Nikko Stirling Diamond Sportsman 10-50X60 SD
This model has been revised by Nikko Stirling since they won the World Field Target title a few years back, and now sports an additional lens, improved resolution and image clarity. In addition, elevation adjustment has been increased by 25%. Multi-coated Japanese lenses, coupled with the larger, and increasingly popular 30mm body tube, increase light transmission, and a detachable, over-sized wheel for precise parallax correction is also included. Top FT shots, such as Andy Calpin and Kevin Sayers have proven that these Nikkos are well up to the job, and in the right hands, are still capable of sweeping all before them.
Kahles 10-50X56 FT
Top British FT shooter, Matt Hirst, had a hand in the design and development of this dedicated FT scope, and it certainly comes with an interesting specification. Most notable, is that top-mounted 125mm parallax adjustment wheel, and whilst it means it may have to be taken off for storage in a guncase, there's no doubting the slick handling in the heat of battle. Other features include a 30mm body tube, parallax adjustment from 9-yards to 65-yards, and an impressively shallow depth of field. Admittedly not cheap, but you are getting a dedicated FT scope, designed from scratch, with input from experienced shooters at its heart.
Schmidt & Bender 12.5-50x56 FTII
When a big hitter, such as Schmidt and Bender, gets involved in Field Target Shooting, you know that the sport has come of age. This dedicated model comes with a 34mm body and can be ordered in the first or second focal plane. An illuminated Mil Dot reticle (11 brightness levels) is also available, along with a selection of alternative designs; all adding to the service offered at this level. The light grey, hard anodised ‘titanium’ finish is designed to resist heating from sunlight. A 130mm side wheel offers accurate range finding, whilst superb resolution and clarity are everything we have come to expect from this world-renowned company.
Sightron SIII 10-50X60
Sightron are a premium brand that have built up an enviable reputation in outdoor airgun competition in the UK and beyond, and their build quality is impressive. All Sightron SIII series scopes feature what the manufacturer calls ZACT- 7, which is a seven layer multi coating, applied to the precision ground lenses. If a lifetime warranty doesn’t impress, or the usual list of fogproof, shockproof, and waterproof, then how about the fact that last year’s World Field Target Champion, John Costello, used one of these models in Germany, to lift the title? John’s a great shot of course, but as always, the kit has to be up to scratch.
Konus, as a brand, is Italian in origin, and produce a range of products across disciplines. This model is a solid, nononsense offering, specifically aimed at Field Target, and comes with a side focus knob, pre-marked with ranges, from a minimum 10-yards, then 12-, 15-, 20-, 30-, and then 50-yards. No side-wheel is included, but on test, range finding has proved unerringly accurate. Positive lens caps and a 3-inch sunshade are included, along with an excellent reticle, offering multi stadia that can be illuminated blue or red around the central area. In addition, the makers build in a small spirit level that shows inside the bottom of the image whilst aiming, which is a neat feature.