The Small Pool of Rangefinders




Unlike many electronic devices that are changed every couple of months; the rate of change in the laser rangefinder industry is much slower. The industry consists of 4 or 5 major manufactures that offer anywhere from one to seven models each. So the entire market for hunting rangefinders at any one time might only consist of two or three dozen current production models. Furthermore these models will often stay in production for several years, so when a new model rangefinder hits the market it is big news in the hunting community. Nikon has created aforementioned “big news” with the introduction of a new rangefinder called the RifleHunter 1000.








è only a handful of rangefinder manufactures




è each manufacturer only makes a few models




è each model may stay in production for several years




è only a couple dozen available models available at one time








Nikon’s New RifleHunter 1000




The most innovative new feature of this rangefinder is this device’s ability to change reticle colors automatically to orange or gray depending on the amount of available light. This is really the feature that hunters have been wanting, and will be the source of many campfire discussions this hunting season. Initially most rangefinders came with a black reticle, but these could be hard to read in really low light conditions, to solve this problem some rangefinder manufactures began making units with a red reticle; however, it turns out that red can sometimes be hard to see clearly under really bright conditions. Various methods of backlighting and other solutions have been tried but no universal solution has been found, that is why there is so much buzz about the new Nikon RifleHunter 1000, if this unit works as advertised, you can expect to have a hard time finding these rangefinders this hunting season. Also, new for the Nikon Riflehunter 1000 is the ability to give distance readings in .1 yard increments all the way out to 1000 yards. That kind of accuracy is unheard of in a handheld hunting range finder. Finally, and perhaps most encouraging to the majority of hunters, this unit is priced at around $350 at most major online retailers, which is well under the cost of several older rangefinders on the market that have less features.








è Automatically Color Adjusting Reticle




è Measurements in .1 yard increments




è 1000 yard max range




è $350 Price Tag








Current Popular Features Incorporated




Nikon’s RifleHunter 1000 has many maintained many of the favorite features from current production rangefinders. First, the Nikon RifleHunter 1000 utilizes the popular ID feature; ID stands for Incline/Decline and is Nikon’s version of angle compensation that allows the operator to obtain a more accurate measurement of targets at steep angles. This rangefinder also has a 6x lens that is favored by many hunters who are seeking a rangefinder that can be used for both archery and rifle hunting. This 6x magnification allows enough field of view for the archer to see game at relatively short distances, but also provides enough magnification for the rifle hunter to select precise targets at several hundred yards. Finally, this model retains Nikon’s Tru Target feature which is a target priority feature that is a favorite among hunters who hunt in heavy cover, or who are hunting small game.







è ID Technology




è 6x magnification




è Tru Target feature








Will all these new features combined with the most popular current features and Nikon’s reputation for quality make this rangefinder a success? It’s hard to say at this point, but the Nikon RifleHunter 1000 definitely has the potential to be a game changer in the laser rangefinder world.