EMER­ALD CITY

The ed­i­tor looks through a highly spec’d scope from a new brand

Air Gunner - - Contents -

Phill Price in­tro­duces the brand-new, long-range scope from Aztec Op­tics - the Emer­ald - a scope with a dif­fer­ence

The scope mar­ket is a very con­gested place to be, so you’d be pretty brave to launch a new brand against the in­dus­try gi­ants that have the lion’s share of the mar­ket, in my opin­ion. You’d be even braver to make your first model a very spe­cialised long-range job. With that in mind, say hello to Aztec Op­tics and their Emer­ald 5.5-25 x 50 opener. It ticks all the boxes for the mod­ern air­gun­ner: 30mm body tube, check: 50mm ob­jec­tive, check: ex­posed over­sized ad­juster drums, check: fancy ret­i­cle? Dou­ble check! Box full of ac­ces­sories: check. Most im­por­tantly for a scope that claims to be airgun com­pat­i­ble, par­al­lax ad­just­ment that di­als down to 10 yards for close-range rat­ting and the like.

FIT AND FIN­ISH

The fit and fin­ish looks good, and al­though the power ad­juster was very tight from the box, it soon loos­ened up. An over­sized side wheel is in­cluded that made par­al­lax ad­just­ments easy, light work and the windage and el­e­va­tion drums turned with a pleas­ant re­sis­tance. I’ll say now that I dis­like ex­posed ad­juster tur­rets that do not lock, and the sim­ple ‘pull-up to re­lease and push-down to lock’ sys­tem on the Aztec work well, so I’d have no con­cerns in tak­ing it into the field.

The ques­tion for me is, who is this scope for? In the world of full-bore, high-power ri­fles, 25x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion, 30moa of ver­ti­cal ret­i­cle mark­ings and ul­tra-com­pli­cated ret­i­cle dots to al­low windage and el­e­va­tion cor­rec­tions, it makes sense, but for the av­er­age air­gun­ner, what does it bring? The best an­swer I heard to that ques­tion was from an older man who had found im­mense plea­sure from plink­ing tar­gets at longer and longer ranges.

TRA­JEC­TORY MAP­PING

He’d got into tra­jec­tory map­ping soft­ware and had ap­plied that to his own scope and had used a laser rangefinder to mea­sure the dis­tance to the tar­get With that data, he used scope’s tech­nol­ogy to give him very spe­cific aim points on the ret­i­cle or a num­ber of clicks on the el­e­va­tion ad­juster. With prac­tice, he was able to hit 40mm knock- down tar­gets out to 65 yards con­sis­tently, as long as the wind didn’t blow. On breezy days, he tried to spot the pel­let strikes on the tar­get’s face and then ‘walk’ his pel­lets in. Sure, it might take four or five shots to get the feel for that mo­ment’s wind, but as a re­tired man he had all the time he needed to en­joy his new game. This is a lot of scope for the money and if long-range games are your bag, then it’s well worth a look. To buy one, call the num­ber be­low and have a chat to the nice peo­ple there. The scope is usu­ally £ 390, but they’re hav­ing an in­tro­duc­tory of­fer where you can save £ 15.

I liked the low pro­file ex­posed tur­rets be­cause they lock your zero se­curely

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