FAQ: What is the Horus Reticle?

The Horus Reticle is a patented grid system, which eliminates the need to adjust elevation and windage knobs once you have zeroed out your scope and gun. 

The Horus reticle also provides the unique capability of 2nd Shot Correction.  It aligns for an immediate corrective shot in the event the first shot misses.

To get a better understanding of how the reticle works, check out our demo here: Horus Reticle Demo

What Reticles are Available?

Horus Vision has a variety of reticles for a variety of purposes.  Some reticles evolve and some are phased out to update and balance our product line.  To see the latest and greatest, periodically consult our website for changes.

Currently, the reticles available are:

  • H425
  • H70
  • H58
  • H50
  • H37
  • H36
  • H32
  • H25 

How Can I Purchase a Reticle?

Each reticle is embedded in a specific scope through Horus Vision, which is manufactured by Japan Optics.  Here is the current name of each scope with corresponding reticle, sold through Horus’ website:

  • Hawk = H425
  • Predator = H70
  • Blackbird = H58
  • Talon = H50
  • Falcon = H37 and H25
  • Spotting Scope = H36 or H32
  • Raptor = H25

For more information on availability, consult the Horus Vision website. 

How Do I Determine Which Scope/Reticle I Should Get?

Each reticle and scope combination has a specific purpose.  Here is a very basic guide on the use of each scope/reticle:

  • Hawk H425 = Sporting, No Parallax, Non-Illuminated
  • Predator H70 = Varmint Hunting, Non-Illuminated
  • Blackbird H58= Rapid Engagement, Illuminated
  • Talon H50 = Rapid Engagement, Illuminated
  • Falcon H37 = Ultra Long-Range Tactical, Illuminated
  • Falcon H25 = Long-Range Tactical, Illuminated
  • Raptor H25 = Long-Range Tactical, Non-Illuminated
  • Spotting Scope H36 = Easy Ranging, 2nd Shot Grid
  • Spotting Scope H32 = Easy Milling, 2nd Shot Grid 

Can I Mix and Match Reticles?

No.  Reticles are embedded in specific scope types (as seen above).  We are unable to take special orders for reticle placement in scopes that differ from the ones they already correspond with.

Why Won’t You Retrofit Reticles in Different Scopes?

Retrofitting reticles is quite a processand is not cost effective for us or the customer.  It’s like replacing the flywheel of a truck engine.  The flywheel isn’t that expensive but the labor involved in taking the engine in and out, replacing, fixing, realigning, etc., etc., well, you get the idea. 

Can I Have the Horus Reticle Embedded in Other Company’s Scopes?

Horus Vision licenses our reticles.  Companies with reticle agreements have the rights to embed Horus reticles into their scopes.  Horus Vision does not play a part in those company’s production decisions or processing, so you will have to contact the specific company for more information. 

Here is a list of companies who currently have reticle agreements with Horus Vision:

  • Bushnell
  • Carl Zeiss Optical
  • Leupold
  • Nightforce
  • Premier Reticles
  • Schmidt & Bender
  • US Optics




SFC Edward Homeyer’s Personal Account Using Horus

A personal account of the 2010 International Sniper Competition from SFC Edward Homeyer, winner of the Service Class, along with his partner Chance Gianelli.

Originally I was going to spot for Chance, but earlier in July while training at Accuracy 1st, we discovered that we work a little better with Chance calling winds and me shooting. 
Around mid September Chance got a hold of our committees 16″ Larue Tactical OBR with a 5-25×50 Horus Falcon with a H37 reticle.  He zeroed it, trued using the ATrag software and immediately started getting hits on 12″ plates out beyond 850 meters.  I was going to originally shoot my M24 with my Falcon.  But four days before the comp I got my hands on a 20″ Larue Tactical OBR. 

Two days before the comp I received my scope.  It was a Nightforce first focal plane 3.5-15×50 with a Horus Vision H58 reticle in it.  I put it on my gun and went to zero.  After my initial group I went to make my adjustment.  That’s when I realized that one of the zero stop screws had broken off in the scope.  With the elevation cap off I used a screwdriver and some elbow grease to turn the knob and zero my crosshairs at 100 meters.  It was almost dark when I finished that. 

The next day Chance and I went out and trued at 900 meters in a 12″ plate.  I shot a few intermediate range targets to ensure the data matched.  That night I got my zero shift with my PVS 26 at 100, 200 and 400 meters.  My night vision zero shift was Left .2 mils.  That was what I fired less than 35 rounds through a gun I never touched before and we used it to win overall at the International Sniper Comp.  It is a testament to Horus Vision, the ATrag, and the Horus reticle

My gun was driving tacks at Ft Benning and Chance was making all the right calls. We used Accuracy 1st’s short wind formula to calculate our wind holds.  When my zero stop broke I lost all ability to dial elevation.  I held over for every shot of the comp.  The only time I touched my elevation knob was to dial on my night vision zero shift.  By not touching our dials we were able to engage multiple targets quickly without ever breaking cheek stock weld.  Losing the ability to dial doesn’t make long shots impossible

I had to hold 14.2 mils on one shot during the day unknown distance, that put my hold near the bottom of the scope.  Since I couldn’t dial a few mils on, I just reduced the power from 15 to about 13.  This allowed me to avoid any distortion by bringing the hold up away from the edge of the scope.  

The final shot of the comp had Chance and I each firing one round at two Larue targets 800 meters away.  We decided to use a drill we teach in school.  We had two minutes to fire our rounds.  Instead of spotting for each other we laid down side by side.  Chance was holding 9.7 mils on his target and I was holding 8.7 mils on mine.  I held up my Kestrel to get a base line wind speed, estimated the value of the downrange wind through my rifle scope and gave Chance his wind hold.  When I said right .5 Chance (who was already holding over 9.7) immediately held R.5 and broke his shot.  I was holding over 8.7 and R.5 on my target, but observing Chances shot.  When I saw his target fall I immediately broke my shot.  And since we were the same range, same wind, same hold my shot was also a hit.  

By holding the same wind on my target, as Chance is observing his splash, it gives me the opportunity to correct my shot off of his.  If his round would have hit .2 mils right of his target, I would have immediately held R.3 and shot.  In my opinion this method gives a team a high probability of making a solid second round hit.  This method is successful because of the accuracy of the Horus reticle.  I don’t have to guess where his shot went.  I can see within .1 mils where it is.  There are enough variables in sniping already.  Knowing exactly where your round hit takes one of those variables away.  

I believe the days of gathering data at every meter line are numbered.  If you have a gun that can group sub minute, an ATrag, a Kestrel and a range to true your muzzle velocity on ,then you don’t need to fire more than 10 rounds to get a range card from 100 meters to just prior to subsonic flight. If you want to accurately shoot past subsonic, just extrapolate your BC, input that data and you can shoot as far as you can call winds and spot rounds.  

I know this is long winded.  But what you can do with these tools are really only limited by the consistency of your shooter and the skill of your spotter.  I consider Chance a good friend of mine and one of the best spotters in the world. He will consistently call winds within 1mph, but what good is the best wind call if you don’t have the capability as a shooter to exploit it?  Dialing winds breaks cheek to stock weld and by the time you get back on the gun you are probably going to hold a correction anyway, guessing what a 1/4 or a half mil hold is.  Why not just hold that wind call within .1mils when your spotter says it in the first place?  With a Horus reticle in .2 mil increments you can and we do.        

I could go on and on about the Horus reticle and the ATrag program.  And it feels like I already have.  The capabilities of this system are endless.  I’ve built range cards in my ATrag from my glock 17 9mm to the M107 Barrett .50 cal. I’ve learned more in one weekend by playing through different scenarios on my ATrag than I have in months on the range.  All the work is done by the time you get to the range, all you have to do is concentrate on your cold bore shot and wind calls.  Alright I’m done for real this time.

Chance & Ed on the Final Round of the Competition

Winners Use Horus at the 2010 International Sniper Competition

Fort Benning, GA – October 13-15, 2010 – The buzz from the 2010 International Sniper Competition resonated with a bang this year- new structure, new approach, and a lot of talk about a sniper tool with the ‘edge.’ 

The new structure and approach was in regards to the organization of the event.  In previous years, the competition consisted of a five-day stretch with eight hours of rest each day.  This year was an intense 72-hour competition, where participating teams were allotted a total of four hours to rest total.  The vendor show and shoot, previously held in separate locations was joined as one, which resulted in a successful networking opportunity between vendors and military personnel. 

And then of course, the tool with a lot of talk- this was none other than the Horus reticle, which was embedded in the scopes of the top three winners in the service class, and two of the three in the open class.  The keynote speaker at the Awards Banquet even mentioned Horus’ reticle in his speech, “It’s not all about the Horus reticle while winning these competitions, although it does give those who use it the ‘edge’.” 

The Horus reticle was prominent within the competition and it proved to add an edge, particularly to the winning team of the service class, consisting of SGT 1st Class Chance Gianelli and SGT 1st Class Edward Homeyer of the D Co 2nd BN 1st SWTG, Range 37 Special Forces Sniper Course.  Gianelli used a Horus Vision Falcon H37 scope, while his partner Homeyer used a Nightforce scope with a Horus H58 reticle embedded within.

The turret on Homeyer’s Nightforce scope broke right before the competition, inhibiting adjustment capabilities.  In addition, competition rules denied equipment replacement, meaning Homeyer had to make do with the broken scope.  Because Homeyer had the Horus reticle, which he fortunately zeroed out before the turret broke; he was able to continue in the competition using “holdovers” and the unique feature of 2nd Shot Correction.  If he and his partner were off on their first shot, the reticle grid gave them the advantage of instantly correcting their shot to hit the target on the next attempt.  This feature would not have been available on a normal mil-dot scope.

Despite the mishap of Homeyer’s scope, he and Gianelli were still able to take the win with a score of 1,258 points out of the possible 1,507.

As mentioned before, five of the six winning teams all used Horus reticles within their scopes in the competition, but all six had been exposed to the Horus System through training with Accuracy 1st.  Most of the top teams were also using Horus’ ATrag software to true, verify, and plan their shotting stages.

By fate, Horus Vision happened to be seated with the third place team in the Open Class, SSG Caleb Perkins and SGT Andrew McElroy, the only placing team not using the Horus System in the competition.  They jokingly blamed Horus Vision for their lower finish, since they were unable to obtain Horus equipment prior to the match, but had previous training with it and knew the advantage it served.

The third place team actually got their hands on a Horus scope after the competition and contacted Horus Vision to say, “You are increasing our lethality on the battlefield…So now I hope you sleep better at night knowing that.”

And to tell you the truth, we do sleep better at night knowing we are contributing to a greater cause.  Events such as the International Sniper Competition help us understand the needs of our soldiers, which help us evolve to better suit them in an ever changing world of combat.  Getting to speak first hand with the men and women who volunteer to sacrifice their lives everyday really adds a whole new perspective.

Horus Vision served as Platinum Sponsors for the 2010 International Sniper Competition, but that was the least we could do for priceless soldiers putting their lives on the line.  Horus was part of the buzz, but let it not be forgotten- the soldiers are still the ones creating the bang- and they deserve all our appreciation for their unselfish service.

Winners of Service Class, Chance Gianelli & Ed Homeyer


Talon 1-4×24 H50 by Brett Johnson

“So, my experience with the Talon thus far after initial sight in, two major 3-Gun matches and a training class…

  • Talon provides more eye relief, it was easier for me to find a suitable mounting point and quickly achieve a good sight picture.
  • Talon made 5.56 holes at 50 yards visible, the other scopes I had available did not!  The Talon could see multiple hits at 100 yards!  
  • Talon’s fine reticle lines provided very accurate shot placement – I shot the best 3 shot group ever.
  • Talon glass provides more clarity than other scopes I tried.
  • Talon’s adjustments are very easy once you get accustomed to the 1/10th Mil adjustments.
  • With my load the Talon’s mil dots range out to 925 yards!  That’s way more than any of the other scopes I tried. 

“The only negatives I found with the Talon are that the reticle is not visible on the highest setting (11) in bright sunlight, not sure why folks like a daytime visible reticle but the Meopta was the clear winner in the brightness test.  The only other negative was the lack of a noticeable dot in the center of the stadia lines to aid in quick target acquisition.

“I had one of the new Swarovski Z6i scopes available during my training period (thanks to PFC Daniel Horner) and would say that both scopes had clear advantages over each other even though both were very different modes.

“The Horus Talon is a wonderful scope that met my quest for a more accurate scope.”


Brett Johnson competes in 3-Gun matches throughout the US, and recently placed 1st in the Tac Optics class at both the Michigan and Indiana 3-Gun matches.  He will be competing in the upcoming Fort Benning 3-Gun, where we wish him the best of luck.  Go Brett!


California Combat Match Sponsorship

California Combat Match Sponsorship

Match Winner, Geoffrey Applegate

Horus Vision Marketing Coordinator, Liz Hyman & Match Winner Geoffrey Applegate


2010 International Sniper Competition By Sal Palma

October 19, 2010
Fort Benning, GA
By:  Sal Palma 


Now in its 10th iteration, the International Sniper Competition, held at Fort Benning, Georgia, continues to draw the best sniper teams from around the world. This year was no different, with 32 teams participating; including teams from Canada, Germany, Ireland, Spain and Taiwan. The law enforcement community and the Department of Homeland Security also fielded sniper teams.

What is unquestionably the toughest sniper competition, in the world, evolves year over year. The event, sponsored by the Army Sniper School, at Fort Benning, is always relevant to real-world conditions; this year is no different, but with a twist. What used to be a five-day competition that allowed participating sniper team 8 hours of sleep, was compressed into 3 days with less than four hours of rest over that window.

Speaking with Master Sgt. Snyder, NCOIC, Sniper School staff and instructors begin planning the event in the first quarter of the new year. According to Master Sgt. Snyder, the focus is not simply testing marksmanship but creating situations that test every aspect of the sniper; under physical and psychological conditions they are likely to encounter in the field. All of the participants leave Fort Benning with much more than just a ranking, they leave with a broader perspective of where their skill sets are, and what skills they should develop.

For this year’s competition, I was fortunate enough to receive permission to participate in the events with the teams. When they walked, I walked, and when they ran, I ran. I had the opportunity to see and feel their excitement, their frustrations and their determination.

Continuation from newletter below…


Day one, October 11, the only day in the competition that I can describe as leisurely was zero confirm day. During zero confirm, the sniper teams have an opportunity to re-check their weapon’s zero from two firing positions. The furthest point is the 500-yard line.

Teams were required to use their own weapons and ammunition so snipers fired Lapua, Ruag, Federal and M118LR. The Taiwanese team, for example, fired M24 and M4 clones. The German team encountered problems getting their own weapon systems into the country and shot the match with borrowed weapons provided by the Sniper School.

I could not readily take inventory of all the sniper platforms used, but I did see a large number of M24s, M110 SASS, Accuracy International, M16s and M4s. I saw one G36, used by Spain’s team.

Although I described this event as leisurely, earlier, do not interpret that to mean a day at the range with the boys. These shooters have 20 rounds to confirm zero, and make any necessary adjustments.

The weather was beautiful when I arrived at Maertens Range, just prior to 13:00; this gave me the opportunity to check on environmental conditions.

For zero confirm, we had a temperature of 86⁰F, winds shifting from 10 o’clock to 12 o’clock and gusting to about 10.6 miles per hour, for an average wind of approximately 3.2 miles per hour.

Oct 12, 00:01- kicked off the competition with a night cold bore.

A precision rifle, like the ones issued to snipers, exhibit a different point of impact when shot with a cold barrel than when shot through a hot barrel. Therefore, the sniper must know where the cold bore point of impact is so he can correct for it, not an easy task when you take wind and other environmental conditions into consideration. However, when you throw in the darkness of night you now have a much more difficult scenario.

Concurrent with the Night Cold Bore event was the Night Range Estimation, held at the Galloway Range.

For this event, the teams are required to use their night optics to determine the range to predetermined targets. Range estimation is not a precise science and teams need to decide whether vertical or horizontal dimension will provide the best range estimate. All of which is influenced by the relative position of the target to the sniper; doing it in the dark with night vision optics makes things considerably more difficult.

At 02:45, we are on the move again; this time the event is the Night Pistol Shoot at the Krilling Range.

Upon my arrival, I asked the Instructor in Charge (I2C) to let me walk the course. When the firing line was clear, I was allowed to move down range.

In this event, the Sniper School simulated an assault on a structure. As the shooter approaches the structure, he encounters 4 targets, two to the left of the entrance and two to the right. The sniper engages the four targets with two rounds each. He then enters the structure and engages a fifth target. After engaging the 5th target, he reloads his pistol, while moving through a narrow corridor, and engages the last targets at the rear of the structure. The sniper is timed and must hit each target with two rounds.

It is now 0700 and we are off to the Maertens Range for the Day Moving Targets. In this event, the sniper teams were required to engage moving targets from several firing positions.

Teams had to hustle to get from one position to the next.

We wrapped up 12 October with a Day Unknown Distance event, a Loop Hole Shoot and Night Moving Targets.

We are now into 13 Oct with no relief in sight as the teams start a 5-mile foot movement ending with a Night Target Detection at Selby Mount.

It is 0700, 13 Oct, and we are back at Maertens Range for the Stress Shoot.

The Stress Shoot had a number of components, worth discussing. To begin, both members of the sniper team had to wear a 17-pound plate carrier.

Once suited up and with weapons in hand (that is an additional 16 to 18 pounds) the team moves to the starting line.

From here, they run a distance of approximately 200 yards, go prone and engage their target; in less than 60 seconds. As testimony of how good these teams are, most of the participants were in position and squeezed off the first shot in 50 to 54 seconds. However, it does not here.

Next, the teams run to the second firing position.

The second firing position offers additional challenges. Here the team will be required to fire from a kneeling position with the weapons supported by a tripod and sand sock. They will also rescue wounded soldiers and subsequently pull them to safety. This phase too is timed.

The sled used to simulate a wounded soldier is 175 pounds.

With wounded personnel in tow, the sniper teams move through two additional firing positions. The last position requires the sniper to engage the target from an unsupported firing position.

The last phase of the Stress Shoot is the KIM’s test. KIM stands for Keep IT in Mind. Simply stated, scattered along the path traveled by the sniper team as they moved from firing position to firing position, there are several items of different shapes, sizes and color. Once the team completes the shooting phases of the Stress Shoot, they wrap up the event with a written test. The test requires the sniper team to identify the items along the path and their color.

Of all the events, the Stress Shoot, .50 Caliber Unknown Distance and Loop Hole were the most heavily attended.

With the Stress Shoot behinds us, we rounded out the day with Know Your Limits and the .50 Caliber UKD.

Fifty-caliber tactical rifles are demonized in the United States, and a number of states have attempted to ban its use for sporting purposes. In spite of those attempts, it enjoys a large following among long-range shooters; it is also, the preferred anti-materiel weapon of the U.S. Army and other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and law enforcement.

The .50 Caliber’s prowess was again demonstrated at the Coolidge Range, where sniper teams engaged M103 artillery pieces and tanks, at ranges of 1200 meters and beyond.

After the .50 Caliber Shoot, the competition wrapped up with the Night Unknown Distance, Stalk, and One Shot events.

Making a long story short, the last 72 hours have been an absolute slam for me!

Thirty-two teams of the best snipers in the world have slugged their way through 14 events in a 72-hour period with less than four hours of sleep, but only one took home the honor of being the best sniper team in the world.

This year, the winning team comes from USASOC. Sgt. 1st Class Hoymeyer and Sgt. 1st Class Giannelli took the top spot scoring 1,258 points out of a possible 1,507. Both Sgt. 1st Class Hoymeyer and Giannelli are with the Special Forces Sniper School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. We extend our congratulations to you as well as all of the teams that participated in this competition.


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