SFC Edward Homeyer’s Personal Account Using Horus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chance & Ed on the Final Round of the Competition

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Talon 1-4×24 H50 by Brett Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

An Alaska Master Guide’s Experiences With Horus

As a Master Guide in Alaska and a Professional Hunter in Africa, I have watched both novice and very experienced hunters encounter the same problems. When pursuing long range shots, made under varying field conditions, most hunters cannot reliably make clean kills past 300 yards.  While using the Horus Vision System, I found with a little practice, the average hunter can double the effective range to make clean kills.

I must admit, the first time I looked through a Horus scope, I was skeptical and thought the reticle was too busy. A friend talked me into trying his new Horus scope. I was about to dismiss it as another gimmick, but the friend convinced me, if I tried it, I would like it.  I learned to shoot with open sights and did not like scopes the first time I tried them, but I decided to give the Horus Vision Scope a try. After a day of shooting the Horus scope at the range, I started to think it had real possibilities.  The more I used the Horus scope, the more I liked it, and am now sold on it. 

After testing a Horus Vision scope in the field for three years, it is my professional opinion that they are the absolute best scopes for big game hunting. Horus Vision Scopes are better than any other scope system I have ever used and are perfect for hunting under the tough and diverse field conditions of Alaska.  

While in the field hunting, fingers are cold, you are out of breath from a hard stock, or you cannot take your eyes off the game without losing it. Twisting knobs and counting clicks does not work for me… not a single client I have guided could reliably work knobs under Alaskan field conditions; Yet, under the same harsh real life field conditions, the Horus Vision system has worked time and time again for both me and my clients.

This is a list from this hunting season of 5 big game animals I personally watched harvested using a Horus scope:

  • 580 yards one shot kill
  • 337 yards one shot kill- Shot by 10 year old boy
  • 65 yards one shot kill- Shot by 14 year old girl
  • 96 yard shot
  • 890 yards one shot kill

The 890 yard shot was impressive. That shot was at a Caribou, wounded by a hunter from another party.  After trying for ½ a day to get closer to the wounded animal, we determined we could not get any closer in the open country where the wounded caribou was.  As the hunter got into a prone shooting position using a bipod, I used a pair of Leica range finding binoculars, mounted on a tripod, and determined the range to be 890 yards with no wind. The conditions were perfect for a long shot.  Knowing the exact range and using a Horus range card, the hunter knew what grid line to hold on the scope. The shooter did his job and 10 seconds after the shot was fired, the Caribou fell over dead.

Even the shortest shot of the season impressed me.  A few seconds before the shot was taken, the shooter was about to make a different shot at 380 yards. The range of the animal and the grid line to hold in the scope had been determined.  Just as she was going to fire, her dad saw a better trophy step out of the willows 65 yards from us. If we had used a scope that had the knobs dialed in for the 380 yard range, we would have had to readjust the knobs by counting clicks. The trophy at 65 yards had seen us at the same time we saw it. The shooter only had a few seconds to take aim at the new target and make the shot. With the Horus scope, all she had to do was hold on the correct grid line for the new range and make the shot. Being able to make instant adjustment with the Horus scope let her take the better trophy that day and that is just one more occasion where the Horus scope has impressed me.

My opinion, based on three years of use in the field, is that the Horus scope is the most practical hunting scope ever made, and is now the only scope I recommend to my clients and friends.

Jerry Jacques, Alaska Master Guide #110

Jerry Jacques’ 10-year-old son, Caleb, with his first Caribou taken in Brooks Range with a FNSPR .308 rifle with 26″ Lilja barrel, Manners stock, CDI bottom metal, and Horus Scope.

Allegheny Sniper Challenger Takes First Place Using The Horus System

Jered Joplin, President of American Precision Arms, took first and second place in the 2010 Allegheny Sniper Challenge and he used the Horus System!

Here is his personal account of the event:

The Allegheny Sniper Challenge is a 2-day event held in the mountains of West Virginia.  The primary focus of the match is milling and high-angle shooting.  There are multiple unsupported stages, as well, but almost the entire course is unknown distance targets.  Targets range from 25 yards to 1250 yards.  One morning you actually start out on top of the Eastern Continental Divide. 

I took first place in 4 of the last 5 matches we attended there.  This year we took first and second place. 

The Horus system is tailor made for ASC.  It has been a major contributing factor to our success at this match and many others.  To be frank I would hate to shoot without it.  Thanks for making a wonderful product!

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