AGS Cobalt VMX 3 – 9 X 40 scope - Pete Wadeson
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- Last updated: 19/12/2016
Highland Outdoors has recently re-launched their original AGS (AirgunSport) Cobalt range of optics, complete with a slight re-design as well as giving them the company’s VMX (Value Max) denotation. At present there’s seemingly only a 2x20 pistol scope, a 3-9x40 and a higher spec 6x24x50IR, the latter having an illuminated Half-Mil-Dot reticle and a side-parallax adjuster. As I only have a brief description of the specifications of the latter I can only fully detail the scope that came out for test, the 3-9x40.
Measuring 12.5 inches in overall length this particular optic is fitted with a standard Mil-Dot configured reticle set in the 2nd focul plane plus the the scope comes pre-fitted with a pair of single strap 11mm mounts and flip up lens covers.
Built around a one inch black anodised aluminium body tube, the lenses are treated with what the company term ‘AGS Clear Coating’, the ‘bar-assist’ finger adjustable ¼ inch MOA turret adjusters are low in profile and have screw on/off cover caps.
At the eye-bell this general specification optic features the rather old school design adjustable ocular with lock ring – nothing wrong with that as once set to suit your particular eyesight and locked in place it isn’t going to move. The zoom ring has an easy-grip ridged outer, useful in cold weather or if wearing gloves and equally of benefit operates very smoothly.
The cover capped turret adjusters both click around extremely positively to each station and give six full rotations of travel with 60 clicks per turn.
Once I’d set a zero on this pre-parallaxed 35 yard optic it didn’t deviate from the set aim point. The Mil-Dot-style reticle on this (and pistol scope) model is seen as four dots sat astride the central crosshairs. In use they prove quite useful as they’re sensibly spaced for airgun use, both for bracketing a target and as reference points for when you need to allow for holdunder/holdover and/or when aiming off in a breeze. The coating on the optics is seen outwardly as a slight blue tint (hence the Cobalt in the name), which certainly helps reduce glare under front-lit conditions. The lenses also transfer a very clear and bright image to the very edges of the sight picture.
NAME: AGS Cobalt VMX 3-9x40 scope including full lifetime warranty
CONTACT: Highland Outdoors 0845 099 0252 www.highlandoutdoors.co.uk