How to Use the H58 Reticle By Todd Hodnett

Horus Reticle

The Horus reticle is a patented grid system replacing the 40-year-old archaic mil-dot shooting method.  The Horus reticle is an optically precise uniform grid etched on glass.  The ergonomic design and lay-out of the reticle includes a built-in rangefinder, providing a clear picture and numeric information about the target.

Horus reticles are based off the following data:

  • Measured in USMC milliradians (mils), where a circle = 6283 mils
  • 1 mil = 3.60 inches at exactly 100 yards
  • 1 mil = 10.0 centimeters at exactly 100 meters

 H58 Reticle

The H58 is a unique design incorporating all the benefits of a Horus reticle with new features for additional benefits. 

The H58 has extended wind dots placed at each 1 mil mark outside the main hash grid. These wind dots are unobtrusive, providing a clearer view than an extending grid, but still allows accurate holds in high winds.

The H58 also incorporates the Accuracy 1st Speed Shooting Formula. This is the staircase looking pattern in the upper half of the reticle.  This allows the shooter to quickly establish a hold for his rifle. These increments are in 1/10 mil and start at .5 from the outside and go up to 1 mil at the middle line.

The mover numbers under each speed mil mark can be used to associate which mil to hold.

Here is a lesson from Todd Hodnett, Founder of Accuracy 1st, on how to use the H58 reticle:

Build your Accuracy 1st Speed Shooting Formula

By using the ATrag software, one can build his own speed shooting formula for his gun. After zeroing and then truing the gun. The user then can go to the TR under TARGET and place the target size in inches (12”). Then go through the following

  • 1.2 = 254m = 1 mil
  • 1    = 305m = 1.5 mils
  • .8   = 381m = 2.2 mils
  • .7   = 435m = 2.9 mils
  • .6   = 508m = 3.9 mils
  • .5   = 610m = 5.2 mils

By doing this, we have now built a dope sheet to perfect match our gun for these mil measurements. This will work out to 610m without ever having to know the distance of the target.

As you look at your holds you have just gathered. You will notice if you take the size of the image mil of the target and remove the decimal and then add the actual hold to it. The actual holds nearly equal 10, within a moa. So, 10 doesn’t mean anything, it just becomes the numbers that allows you to remember your hold.

Example:

  • Target mils .6, hold 4 mils:  6 + 4 = 10
  • Target mils .7, hold 3 mils:  7 + 3 = 10

This works really well out to 600m and allows the shooter to quickly engage a target with an accurate hold using the mil system, with an MOA, without ever having to know the distance of the target. It is a mil association drill.

So when I designed the reticle I placed the speed shooting formula above the main stadia line. These stair steps are actual tenth mil exact measurements starting at .5 on the outside and going up to 1 mil in the middle. I placed them over a mover speed number that when cut in half, gives you a proper mil hold to equal 10.

Example:

One can also use this with a gun that doesn’t equal 10. If you are using a 300wm and the actual holds equal closer to 9. You would just find where the target fits in the stairsteps and take that mover number and cut it in half and subtract 1 mil.

Example:

A target fits above the 6 mph mover mark, cut 6 in half which gives you 3 and then subtract 1 to now have a 2 mil hold. Easy

What this means is that you build the Accuracy 1st formula to your gun based off your trued performance parameters. This way, the only way you can miss, is if you miss-mil the target.

 Todd Hodnett ~ Accuracy 1st

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Hunt of a Lifetime

Last month, Horus Vision had the pleasure of meeting a courageous family fighting an ongoing battle with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome  (SDS), which is a rare bone marrow failure disease. 

The Cox Family has been effected drastically, as all three children have been diagnosed with the disease and are going to great lengths to overcome the battle for themselves, as well as others with this rare condition.

The children are all avid hunters and have an urgency to share a memorable hunting trip as a family.

The Cox Family discovered an organization called Hunt of a Lifetime (HOAL), which is a smaller scale alternative to Make-a- Wish Foundation

HOAL was founded by Tina Pattison after her son was turned down by Make-a-Wish Foundation, which does not support hunting events.

Hunt of a Lifetime supplied a new Savage 11 Rifle, with a Bushnell Sharpshooter Scope to the Cox Family, but they still had two other children to outfit rifles with.

Horus Vision sent them a Hawk 3-12×50 to bring on their hunt, which will take place in September in Maine.

For more information, visit the Hunt of a Lifetime site.

 To learn more about the Cox Family, visit the Cox Kids Homepage. 

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FAQ: What are CATS Targets?

As of now, CATS stands for Calibration & Training System.

Since long range shooting requires elevation and windage adjustments to accurately engage distant targets, it is apparent that a riflescope’s elevation and windage adjustment knobs have to yield precise and accurate adjustments.  When a rifleman egages distant targets and misses, he usually blames the ammo, the rifle and finally himself.  The riflescope is almost never looked at as a contribution to errors.

The rifleman has spent a lot of money on his riflescope.  He falsely assumes it is a perfectly calibrated optical instrument for shooting.

Since no low tech, affordable riflescope testing system existed in the public domain, Horus Vision invented CATS to fill the void.  CATS is designed specifically to be used at 100 yards/meters.  You do not need a 500, 1000, or 2000 yard/meter range.

In the course of testing and development, we discovered the CATS targets had additional value.  In addition to elevation and windage, you can identify problems with cant, run-out (the point on elevation where the scope no longer tracks perpendicular), and establish maximal elevation.

To learn more about CATS Targets, check out our videos…

 or read an in depth explanation here.

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Education: The Importance of College by Bryce Jensen

A sniper looks through his scope waiting anxiously to place his crosshairs on the target. He breathes in, then out. He slowly squeezes the trigger, and takes the shot. Before all this can happen, a sniper has to learn how to plan out the correct route and select a firing position. Next, he needs to learn how to move swiftly, and silently to keep him from being seen or heard. Finally, he needs to learn how to shoot at great distances and adjust correctly for wind. These skills are taught at the sniper school. Once a regular infantryman learns these skills, he becomes one of the deadliest assets on the battlefield. 

 Although, not everyone is a military sniper, life can be related to a battlefield. Having more skills and knowledge in battle will increase chances of survival. Having more skills and knowledge in life will increase chances for success. Life offers college instead of sniper school. College is a gateway for young adults to gain the knowledge and skills needed to enter the battle of life. In college, a student learns a vast array of knowledge necessary for survival, shaping character, and success in the business world.

 For many students, college is the first time being away from home. This is where some basic survival skills are developed, such as budgeting and time management. It is the first time that a miscalculation could determine whether a student has food or a roof overhead. Money delinquency will also affect credit scores in the future. When time is mismanaged it can result in loss of sleep or even failure of a class. Reoccurring failure, which could have been easily prevented, or insufficient budgeting are surely the fastest ways of ending life as a student.

 Being away from family can be a hard transition. It can make people feel uncomfortable leading to stress. A key part in battle is learning how to deal with hardships and continue on to accomplish the mission. College is a great opportunity to transform perseverance into a habit. Stress can also be caused by deadlines, exams, or even social problems. Those who are not afraid and learn to work under stress will excel in all aspects of life not just in school.

In order to become a sniper, a soldier has to be the best. To be defined as the best, one must compete against others. College is a competitive atmosphere. The entire process of applying to college promotes competition. All universities have some sort of application process to screen incoming students making sure each one meet the prerequisites. Many schools only accept a percentage of applicants every year.  It is imperative to stand out and be at the top of the lists whether coming straight out of high school or transferring from a community college. After college, life becomes even more competitive when searching for a job.  Being at the top of every class may increase the chances of being hired for certain jobs. Furthermore, a competitive person has the drive to get the job that he or she desires.  By exercising competition in college a person will be familiar with the amount of effort needed to produce favorable results.

In a business aspect, college is like boot camp where people develop good habits and essential skills. Part of developing good habits is breaking bad ones. Some of the skills obtained belong to a specific field, which leads to getting a degree. Many times employers want to see a degree even if it’s not relative to the occupation. The degree then becomes a statement to an employer that the applicant has the commitment and discipline needed to attain a goal. This demonstrates reliability and stability. Of course some occupations do require a specific degree. In contrast, if bad habits are not recognized and dealt with, getting a degree will become much more difficult.

While in college students make allies, former classmates, for future networking.  Some of them will come from different parts of a city, state, country or even the world. Perhaps a student meets a person only once but they made a lasting impression that lands them a job in the future. Broadening the spectrum of people one knows will help them familiarize or at least recognize different customs from different cultures. This is all part of developing situational awareness. A person who knows the interests and backgrounds about the people surrounding them can use that knowledge for personal gains or avoid making a bad impression. This is very important since cultural awareness is a key part to success in today’s internationally driven business world.

College molds a person through exposure to many different ideas.  New ideas may arise from new classes, clubs, or organizations. Sometimes clubs or organizations can help define what one stands for. For instance, the Humanitarian Club may teach about inhumane violence taking place in the war on Terrorism. This may inspire a person to speak out against the situation. Activists on campus may encourage voting, or action against global warming. A psychology class may explain why people sub-consciously try so hard to fit common expectations of society. Each new experience slightly or greatly impacts personal values and principles. By having values and principles one can truly make a difference in this world.

If you can’t shoot, sniping may not be the best choice. College allows a student to view a large amount of careers. With hundreds of different majors to choose from, the possibilities are almost endless. If one does not fit, a student has the ability to change the classes they are taking and reroute their course. Through this trial process, one learns to identify their strengths and weaknesses; likes and dislikes. Knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses allows a person to choose their own path.

Like most things, the college experience is determined by the level of effort put into it and what is taken from it. College invites new lessons and experiences that can contribute to success. Separate oneself from the grunts (ordinary foot soldiers) like a sniper. A sniper’s target is like a personal goal. The only way to hit the target is to practice. College will give the practice and confidence needed to hit that goal. It is up to student to pull the trigger.

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Bryce Jensen was a Marine Sniper who used the GI Bill to get a college education.  This was the first essay he wrote after his military service, which received an A+ and has been used by the professor as an exemplary essay to instruct other students within the course.

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