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