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Old December 5th, 2019, 03:59 PM   #16
 
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Some years back they stopped making eyeglass frames too. They made some wonderful titanium frames and as someone allergic to nickel these were great. Bought a bunch on ebay. All of this was a business decision and not politically motivated. Bet the scope decision is just business too. The issue now is will they backup a warranty claim if you need them.



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I have 3 Nikon scopes and will hopefully get many more years of use from them. They could just see the end of the non digital scope market rapidly coming. Digital will explode with lower price point products with amazing capabilities over the next few years. This lowers the justification to invest in development of new traditional scopes.

The move of the armed services to nearly 100% Digital over the coming years will just drive this process faster. It is one thing to have a rifle with great lethality out to 500 and 600 yards and another to train people to be able to consistently put rounds on target under extreme conditions. Enter the digital scope.

My dad who just passed will tell you the reason he survived WWII in a tank destroyer was because he could do the math faster than the other guy. He went on to be a math professor. Today with no math involved a tank can put a round through a three foot target window at 3 miles while moving at 50+ MPH. That technology is what will rapidly becoming to rifles and pistols over the next few years at affordable price points.
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I have two Nikon Prostaff Rimfire-II 3-9x40 scopes and wanted at least two more. On a Henry Golden Boy and a CZ 452 American.

Love how bright they are at dusk or gloomy days.

Being retired has slowed down my gun stuff purchases so I hope there are a few left when I can finally get them. My Winchester model-9422 and model-490 need scopes.
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Grabbed a Prostaff P3 Target EFR 3-9X40 when I saw the last one someplace. I don't have a rifle in mind for it but I'm sure I will eventually. I have one already and it's a nice rimfire optic for under $200. Sorry to see them fade off into the sunset.
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Best glass makers ( they made the lens for hubble, that's another story), but as with their camera business they must endure endless marketing and think tank meetings from people who didn't understand the market.

they should have focused on cameras and lens making alone

they took lots of bad advice from Silicon valley over the last 20 years. They laughed when the Iphone was coming out and didn't grasp how cameras and fine photography were going to go obsolete because of it.

A surprising array of products made and discontinued.

Well Worthy of a Saturday read on the wide scope of the business of Nikon on their corporate website

When they nose dived out of the US eyewear business I bought close to fifty pairs of frames at woolworth prices. Still using them for my new eyeglasses..nearly 20 years later.
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With all the increased competition, margins fell below what they were willing to endure.

Shame, they made great glass.
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Nikon is getting kicked hard, all the way around.

They have dropped to #3 in camera sales.
This downward trend has been going on for half a decade or longer.

IMO, Nikon is exiting every line of business that is not profitable.
When I bought a scope for my 243, it was a Leupold.
Did not even consider a Nikon, despite owning their cameras since the 60s.
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