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I recently purchased an older Nikon scope. 3X9 gloss black with red and silver band around the objective. I think it's from the mid 80's. It is marked Japan. Any info on this would be appreciated.
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It sounds as though you have bought one of the Nikon scopes that came out about 1985.  They are good scopes and were made in one of the Nikon Japan factories.  I always liked them better and thought that they were superior optically to any thing that Nikon built in the Philippines during the 1990's until recently.
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Thanks I believe you're correct. I tried talking to Nikon , but they recycle serial numbers and it came up as a Monarch. It's a nice scope, I'm just not crazy about the gloss finish. Any idea what it's worth? Thanks again

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I would pay about the same price as for a Leupold VXII from the same era around $200, depending on condition.
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I've got a 4 X 40 just like that.  Circa 1985...before they put the little gold Nikon plaque on the side.  In 1985 they got superior reviews.  I don't know what they are worth...what is a thirty year old scope worth?  I got mine on a used rifle.  I'm gonna keep it.   
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We have two Nikon Monarch's, 4X40 on Rem. 1100 light 20 slug guns both were made in Japan. We represented Nikon at the time. My honey's slug gun has a wood stock and mine is a later model with a synthetic stock and dull finish, can't remember what they called it at the time. Both have Da-Mar mounts and both have had the barrels pinned. Both group very well. Both have had a pile of slugs thru them.
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Forgot to say a very old friend ( meaning older than me ) patented the Da-Mar Mount. Unique in the early slug gun scope mount era. This was long before rifle hunting was allowed in the Southern Zone of NY State and well before " slug guns"
we're being offered as a commercial item.
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