Let’s take A Close Look At The Hawke Airmax 30 WA SF 4-16×50 SF Scope
The Airmax 30 WA SF 4-16×50 SF riflescope is one of the range of new scopes announced this week by Hawke Optics. As retail availability in the USA will be very soon – actually this month (September, 2021), it’s time to take a close look at the new scope!
For this investigation, I mounted the scope onto an Umarex Gauntlet 2 air rifle using Hawke Weaver-fit match ring mounts. These are for 30 mm tube diameter scopes and the High version was selected in order to achieve plenty of clearance above the magazine.
At 13.7 Inches long, the Airmax 30 WA SF 4-16×50 SF scope fits well on the Gauntlet 2. It would also not be too long for use with many break barrel air rifles. At 26.8 Oz weight, it’s not too heavy, either.
There’s also plenty of room to install the included 4-Inch sunshade. This is a substantial metal tube which has a ridged, matt black-finished interior surface. This is effective at limiting the amount of “stray” light from entering the scope, thus improving contrast for the user.
The optics use Hawke’s H2 system with 16-layer multi-coating on the lenses. This is an important part of achieving the sharp, clear images seen through the scope.
Parallax correction is achieved using the side focus knob. I was able to focus precisely at 10 Yards, the minimum specified distance, even when using 16x, the highest magnification. The marked 10 Yards also corresponded exactly to the distance – which is not always the case with all scopes!
Rotating the parallax correction turret requires a little determination. It’s far from impossible, however attaching the 4-Inch diameter sidewheel makes focusing a pleasure…
The side wheel simply pushes over the end of the turret. It’s a simple but effective means of attachment. The result is very satisfactory focusing with a pleasantly-damped operation. There’s no feeling of backlash when ranging-in and the side wheel is easy and comfortable to grip. This is obviously the way to go!
Capped turrets are a feature of the Airmax 30 WA SF 4-16×50 SF scope. These are robust and easy to unscrew, yet there’s no chance of the elevation and windage turrets being moved once set. For the majority of airgunners who will “aim off” using the reticle, this is a good thing.
The elevation turret has a nice flat top to facilitate the positioning of a bubble level when scope mounting. The turret itself is based on 1/10 MRAD change per click. There’s a slot that allows the number of complete turns of the turret to be easily seen, too.
Both windage and elevation turrets have an adjustment range of 27 MRAD. That’s 48.6 Inches on the target at 50 Yards.
The windage turret is also calibrated in 1/10 MRAD clicks and this photograph below shows the “turns indicator” rather better, too.
Rotation of both turrets generated positive, yet well-damped clicks. These are not the most aggressive clicks I’ve found on a riflescope, however the intention behind the scope is that the turrets are primarily used for sighting-in operations only. The reticle is used for adjusting aim point in the field.
The Airmax 30 WA SF 4-16×50 SF riflescope uses Hawke’s AMX reticle. This etched glass reticle was specifically designed for airgun use, the company says. As the following diagrams illustrate, it provides considerable versatility of aiming, yet without the complex “Christmas Tree” effect that can be overpowering on some scopes.
The reticle itself is fine. However, multi-level illumination is readily available to prevent the reticle from “disappearing” in dull or complex target patterns.
As this is a Second Focal Plane scope, the reticle is based on use at one specific magnification. In this case it’s 10 X.
Many shooters continue to prefer the fixed apparent size of the reticle when zooming. But – if you prefer the First Focal Plane approach, Hawke has a choice of Airmax FFP scopes available in 4-16×50 and 6-24×50 configurations too.
The zoom ring itself is rubber-coated for enhanced grip in poor weather. It’s easy enough to rotate when desired but stays in place the rest of the time. Which is exactly as you want, of course.
Field Target shooters will be pleased to see the 14x magnification clearly indicated.
Back on the left turret, the reticle illumination provides an “off” position between each of the six red illuination levels. This is a very useful feature as it prevents the turret from needing to be rotated “out and back” through multiple intensities to get back to no illumination.
The Airmax 30 WA SF 4-16×50 SF riflescope is supplied complete with metal flip-up lens caps. Unlike many lens caps, these use a multi-part design with a separate locking ring.
Hawke also supplies tools for both the objective and eyepiece locking rings (They’re different sizes).
This design makes it easy to select a lens cap pivot position of your choice and then set it in place using the locking ring and tool.
All-in-all, the Airmax 30 WA SF 4-16×50 SF riflescope consolidates the company’s position in the mid-range scope segment of the market. I know many airgunners who make Hawke their “go to” scope choice. With products like this, it’s easy to see why.