Designated marksmen in Iraq and Afghanistan frequently use semi-automatic rifles for both short- and long-range engagement. The scope mounted on this M14 is an excellent choice for distant targets, but a poor option up close. USMC photo by Staff Sgt William Greeson
Mounting the Premier Reticles V8 Tactical required placing both rings behind the adjustment saddle due to its far-forward position on the scope. Despite this odd configuration, the author encountered no problems during testing.
Each scope tested included an illuminated segment of their reticles, powered by a single CR2032 battery. All three offer rheostat adjustments with “off” positions between each brightness setting for quick resets.
All of the tested scopes have adjustment gradations in .1-mil increments, which correspond with the subtensions in their milliradian-based reticles. The Horus BlackBird does not have target turrets—its H58 reticle provides effective windage and elevation hold points.
The latest class of riflescopes designed for military snipers and other tactical operators can handle just about any situation from 10 feet to beyond 1,000 yards—thanks to innovative reticles and a revolutionary zoom factor approaching eight.