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Introduction to the MTC Viper Connect
There are two products in the Viper Connect range. Both have a 3-12x magnification range but different size objective lens – 32mm and 24mm. As close to zero eye relief scopes, they are intended for non-recoiling rifles, making them ideal for pre-charged pneumatics, especially bullpups and tactical rifles like the Daystate Delta Wolf and FX’s Impact and Maverick models. As a result, they make excellent scopes for hunting as well as back garden informal target shooting and Hunter Field Target competition use.
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 Viper Connect 3-12x32 and 3-12x24 review and guide
The two models – 3-12x24 and 3-12x32 are identical in all respects other than the size of the objective lens (24 and 32mm). The scopes are based on a 30mm chassis and offer a choice of either MTC’s SCB2 or AMD reticles. At just 600 and 650g and 287mm long, the scopes are relatively light and very compact. These attributes, along with the fact that they require only 30mm of eye relief, make them an ideal choice for bullpup and tactical air rifles, though they are equally usable on traditional rifles too, especially as a rubber eye cup extender is provided. The zero eye relief configuration also ensures a field of view (fov) that is much larger than conventional scopes with longer eye relief. At 100 yards the fov is 60.9 feet on 3x and 17.1 feet at 12x magnification – around double that of conventional scopes at 10x magnification. At first glance, the Viper Connect looks like it has too many turrets. Of the two closest to the shooter’s eye, the top turret sets the level of brightness on the illuminated reticle and the turret to the left switches the illumination feature on and off. This has the benefit of enabling you set the level of brightness you want and immediately activate it without having to scroll through other levels. Of the three turrets further down the scope, there are the usual adjustment for windage and elevation with ¼ inch @ 100 yard per click increments with an adjustment range of 120 MOA. The left side turret is the parallax adjustment dial, enabling you to focus on targets as close as 10 yards away. Viper Connect scopes also have a +/-2 ocular adjustment ring and come with flip up objective lens cover.
Who is it suited to?
Viper Connect scopes are intended for use on non-recoiling rifles like pre-charged pneumatic air rifles and low- recoiling rifles like .22 LR and 17HMR, and not on spring air rifles or recoiling centrefire/rimfire rifles. They are ideally suited for those who want to hunt or shoot Hunter Field Target, as well as those who simply wish to plink in the garden or shoot informally on the range.
Pros and Cons
- Wide field of view
- Suitability to bullpup and tactical rifles
- Low parallax range
- Choice of reticles
- Mounting area limited due to turrets
- Zero eye relief not to everyone’s taste
- Achieving correct mounting for zero eye relief can be issue on some traditional stocked rifles
Comparison with the MTC scope range
MTC’s other zero eye relief scopes are the two SWAT Prismatic products – the 10x30 Atom and 12x50. Other than dimensions and weight, they differ from the Viper Connect scopes in that they are fixed magnification. Other scopes in the MTC Optics line up are traditional eye relief products.
Other scope brands to consider
Other zero eye relief scopes include MTC’s SWAT Prismatic line up – the 10x30 Atom and 12x50. Also consider the Hawke Airmax Touch.
MTC Viper Connect specifications
|Viper Connect 3-12x24||Viper Connect 3-12x32|
|Field of view (ft. @ 100 yards)||60.9 – 17.1||60.9 – 17.1|
|Parallax range||10 yards – infinity||10 yards – infinity|
|Adjustment / click||1/4 : 1||1/4 : 1|
|Max windage adjustment||120 MOA||120 MOA|
|Max elevantion adjustment||120 MOA||120 MOA|
MTC Viper Connect FAQs
How to zero a Viper Connect scope?
The process is the same as with a traditional eye relief 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 Viper Connect 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 Viper Connect waterproof?
Yes, the Cobra F1 is fully water and fog proof.