Test & Evaluation: Horus Blackbird Scope – Model 2000

Overview:  Horus vision LLC, a leading manufacturer of a patented precision reticle system, has designed the H58 reticle with the intended purpose of enhancing rapid engagements from close to medium range distances.  The H58 reticle as stated by the company “is an uncluttered, narrow grid that features moving target lead lines along the horizontal crosshair for moving targets”.  The targeting grid eliminates the need to adjust windage or elevation knobs.

Purpose:  The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the capabilities of the Horus Blackbird Model 2000 scope, and the H58 reticle for use in urban/rural/maritime operations, where multiple engagements of hostile targets present themselves across an area of unknown distances within effective small arms range.

Scope:

  1. In response to the requirement for a rapid engagement reticle during urban operations.
  2. Data reviewed as a baseline for the assessment, collected from after-action reports during operations in Fallujah.
  3. Additional data reviewed as a baseline for the evaluation, collected from after-action reports while conducting Ant-Piracy missions in Gulf of Aden
  4. Spurred by numerous training evolutions with both military and law enforcement officials, where antiquated engagement techniques, along with improper scenario-driven TTPs were used during the training exercises.

History:

  1. Currently, the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies have been identified through observation of existing TTPs, to have an equipment deficiency in the form of a rapid engagement reticle in their optics.
  2. The dependency to constantly adjust both the windage and elevation knobs reduce time to target engagements across unknown distances UKD as well as creating an uncertainty of established point-blank zero PBZ for the weapon system.
  3. Most optics utilized for precision engagements are still equipped with various Mil Dot framework, some with sub-tended stadia, and others without.
  4. This arrangement, although providing the shooter with the means to consistently place well-aimed shots on the intended target, fails to provide the shooter with the ability to limit the need for numerous turret adjustments, resulting in slower time to target engagements.
  5. The deficiency is observed when the shoulder fired scoped rifle is used in urban environments where ranges to targets can begin at 250 yards, and quickly extend to ranges of 850 yards or more.  Multiple engagements within an area that is “three-dimensional” and “channelized” create both opportunity and obstacle for the shooter which directly affects the decision to adjust the existing DOPE of the weapon.
  6. The shooter must be ready to constantly make these adjustments during engagements, creating a “Response gap” which can result in a missed opportunity.

Objectives:

  1. Determine accuracy, repeatability, and functionality of the H58 reticle.
  2. Determine what, if any, speed to target increases can be achieved while using the H58 reticle.
  3. Determine estimated amount of tutorial required to become functional while utilizing the H58 reticle.
  4. To better understand the Horus Vision reticle system, and its potential mission-added value on the battlefield.

Specifications:

Blackbird Features

  • 1.5-8×24 power
  • Illuminated Horus H58 reticle
  • Rapid engagement reticle features:
  • Moving target lead lines
  • Elevation compensation using Accuracy 1st
  • Speed markings
  • 18.5 ounces
  • 10.75″ long
  • 45 mils (155 MOA) elevation adjustment
  • 24 mils (83 MOA) windage adjustment
  • 1 mil (1 cm at 100 meters) click adjustments

Key User Controls:

  1. Rapid focus eyepiece
  2. Zoom / power adjustment ring
  3. Windage knob (capped)
  4. Elevation knob (capped)
  5. Rheostat knob / battery compartment (capped)
  6. One piece, 30 mm main tube
  7. 24 mm objective lens
  8. 6 brightness settings on rheostat control, with “off” positions between each setting
  9. Illumination powered by 1x CR2032 battery
  10. Water resistant to 3 meters

Testing Parameters:

The area selected to conduct the controlled test was located in Crane, Indiana at the Crane Special Weapons Assessment facility, area #3461.  A parallel test of the MK14 MOD 1 Enhanced Battle Rifle EBR was being conducted which provided a very measurable baseline for the weapon and chassis.  The ammunition used was M118 LR, and MK 316 MOD O-AB39 7.62X51.

Additional testing equipment included the Spec-Rest™ Modular Sniper Optimization Platform MODSOP, which established a repeatable foundation in order to mitigate “human” inputs while evaluating the H58 reticle.

BETA #1: Zero Scope to Rifle

Task: Mount and zero the Blackbird scope to the EBR

Condition: On a 300 yard known distance KD range and using a steel target of 30 inches X 18 inches in size, with 20 rounds of ammunition and the MK14 MOD 1 EBR, supported by the MODSOP.

Standard: Establish a 300 yard Pont Blank Zero using the center reticle post as reference, and confirm PBZ by maintaining a 4 inch extreme spread group.

Observation / BETA #1: Although I have used the EBR during combat operations in Iraq, this is the first time that I have shot the MK14 MOD 1 EBR with the 18 inch barrel.  This will also be the first time ever to experiment with the Model 2000 Blackbird scope.  Using the scope rings sent with the Blackbird, and having already mounted the blackbird to the rings, I now attached the scope to the EBR’s M-1913 rail system.  After having torqued the ring nuts I placed the EBR inside of the MODSOP, establishing a balanced sitting position.  The MODSOP allows a shooter to place a weapon at eye level while sitting on the ground.  The MODSOP provides a very consisten platform, essential for conducting this level of BETA.

  1. Point-Blank Zero was established within about 10 to 12 rounds, and a confirmation group was established maintaining the criteria of 4 inches extreme spread.  What I found to be interesting is how quickly I established zero from 300 yards.  I was able to observe the impact of rounds within the dirt and quickly incorporate the milliradian scale subtended to .2 mils, which proved very efficient while making adjustments onto the intended point of aim.
  2. The next and last phase of this test was to evaluate the different lot of ammunition.  There was a concern of deviation that may cause a false-negative read in the repeatability of the reticle.  Both lots of ammunition performed without issues, with the MK 316 AB39 being slightly tighter.  As a reminder, this was all being conducted from a customized M-14 rifle modified action by Crane SWAF, having an 18 inch SEI barrel.

BETA #2:  Traverse 600 Yards, Engage Target

Task: Traverse and engage steel target at KD of 600 yards with Blackbird / EBR

Condition: From firing line, while aiming at 300 yard KD target, with established PBZ, traverse to 600 yard KD target, with 20 rounds of ammunition and the MK14 MOD 1 EBR, supported by the MODSOP.

Standard: Establish the exact “hold-over” from PBZ in milliradian to the intended point of aim at 600 yards.  Verify new “600 DOPE” with shot group engagement.

Observation / BETA #2: Beginning with a 300 PBZ as opposed to a 100 PBZ is to me, a more realistic test for urban interdictions.  That being said, my tests deviate slightly from the manufacturer’s recommendation of establishing 100 yard PBZ.

In addition, bullet, barrel, chassis, and platform are four of the five essential elements in this test equation which can affect the results.  The MODSOP is very steady, and truly optimizes the H58 reticle by maintaining a repeatable hold point prior to engagement.

After releasing the first round and spotting the impact, immediately I see the impact fall inside the reticle!  So, without a wind adjustment, without an elevation adjustment, I simply “LIFT and SHIFT” my impact up to the intended point of aim.  BANG-STEEL-BANG-STEEL.  Again, a quick PBZ of 300 yards (no initial 25 yard check on paper), and then a traverse to 600 yards.  Observe the splash, LIFT & SHIFT, and I am on target.  Of course, all things being equally consistent (fundamentals of marksmanship-wind call) it was that easy.

BETA #3:  Traverse 800 Yards, Engage Target

Task:  Traverse and engage steel target at KD of 800 yards with Blackbird / EBR

Condition:  From firing line, while aiming at 600 yard KD target, with established PBZ, traverse to 800 yard KD target, with 20 rounds of ammunition and the MK14 MOD 1 EBR, supported by the MODSOP.

Standard: Establish the exact “hold-over” from PBZ in milliradian to the intended point of aim at 800 yards.  Verify new “800 DOPE” with shot group engagement.

Observation / BETA #3:  The next distance to confirm my hold-over was for the 800 yard target.  At this point, I will provide some idea as to how much hold-over in milliradian that was used, but keep in mind that the ballistic calculations will vary when verifying the information against the computer.  Again, the barrel (SEI 18 inches), the bullet (MK316), the chassis (SAGE Intl), along with standard environmental conditions are variable in the equation.

What I believe to be my actual hold-over in mils was 6.8 milliradian.  Check this against a 300 PBZ, and depending on your data, it falls somewhere within 178.55 inches low which would be closer to 6.20 milliradian.  Because of the shorter barrel, I estimate it to be closer to a 220 yard PBZ in the BDC with the same load.  This would bring the actual hold-o ver as fired in alignment with 6.83 milliradian.

More importantly, my ability to observe the splash of the round inside of the H58 made it very easy to quickly LIFT & SHIFT, placing the rounds on the intended target.  At this distance and according to the Crane engineers, this particular MK14 is at its limit of effective fire.  But the ease at which I was able to accurately and quickly engage the target was a fraction of time when compared to the other shooters who were using typical Mil-Dot reticles on the MK 14-RI-NM EBR with a 22 inch barrel.  My ability to OBSERVE-LIFT-SHIFT & ENGAGE demonstrated that the H58 reticle when used properly, can optimize the shooter’s time to target.

BETA #4: Traverse 950 Yards, Engage Target

Task: Traverse and engage steel target at KD of 950 yards with Blackbird / EBR

Condition: From firing line, while aiming at 800 yard KD target, with established PBZ, traverse to 950 yard KD target, with 20 rounds of ammunition and the MK14 MOD 1 EBR, supported by the MODSOP.

Standard:  Establish the exact “hold-over” from PBZ in milliradian to the intended point of aim at 950 yards.  Verify new “950 DOPE” with shot group engagement.

Observation / BETA #4:  This particular distance certainly tested  my ability on the MK14 EBR, even with the MODSOP as my platform.  While 950 yards is really a “walk in the park” for precision shooting, the 18 inch barrel on the gas operating action and caliber was peaking in ability to perform.  At this point, the descending (falling) branch of the bullet was at a critical angle to the target.  You will notice that the dispersion of the shot group is growing, and that the long axis line of flight experienced more impacts than on the target.  Acquiring the target with this angle of incidence was “hit or miss” at best.  My actual hold-over was 11 milliradian which doesn’t match the computer.  I believe that the H58 reticle assisted in distinguishing the rifle / caliber limitations, while increasing potential hit ratios.  Again, this is the big advantage to utilizing the H58 in a battle space, where time is limited to stop, think, adjust the turrets and re-engage.  If a war fighter is involved in an operation, whether urban, rural or (most likely) a combination of both, time is counting against him.

Keep in mind that throughout this evaluation, I never allowed myself more time between shots than about three seconds maximum.  I chose to establish a realistic rhythm because I wanted to replicate a scenario similar in high stress battle space environments.  Also, during the course of fire, I was unaware of the exact range to the 950 yard target, and did not verify this distance until I completed the evaluation.  In my opinion,  this fact also validates how efficiently and quickly one could learn to apply the principle behind the Horus reticle.

In fact, no other shooter that day using typical Mil Dot optics came close to engaging targets across the entire KD range as rapidly as did I.  Not because of my skill, and not because of theirs.  But simply, because it takes more time to estimate multiple distances, stop and get off of the weapon, adjust the optics, re-acquire and re-engage.  The timer does not lie.  I believe too, that I was at a slight disadvantage as opposed to the other shooters.  I picked up a weapon, attached the Blackbird scope and zeroed for effect, without having any DOPE from which to evaluate.

The beauty in the H58 is that with all of these variables, and having a very good understanding of precision shooting, I quickly and efficiently delivered well-aimed fire onto targets of opportunity out to a distance of 950 yards with only minimum adjustments.  This BETA was proof positive that the Horus H58 reticle optimizes a shooter’s advantage when multiple engagements across unknown distances are required.

Analysis:  Before acquiring equipment for any specific reason, one should emphasize the importance in identifying operational requirements which must drive decisions to select the type of equipment which will be needed to accomplish the mission.  Often, many assumptions are made as to what is required, but is not properly identified as whether the equipment chosen was due to a personal preference, or because it has a unique / special application.  Quite often, assumptions are made as to the selection of the equipment, never having truly researched its capabilities.

For instance, it is quite common to see law enforcement units on special response teams utilizing bolt-action rifles with high magnification scopes, when many of their “mission sets” actually call  for something quite different.

The same goes military units as well, when a rifle possesses capabilities inferior to the magnification of the scope.  Or, we see a scope specifically designed to accommodate a certain caliber and load (bullet drop compensation ) affixed to a weapon of a totally different caliber. 

Ultimately, having proper equipment that performs multi-purpose roles, and complements other essential equipment may reduce expenses as well as enhance mission performance, leading to its success.

EXAMPLE:  Several optics on the battlefield include ranging reticles that were designed for a particular load of ammunition (BDC), which are highly effective and lend added-value to the war fighter.  As long as the war fighter matches equipment accordingly, the net result will be well-aimed precision fire against known hostiles.

However, my own personal experience imbedded while conducting COIN operations has demonstrated that when you must stop and “Re-fit”, the ammunition (linked belt, M-80) may not match the BDC reticle on your weapon.  This can be common especially when distributed operations are draining immediate resources and the war fighter finds himself having to “plus-up” his magazines with M-80 ball ammo because M118 LR has been depleted.

ARGUMENT:  The number of variables which may become uncontrollable by the war fighter can hinder the equipment’s ability to deliver the expected level of performance.  Ammunition is only one variable and does not include weather or weapon performance.  If the established constants factored into a BDC reticle are impaired, then the equipment may not deliver the desired expectations.  The result is a missed opportunity on the battlefield.

H58 PROS/CONS

Advantages:

The following is a statement used to discern the difference between “dialing” and “hold-over”.  The conclusion is based upon the existing limitations of the equipment but is not stated as such.

“Sometimes there isn’t time for correction using the scope’s adjustment mechanisms.  In these cases, holding over the target and using the reticle’s markings as an aiming point are useful.  It must be remembered that holding over is not as exact as dialing elevation.”

The assumption “holding over” si “not as exact” as “dialing on minutes”, is because the Mil system referenced here is antiquated.  If the milliradian system has the ability to capture data (shot impact) and the shooter can quickly assess that data (graduated targeting grid), then this would potentially eliminate the need to adjust windage or elevation knobs in most circumstances.  This is not to imply that a graduated grid even as precise as the H58 can solve every shooting solution, but for close range and out to medium distances, it can certainly speed things up quite a bit.

Disadvantages:

As with all equipment, strengths are also shadowed by limitations, but one has to truly and objectively grade “risk versus reward” before deciding if it possesses added mission value, or if it is a liability.  The first notion when you look through many of the Horus scopes for the first time is clutter of the lens.  The grid reticle can be very intimidating at first glance as well as frustrating.  Like any piece of equipment through, there has to be a process of lecture/laboratory work, followed by practical application.  As with all equipment there is a curve of comprehension and proficiency that follows with repetition.  The reticle is easy to master once these steps are applied.

The H58 reticle operates in the first focal plane consequently, can accurately range targets in all magnification settings.  But after using the H58, my observations lead me to believe that it is of little value in the lower settings (1.5 to 5 power) due to the size of the reticle as projected in scale.  At 6 power and beyond, the H58 demonstrates its killing potential and how rapidly one can deliver multiple precision shots over unknown distances.

CONCLUSIONS:  The H58 reticle was designed for close to medium distances as a rapid acquisition optic bridging the gap between reflex sites and high-powered scopes.  It has demonstrated through multiple phased BETA that it is truly a force multiplier in the arena of precision shooting for multiple mission profiles.  The Horus reticle scores high marks for innovation and practical application.

Respectfully,

Jimmy G. Thompson

CSM-LLC

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The Hog Hunter

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ronnie Robison, a true American adventurer, who made me aware of an ongoing problem, which in no way, shape, or form is a new development- but I, being from the northern part of California (I know, I probably shouldn’t publicize this information so freely) was clearly unaware of.

The issue has to do with an overpopulating breed of wildlife, not native to the U.S.  There are anywhere between 2-3 million in Texas alone!  And on average, each female can reproduce 280 offspring in a lifetime…

No, I’m not referring to illegal immigrants (that I do know about, living in California).  I am talking about feral hogs! 

Luckily, there are people like Ronnie Robison in the world to help defeat the war on these ghastly and atrocious creatures.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m an animal lover, but these are not your domesticated pigs, like Babe and Wilbur.  And even though Disney tried to give wild hogs a good name, with Hakuna Matata singin’ Pumba, they won’t fool anyone who has had first hand encounters with the real deal.

 
Ronnie Robison with Prize

I contacted Mr. Robison after my co-worker, Michelle, came across some pictures he had sent over months ago.  She started reminiscing about her conversation with the “Hog Hunter” and how it topped her list of best customer conversations she ever had.  I stopped and asked her what she was talking about, and she snapped out of her trance, surprised, realizing she had not shared her convo with me earlier.

Michelle went on to tell me how he called about a mishap with the H-3 Horus Scope (an older version of the Raptor 4-16x, which we don’t make anymore).  We had sent him a replacement with a newer version, but later realized his zero on the H-3 had been altered in the process.  He was so thrilled his scope was still in tip-top shape; he called to tell Michelle he sent the replacement scope back, because it was a false alarm and his was working just fine.

To give Michelle an idea of the line of work he used our scope for, he told her about a mission he had with the local airport.  The air strips at this particular airport are made of dirt, and hogs were going in and rooting for food right on the runway.  These “hog holes” were so large, they actually caused a plane to flip over.

 So Ronnie “The Hog Hunter” Robison was called to the rescue!

Robison and his wife rolled in with a trailer, which is designed to hunt coyotes and hogs.  Robison designed a two-story trailer that will carry two four wheelers.  From the trailer, they shoot hogs with their 300 mag rifles.  He calls this “East Texas Homeland Defense.”

“East Texas Homeland Defense”

Michelle sent me pictures to confirm her explanation and exclaimed, “You have to call him, Liz! He has some great stories, but best of all is how animated and vivacious he is when he tells them.  You’re going to love him!  He uses our scope to hunt his hogs,”

Michelle’s enthusiasm was persuasive, so I decided to give this mysterious hog hunter a call.

I gave Ronnie Robison a call, introduced myself, and instantly, it was as if we were best friends and had spoken on the phone hundreds of times before.  He said in his heavy Texan twang, “This is such strange timing, because my Palm I use your ATrag program from, died today!  I’m not lying.  I’ve had it for something like 10 years and the day it dies, you happen to call me!  I am very sad to see that thing go, as I hunted many hogs with it.  I think it finally bit the dust for good.  But anyway… let me just tell you about some of the experiences I’ve had with your Horus System…”

Robison began by premising his origin of residency to give me an idea of the environment where he hunts hogs.  He is from Orange, Texas, a small town on the border of Louisiana and 20 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.  By his description, half of Orange is swampland, while the other half is marshland.  He clarified the difference (since I didn’t know) and that is while swamps have trees, marshes do not, and consist of only grass.

According to Robison, “Except for antelope, every law can be broken in Orange County.”  He could hunt anything he wanted, but chooses to hunt hogs.  This is for several reasons.

First, feral hogs have the ability to double their population every four months with proper nutrition and favorable conditions.  They can reproduce at rates of two litters of 10-13 piglets every 12-15 months.  Besides the volume of hogs, their size is also a factor.  On average, a hog is 130 pounds, a sow 110, but they are now getting up to 450-500 pounds.

Second, they are a farmer’s nightmare.  They are not native to our country, but highly adaptable and extremely destructive to our environment.  They are omnivores and will eat just about anything.  Robison reported one measly hog of only 65-pounds doing $35,000 worth of damage in a single night (just imagine what a 500-pound hog could do).

Besides being destructive to landscaping, they are tremendously dangerous.  There are reports of wild hogs killing humans.  They tend to go after weak and injured humans, vulnerable children, as well as dogs and pets.  They are highly attracted to birthing premises to feed off fetal tissue.  They rarely leave remains, since they eat the entire subject, so their damage is often underestimated.  Plus, they are notorious for transmitting parasites to domesticated animals and humans.

There have been recent discussions in media about the reason for the increase of growth and viciousness within the feral hog community, and one speculation is the cross-breeding between hogs, creating a genetically superior hog with a lot of hostility.

On top of it all, hogs are highly intelligent and hard to catch.  They are nocturnal, so when deer hunters are going in for the day, Robison is making his way out to catch some hogs.  He said to me, “They’re kind of like vampires- when it’s dark, then that’s when the blood flows.”

The feral pig problem is ongoing and as Ronnie stated, “It takes coots like me to get drenched and catch the hogs.  I’d rather hunt hogs than deer any day.”

To illustrate the misconception on these hogs and the perception people have in regard to them, he told me a story about a woman who was the former Miss Orange years ago, and needed his help handling a hog who went wild in her yard.

Miss Orange was an animal lover who fed the raccoons, opossums, and even the hog who showed up at her back door one day.  She named it “Miss Piggy” and soon learned of Miss Piggy’s wrath when she woke up to find her flower beds in shambles.

Miss Orange called Robison to help her control Miss Piggy, but she had one rule- he couldn’t hurt the hog.

Robison told her it would be tough to get the hog under control graciously, but he assured her he would not harm the hog.

Robison and a buddy set-up traps, but the highway was 30 yards away and created a problem.  Hog traps are $300-$400 a piece, and highly sought after in Hog country.  Luckily, Miss Orange had several Lincoln Navigators to spare, so they parked the vehicles strategically to block the traps from highway rubberneckers.

The hog was eventually corralled, but it wasn’t pretty, as Robison ended up with a sliced ear, and his buddy ended up with a gash in the stomach.

Miss Orange was horrified, as she had no idea how dangerous Miss Piggy really was.  She forced $100 on Robison for his endeavors, and many apologies, but Robison refused the money.  When he lost that battle, he took the $100 and donated it to the Salvation Army.

Now the part I’ve been holding back on, which makes Ronnie Robison even more intriguing, is besides the fact he decides to hunt such an unruly mammal, but that he does it all from his trailer or on a pair of crutches, because he has minimal use of his legs.

2-Story Trailer Robison Designed

He contracted a disease over 14 years ago, restricting use of his legs, as they have become weak and painful with any stress placed upon them.  Robison didn’t let this stop him, though.  He innovated new ways to get around and said, “If I want something, don’t get in my way.  I’m going to get through.  You have to cut my head off to get me to quit.”

The crutches he uses are not ordinary crutches, but All Terrain Crutches (ATC) Robison developed after his car died in the middle of a rice field and he had to crawl two and a half hours in the heat of August to civilization.  The bottoms of the crutches have welded teeth
so they can be used in rice fields, but also in marshland and swampland surrounding Robison’s home.

Robison uses his Horus Scope for every hog hunt.  He said, “The scope is an old 4-16x H-3.  I would not be afraid to pull it off the rifle and beat a hog to death with it, then put it back on the gun.”

The farthest hog-kill Robison has made is 524 yards, and that was in the dark!  His goal is to kill a hog at 1000 yards one day.  He likes the thick lines of the reticle for hogs.  He said, “You need one hell of a crosshair to find black hogs in the dark.  It’s the only scope I ever use for hog hunting because of the abilities.”

We discussed some people’s resistance to the Horus grid, and he said, It’s so virtually simple! Have a street map.  Can you go to 6th Street and turn right on Green Street?  People look at the grid, not through the scope.  You have to look at the target- then the grid disappears.  Take it to the simplest way.”

As Robison stated, “When it’s not my terms, I need Horus.  I don’t have time to set-up a different scope.  Don’t have the luxury of light to check charts.  That’s why I use Horus.  If the target was under my control, I could use any high quality Schmidt & Bender, whatever, but don’t have that luxury.

Robison’s hog-killing record was 29 in one month, 62 in a year, in one 400 acre pasture.  The hogs just kept coming through, and Robison just got a lease extension for another three years.  He is planning on having some new hog stories soon.

I asked if he ate the hogs he killed.  And his answer was, “Of course!”  He has a waiting list of people who want hogs to chow down on.  He also donates hogs to a “Feed the Hungry” program.  Nothing goes to waste.

The pig problem is not nearly under control, but Ronnie “The Hog Hunter” Robison is making a killing in every way he can to help stop feral hogs from taking over Texas.

To show our appreication for his hard work, dedication, testimonial, and excellent entertainment, he received an iPaq to make up for his Palm that died that day.  Someone needs to keep those hogs under control, so they don’t migrate over to California (we have enough problems).

Robison sent me an e-mail after our conversation and wrote, “You probably think I’m crazy, but I assure you I’m telling the truth!”  He sent me references to confirm his stories, but I didn’t check, because as I told him, I definitely can’t argue with him about being crazy to engage in such an activity, but I know he is not lying.

Many thanks to the Hog Hunter!

 
A Picture Ronnie Robison Captured

For in depth information on feral hogs, click here.

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FAQ: Why is the Horus Warranty Only One Year?

For the time being, we offer a One Year Warranty instead of a Lifetime Warranty for the sole reason of keeping our prices affordable.  Chris Farley said it well in the 1995 movie Tommy BoyWhy would you want to shoulder costs for a chronic equipment abuser who continues to send his scope back year after year from hammering tent stakes with it and “accidentally” backing over it with his truck?  You can pay a decent price for a scope, or you can pay for an expensive warranty, or you can do both… or neither- it’s really up to you.

We have also found that if anything is going to go wrong with a good rifle scope, it will do so almost immediately.  You have a whole year to shake out any manufacturing defects or workmanship.  And although our products aren’t perfect yet, we are striving to make them more so every day.

We do get inquiries about our Warranty, and we are sensitive to our consumers, so we will continue to evaluate our policies with your feedback as guidance.  However, the feedback we currently hear (in the online forums and through our customer calls) indicates that the warranty is not an issue, and that the minority of people complaining loudest about the one year limit have never even bought a scope from us- they just don’t like the policy because of what they “might” need in the future.  We have troops taking our equipment into harm’s way overseas and swear by them- we couldn’t sleep easily at night if we knew we gave them gear we had no confidence in.

If you feel we should offer something different, please let us know your thoughts.  To view the current Warranty Policy, please visit our Terms page on the Horus website.

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Horus in Texas

Horus Crew in Canadian, Texas with Accuarcy 1st  for some Long-Range Shooting

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