Hawke LRF 400
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- Last updated: 19/12/2016
A compact fixed magnification laser rangefinder is useful for many hunting situations, not only for its primary purpose of assessing range but also to use as a monocular for scanning any area up ahead of your position.
The Hawke LRF 400 Professional is one of a series of three rangefinders the company offer, the other models being the LRF 600 and 900. The numerical denotations relate to the distance these 6X fixed magnification ‘rangers’ are capable of giving readings over - these measurements being accurate to +/- 1-metre.
Measuring 99mm x 68mm x 40mm and weighing only 180g, the ergonomically designed rubber armoured ABS body casing fits very comfortably in the hand and gives easy access to both the ON/OFF and mode control buttons positioned on top of the unit. Power is supplied courtesy of a single CR2 3V battery (supplied) which neatly stores inside the right hand side of the body casing at the rear. Once in situ, it’s held in place by a screw fit battery housing cap – thoughtfully, Hawke supply a key to open this compartment and cleverly integrate it into the hand lanyard that also comes with the unit. In fact, the complete package also includes a stylish yet very practical Neoprene carry case with belt loop, and as expected of any optical product, the company supply is protected by the Hawke Worldwide warranty.
Its range finding capabilities include: distance (BEELINE), height, height difference and angle. Like its stablemates, the LRF 400 Pro is very easy to use, the two operational controls being of the rubberised pressure switch type and function as follows. To switch the unit on, the button furthest from the eyepiece is depressed once. To take a reading, a second press on the button sends out the laser transmitter, which is then reflected back off the target to instantly be shown in the in-view LCD display. The reticle isn’t in the least cluttered and gives all information clearly (including battery status indicator, plus laser emitter strength) and appears well defined as long as you adjust the fast focus ocular at the base of the very useful and well protected ‘twist-up’ eye cup, to bring the range reticle into pin sharp focus. All range finding modes can be accessed quickly and simply by scrolling through the menu using the mode button positioned behind the previously detailed ON/OFF and ‘laser send’ button. Also, to conserve your battery reserves, the unit will automatically switch itself off after 15-seconds of prolonged inactivity. As with all other LRF Pro rangefinders, it has a 25mm objective lens, gives distance readings in metric or imperial, is water resistant and has a FOV of 122-metres @1000-metres.
During testing, the Hawke LRF 400 Professional Laser Rangefinder proved to be a highly accurate unit and amongst one of the most comfortable to hold and operate one-handed. The in-view LCD screen is well laid out to show all the information required and the 25mm objective lens gave a very clear and bright sight image.
PRICE: SRP £149.99
Deben Group Industries Ltd