Mike Morton looks at the Hawke Airmax 30 Touch 3-12×32 AMX IR – a short scope that offers an even shorter eye relief, but a wide field of view
No doubt about it, there’s a definite trend for smaller, lighter PCPs these days, as witnessed by the multitude of bullpups that are currently on offer – with plenty more still to come. So there’s been a corresponding desire for more minimalistic scopes to match, such as the Airmax 30 Touch.
In this case, minimalistic refers only to the size and weight of this scope, as its features and accessories are anything but. The Touch is referred to as a scope offering zero eye relief.
In fact the distance between your eye and the ocular lens is roughly 3cm when looking through this sight, but the ocular focus ring itself can be placed very close to your face, even touching it if you want, hence the name.
This helps create a scope with a wide field of view – how much of the scene you can see in front of you while looking through the scope – which will increase or decrease with any changes you make to magnification.
Manufacturer: Hawke (www.hawkeoptics.com)
Model: Airmax 30 Touch 3-12×32 AMX IR
Tube diameter: 30mm
Objective lens: 32mm
Reticle: AMX IR
Illumination: Red – six levels with off positions in between
Parallax: Side focus – 9m (10 yards) to infinity
Eye relief: 30mm (1.2”)
Length: 266mm (10.5”)
Weight: 572g (20.2oz)
Features: Waterproof, shockproof, nitrogen-purged
This is an important consideration for the hunter, as seeing more of the world in front of you while looking through the optic on your rifle will allow you to acquire a quarry animal more quickly and track it more easily if it moves.
Hawke has put together quite an impressive package, as the Touch includes target-style turrets that are capped and resettable, plus an illuminated reticle.
Switch it on and it’s lit up in red with six levels of brightness that have an off position between each one, making it easy to select your preferred level of illumination.
The scope is equipped with Hawke’s AMX IR glass-etched reticle, which offers multiple aim points and displays true mildot spacing at 10x magnification.
A soft rubber scope enhancer is included as standard, as is a 3” sidewheel for extra precision when focusing the scope and adjusting parallax down to 10 yards (nine metres), and the scope is protected by a set of bikini-style lens covers.
The tiny Touch is certainly big on features, and we’ll be bringing you a full review very soon.