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Hawke Optics Varmint Scope Review

A good scope can make all the difference to an air gunner & Hawke Optics scopes have been getting very good reviews from our community reviewers. While Hawke offers a wide range of scopes for gunners, Tyler took a closer look and reviewed the Hawke Optices Varmint. This scope features a side focus wheel and a 1/2 Mil Dot recticle, all highlighted in the video review. Check it out now!

This is a Community Review of the Hawke Optics Varmint Scope by Tyler Patner. The author of the following review are in no way affiliated with Airgun Depot. The views expressed below are personal opinion only.
Overall Reviewer Rating
  • Optics Clarity
  • Ergonomics
  • Accuracy
  • Build Quality


Video Transcript



Welcome to Airgun Depot's product spotlight, I'm Tyler Patner and today we will be looking at the Hawke Varmint 3-12x44 scope. This is a fine offering from Hawke Sport Optics and has all of the features an airgunner could want in a scope. So let's get right to it and see what this scope is all about!

Now, one of the first things you will notice about the Hawke Varmint scope is the side focus. This makes adjusting your focus quick and easy, whether you are target shooting or hunting. The scope does not come with a larger side wheel and Hawke does not offer one separately. I would like to see Hawke come up with one included or as an optional add on. The lack of the bigger wheel makes range finding harder and less accurate. But at shorter distances where the small wheel still works okay, I found the scope to range find accurately.

The windage and elevation turrets are very easy to adjust and have a fairly audible click to them when turned. They are 1/4 MOA turrets which means they will move the crosshairs 1/4" at 100 yards. That distance will be much smaller at shorter ranges.

This scope is very unique because it is a side focus scope but features a 1" tube. That helps the scope remain lightweight at just over 17 oz. Most side focus scope are 30mm tubes and much heavier. Another plus is, The 44mm objective is not too bulky which makes life easier when choosing mounts. Here you can clearly see the scope has more than enough room to clear the front sight in these high mounts on this Hatsan At44.

I really like the clarity on this scope. The glass does not get murky or dark for me at all. The glass is clear and transmits light very well, which is essential for accurate shooting. Speaking of glass, another unique feature of the Hawke Varmint scope series is that they have Hawke's 10x 1/2 mil dot reticle. As you can see here, the reticle has markings for full mil dots and half dots. This allows you to be as precise as possible when doping for the wind or holding over for those really long shots!

The 3-12 magnification range is very useful for target shooters and hunters alike. It gives you more than enough power for long range shooting but also allows you to dial it back for easier target acquisition while hunting. The Varmint series scopes feature 4 different magnification levels, 2.5-10, 3-12, 4-16, and 6-24. There is one for just about every shooter and every shooting situation.

So while I would have liked to see a big wheel included or at least offered, I think the Varmint has all of the features us airgunners need without the unnecessary frills that only weigh scopes down. For example, the Varmint does not have an illuminated reticle and I love that Hawke did not add it here. Just another feature that is often used as a "selling point" that only adds weight to the scope.

Another thing I really liked was the included flip up scope covers. They are easy to use and are also see thru. I should also mention that the mounts shown are not included with the scope.

For more on the Hawke Varmint series scopes and the full line of Hawke optics, check out www.airgundepot.com. I'm Tyler Patner and this is Airgun Depot's product spotlight, thanks for watching and have a great day!
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