Weaver T36 Scope
- By James Osborne
- 2 Comments
- Last updated: 16/12/2016
It seems the current crop of telescopic sights available to us all have a similar feature set. They tend to be weighty, chunky pieces of equipment with large turrets, side focus mechanisms, fast focus eyepieces and highly complex multipoint reticules. The Weaver T36 is none of these things.
With its fixed 36x magnification this scope is most suited to disciplines such as Benchrest shooting, which seems to be growing in popularity, and other longer range shooting activities. The relatively close focus capabilities also make this scope useful on airguns too where a high magnification may be desirable.
The scope itself feels quite light (487g) and slender, this impression is reinforced by the scopes overall length of 15 inches, being based around 1 inch tube and having a 40mm objective. Despite this it doesn’t feel particularly delicate when being handled. The satin finish - available in either black or silver - not only looks good but durable too.
The adjustable objective focuses from just short of 20 yards to infinity and is marked up with different distances for quick reference. Nice and wide with well executed raised and serrated portions to grip, the objective adjustment is easy to use for parallax free shooting. It has a nice smooth travel throughout the adjustment range which is also weighted nicely. Should you wish a locking ring can be used to lock off the adjustment at any particular range although I can’t see this being moved accidentally and I have found the locking ring sometimes locks up when you rather it didn’t. It may be worth noting here that a four inch sunshade is supplied with the scope, something I like to see.
Underneath screw on covers, point of impact adjustment is taken care of by a pair of target turrets and if the fitted straight sided versions aren’t to your taste the scope is supplied with an optional pair of turrets that have a conical design (although if used the covers become redundant). While certainly not to be described as ‘chunky’ the turrets are clearly enough marked and like the objective easy to operate. The click value is 1/8 inch at 100 yards and the adjustment range is 41 inches again at 100 yards. The clicks are very positive and a pleasure to use, zero can be reset easily with the help of a coin or similar.
Obviously no magnification ring is present as this is a fixed power scope but where you would normally expect it to be a small locking ring holds the eyepiece in position once set up to your personal preference.
Two reticule options are offered, the first is just a very fine plain crosshair and the second is the same but has a central dot. While this won’t be to the taste of everyone the reticule is perfectly suited to target disciplines. The image through the scope is crisp and clear proving that large objective lenses and 30mm body tubes aren’t always necessary.
Despite the fact that this scope has been available for some years now it doesn’t show its age, in fact it is quite refreshing to use something different to the moment’s popular chunky aesthetics.
The Weaver T36 has a recommended retail price of £720, which may sound a lot, but I feel this offers reasonable value for money and the package has some nice touches, such as screw in metal lens covers and those spare turrets.
For further information and stockists, contact Edgar Brothers on 01625 613177 or visit www.shootingsports.edgarbrothers.com GM