided with the SPUR. The battery compartment is accessible from the top and the battery can be replaced easily without removal of the sight or changing the settings.

The KRX shotgun shoots ten round of 12 gauge slugs and buck as fast as you can pull the trigger. This is the ultimate test for any sight and the SPUR makes it look easy with consistent performance.

The SPUR is simple to use, There is a tool included for opening the battery compartment and making sight adjustments. Scan the instructions, install the provided battery and press a button, A 3 MOA red dot will appear in the window and you can adjust the brightness by pressing the plus or minus buttons.

The base attaches to any Picatinny rail. If you have AR type sights, you will need a one-inch riser. Windage and elevation are adjusted with a tiny screwdriver provided with the sight. There are distinct clicks as you make adjustments. Every click of the adjustment screw moves the strike of the round 1 inch at 100 yards in the direction indicated on the screw.


Nikon P-Tactical Spur Red Dot Sights helps you to rapidly address targets and reacquire for follow up shots. Nikon’s top quality optics and rugged housing provide great performance. The price tag provides excellent value.

The P-Tactical SPUR reflex sight is covered under Nikon’s 5-year warranty.

You can get your very own SPUR from one of the dealers HERE  Suggested retail price $219.95.

Photos by Mark  Miller

Featured photo: Nikon’s P-Tactical SPUR reflex sight mounted on a Stern Defense modified AR. Stern magazine well adapters which turn your AR Lower into a Pistol Caliber Carbine. The adapter shown uses SIG P320 magazines or M&P magazines in 9mm or .40 caliber.

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About the author: Mark Miller is a former Customs Agent and a Green Beret who served in Afghanistan and a number of other live fire locations. A student of firearms and shooting, he is an FFL and a SOT. The guiding philosophy of his life is that terrain and situation dictate tactics and the enemy always gets a vote on any plan.

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  • Bob November 17, 2019, 10:03 am

    I have the sight set up on hunting rifle for deer and this fall was the first time I have used the Nikon sight. Everything was OK until I was out in minus 10C weather. The sight would not stay on. As soon as I got back and inside a building where the temperature was a bit warmer the sight worked again.

  • Zupglick June 24, 2019, 12:23 pm

    I’ve been using Burris Fastfire. I think I’ll give this a look.

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