First Look: Hawke Optics Expands Sidewinder Riflescope Models

posted on December 17, 2020

The new MOA/MOA Sidewinder models from Hawke Optics have a 30 mm main tube that has Hawke’s H5 optics inside. H5 Optics offer a wide 24-degree field of view, and the low-dispersion Crown glass has 18-layer multi-coated optics for optimal light transmission and clarity. Each Sidewinder has 4 inches of eye relief for an easier setup behind your scope.

The Sidewinder FFP MOA models have resettable, precision locking turrets with 1/4 MOA clicks with a Witness Window that provides instant visual confirmation of your turret position. The index-matched, removable side wheel focus adjustment allows you to keep your eye on the target while using the removable, magnification throw lever. The reticle is illuminated with high-intensity, adjustable multi-LED lighting for clarity in a variety of lighting conditions.

Now Hawke is adding two new First Focal Plane (FFP) optics to the Sidewinder line, the 4–16×50 mm SF and the 6–24×56 mm SF. Both of these models use the new FFP MOA reticle. The reticle is designed to give closer aiming points than the FFP Half Mil reticle that is already available on existing models. The MOA reticle has crosses etched on the lower half that work as windage aiming points, which can be used for the counting method of zeroing in on target, with each cross positioned 4 MOA apart. On the outside of the reticle, there are  non-illuminated posts with MOA spacing that can be used for extreme holdover and for bracketing for distance calculations.

All of the Sidewinder models are shock-proof, waterproof and dust-proof, and are fully nitrogen purged. Additionally, all Sidewinder models are rated for any caliber, so they can withstand the harsh recoil from your heaviest-hitting guns. The scopes come with a removable side wheel, sunshade, elasticated lens covers, and zoom lever for quick adjustments, along with Hawke’s No-Fault Lifetime Warranty. 

More information on the Hawke Optics Sidewinder with FFP MOA reticle is available at


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