Posted By admin on September 13, 2010
I recently had an opportunity to use and test a Horus Vision Talon during the MGM Ironman, the toughest 3-Gun match in the country. The Talon is an extremely effective optic for close to mid-range engagements from close quarter distances to approximately 500 yards and even beyond. The 1-4×24 Talon reticule consists of a “ghost ring” with a modified Horus Vision reticule within the ghost ring. Like all Horus Vision optics, the reticule is in the first focal plane, so the milliradian-based reticule can be used for ranging at any magnification.
(Right: Cody at stage 3 of the MGM Ironman, the 3-Gun Nation stage, shooting the Next Generation Arms MP 168 using a Horus Vision Talon Scope. The sling is a Viking Tactics sling from Brownells. He has a 4th generation Glock 17 pistol and is using magazine pouches from 3-Gun Gear. Ear protection by Radians.)
(Cody getting comfortable with the Horus Vision Talon on the Next Generation Arms MP 168. Notice the nice eye relief.)
The Talon’s medium distance eye relief is such that the shooter can quickly acquire a sight picture with both eyes open with alignment onto the target virtually instantaneous. I found that for distances of up to 75 yards 1x works great and when targets are inside 25 yards all you need to do is get the target in the "ghost ring" and pull the trigger. At mid-ranges out to 250 yards the magnification should be increased to either 3 or 4 if there is a dramatic wind and the windage marks are needed. Any farther than that and you will need 4 power. During stage three of the MGM Ironman, I was able to use the Horus Reticule to easily drop all four rounds onto the "flag" portion of an IPSC target at 400 Yards.
(“I was able to use the Horus Reticule to easily drop all four rounds onto the”flag” portion of the IPSC target at 400 yards.” Rifle is Next Generation Arms MP 168. Sling is a Viking Tactics from Brownells as is the bipod and belt. The magazine pouches are from 3-Gun Gear.)
One thing that I found, in my opinion, needs changed, is the illuminated reticule that you can only see in very low light. It would be nice to see a day and night setting for it because in some situations you need something that your eyes can pick up on quickly.
The Talon features numbered “lead markers” on the horizontal crosshair that indicate a fast walk, a running man, a sprinting man, and the 20-mph cross-country speed of a tracked vehicle. This was one thing I wasn’t able to try out with the reticule, but I do believe if used right they would perform just as good as the other features.
(A close up of the 1-4×24 Hours Vision Talon scope on the Next Generation MP 168 as Cody makes adjustments.)
I was very pleased with the Horus Vision reticule for its versatility and ease of use. Unlike mildot reticules that require some math to calculate distance of a target and bullet drop, the Horus reticule is very simple. If someone was to want to use it to calculate the range of the target, there are a couple steps you can use to do it. For example, if you wanted to use the scope for hunting deer then what you can do is take an 18"x18" piece of plywood or cardboard and paint it white. Go to the range and start at 100 yards. Look through the scope and write down how many lines tall the white marker is. Repeat this for the rest of the yard increments you want. Then, when in the field count how many lines tall the mid section of an adult deer is and what ever number of lines on your chart is the closest is your range.
While at the range sighting in you can easily find the hold you need at different ranges. All you need to do is set up a target next to your marker. I used a six-inch reactive popper with great results. Another thing that really helps is using white paint or chalk below the target to see bullet impact. Then, once you’re at your desired range, use a center hold on the target and shoot. If you hit low, take the same sight picture and find what line the bullet impacted at and write it down. (Stage 9 of the Ironman offered the chance to put the Talon through its paces in the off-hand position. I couldn’t have been more pleased.)Now, use that hold and shoot at the target again to confirm that hold. If it is correct, then you now have your holdover for that range. I used these methods for the Ironman and together they worked great, granted, I did memorize the chart I had so as not to burn up time.
This is a scope I recommend for any 3-gun shooter or sportsman that wants to have that "universal gun". In the end, I was very happy with this scope and look forward to new scopes and products that Horus Vision comes out with in the future.
(Cody on stage 9 of the MGM Ironman picking off 8” poppers.)
Editor’s Note: Cody has exceptional shooting skills and his placement at 30 out of 103 participants in the Scoped Tactical class at the MGM Ironman 2010 was remarkable. A lot of that is due to the Next Generation Arms model MP 168 5.56 NATO rifle combined with the Horus Vision Talon 1.5 x 4 scope that he was using.
Horus Vision: www.horusvision.com
Next Generation Arms: www.nextgenerationarms.com
3-gun Gear: www.3gungear.com
Horus Vision Talon 1-4×24 Dangerous Game Optic
“This scope and reticule are designed for hunting in conditions of contrasting light in brush, wooded areas, grass or steep terrain. Imagine your Talon™ set at 1x. You are prepared for a close encounter of a dangerous kind with a bear. Your cheek weld is ingrained into your reflexes so when you bring your weapon up, your eye instantly sees the bear and a bold ring: put the bear in the ring, and you’ve got the shot. Your Talon scope also allows you to accurately engage targets out to 800 yards depending on your rifle. You don’t waste time turning knobs. Place the target on the Horus reticule grid, hold for drop and drift, and pull the trigger.”
“The H50 easily switches between eliminating close threats using the bold aiming ring, and engaging long range targets (to 800 yards) using the grid: a versatile combination for an incredible speed and distance advantage. Marks on the main horizontal provide approximate leads for walking, running, and sprinting targets.”
Copyright Junior Shooters magazine & Junior Sports Magazines Inc. September 2010