Some Riflescopes At IWA 2019
In this post, we’ll take a look at a few of the airgun-suitable riflescopes which were being displayed at IWA 2019.
In fact, there is a huge number of optics companies exhibiting at the show, but this is an overview from a few of the most popular manufacturers.
Optisan riflescopes are becoming increasingly popular with the airgunning community. Lili You – in the photograph above, showed me some of the many models that this family firm has available.
The model she’s holding in the photograph above is the HX 4-12 x 40AO model. This is one of the company’s value range of riflescopes. They have 1-inch tubes and front AO, but still incorporate high quality optics, Lili says.
Optisan has three main scope ranges available. The EVX and EVE models have similar optical capabilities, with the EVX range having target turrets. The EVE models are more hunting-orientated. They feature capped turrets and different reticles.
Above, Lili is showing us the EVX 6-24 x 50 F1i scope. This has a 30 mm tube, side parallax adjustment and a First Focal Plane reticle.
Of course, Leapers is another regular exhibitor at both the SHOT Show and IWA Outdoor Classics. They have an ever-increasing range of optical products and shooting accessories. The optics – in particular – have always been designed with airgun use very much in mind.
Below, Tracy Cui shows us the latest model in the UTG Bugbuster range.
This is a step up from previous models in this series, having a 30 mm tube, 44 mm objective lens and a 4 – 16 x magnification range. They closest focusing distance is 10 Yards.
The latest UTG low top zero lockable and resettable turrets, which are just being introduced in select UTG riflescopes.
Nikko Sterling scopes have a long history of appealing to airgunners. Again, there are multiple ranges and a large range of models with varying specifications.
One popular model is the Nikko Sterling Hornet ED 10-50 x 60 riflescope, which has a 30 mm tube. This was shown to me by Paul Garrity, below.
Paul explained that this model has extra low dispersion glass lenses – hence the HD in the product name. There’s parallax adjustment down to 10 Yards and the scope ships with a large sidewheel.
The Hornet ED 10 – 50 x 60 offers great performance for Field Target and long range shooting, says Paul. The HMD-T reticle contributes to this with 1/20 MIL increments when the reticle is set to 25X.
Nikko Sterling scopes are part of the same group as Webley & Scott in the UK and Legacy Sports in the USA.
As a reminder that the IWA Outdoor Classics show is a real trade show, we see the riflescope testing equipment from Trioptics.
Trioptics is an international company that’s headquartered in Germany. They specialize in the manufacture of incredibly high quality optical test equipment.
The product you see in the photograph above is an incredibly versatile and sophisticated optical test bench, specifically designed for testing riflescopes.
An indication of the complexity of this product is shown by this view of the control panel.
Using this Trioptics system, riflescope manufacturers can test the performance of every possible optical characteristic of their products. This includes relatively simple things like eye relief, all the way up to MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) readings of image quality, contrast measurements and more.
Trioptics attended the IWA show to exhibit their products to riflescope manufacturers. Many of them were interested to see how they can hone optical quality through the use of this type of system.