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Introduction to the MTC Mamba Lite
As the name suggests, Mamba Lite scopes are lightweight but full length second focal plane scopes. There are two models in the range offering 3-12x and 4-16x magnification. Both are based on a 25mm tube and have a 42mm 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 Mamba Lite 3-12×42 and 4-16×42 review and guide
At just 571 and 580g, the two Mamba Lite scopes are significantly lighter than most other comparable scopes and measure 310 and 334mm respectively for the 3-12x and 4-16x versions. Both make use of a 25mm chassis and a 42mm objective lens. This results in a field of view at 100m of 11.4 to 2.8m for the 3-12x scope and 8.2 to 2.3m for the 4-16x. In most other regards, Mamba Lite scopes are similar to the Mamba Pro range in that they have screw cap turrets with finger adjustable dials, side parallax from 10m to infinity and an illuminated SCB2 reticle that has a separate on/off button, allowing you to choose the brightness level you want and go straight to it. A set of magnetic flip up lense covers, which incorporate a 2x magnification pane on the rear cover to make it easier to see parallax and dial markings, complete the set up.
Who is it suited to?
Mamba Lite scopes are suitable for air rifles and recoiling rifles and are best suited to hunting, informal range/target shooting and Hunter Field Target disciplines.
Pros and Cons
- Light weight so less likely to impact the balance of a rifle
- Low parallax with smooth operation
- Illuminated reticle
- Comes with magnetic, rotating lens covers
- Screw cap turrets less accessible for in-field adjustment
Comparison with the MTC scope range
The Mamba Lite range sits alongside the Mamba Pro and Mamba Ultralite ranges, as well as the Viper Pro range as MTC’s range of second focal plane scopes. The King Cobra and Cobra products are first focal plane.
Other scope brands to consider
Consider other scopes from MTC’s Mamba Pro and Viper Pro ranges for different magnification, tube size and adjustment turrets options. Other manufacturers to consider include Element Optics, Konus and Hawke.
MTC Mamba Lite specifications
|Filed of view @ 100m||11.4 – 2.8m||8.2 – 2.3m|
|Parallax setting||10m to infinity||10m to infinity|
|Adjustments per click||1/4 MOA||1/4 MOA|
|Max windage adjustment||60 MOA||60 MOA|
|Max elevation adjustment||60 MOA||60 MOA|
|Reticle||SCB2 with separate illumination on/off||SCB2 with separate illumination on/off|
MTC Mamba Lite FAQs
How to zero a Mamba Lite 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 a MTC Mamba Lite 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.