The Complete Package

Air Gunner|June 2020

The Complete Package
Mark Camoccio reveals the joys of using the Hawke Airmax 30 SF Compact 3-12x40 IR
Mark Camoccio

Manufacturers in any market, need to be seen to be delivering what the customer wants, and leading the field if they can. Trends, perpetuated and driven these days by social media, keep manufacturers on their toes, and one of the recent buzz words in the scope world, in case it’s slipped your notice, is ‘compact’. A steady trickle of models that satisfy the criteria, are now challenging the status quo, and on show here is one of the very latest from Hawke – the Airmax 30 SF Compact 3-12x40 IR. Two other models are in this range; the Airmax 30 SF Compact 4-16x44 IR, and Airmax 30 SF Compact 6-24x50 IR, so fans of larger magnification are well catered for.

With my obsesssion for hunter field target, being able to set a magnification of between 8x and 10x is the name of the game, so the 3-12x40 is in effect, an ideal spec’.


The British Shooting Show, always an early highlight of the year, had Hawke showing off these models in pre-production last time round, and the level of interest generated on their stand was testament to the popularity of something which won’t easily unbalance a rifle combination. It is neat and compact, yet can demonstrate that performance is in no way compromised.

So, that’s how we arrived here. Time to familiarise with the detail; ‘30’ in the model name denotes a 30mm larger body tube, and ‘IR’ stands for an illuminated reticle. The body is just 10.9 inches in length, making this particular model the most compact of the three in the range. Yet, take this scope out of the smart packaging, and it instantly impresses, with a nice matte finish, and a robust feel. Admittedly, I’m no fan of the chunky, tactical-style turrets on offer, purely on grounds of unnecessary bulk, but there’s no doubting they look the part.


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June 2020