Supplied by: Sure Shot Airguns
Model: Discovery HI 4-16×44 SF
Diameter of objective lens: 44mm
Diameter of scope body: 30mm
Minimum parallax distance: 10 yards (9.1 metres)
Click values: 1/8 MOA
Elevation/windage adjustment range: 60 MOA
Lens coating: Fully laminated
Recoil rating: Shock-resistant for all types of air rifles
Discovery may not be among the best-known brands in Europe, but this Chinese company has quite an extensive range of rifle scopes and could turn out to be quite an important player. While most of the scopes in the Discovery range are pretty conventional, offering side parallax, first or second focal plane, and tubes in either 30mm or 1 inch, the HI 4-16×44 SF is out to break some rules.
While almost all modern telescopic sights feature a black finish throughout, the aesthetics of this particular scope make it stand out. The caps on the flip-up lens covers are in the company’s signature blue, while the controls feature a star-shaped moulding.
The side parallax, windage and elevation turrets even feature a red accent. You’ll either love the look or hate it, but either way, this £170 scope is undeniably a very capable optic. And if you want to stay conservative, just take a look at some of the more conventional Discovery scopes on offer.
This scope will parallax down to 10 yards and is rated for all airguns. In fact, the HI is rated up to .388 Lapua Magnum, a cartridge developed for long-range military sniping, so it should be more than capable of handling any air rifle you throw its way.
The reticle is a half mil-dot style, and the image is commendably clear. The scope offers illumination in red and green, and windage and elevation adjustments are 1/8 minute of angle, which offers additional precision when setting zero.
The turrets are a semi-target type and are finger-friendly, being pulled up to adjust, then pushed down again to lock back in place once zero’s been set. You could easily dial in with this scope if you wanted, rather than using the more traditional holdover or holdunder.
The 4-16 model seen here comes with a 3in sunshade as standard, but we couldn’t resist fitting the optional honeycomb shade. This serves two functions: cutting down excess glare while taking up less weight and space than a conventional sunshade. It also stops light reflecting off the objective lens, possibly spooking quarry.
Let’s take a closer look…
This article originally appeared in the issue 101 of Airgun Shooter magazine. For more great content like this, subscribe today at our secure online store www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk