Introduction to the MTC King Cobra 4-16x50 F2
The second focal plane King Cobra 4-16x50 F2 is part of a sub-range that comprises two first focal plane scopes – the King Cobra 6-24x50 F1 and Cobra 4-16x50 F1. It is the first in a new series of MTC Optics scopes launched in mid-2021 that will feature bronze styling features, most notably a logo emblem on the eye bell and a ring on the objective lens.
About MTC Optics
Formed in 2005, MTC Optics was acquired by the Diana Group in 2014 where it operates alongside air rifle sister companies Daystate and Brocock. Today its products cover a broad range of scopes designed for the air rifle market as well as rimfire and centrefire sectors, addressing the needs of hunters and competition shooters alike.
MTC King Cobra 6-24 x 50 review
Unlike other scopes in the King Cobra/Cobra range, the King Cobra 4-16x50 F2 is a second focal plane scope. Located in front of the magnification range, the reticle stays the same size regardless of the magnification setting. At 360mm long and 750g, it is relatively light and compact and well suited to sporter stock type rifles, although it will also work fine on bullpups, semi-bullpups and tactical rifles for hunting, Hunter Field Target, bench rest and plinking applications. Eye relief is 105mm with a dioptre adjustment of +2/-2 and the field of view (FOV) is 2.05m-8.22m @ 100m.
The 30mm tube combines with a large, 50mm objective lens to enable good low light performance, which is further enhanced by the use of lens coatings designed to maximise light transfer to the eye. The SCB2 reticle has plenty of ½ mil aimpoint markings and a central, floating cross that can be illuminated in six different levels of brightness in red via a dial on the outside of the left turret.
Off positions in between each brightness setting means you don’t have to cycle through the different levels each time. The elevation and windage adjustment turrets are of the lift to adjust, push down to lock style and can be operated by hand without tools. One click equates to a one centimetre point of impact (POI) adjustment at 100 metres. One complete revolution of the turret equates to 60 clicks or six MIL and the overall adjustment range is 140cm at 100m for both elevation and windage. The inner part of the left hand turret controls parallax adjustment, enabling focus on targets as close as 15m away.
The King Cobra 4-16x50 F2 comes with a lens cloth and a set of good quality screw on magnetic lens caps, the rear of which has a 2x viewing pane to make seeing the settings on the turrets easier. Optional accessories include a sunshade and an oversize parallax wheel.
|Field of view @100m||2.05 – 8.22m|
|Parallax range||15m – infinity|
|POI adjustment/click||1cm @ 100m|
|Max turret adjustment||140cm @ 100m|
Who is it suited to?
The King Cobra 4-16 F2 is ideally suited to hunting, Hunter Field Target, benchrest/range and plinking and will attach to any rifle with a suitable scope rail. The 4-16x magnification range is perfect for shooting at normal airgun ranges, although those who shoot targets at extreme ranges of 50 metres plus will probably need higher magnification to see where their shots land.
Pros and Cons
- Light and compact
- Illuminated reticle with separate on/off button
- Good low light performance
- Easily adjustable, lockable turrets
- None of any significance
Comparison with the MTC Optics range
MTC Optics has an extensive line up of scopes covering a broad range of different specifications, including first and second focal plane. In addition to other scopes in the King Cobra and Cobra sub-range, scopes with traditional eye relief comprise: Viper Pro, Mamba Pro, Mamba Lite, Mamba UltraLite and Genesis. Zero eye relief scopes are: SWAT Prismatic and Viper Connect.
Other scope brands to consider
Other large magnification first focal plane scopes to consider include products from Hawke Optics’ Frontier, Sidewinder, Vantage and Airmax ranges. In addition, the Element Optics Nexus, Helix and Titan products are also worth considering.
MTC King Cobra FAQs
How to zero the MTC King Cobra scope?For airguns, take a large piece of card and mark an aim point. Set the card up 15 metres away with a safe backstop. From a stable platform, fire a group of 5 pellets aiming at the aimpoint. Use the windage and elevation turrets to adjust the impact point. If your pellets are hitting left, adjust the windage column in the ‘right’ direction. Similarly, if the pellets hit high then use the elevation turret and adjust ‘down’. Once the pellets impact on your point of aim, move the target out to your desired zero distance and repeat the process.How to focus the MTC King Cobra scope?Use the dioptre focus on the rear of the scope (the ocular lens) to ensure the reticle is focused. To bring your target into focus use the parallax adjustment side wheel.Is the MTC King Cobra waterproof?Yes, the King Cobra 4-16x50 F2 is fully water, shock and fog proof. It has also been nitrogen purged.