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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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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“I’m a Donkey Hunter!”

The first legitimate encounter with the President of Horus Vision, Dennis Sammut, was at lunch the day he spontaneously slapped the title of Production Manager to my job description three weeks after I started at his company.  I was given the task of dabbing Dennis’ head with cover-up to take away the glare and scold him anytime he added his favorite filler phrase, “in here,” within his presentation.  To be honest, I was ecstatic, but wow, I had not yet come close to the realization of how much entertainment I would be blessed with.

I had just moved back home from New York where the closest thing to a hunter I encountered was a headhunter, and hunting season consisted of recruiting newly graduated college students into slave labor sales jobs.  I was tired of the New York scene, so I moved back where I came from, right in the heart of the Bay Area in a city called San Bruno, not far from San Francisco (I know, I’m always shooting myself in the foot when I admit such a thing).  That is where I began my epic journey with Horus Vision and where I met a different kind of hunter- one unlike any other and certainly the farthest thing from a headhunter.  Who would have thought I could be in store for such a treat in the land of fruits, nuts, and flakes…

After dulling the glare on Dennis’ forehead and assisting Dennis with such things as combing over his hair, and drawing some last minute changes on his instructional boards, we took a lunch break.

I joined the guys for lunch, which included Ted the Videographer, Todd the Professional Shooter, and Dennis the Head Honcho.

Dennis was holding court, and I just sat back and took everything in, chuckling at the madness unfolding into a masterpiece of unintentional comedy right before my eyes.

I had ordered frog satay for lunch that day, and at one point zoned out of the conversation to examine my mystery meal.  Dennis all of a sudden abruptly caught my attention with a rush of greater intensity than he was already exuding and exclaimed, “I’m not a police officer! I’m not a civil servant! I’m not a soldier! I’m a donkey hunter!”

I nearly spit that frog satay from my mouth, as I burst into laughter.  Again, he was completely serious, with not a tone of joking present anywhere in his diction.

Ted and Todd were trying to hold in their laughter, but had trouble after seeing that I had no shame with my cackles over in the corner.

Dennis turned to me and said with great earnest, “I’m serious, in here! I’m a donkey hunter.  How do you think I developed the reticle for Horus Vision?  I was shooting the overrun donkeys in Australia, in here, and it was so boring, I had to see how far I could get to shoot them to make it interesting since they are so goddamn slow!”

I just laughed in his face.  I believed him, but I couldn’t let him think he could get away with such a ridiculous concept without acknowledging how crazy he sounded.  Apparently he wasn’t too crazy, as Todd Hodnett said, “Basically it is his simple approach to long range thinking and trying to fix a problem that he incurred while in the field.  Thus the Horus reticle was born. Genius.”

Now I had to find out the background to this madness. 

I caught up with a long-time friend of Dennis, named Bob Penfold.  He gave me quite the history lesson on how the Donkey Hunter came to be, which I decided to add verbatim, because it was too good to pull apart.

Bob Penfold’s Personal Account about Dennis the Donkey Hunter

Dennis was an avid river rafter for 20 years.  He rafted most great rivers across western USA during his career.  He was looking for further adventures.

He began hunting first in Alaska and then in Africa; however, really knew little about guns or hunting.  He asked retired Colonel TD (Tom) Smith, a well known shooting teacher, to assist him in learning about hunting and shooting.  If nothing else, Dennis is a determined person who wants to know how to do everything in the best possible way.

Tom and Dennis arrived in my buffalo hunting camp 25 years ago.  Tom shot a big buffalo, and then asked if there was anything else to shoot.  So I took him donkey culling in the same area.

To cut a long story short, Tom was a great shot at standing animals, at any distance, but he could not shoot any game running.  I showed him how to do it and he asked me how I learned to do that.  I told him I had taken 100,000 practice shots to get that good.

While I taught Tom how to shoot, he asked me if I would teach Dennis how to shoot.  So began a long and great partnership between Dennis and me.

Never doubt how tough an individual Dennis is.  He is both physically and mentally very tough.  He accepts criticism readily and his determination to learn overrules his normal dominant attitude to life.

He never complained when we were lost exploring new terrain.  On the numerous occasions we were bogged in knee deep mud, he never flinched at wading around in the mud dragging winch cables to trees or doing the difficult physical work required of adventuring and exploring the remote outback cattle stations.

While I was teaching Dennis I swore at him, abused him, and cursed him very often whenever he made mistakes.  He simply smiled and always said, “Show me how”.

After  trying to shoot some donkeys at 600 yards using guesstimated formulae’s, and missing them, he asked if there was a way to better shoot them accurately every time.  I explained to him that it was the equipment that was lacking the ability, not the shooter.  That evening after returning to camp Dennis drew on a piece of paper, a sight picture that is very similar to the Horus scope system that Dennis has patented and is using as the basis for his sighting system to this day.

Dennis went home and commissioned a German scope manufacturer to make him a scope with the crosshair in the upper third of the sight picture and with some grid references spread across the vertical line.  This original design gave Dennis the sight picture that he needed to get a correct hold on the animals to shoot them perfectly with each shot, no matter what the range.

Dennis returned to Australia again the next year to test his new scope system.  It worked just great.  We found a bunch of about 20 donkeys at 600 yards and Dennis shot each of them with single killing shot “ in the base of their neck” using a 30-06.  When we drove the Toyota 4WD to where they were all laying dead, only one required a second finishing shot.

Dennis was now on a roll.  He then made further modifications to the scope.  He installed a distance measuring grid so that the distance to the animal could be measured by looking through the scope.  This distance was applied to the special crosshair grid, and then the animals were dispatched one after the other without a single miss even at very long ranges.  This was supplementary to the various laser range finders that he carried and tested.

Dennis was ecstatic.  He returned to USA and made further refinements.  He included a chronograph to test the bullet velocity in the hot dry outback air in his pack.  He needed this information to include in his palm pilot computer that he now carried out in the field.  He carried an instrument to measure wind velocity and another to measure air moisture levels.  He fitted a horizontal bubble check device to check his level of hold for each shot on his rifles.

Dennis saw no limitations to his invention.  He experimented with bigger and smaller calibres and refined his scope sighting system over and over after each trip to Australia until he has what he considers being his perfect sniper system to which any average shooter can apply in the field.  This development took Dennis 10 years and 10 trips to Australia to test his systems in the field.

We set up a target at 1600 yards in the pre-dawn darkness.  There are zero air currents at this time in the morning in the outback area we were hunting.  Dennis shot groups from the sandbags mounted on the hood of my Toyota.  There were no hardships, lack of sleep, being bone tired and exhausted that stopped Dennis perfecting his sighting system.  He is one tough puppy.

While he invested a lot of money in patents, he never stops thinking about what further refinements he can make to further perfect the system.  He now has them especially manufactured to his own specifications to ensure that his buyers received only the best possible quality products from the Horus Vision line.  

Dennis is definitely different.  He is loud, the leader of any expedition.  He is definitely eccentric.  We all are, but Dennis is “way out there” in his leadership and organisational capacity to lead and have others faithfully follow.

In the field Dennis allowed me to be the boss until he gleaned from me every bit of information that he could absorb.  I pushed him harder and harder, never letting up on the push for perfection until I was satisfied that I had taught him about all I could teach him about killing stuff under every circumstance.

I pushed him so hard- first to learn to kill every animal with a single shot, then how to do it with consistency on running game.  The finale’ was to teach him to shoot every animal that was running in the head, killing them with consistent head shots.  He learned how to do that consistently with a bolt action rifle.

I believe when I teach someone to shoot, when they can shoot running game in the head with consistency using a bolt action rifle, they have learned about all that I can teach them.

During one of our last trips together I found a herd of 11 donkeys grazing in a valley.  I instructed Dennis to “go headshot every one of them after you get them running”.  Dennis loaded up and walked towards the donkeys.  They saw him, and became agitated before breaking into a run in line, following each other.  Dennis killed every one of the 11 donkeys with headshots and used only 13 rounds of ammo to achieve that.

It was then that I figured I could not teach him anymore.  He was as good as I could make him.

Before each trip into the outback I would fly in one full carton of Coca Cola for every day that Dennis would be in camp.  He would often drink 6 to 8 cans before breakfast.  You wonder why he was wide awake, focussed and ready for anything.  He kept himself wired all of the time.

I must add that I consider Dennis to be a really good friend.  He helps anyone who is honest and sincere.  He helped me on several occasions when I needed assistance he was able to give and sought no thanks.

Dennis is a joker.  He leads the evening dinner table discussions on politics, guns, ammunition, people and joke telling.  He sure is fun to have in camp.  He loves to eat good food and my wife, Kay, loved to cook for him.

Here is a guy who lives on his nerves, and is definitely an eccentric personality.  He needs to be the leader and to have everyone else follow, but at the same time has great respect for every lady, and especially loves his wife and children.

One of my favourite memories was when we were testing his latest refinement in his Horus Vision technology.  We were searching for extreme range donkeys by cruising the high hills above a plain, which we knew donkeys travelled to feed areas early each morning.

I pulled the Toyota 4WD up under a big shade tree and we set up to see what we could find.  After some time I located several donkeys feeding in the open, “way out there”.

We ranged the donkeys using the range estimator that was built into the sight picture of the scope.  The range showed at around 1600 yards.

Dennis took all of the air temperature, moisture content and air current readings before using a special long range laser range finder to check the range.  He determined that the donkeys were 1650 yards, confirming our visual readout taken via the scope range estimator grid.  He entered all of the data into his palm pilot which determined the rifle hold for the shot.

We discussed the shot, the range, the computer readout and the circumstances.  There is no rush when the donkeys are a mile away, feeding in the early morning warmth.

Dennis set up his special 308 Winchester rifle that was fitted with the Horus Vision scope on the sandbags on the hood of the Toyota.  He took careful aim while I set up my view through the 60 power spotting scope.

After the shot broke, I waited what seemed like some seconds before the shot arrived at the donkey and knocked him off his feet.

What a shot.  A single shot kill at one mile, first shot, without any sighters.  I was there, on the hill with Dennis when he made the kill.  This was singularly the greatest single shot kill at extreme range that I have ever seen.

There were many more memorable moments when hunting with Dennis, however this was the highlight, the culmination of 10 years of work and fun in the sun with Dennis.

We are still friends after 15 years travelling, hunting, and enduring the hard and the fun times together.  It was always like hunting with a friend rather than being a “me guide you client” relationship.  We operate as a team and we both have great memories of our good times together.  We may get together again in the field in Australia one day.  I look forward to that prospect.

Dennis makes a great friend, but like me, I suspect that I would not like him to be my enemy.

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The Long Shot by Dennis Sammut

In 1999, I planned a trip to test the improvements to my invention, my baby, the third-generation prototype ultra-long-range Sammut Custom Reticle.  My trip took me to Limbunya, a remote two-million-acre outback cattle station (as ranches are called down under) located in the southwest corner of Australia sprawling, sparsely populated Northern Territory.

Limbunya, like many cattle stations in the Northern Territory, is plagued by problems with feral donkeys and camels that threaten the ranchers’ livelihood and the local eco-systems equilibrium.  If a rancher fails to address the feral animal problems sufficiently, the government hires a helicopter hunter and sends the bill to the farmer.

In 1999, I contracted with Bill Penfold of Hunt Australia, an outfitting firm, for what would be my seventh culling safari.  I have personally taken over 2,000 animals on these cull hunts, which are not without their dangers.  The brush is infested with venomous snakes and spiders.  Twice, I had uncomfortably close encounters with King Browns, very aggressive and deadly snakes.

I arrived at Limbunya in the early afternoon.  Within three hours I was at the station’s airstrip with my steel measuring tape.  Using stakes, a heavy hammer, and two guides, I laid out a precise 800-yard range marked in 100 yard increments. 

Once our range was set up, our party zeroed their rifles.  After a hearty meal and a peaceful night’s sleep under the Southern Cross, we set off on our safari.  This was a one-on-one hunt, each hunter with his own guide in a separate vehicle.  We would each cull in a separate area of the 3,000 square-kilometer ranch.

My weapon was a 32-inch barrel rifle custom built by Glen Pearce of Pearce Quality Rifles in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  It was chambered for the 300 Warbird, and sported a Schmidt and Bender 4 – 16 power by 50mm scope fitted with my ultra-long-range Sammut custom reticle.

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The blazing Australian sun high overhead and slightly behind me, I had a picture perfect view of the target.  My surveyor’s ribbon and anemometer indicated a 7 o’clock, 8 to 13 mph wind, just brisk enough to prevent those nasty Australian flies from landing on my face and neck, but not too strong to make the shot.  Conditions were nearly perfect.

I settled into shooting position, resting my rifle on the vermiculite-filled bags on the hood of my Toyota Landcruiser.  Bracing myself against the left fender, I slowly increased the scope to 16 power and brought the target into sharp focus—a group of feral donkeys standing near some brush.

Using the reticle’s built-in range finder, I carefully calculated the range based on the height of each donkey’s shoulder from the ground.  Since the donkeys varied in size, I took 5 varied measurements and averaged them to 1,370 yards; the animals were just over ¾ of a mile away.

Horizontal line #7 provided the correct holdover for that range.  I had previously adjusted the reticle’s windage and elevation values for each of its 13 lines.  After arriving on the Australian ranch, I had readjusted the values of those lines by shooting at various targets.

One donkey moved away from the group, stopping on some dry, bare hardpan, facing me.  This was perfect; if I missed, I could easily see where the bullet struck.  Then, if necessary, I could use my reticle’s unique built-in second-shot correction feature.

I adjusted the scope for a 10 mph wind and, moving my left hand to the scope’s variable power ring, I slowly reduced the power until the mirage decreased to within a reasonable limit.  I loaded a single 3000 Lazzorini Warbird Cartridge (7.62 x 82, 92.7 grains of RL19, fitted with a Remington 9 ½ m primer, and capped with a Moly-coated 200-gr Spitzer boat tail bullet) and gently closed the bolt.

I locked myself into a position where my rifle and I became a single unit.  I raised the rifle until horizontal line #7 and the central vertical crosshair overlay the donkey’s chest, compensating for bullet drop in one easy step.  To account for wind deflection from the 7 o’clock breeze, I moved my rifle slightly to the left, visually traveling along horizontal line #7 to the first hackmark right of center.  Keeping my right eye on the target, I opened my left eye for a brief glimpse of my gun-leveling device to be sure I was not canting my rifle.

I began to control my breathing, careful not to inhale any of the flies buzzing around my head.  I gently began to squeeze the 2.5 pound trigger.  After the recoil, I repositioned the rifle and scope and saw a lifeless donkey with what appeared to be a chest shot.

When I examined the carcass up close, I saw that it was a perfect head shot instead of the intended chest shot.  It may have been my error, or a slight updraft, or some unknown factor.  My reticle had worked, though; this 1,370 yard kill was my longest shot at a donkey to date.  I had taken shots at longer ranges, but only at inanimate objects.  My longest balloon “pop” was at 1,800 yards.  I have absolute confidence that my rifle, ammo, scope, and skill enable me to consistently make one-shot kills at extended ranges.  Wounding animals is unacceptable; if I can’t make the shot, I don’t shoot.

This long-range shot was the culmination of months of work, both back in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Australia.  The pre-trip portion was devoted to improvements to the prototype custom reticle and grid that I had used on the previous year’s hunt in Australia.  During that 1998 hunt, I had carefully recorded muzzle velocities, weather factors, and notes on every aspect of the performance of my prototype reticle.

Successful long range shooting depends on such prep work.  I averaged 1998 weather information to prepare for the 1999 hunt (see Appendix A).  The atmospheric differences probably account for the difference in muzzle velocity in the SF Bay Area vs. the Australian outback.  I averaged 18 shots from 3 rifles, and found variance in muzzle velocity large enough to significantly affect holdover (See Appendix B).

In the movies, snipers make kills at a mile or more simply by squinting to dramatic music and taking a few seconds to aim.  Those of us who have made such shots know better; consistent extended range kills depend on careful preparation that gives you an intimate knowledge of your equipment and the shooting conditions.  It is a science as much as an art, and I couldn’t be happier with my instrument, the Sammut Custom Reticle.

Appendix A:  Atmospheric Conditions in Limbunya

All values entered into ballistics software designed for use with my reticle.

            Barometric Pressure:          28.45 (unadjusted for altitude)

            Relative Humidity:   22%

            Temperature:                        95 o  F – 106 o  F

            Elevation:                  1,500 feet

Appendix B: Muzzle Velocities, comparison between San Francisco Bay Area and Australian Outback.  All measurements reflect feet/second.

 30-06 Federal Classic

150 gr Remington Extended Range

 San Francisco: 2,907 (based on a 10 shot average)

Australian Outback: 3,110 (based on a 6 shot average)

300 Winchester Mag

190 gr Remington Extended Range

 San Francisco: 2,889

Australian Outback: 3,075

300 Warbird Handload

 San Francisco: 3,425 (based on a 6 shot average)

Australian Outback: 3,446

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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

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

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