In addition to telescopic sights for air rifles, rimfire and centre fire rifles, as well as crossbows, Hawke’s range includes binoculars, spotting scopes, range finders, red dot sights and scope mounts. The company is also recognised for its outstanding levels of customer service which is demonstrated by a comprehensive, lifetime guarantee on its telescopic sights, binoculars and spotting scopes.
Based in Suffolk, UK and founded in 2005, Hawke is a family business that now has operations in more than 60 countries, including the US where it opened its Indiana office in 2007.
Hawke scope models
The Hawke range is extensive and comprises products suited for rimfire/centre fire use as well as those marketed specifically for airgunners. That said, levels of design and quality engineering mean that most Hawke scopes can swap between disciplines. All Hawke scopes feature multiple layer lens coatings to improve light transmissions and image quality. In terms of price, the company’s range accommodates most budgets with products ranging from less than £50 to several hundreds of pounds.
Though ideal for rimfire and centre fire use, the Sidewinder 30 series (‘30’ refers to the 30mm diameter tube) is extremely popular with airgunners as well. Comprising three different models, each is available in a range of different magnification ranges and reticle styles. In addition, all models have exposed, lockable turrets to allow for quick, precise adjustment and feature side focus/parallax adjustment.
The Sidewinder 30 SF comprise a range of products each with varying magnification ranging from 4-16x to 8-32x and objective lens from 42 to 56mm.
The Sidewinder 30 SF ED – ‘SF’ stands for side focus and ‘ED’ indicates the use of ‘Extra-low Dispersion’ glass – comprises two high performance models: an 8-40×56 and 10-50×60, both of which feature the TMX reticle and have an illuminated reticle with five brightness settings in red and green. The 10-50×60 model has interchangeable turrets which allow the ¼ MOA turrets, which are standard on all Sidewinder 30 models, to be changed for ⅛ MOA and 1/10 MRAD turrets.
For those who prefer a first focal plane scope, which enables the same hold over and under points to be used regardless of the magnification setting, there are two Sidewinder 30 SF FFP models – a 4-16×50 and a 6-24×56
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Though marketed for rimfire and centre fire use, the Hawke Sidewinder 30 range makes a superb airgun optic as well – as do many other Hawke products. With so many products available, there’s a Sidewinder 30 to satisfy just about every airgunning discipline from hunting to target shooting.
The high levels of magnification on the Sidewinder 30 SF ED range are most relevant to bench rest shooters.
Hawke’s Airmax range has been developed specifically for airgun use. With five different variants comprising 14 different scopes, there’s an option for just about every airgunning discipline. Available in one inch and 30mm tube, all products feature the AMX mildot reticle which is illuminated on 30mm tube scopes only. The parallax adjustment on one inch models is achieved via a collar on the objective lens and via a side wheel on 30mm tube scopes.
The four products in the entry level Airmax one inch tube range vary from a 2-7×32 to a 4-12×50 and are ideal for those wishing to keep their set up light. Each has ¼ inch MOA low profile turrets.
To cater for bullpup shooters, the 30mm tube Airmax SF Compact range comprises three scopes – a 3-12×40, 4-16×44 and 6-24×50 – all of which benefit from side-focus parallax adjustment to infinity, six-setting illuminated red reticle and 1/10 inch MRAD capped, resettable turrets.
The Airmax 30 Touch 3-12×32 AMX IR model is the only zero-eye relief scope in the line up. Light and compact, it too is ideally suited to bullpups and features a six-setting red illuminated reticle, side wheel parallax adjustment and 1/10 MRAD capped turrets.
The four scopes in the Airmax 30 SF range are extremely popular with airgunners, covering a magnification range from 3x to 32x with a 50mm objective lens across all models. All four 30mm tube products have side wheel parallax adjustment to infinity, six-level red reticle illumination and ¼ MOA exposed but lockable adjustment turrets.
Rounding out the Airmax range are a couple of first focal plane options – the Airmax 30 FFP SF AMX IR in 4-16×50 and 6-24×50 formats. Each has side wheel parallax adjustment to infinity, six level red reticle illumination and 1/10 MRAD capped adjustment turrets.
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With its Airmax range, Hawke has set out to cover just about every airgunning requirement, not only in terms of discipline but budget as well. No matter how you plan to use your air rifle, the chances are there’s an Airmax that will suit your needs perfectly.
Hawke Vantage, Vantage IR, Vantage WA IR, Vantage WA IR SF and Vantage 30 FFP
Another line up designed principally for rimfire and centrefire use, the Vantage range is also hugely popular with airgunners, especially those looking for a good quality scope at the low end of the fiscal spectrum.
Comprising six different sub-ranges, each containing several scopes, there are nearly 30 Vantage products with one inch and 30mm tubes. Some have fixed parallax at distances that may not be appropriate for airgun ranges, so you’ll want to either opt for a model that has parallax adjustment (designated by ‘SF’), or make sure the fixed parallax product you choose will work for you. An ‘IR’ designation indicates an illuminated reticle function, whilst ‘WA’ stands for wide-angle. At the top of the Vantage range are a couple of first focal plane (FFP) options.
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Although the Vantage range is enormous and offers excellent budget price models, it is important you choose a model that will work at shorter airgun ranges. Fixed parallax scopes may not focus properly at distances below 100 metres for example, so go for one that has adjustable parallax either via an objective lens collar or side wheel.
Like all good laser range finders, the six models, three each in Hawke’s Endurance and Vantage ranges, are reliable, simple to use with a single push of a button and accurate. Furthermore, they fit easily in your hand and are small enough to slip into a pocket or the carry case that is provided.
The Vantage range comprise models offering 400, 600 and 900 metre ranges, whilst the Endurance line up covers 700, 1000 and 1500 metres. All use a CE approved laser and claim a field of view equal to 420 feet at 1000 metres as well as accuracy +/- one metre and an auto-shut off function and 6x magnification. The Endurance range benefits from high light transmission optics and a red coloured OLED display to provide a bright image and read out for distance, horizontal and angle. In addition, ‘Rain’ and ‘Hunt’ modes across all models accommodate different environments.
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Invaluable for hunters who need to apply the right amount of hold over or under to accommodate an air rifle’s loopy trajectory, the Hawke Endurance LRF also helps range shooters and informal target shooters work out their distanced.
Hawke red dot
Although initially designed for hunters who need quick target acquisition in driven or wild boar shooting situations for example, red dot and laser sights are increasingly popular with air rifle and air pistol shooters as well. Hawke’s line up of four different products, each comprising several different products, is one of the most comprehensive available in terms of application and budget.
The Red Dot, Vantage Red Dot, Spot-On Red Dot and Reflex Red Dot ranges comprise more than a dozen different sights to suit 9-11mm dovetail and weaver/picatinny rails. In addition, there are standard and wide-view models, some of which have digital or automatic brightness control.
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Though they can be used in some vermin control situations, a traditional telescopic sight is preferable. When it comes to air rifles and pistols, red dot and laser sites are best suited to plinking and informal target use.
Which Hawke scope is for me?
The Hawke range is enormous with products to suit just about every need and budget. While many of the scopes intended for rimfire and centre fire rifles are excellent options for air rifles as well, some are not. Some scopes with fixed parallax will not focus at shorter airgun ranges and are best avoided. As with any scope, you also need to decide whether an illuminated reticle feature – very handy when shooting in low light conditions – is important to you. Also, you need to consider how much magnification you need. Although it is tempting to think more is better, be aware that very high magnification scopes will emphasise every minute movement at typical airgun ranges. Unless you intend taking on competition target shooting, you might be better served by a scope with a lower magnification range. Ultimately, any scope is only as good as the quality of the glass it uses and fortunately all Hawke scopes perform well in this regard.
Hawke scope shims and how to shim your scope
Assuming you are using good quality, airgun compatible mounts, it’s unusual to have to shim a scope. If you find yourself in a situation in which you run out of turret adjustment when zeroing your Hawke scope it may be that you should look to change your mounts first – certainly Hawke has a comprehensive range to choose from. However, if that isn’t possible, shimming can address the problem. Hawke does not market purpose made shims, however you can easily improvise by using paper, pieces cut from fizzy drink cans or anything else thin and easily shaped. If you need to move your point of impact down then place your shim between the scope and bottom of the rear mount. If you need to raise your point of impact, place it in the front mount.
Hawke optics warranty
Hawke offers a comprehensive lifetime warranty on all its telescopic sights, binoculars and spotting scopes.
Best Hawke scope alternatives
Other scopes developed for airgunners include those made by MTC Optics and Nikko Stirling.
Hawke scope FAQs
Are Hawke scopes any good?
You only need to go to any air rifle club to see how popular Hawke scopes are, and for good reason. They are rightly recognized as one of the best optics available for airgun use.
Are Hawke scopes made in China?
Like many other top brands, Hawke scopes are manufactured in China.
How to adjust a Hawke scope?
Hawke products have turrets in which dials can be adjusted to change the point of impact for elevation and windage (left/right). On some turrets a cap must first be removed, on others, the turrets can be unlocked, moved and then locked down again.
How to mount a Hawke scope?
You’ll need the right mounts for your rifle (dovetail or picatinny/weaver) and scope diameter. Attach the bottom ring to your rifle and place your scope, making sure it is level with correct eye relief, then attach the top ring. Then tighten up, but don’t over tighten.
How to zero a Hawke scope?
Shoot a small group and then use the adjustment turrets to alter elevation and windage (left/right). Shoot another group at the same aim point and if necessary repeat the process.
Can you adjust the parallax on a Hawke scope?
Yes, most Hawke scopes have adjustment either via a collar on the objective lens or on a side wheel. Some scopes however are fixed parallax and may not be suitable for airgun use.
Do Hawke scopes come with lens covers?
Yes. Hawke Scopes are supplied with lens covers.
How to repair a Hawke scope?
Repairs are best left to specialists. Contact Hawke at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.