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Introduction to the MTC Mamba Pro
The Mamba Pro series sit alongside the Mamba Lite and Mamba Ultralite ranges. There are three second focal plane Mamba Pro scopes that vary in terms of magnification range. They share the same specification as MTC’s Viper Pro range except that they feature low profile turrets instead of the Viper Pro’s 3:1 micro gearbox.
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 Pro range review and guide
Based on 30mm tube, all three scopes in the range have a 50mm objective lens and feature magnification ranges of 2-12x, 3-18x and 5-30x. They also use MTC’s SCB2 reticle, the illuminated function for which has a separate on/off button so you can set your desired brightness level and go straight to it. The low profile turrets are covered with screw caps and are finger adjustable in ¼ MOA clicks. The sidewheel parallax adjustment brings targets as close as 10 metres into focus and is smooth to operate. With an eye relief of 86mm, Mamba Pro scopes offer good field of view: 2-12x is 19.3 – 3.1m @ 100m; 3-18x is 12.8 – 2.3m @ 100m; and 5-30x is 7.7 – 1.4m @100m. All three scopes measure 380mm and weigh 725g, making them relatively light given their performance and features. A set of magnetic, rotating flip up covers completes the package. The ocular lens cap also features a magnifying window to make reading parallax and dial markings easier.
Who is it suited to?
Mamba Pro scopes are suitable for use on air rifles as well as recoiling rifles in a range of disciplines from hunting to informal target and range shooting, as well as Hunter Field and Field Target competitions.
Pros and Cons
- Plenty of magnification options across the range
- Smooth side parallax down to just 10m
- Separate on/off function for illuminated dial
- Screw cap turret caps hinder quick adjustment in the field
Comparison with the MTC scope range
The Mamba Pro range sits alongside MTC’s other main second focal plane scopes, the Viper Pro range, and is similar in many regards other than the adjustment turret set up. The King Cobra and Cobra products are first focal plane products.
Other scope brands to consider
Consider scopes from Elements Optics, Konus and Hawke.
MTC Mamba Pro specifications
|Field of view @100m||19.3 – 3.1||12.8 – 2.3||7.7 – 1.4|
|Parallax setting||10m to infinity||10m to infinity||10m to infinity|
|Adjustment per click||1/4 MOA||1/4 MOA||1/4 MOA|
|Clicks per turret revolution||44||56||40|
|Illuminated reticle||Yes with separate on/off||Yes with separate on/off||Yes with separate on/off|
MTC Mamba Pro FAQs
How to zero a Mamba Pro 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 Pro 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.