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Hawke MAP crossbow scope

By  Mirko Valagussi       July 2009


The new HAWKE MAP scope


The MAP scope in action

Focusing ring and rubber eyepiece

The front 32mm element

Turret detail, finger adjustable


The BRC Software in action

Detail of the BRC Software




Hawke Optics recently introduced two optics specifically designed for crossbows: The SR and MAP.

Today we are going to test the MAP


The Hawke MAP scope comes packaged in a blister box that includes: Lens covers, Cleaning cloth and the scope itself. There are no mounting rings in order to let you select whatever mounting hardware you may prefer and to keep the price point attractive.

The scope is available in both non glare lack and in Realtree APG HD® camo, as you can see we chose the camo version.

Some technical data:

The Hawke MAP is compact scope, it measures 8.5 inches for 11oz. weight. The magnification is set at 3x with a front lens measuring 32 millimeters. The resulting exit pupil is an astonishing 10.6. Field of view is 50.2 feet at 100 yards. Eye relief is 4 inches. The lenses are multi coated for optimal light transmission. Reticle is adjustable in both windage and elevation via two turrets that are easily operated with fingers (no tool required). Each click corresponds to ½ MOA.


The scope is very well finished both available colors are applied very well and give a high end feeling. As mentioned no hardware is supplied so you need to buy your rings separately. We fully approve this decision as some bundles you find in the market just give you “el cheapo” rings that look like a bonus but only on paper. Being able to select your own you can chose what fists best your shooting style. Furthermore some crossbows (i.e. Barnett) feature a smaller scope rail size thus requiring appropriate rings. The scope lens impress for clarity and sharpness, the image is clear and sharp from edge to edge and there is no noticeable color shift, something you would expect in much more expensive scopes. The exit pupil is rather large thanks to a relatively small magnification value, a bonus for hunting in low light conditions.

 The Hawke Map scope features a black etched reticle with several horizontal lines and some other markings on the vertical stadia (see picture) . The horizontal lines are for 20,30,40,50 yards plus two markings on the stadia to indicate 10 and 60 yards. At this point you may wonder how this scope may work on your crossbow as the magnification is fixed at 3X and also the reticle is fixed ? Well the answer is that: the best feature of this scope is not in the box… you will need to go onto the Hawke web site (http://www.hawkeoptics.com) and download the Hawke BRC.

What? The Hawke Ballistic Reticle Calculator, that is. This software is amazing: you will need to input the data of your setup (Scope type, arrow speed, scope height, zeroed range and ED Value: either via POI drop or speed at given distance) and the software plots out the arrow trajectory giving and a scope label they you can print out and stick to your scope Flip Up lens covers that will indicate clearly at what distance each marking corresponds (see picture) for the given setup. If you change something in your setup , for example arrow weight, just input the new data into the software and print another label, as simple as that nothing to set or to adjust.

Since the software uses a method that takes into account (actual data) how the arrow decelerates it proved accurate even with non standard setups (short-small vanes, large or extra drag vanes etc)



The Hawke MAP scope is an impressive product: small light and compact is bright and sharp, coupled with a terrific ballistic calculator software is deadly accurate for crossbows of any speed. The Hawke MAP scope can be found online at under $70. Considering the features it could sell for almost double that price, just don’t tell their reps…



Manufacturer data:

Hawke Optics

MAP Crossbow Scope

Magnification 3X

Front lens diameter 32mm

Available in Camo or non glare Black


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