Hawke Scopes
MAP Reticles are big news for airgun hunters! Jim takes these scopes out in the field
and has the chance to try them on a number of springers and PCPs.
Hawke MapPro and Airmax Airgun Scopes

As I’ve often commented, there are many guns in my
collection and I’m always looking for the right glass to
top them with. While I think there is a lot to be said for the
old adage of buying the best glass you can afford, the
simple fact is that when faced with having to buy scopes
for several guns a Leupold on every rifle is just not in the
cards… at least for me. However, that doesn’t mean a
quality scope is out of reach. I have been reading about
some of the new scopes being manufactured by Hawke
with production in Japan and China, with design input
from Field Target champion Nick Jenkinson
With this as a backdrop, let me say that
when I was contacted by Hawke and
asked to test out a couple of their
products I jumped at the opportunity.
Hawke has been providing scopes to the
airgunning world for several years, and
has a very strong following in the
European marketplace. In our first call
we discussed the guns I would be using,
both spring piston and pcp power plants,
and the type of field conditions I’d
be shooting under. A few days later I
was unpacking the companies MaxPro
and Airmax models, both 3-9x variable
magnification, with the 40mm and 50mm
objectives respectively. I now have had
a few weeks experience with these
products and have mounted them on
everything from a Webley Patriot .25
magnum springer to a DAQ .457 pcp,
with many other test guns in between.
While intending to spend a lot more time
with these scopes during the upcoming
small game seasons, I feel comfortable
giving a preliminary review based on
current experience.

Both of these scopes are well made and
built on a shockproof 1� mono tube,
with multi-coated lenses that are
waterproof and said to be fog proof. I
compared the image quality obtained
with these scopes to several models of
Leapers, Burris, Tasco, Niko Stirling,
and Leupold that I own, and would rate
the clarity and sharpness of images at the
upper end of the scale. I had these
scopes out in the low light of very early
morning or right before nightfall, and
found the light transmission
characteristics and image contrast quite
good, but will talk about this a bit later
when reviewing field performance.

I used the scopes on several PCP
rifles including the Webley Raider
shown here.
The eye relief on these scopes is just a tad under 3.5� and allowed me to get on target quickly. I
found it easy to set this scope up in a comfortable shooting position, and the ability to adjust the ocular
lenses permitted me to optimize the image with or without glasses. The two models I looked at were well
balanced and fit in a variety of mounts on a wide range of base configurations. Both scopes offered an
adjustment ring on the objective lens that allowed correction of parallax distortion from 10 yards to
infinity, and facilitated acquisition of a crisp and focused view at any range. On the Airmax scope the
elevation turret is open and can be finger adjusted without necessitating the removal of a cap, which
makes sense as this is the most common field adjustment. On the MapPro both turrets were capped.

These scopes are said to be rated for magnum springers, and to put this claim to the test I mounted both
the MapPro and the Airmax on three springers that can really hammer a scope; the Webley Patriot .25,
the BAM B-40 .177, and the Walther Falcon .25. I shot a few tins of pellets across these guns and did
not experience any shift in POI or other malfunctions. Of course this is a limited evaluation. The real test
will be to see how they make it through the upcoming squirrel season, as I put my gear through some
pretty rugged use under a variety of conditions. However, my experience has been that if a scope is going
to come undone as an effect of heavy recoil, it will usually happen in the first tin of pellets.

The Multiple Aim Point (MAP) reticle is a very nice feature on these scopes. Essentially, when combined
with the companies Ballistic Reticule Converter Software it allows a number of crosshairs to be visualized
which correspond to zero at various ranges. This allows the hunter to zero at 30 yards, then move one
cross hair down at 40 yards, and one further down at 50 yards, so that exact shot placement is quickly
achieved when in the field. And we all know that is the name of the game when airgun hunting. I never
fumble around with adjusting the scope when hunting, so this type of set up resonated with me
immediately. I find this a more useful arrangement than mildots and a swag.
Both scopes held up well to intense shooting through my
magnum springers, this untuned B-40 is a known scope
eater!
What makes the BRC ballistics program innovative is tying it in to MAP reticle. All of this data
can be printed out to carry in the field, and with the number of guns I shoot iin any given
season making it hard to keep the info in my memory banks, is greatly appreciated.
Jim Chapman