by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
- Back to the Hatsan Gladius
- POI rings
- Ring fit
- Assessment of the POI rings
- My new glasses
- The scope
Back to the Hatsan Gladius
Today I revisit the .177-caliber Hatsan Gladius long that we have looked at 4 times already. I’m going to use this rifle to mount the new UTG G4 8-32X56 scope in those special UTG POI rings. This report will focus more on mounting the new rings and scope and sighting-in at 25 yards. There will be an additional report with this setup on the 50-yard range.
The POI rings I am installing are medium height, which would be a problem because of the large scope objective bell, if not for the riser base in the Galdius. It seems perfect for these rings. I will show you after the scope is installed.
The Hatsan scope base accommodates both Weaver and 11mm dovetail mounts, but there is a problem. The cross slots for the Weaver stop blocks aren’t cut deeply enough in the Hatsan base to allow Weaver mounts to attach — at least not these POI rings. So in the end I had to install the UTG Weaver to 11 mm adaptors to get these rings on the rifle.
The other problem is the Gladius is a bullpup configuration that puts your sighing eye next to the scope. So the rear scope ring has to be positioned far forward for eye relief. Fortunately the Gladius base is long enough to permit that. In fact, the scope has to be positioned WAY forward, with the rear ring in the center of the scope base on the rifle.
The ring jaws are guided by two spring-loaded pins, so the jaw moves in and out, parallel to the ring base. There is no chance for cocking or tilting. And it fastens tight to the base with just a quarter turn of the Torx screw.
And when the scope is laid in the rings before the caps are installed, it just stays put. It is an exact fit. There is no slipping around in any direction.
Even though it is a bullpup style rifle, the Gladius is large. But the new G4 scope is large, as well. This picture shows them together. Notice that the tall Hatsan scope base eliminates the need for high scope rings.
Assessment of the POI rings
I am impressed with the fit of the POI rings. They seem to be everything they promise to be. The fit of everything is precise and tight without binding. I can see the quality we talked about. It’s difficult to rave about scope rings — they are like shoelaces. But everything UTG promises about these rings has come true during the installation.
My new glasses
Now I’ll talk about the scope. But first a word about my new glasses. They do improve my vision, but not to 100 percent. I’m not used to having poor vision in one eye, so I’m still off-balance with these glasses, but they will allow me to shoot again. The reticle appears bent and wavy like it did before, only now the image is much clearer. The bent and wavy lines are due to my retina not being perfectly smooth, and that will be with me for the rest of my life.
Once the scope was mounted I looked through and found the eyepiece needed serious adjustment. The reticle lines in the G4 scope are very fine in the center of your view and coarse around the edges. The coarse lines direct your view toward the fine center lines. When I was able to see the 1/2 mil dot at the center of the reticle, the eyepiece was adjusted. Then I fooled with the illumination. What looks best to me seems to be the brightest green dot. At least I think it’s green. I’m colorblind, so how would I know?
Once the reticle was adjusted so I could see the fine reticle lines and the dot, I sighted the rifle in. The first 2 shots were at 12 feet for the rough adjustment. Then a shot was taken at 10 meters, and finally 2 shots at 25 yards to confirm a 25-yard zero. My plan is to take the rifle/scope/mounts combination to the range tomorrow and shoot more groups at 50 yards.
Back in July when I shot the rifle at 50 yards, I was using a UTG 10X50 Accushot SWAT scope that was quick and easy to mount. I felt it wasn’t giving the best precision, which is why I scheduled another 50-yard accuracy test. The G4 scope and POI rings happened to arrive at the right time for this, and I don’t think anyone can say I’m not giving the Gladius the test it deserves.