UTG four-16X44 OP3 Compact scope : Element 1 | Air gun weblog


by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

UTG 4-16 OP3 Compact
UTG four-16X44 OP3 Compact scope.

Element 1
Element two
Element three
Element four

This report covers:

  • Huh?
  • Pyramyd Air Cup
  • What tends to make this scope unique?
  • The reticle
  • Reticle adjustments
  • Correct Strength scope tube
  • Sidewheel parallax adjustment
  • Vibrant optics
  • Compact
  • Rings integrated
  • The program
  • Summary


Okay, Lucy (from the Television series “I Really like Lucy”) got some ‘splainin’ to do. Why is nowadays Element One particular of a report on the UTG four-16 AO Compact scope and however there are hyperlinks to Components 1, two, three and four? Effectively, these hyperlinks all go to the FX-Dreamlite that I final tested in July. At the finish of Element four I mentioned I had a lot more to test, and this is the start off of it.

As you know, the Dreamlight that I tested had issues delivering the accuracy we count on from an FX. It has the Smooth Twist II barrel, which we found is really pellet-certain, but I nevertheless have not tested it with a very good variety of pellets it likes — specifically the heavier ones. I told you way back in July that there was a lot more to test and nowadays is the start off of it.

I Element three I had mounted a UTG eight-32X56 SWAT scope on the rifle and went via the horrendous difficulty of sighting it in. Mainly because the Dreamlite that I am testing is a super drooper I had a really hard time having it to zero. But I did zero the rifle and also shot some groups. Now I want to continue testing this rifle with today’s new UTG scope.

Pyramyd Air Cup

Even though I was at the 2019 Pyramyd Air Cup this year, the guys from Leapers showed me a brand-new second focal plane UTG scope — the one particular I am reporting on nowadays. I was stunned by its clarity. That remark deserves some explanation, since it is the similar point I mentioned about the new Meopta Optika6 scope I just completed testing on the S510. Even though I do not examine merchandise, one particular to a further, I will inform you that the Optika6 is a clear winner for clarity. But, by how substantially? And, are you prepared to spend $650 for that edge, when this attractive new scope charges $230? I purchased the Meopta to have at least one particular scope that compared to a $three,000+ scope. But this UTG is hands-down the clearest scope you will see at this cost or even probably a hundred dollars a lot more.

What tends to make this scope unique?

This is not the very first four-16 energy scope you have noticed. That variety of powers is a excellent blend for a lot of unique shooting like plinking, hunting and some target shooting. There are several other scopes with a comparable energy variety on the marketplace, so what tends to make this one particular stand out? Right here we go.

Etched reticle
MOA reticle
Illuminated reticle
Correct Strength scope tube
30mm scope tube with 44mm objective lens
Sidewheel parallax adjustment from 10 yards to infinity
Zero-lockable turret knobs
Low target turrets that adjust in MOA
Compact scope physique

The reticle

Like I mentioned, this reticle is etched on glass, so it stays clear and sharp. The illumination only lights up the central cross, which is best for hunting in low light since there is no flareup reflection on the inside walls of the scope tube. Plus, the EZ-Tap reticle has 36 prospective colors and brilliances, so there will normally be a colour and intensity to suit the predicament. And the illumination stays on till you turn it off so you are not fiddling with it all the time. Press either button for two seconds to turn it off.

The reticle is a sort of duplex with a marked MOA cross in the center to assist with rangefinding and shot adjustment. The reticle has hash marks that are two MOA apart on each lines. These assist a shooter get on target devoid of adjusting the scope. You just move the hash mark exactly where the pellet is striking more than to your target. Field target shooters do it all the time on windy days.

This is the OP3 reticle. Each the elevation and windage are marked in MOA. Only the modest cross in the center is illuminated. This image courtesy of Leapers.

Reticle adjustments

The reticle adjusts by means of reduce knobs that are also marked in MOA. The clicks are really muted. I can not hear them but I can just really feel them. Luckily for me they correspond to the markings on the scale, so a visual inspection of that scale is the most precise way to hold track for me. The locking rings are smooth and optimistic. And you can loosen the adjustment knobs and turn them to zero on every single scale following the scope is sighted-in. An Allen screw on the edge of every single knob is loosened for this.

UTG OP3 reticle adjustment
Right here you see how the reticle adjustment knobs are marked. You can also see the screws that are loosened to slip the adjustment knobs to zero.

Correct Strength scope tube

UTG’s Correct Strength scope tube is machined from a strong aluminum bullet. In contrast to some scopes with tubes created from components that are pressed with each other, Correct Strength tubes are strong. That implies the scope is added rugged, and Leapers tests for this with Mil Spec shock tests.

Sidewheel parallax adjustment

Of course this scope has the parallax adjustment on the side. UTG has been an market leader in placing it there. Probably you do not fully grasp why it is in that place. You only have to hold a heavy rifle with one particular hand one particular time although attempting to attain out to the objective bell to adjust to appreciate why it is there This is one thing airgunners did very first and greatest. Just five years ago the firearm market was undertaking backflips more than this “new” innovation that we have enjoyed for a lot more than two decades.

Leapers also sent along an 80mm adjustment wheel that I will attach, when the scope is mounted and zeroed. That is the way you want it, since not only does the bigger wheel give you a lot more buy for adjusting if you re-calibrate your individual scope, a bigger wheel offers a lot more space for precise yard markers. Not that a four-16 scope is employed for rangefinding really substantially, but hunters need to appreciate it.

Vibrant optics

UTG scopes have normally been vibrant and this one particular is no exception. The 30mm scope tube implies the lenses inside the scope can be bigger and the 44mm objective lens permits a lot of light to pass via. Of course when the light gets genuine low you can normally do much better when a reduce magnification is chosen.


This is one particular of the most desirable options. All this efficiency comes to you in a compact package. I have four-16 scopes that weigh a pound a lot more and are a very good four-inches longer. This scope is not really in the Bug Buster class, but it is not a lot bigger. It weighs 21.five ounces and is only 11-1/eight-inch extended. It is the size of a four-energy scope from 20 years ago. Now, that can be a very good point but also bring about some concern. The length of the scope tube exactly where the rings attach has to be shorter to hold the general length down. That can make mounting on some airguns a tiny difficult. Tomorrow I will show you how I mounted it on the FX Dreamlite which is one particular of the most difficult PCPs to scope since of the tall 21-shot magazine that sticks out higher above the leading of the receiver.

Rings integrated

The scope comes with two Max Strength Picatinny/Weaver rings. If you want to mount it to an 11mm dovetail be certain to choose up a set of UTG 11mm (three/8″) Dovetail to Weaver Adapters.

The program

The way I program to test this new scope is to shoot the Dreamlite at 25 yards with pellets we have currently noticed tested. The very first scope was a 32 energy, so this 16-energy will be challenged. But I did it with the three-16 Meopota scope and I think this one particular can do it as nicely. That will also give me a very good notion of how sharp the image genuinely is.

Following we see that I program to test the Dreamlite with other premium pellets to see if I can discover a second one particular that is very good in this barrel. This UTG scope will keep mounted for that test, as well.


It appears like UTG has brought out a further excellent scope that we need to have to be conscious of. The size is easy, the options are impressive and if the efficiency bears out, we will have a further superb scope to take into account.


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