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New Mantis Airgun Scopes From Air Venturi Offer Value and Performance

Mantis airgun scopes are a new range of products from Air Venturi. There’s three models available and they all share the same basic features and appearance.

  – 3 – 9 x 32AO
  – 3 – 9 x 40AO
  – 4 – 12 x 40AO

These scopes include all the essential features required for airgun use. They combine a mil-dot reticle with Adjustable Objective (AO) focusing and are “airgun-rated” for recoil.

This makes Mantis airgun scopes an ideal upgrade to the scopes that come bundled with many air rifles, yet do not have these essential features.

As most air rifle shooters will know, mil-dot reticles allow for easy and convenient holdover when shooting at varying ranges or in crosswinds. The HAM team really recommends this feature above all else in an airgun scope.

New Mantis Airgun Scopes From Air Venturi Offer Value and Performance

The AO capability of Mantis airgun scopes provides parallax adjustment allowing all models to be focused down to 5 yards. Fixed focus scopes – those without AO – make it very difficult to have a clear, sharp view of the target at the relatively close ranges shot with airguns. So, again, AO really is a necessity.

HAM found image quality good with all the Mantis airgun scopes. Most users will see a big improvement compared to that of bundled scopes. And – unlike some scopes with AO – the distance markings shown on these scopes are quite accurate, too.

The lenses of Mantis scopes are braced to resist the scope-destroying forward recoil of powerful spring/piston and gas ram air rifles. Air Venturi Director of Business Development, Paul Milkovich confirmed that Mantis airgun scopes have been shot hundreds of times using a RWS 350 air rifle – well-known as one of the fiercest-recoiling guns around – to test for this. They passed with flying colors!

Also, the multi-coated objective (front) lenses are well recessed to provide improved contrast in harsh lighting. The front ring of these scopes can be removed, as shown, and a dedicated (small extra cost) lens hood screwed into place for additional protection against stray light and rain.

New Mantis Airgun Scopes From Air Venturi Offer Value and Performance

All three Mantis airgun scopes employ standard 1-inch tubes and heavy-duty Aluminum construction. They are Nitrogen-filled and are claimed by Air Venturi to be fog proof, waterproof and shockproof. As you would expect, “bikini” lens covers are included to protect the lenses.

Elevation and windage turrets are capped to prevent unwanted movement in the field. Once the caps are removed, you’ll find turrets with standard 1/4 MOA clicks that are adjustable without tools. The clicks are sharp and positive, making adjustment easy.

New Mantis Airgun Scopes From Air Venturi Offer Value and Performance

Unusually, Mantis airgun scopes are not supplied with rings. HAM believes that this is a good idea as shooters upgrading from a bundled scope can still use the rings that were supplied with their air rifle. For those using Mantis scopes on a new gun, there’s the opportunity to select exactly the correct specification rings to fit scope and gun.

Mantis airgun scopes are fairly small and light. To illustrate this, HAM mounted each scope on the same, well-known, air rifle – a Benjamin Discovery – using Leapers medium height rings. You can see from the photos below that the scopes do not overbalance the gun. Using medium height rings also keeps the scope close to the bore, although we did remove the Disco’s rear sight, as you can see.


1.   Mantis 3 – 9 x 32AO scope. 12.25-inches long, 16-ounce weight. Street price $65.95.

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Mantis 3-9×32 AO Rifle Scope

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Mantis 3-9 x 30AO Scope
New Mantis Airgun Scopes From Air Venturi Offer Value and Performance



2.   Mantis 3 – 9 x 40AO scope. 13-inches long, 18-ounce weight. Street price $79.99.

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Mantis 3-9×40 AO Rifle Scope

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Mantis 3-9 x 40AO Scope
New Mantis Airgun Scopes From Air Venturi Offer Value and Performance


3.   Mantis 4 – 12 x 40AO scope. 13.5-inches long, 18-ounce weight. Street price $89.99.

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Mantis 4-12×40 AO Rifle Scope

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Mantis 4-12 x 40AO Scope

New Mantis Airgun Scopes From Air Venturi Offer Value and Performance

And did we mention that the prices being asked for Mantis airgun scopes are very reasonable? That makes them a great value!