New Hawke Laser Rangefinders Are Ideal For Airgun Use
Just announced are two new Hawke laser rangefinders that are ideal for airgun use. This is because these new Hawke LRF 400 and LRF 800 rangefinders are able to accurately determine distances down to as close as 7 Yards.
Given the ballistic coefficients of airgun pellets – and slugs too, for that matter – knowing the exact distance to the target is of prime importance for airgunners. That makes laser rangefinders a vital tool for airgun hunters where the pesky prey can appear at any distance downrange that it chooses!
With MSRPs of $139 for the LRF400 and $149 for the LRF 800, Hawke tells HAM that the company is aiming to provide high-end features and impeccable accuracy regardless of your budget. Below we see the rear view of the LRF 400 model.
Both the LRF 400 and LRF 800 rangefinders have an LCD display with Distance, Rain, Hunt and Flag modes. These modes give accurate distance measurements of +/- one Yard/Meter, says the company.
As expected, there are three reading modes. Rain mode provides accurate readings while not reflecting the beam off rain droplets. Hunt mode helps determine range through brush and undergrowth.
Flag mode is for the golfer, and gives you accurate readings from the tee, or anywhere else along the course. (Hey, lots of airgunners play golf, too!).
These modes allow these new Hawke laser rangefinders to generate true range measurements in real-life circumstances, and in any weather conditions. The reticle display shows range, signal strength and a low battery warning.
Both models include a fully multi-coated optical system that is water-resistant, nitrogen purged for fog-proofing. The weight is just 4.6oz. The optics have 6× magnification with an adjustable diopter.
Field of view for both models is 341 Feet at 1,000 Yards. That translates to 17.5 Feet field of view at a typical 50-Yard airgun hunting range.
They each have a one-inch objective lens and 0.6-inches of eye relief.
The main difference is the maximum range of operation. The LRF 400 has a range of 7-437 Yards, while the LRF 800 is good from 7-875 Yards.
Each LRF model uses a CR2 battery and carries a two-year warranty from Hawke. For more information, go to www.hawkeoptics.com.
You’ll see these new models in stores in the near future.