SCOPE FOR MORE

The ed­i­tor re­views just two of the grow­ing range of scopes from En­field, im­ported by Armex

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It seems that our ap­petite for scopes is in­sa­tiable, and Birm­ing­ham-based im­porter, Armex, has added a huge new range to its cat­a­logue. It’s not just the num­ber of new mod­els, but also the va­ri­ety of de­signs that most im­pressed me. There are very con­ven­tional hunt­ing scopes right through to in­no­va­tive, com­bat-style mod­els, all sit­ting along­side sim­ple ba­sic scopes that are ideal for be­gin­ners. Armex claims that there’s some­thing for ev­ery­body, from be­gin­ner to pro­fes­sional.

They sent a se­lec­tion to me to have a look at and, to begin, I wanted to look at some mod­els de­signed for quick-fire, close-range shoot­ing, such as Iron Plate Ac­tion Shoot­ing, or IPAS as we know it. This de­mand­ing sport re­quires you to hit steel plates as fast as you can against the clock, and red- dot sights are king here. A wide field of view and a bright, clear aim­ing point are vi­tal, plus a rugged build to han­dle the in­evitable knocks and bumps that the sport dishes out.

TWO VER­SIONS

Up first is the ENF 1 x 32 which is a bla­tantly mil­i­tary look­ing sight with a very ro­bust build that is felt the mo­ment you lift it from the box. There’s clearly a lot of metal used in the body, plus a great deal more in the Weaver mount. This has large thumb wheels to lock it into place and be­cause you need no tools, swap­ping it for a dif­fer­ent sight on the move would be easy. It’s pow­ered by three, tiny, hear­ing-aid­sized bat­ter­ies hid­den be­low the main body. Zero­ing is done just like you would with a con­ven­tional ri­fle scope, which I pre­fer. Fi­nally, if the sight should fail, there’s a set of chunky open sights on the top so that you can al­ways aim, no mat­ter what.

The sec­ond sight is the ENFL1 x 24 x 32 holosight, which as the name sug­gests, uses a holo­gram of the ret­i­cle pro­jected on to a screen that you look through to­ward the tar­get. I have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence with this type of sight, but this is like none I’ve seen be­fore. It uses a syn­thetic body sur­rounded with a thick metal guard to pro­tect all the del­i­cate parts from dam­age. The ret­i­cle is a cir­cle with a dot at the cen­tre and it can be il­lu­mi­nated red or green to suit your eyes, and the con­di­tions. It also uses a Weaver mount. I think this could be used on pis­tols as well as ri­fles, and even some of the CO2pow­ered ma­chine gun repli­cas we’ve seen re­cently.

These are just two of the al­ready large va­ri­ety of scopes that En­field of­fers, and I’m told that the range will con­tinue to grow. They ap­pear to of­fer good value for money, al­lied to a sub­stan­tial build, with plenty of in­no­va­tive de­sign el­e­ments to keep us en­gaged. It’s well worth a look at the all-new web­site so visit www.armex. co.uk , click on the ‘op­tics’ page and then se­lect ‘ En­field’ where you can see the mod­els avail­able, all of which are in the shops now.

ENF 1x32 red- dot scope TSP £ 44.99 ENF 1x24x32 red- green il­lu­mi­na­tion holosight TSP £ 44.99

www.armex.co.uk

–“These are just two of the al­ready large va­ri­ety of scopes that En­field of­fers, and I’m told that the range will con­tinue to grow”

Whether for pis­tol or ri­fle, En­field has what you want

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