Five of the Best

Phill Price looks through just a few op­tics in the new En­field range

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Phill Price takes a look at five scopes from En­field’s huge range of op­tics.

Birm­ing­ham­based im­porters, Armex, has be­come the proud dis­trib­u­tor of the En­field range of op­tics that in­cludes con­ven­tional scopes, red-dot sights, re­flex sights and laser aim­ing de­vices. The choice is huge, and what you see here is just a small se­lec­tion of mod­els that caught my eye from the con­ven­tional op­tics side.

Let’s start with a neat lit­tle pis­tol scope that of­fers the clas­sic 2 x 20 con­fig­u­ra­tion. It is light and slim, so won’t over­whelm smaller hand guns, and it comes with a set of mounts in­cluded, adding to its ‘value for money’ cre­den­tials. The windage and el­e­va­tion ad­justers can be turned with­out tools and are kept safe un­der screw-on metal dust cov­ers. For me, its best fea­ture was the bright, clear sight pic­ture which is amongst the best I’ve ever seen in this class of scope. You also get a set of flip-up cov­ers to keep the lenses clean and dry. ENF 2 x 20 £33.79

UN­USUAL SPEC’

Next, we come to an un­usual ri­fle scope in that it’s a 1-4 x 24 spec­i­fi­ca­tion, some­thing I’d nor­mally as­so­ci­ate with Euro­pean, driven-boar shoot­ing and other fast-ac­tion, close-range tar­gets. It has the ad­van­tage of be­ing quite light and be­cause it has no ob­jec­tive bell, can be mounted low to the ri­fle’s ac­tion. This im­proves han­dling and cheek con­tact, ideal for fast tar­get ac­qui­si­tion. The ad­juster tur­rets are the tall, ex­posed kind, with lock rings to se­cure your zero. On the left side of the sad­dle is a bat­tery com­part­ment and con­trol for the dual-colour il­lu­mi­nated ret­i­cle. You can se­lect green or red at five lev­els of bright­ness to suit the con­di­tions for the mil-dot ret­i­cle. ENF 1-4 x 24 £79.99

MIL­I­TARY MAT­TERS

For those who ap­pre­ci­ate mil­i­tary-style ri­fles, the 1.5-4 x 30 in its huge, one-piece mount is the one to look out for. This spec­i­fi­ca­tion is of­ten cho­sen for as­sault ri­fles, and Armex tells me that this one is be­ing snapped up by air­soft com­peti­tors for its looks as well as per­for­mance. This, like the pre­vi­ous model, has an il­lu­mi­nated mil-dot ret­i­cle ex­cept this one can be il­lu­mi­nated red, green or blue, to three lev­els of bright­ness. The mount has a Weaver stan­dard base, as you’d ex­pect for a com­bat-style sight, and this has six chunky Weaver ex­ten­sions around the scope’s body so that you can add any amount of ac­ces­sory torches, lasers and any­thing else you please. ENF 1.5-4 x 30 TSP £92.49

CON­VEN­TIONAL

A far more con­ven­tional scope from En­field is the ENF 4-16 x 44 SF – the SF stands for ‘side fo­cus’. The 30mm body tube has a semi­matte fin­ish, with an­gled ma­chin­ing around all

the con­trol con­tact points and ad­juster cov­ers that adds some style and char­ac­ter. It’s a thor­oughly mod­ern-look­ing op­tic that would feel just right on a PCP. The range of mag­ni­fi­ca­tion is im­pres­sive and the im­age stayed bright in good light, right up to 16x. This model also uses a mil-dot style ret­i­cle, but no il­lu­mi­na­tion is of­fered. The stand-out fea­ture is the over­size side wheel used to make par­al­lax ad­just­ment. Its large di­am­e­ter makes turn­ing it easy and quick, even with gloved hands on a freez­ing cold day. It must be noted that the ad­just­ment only goes down to 25 yards, mak­ing this more of a long-range choice.

At the rear, an­other mod­ern fea­ture is the fast-fo­cus ad­juster used to get the ret­i­cle per­fectly sharp for our own eye. At first, I thought this had a lock ring, but it’s ac­tu­ally a dec­o­ra­tive fea­ture. This is a shame be­cause I feel that all fo­cus ad­justers should lock to avoid un­in­tended move­ments. The windage and el­e­va­tion ad­justers fea­ture tall, fin­ger­friendly drums that, again, could be turned with a gloved hand, and are pro­tected with screw-on metal cov­ers, which is just how I like them. The im­age qual­ity was im­pres­sive for a scope in this class which all adds up to a very at­trac­tive over­all pack­age. ENF 4-16 x 44 £105.99

VALUE FOR MONEY

The last and most con­ven­tional model I chose was the 4-16 x 50 AO EG with its ob­jec­tive mounted par­al­lax ad­just­ment col­lar. This is a long scope at 15¾”, and with the par­al­lax col­lar around 50mm, the ob­jec­tive lens will most likely need high mounts on most guns. It ticks all the boxes; tall, lock­able tur­rets; red and green il­lu­mi­na­tion of the mil-dot ret­i­cle, and a fast-fo­cus ad­juster at the rear. It’s re­mark­ably in­ex­pen­sive, which will ap­peal to many, but for just a lit­tle more money you could choose the 4-16 x 44 above which feels a lot more spe­cial to me. ENF 4-16 x 50. TRP £84.99

As you can see, the En­field range has some­thing for almost ev­ery­body and a look at their web­site www.armex.co.uk will show you the rest of their ever-grow­ing range.

ENF 4-16 50 This tra­di­tion­ally styled scope of­fers su­perb value for money and a long list of fea­tures air­gun­ners need. The par­al­lax ad­juster is around the ob­jec­tive bell

ENF 1.5-4 x 30 Those with an in­ter­est in mil­i­tary styled ri­fles should look at this scope. It comes in a chunky Weaver mount that has six ex­tra po­si­tions to ac­cept ac­ces­sories

ENF 2 x 20 pis­tol scope. Of­fer­ing one of the clear­est sight pic­tures in its class, this scope is good choice for any­body look­ing for a good pis­tol op­tic. It’s also good value for money ENF 4-14 x 44 Side wheel par­al­lax ad­just­ment makes this model stand out from the range, as well as its strik­ing mod­ern looks. It also has the per­for­mance to back that up

ENF 1-4 x 24 This com­pact scope looks highly un­usual with it’s straight body and no ob­jec­tive bell. This al­lows it to be mounted very low to the ac­tion for best han­dling

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