Nikon P-223 Scope Specs
Magnification: 3x
Objective Lens: 32mm
Reticle: BDC Carbine
Finish: Matte Black
Exit Pupil: 10.7mm
Eye Relief: 3.4″
FOV @ 100 yards: 35.6′
Tube Diameter: 1″
Length: 8.1″
Weight: 11.2 oz
Adjustment Click Rate: 1/2 MOA
Max Internal Adjustment: 150 MOA
Parallax: 100 yards


Nikon P-223 3x32 BDC Carbine Scope

I’m going to try to get right to the point with this. I was in a pinch, and I couldn’t afford a new scope that cost over $200, due to rent, bills, and all that other boring adult stuff… Although that sounds like a lot of money to spend, in the world of rifle scopes, it’s actually a pretty limited budget.

I had to begin to look into other brands that I had never used before, and one of the ones that I ran across in my search was Nikon.

Even with their very affordable products, they are still one of the leading companies in the world of sport optics and are known globally for their high quality products. They are constantly innovating their products which include binoculars, field scopes, and riflescopes.

Nikon had a complete range of AR riflescopes which are specially engineered to fit perfectly on virtually any AR rifle. Each scope is optimized for Spot-On Ballistic Match Technology, which enables pinpoint precision no matter what caliber or load.

Knowing all this, I figured I wasn’t taking much of a chance spending $150 on a Nikon scope, specifically the Nikon Matte BDC Carbine. This scope features fully multicoated optics that provide up to 98% light transmission in order to maximize sight from dawn to dusk.

While using this BDC Carbine, I have never had an issue seeing through the sight; the optics are always incredibly clear, even at long distances. My eyesight is terrible so this scope really helps out with identifying my target, even at distances over 200 yards with the 3x magnification.

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I have consistently been able to hit a 1.5 inch target at 450 yards, using the BDC reticle with absolutely no problems. You will see a difference between this scope and the cheaper scopes in terms of clarity for this one is well above average for this price range, using glass instead of any other cheap materials.

Continuing on that, the over-all quality of this scope seems to be far above average, using high quality material all around and being well built and designed. Even though it is lightweight and compact, you don’t get that typical “cheap” feeling you would usually get with light scopes.

In the beginning when I first zeroed it in, I realized this scope offers zero-reset turrets and positive click reticle adjustments which helped me zero it and even quicker than usual. This also helps the scope remain at zero even after a few hundred rounds, avoiding common adjustments which brings complications. I started off zeroing it in at 50 yards and easily hit my target time after time with no issues whatsoever.

It was really easy to aim with both eyes open at 50 yards or closer which is something that has always been challenging for me; this allows me to make quick target acquisition. Even with only a 3x optic magnification, I have still been able to make difficult shots at far distances with ease. The turrets are very solid and well made. At first I worried about their size and being exposed, mostly from an aesthetics viewpoint, but in the end, neither was an issue for me.

The viewfinder in this scope is very generous, giving plenty of eye relief. I have had no problems with hitting my face, even with the heavy recoil of an AR-15. This new BDC Carbon reticle also provides a 200 yard cross hair with hash marks at both 400 and 600 yards.

You are able to see much further with this rifle scope and can, much easier, zero in on any target. One of the great features with this scope that you will only find with Nikon scopes is the BDC markings along with the Nikon Spot-on App. There really is some next generation technology integration with this.

Once you download the Nikon Spot-On App on your phone, it is easy to improve your accuracy and understanding of all ballistics. The app works great with the scope which takes caliber, ammo type, weather conditions, range, etc. and gives you invaluable information that you would otherwise have no access to. Let’s say for example you are sighting in with a range of 75 yards, but want a 100, 150, or 200 yard zeroed, the app will give you the information needed to make that possible.

Also, if you change the ammo you are using, the app will modify the range on the markings with new yardage. This app is really helpful once you get the hang of it, even though there is a little bit of a learning curve with it, it will all make sense eventually!

This BDC Carbine is really at the top of the pack when compared to Nikon’s other precision optics for AR rifles, designed for extreme sighting and accuracy even at long ranges. Just one more thing that is really just the frosting on the cake, would be how this scope is waterproof and fogproof, due to being nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed.

This make shooting in any conditions possible while still achieving the flawless, clear sight without any fogging. One thing that I usually do like in my scopes is colored illumination, which this scopes doesn’t provide. I guess at such a low, affordable price, some things must be sacrificed, but good thing for me it is such a small thing!

Every extra feature on this scope makes up for the lack of illumination. The clear glass reticle, along with the advanced technology in the BDC markings and Nikon Spot-On app make up for anything you would want that is missing. I have never had one problem with the scope losing zero or with the quality of how it’s made or the design.

I was iffy at first purchasing a scope that I believed to be lower end, but in reality, it turned out to be one of the better scopes I’ve ever owned and at the lowest price I’ve ever paid. I never would have thought this was going to become my favorite scope, but it surpassed all my expectations and outshined every other scope I own!

This P223 is most comparable to the NcSTAR Mark III and Aim Sports Dual III as far as capabilities in a 32mm fixed magnification scope. The magnification is slightly less at 3x as opposed to 4x but the quality is way beyond either of them.

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