Previously, I had the pleasure of touring Hawke’s US operations in Fort Wayne Indiana. The British optics company has been aggressively expanding from its roots with air rifles and crossbows into the firearms market, having various value-priced options. I personally enjoyed a 22 rimfire optic that was ideal for a 16″ barrel with CCI Mini-Mags.
Hawke has been busy stepping up in the market. With plenty of high-magnification optics, they are now focusing on the tactical shooter with their latest offering, the Frontier 30. The 30mm tube (as the name implies) is set up for the near-perfect 1-6x zoom for short and intermediate distances. The front objective is rated at 24mm and eye relief is a generous 4″.
The optic shows its European roots with the full utilization of mils on both the turrets and the reticle. Fortunately, both are set up for speed and precision with a nice tight center dot, near solid central ring, and 1/10 mil adjustment on both windage and elevation knobs. The reticle then is used easily with 1 MRAD marks all the way to 10 MRAD. The reticle is etched into the glass, so no illumination is needed, but has 6 settings for those so inclined.