Skip to main content Skip to main content

Gradient Lens Hawkeye Borescope

Gradient Lens Hawkeye Borescope
If you are a serious shooter, handloader, or gunsmith and you haven’t considered using a borescope yet, then you really should. Sure, borescopes can be expensive, but you can do a lot with one, and once you have used one, I bet you’ll be hooked.

I’m currently using the Shooting Edition Hawkeye Borescope from Gradient Lens, and it helps me monitor how the barrels of my firearms are wearing. It’s also useful when I’m checking out used guns to see what they look like on the inside.

My borescope has come in handy to look at the inner surfaces of my reloading dies and to inspect the consistency of flash holes in the cartridge cases I use for handloading. I’ve used it to identify irregularities and erosion in the forcing cones of my revolvers and to examine the locking lug recesses inside my auto pistols’ slides.

I have the 17-inch tube for my Hawkeye Borescope (item number HS17-SHOT-AFB), and it’s been great for inspecting a lot of bore sizes. When a gun’s barrel is longer than that, I view it from each end. Gradient Lens offers a 22-inch tube as well as a 7-inch tube, but I prefer the 17-incher. The standard tube easily fits in .20-caliber bores and larger, but for .17-caliber fans, Gradient Lens offers a Pro SuperSlim tube that has a mirror tube outside diameter of 0.15 inch.

The AFB (Adjustable Focus Box) version of the Shooting Edition Hawkeye contains an adjustable-focus Hawkeye Borescope with enhanced optics; a mirror tube for inspecting chambers, lands and grooves, gas ports, and crowns; a cleaning kit; and a light source. All that comes in a laminated box with die-cut foam. You can also get the Hawkeye Borescope in a lockable metal carrying case, but the price goes up $150 for that. I have the laminated box, and it has proven to be all that I need.
MSRP: $745 (17 in.)
gradientlens.com

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

Shooting 600 Yards with .300 Blackout

Shooting 600 Yards with .300 Blackout

The .300 Blackout cartridge was developed to provide greater effectiveness than a 9mm at short and medium ranges when fired from a short-barreled suppressed firearm. Just because the cartridge wasn't designed to go long doesn't mean Rifles & Optics Editor Tom Beckstrand won't take it there, using a large-format pistol, no less. Armed with SIG Sauer's 9-inch-barreled MCX Virtus Pistol loaded with Black Hills' 125-grain TMK ammunition, Beckstrand attempts to ring steel at 600 yards with help from Hornady's 4DOF ballistic calculator in this segment of “Long Range Tech.”

Skills Drills: Trigger Control

Skills Drills: Trigger Control

Dave Spaulding gives advice on the importance of developing good trigger control.

Trijicon RMRcc Reflex Sight – Perfect for Optics-Ready Concealed-Carry Pistols

Trijicon RMRcc Reflex Sight – Perfect for Optics-Ready Concealed-Carry Pistols

The people asked and Trijicon answered. Introducing the RMRcc miniature red-dot sight for compact, concealed-carry pistols. Trijicon's new RMRcc features the durability and reliable controls that have made the RMR so successful, but its reduced dimensions make the “Concealed Carry” model better suited for the popular small-frame pistols designed for discreet carry and personal defense.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Shooting Times App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Shooting Times stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Shooting Times subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now