I am often asked, “What reticle do you use on your carbines?” and “What do you think about the Horus Optics/reticle?”. I came across the Talon Horus Optic this weekend and decided to give my views, along with my experience with the Horus reticle as a short/medium and long-range shooter.

The Talon scope, and H50 reticle, are designed for hunting in conditions of contrasting light in brush, wooded areas, grass or steep terrain.  Its magnification is changeable from 1x – 4x.  The 1x magnification allows you quickly take snap shots of targets without requiring you to lose site of them for even a brief, yet critical, split second.  With this scope and reticle, engaging targets out to 800 yards should be no problem for intermediate and advanced shooters. You basically place the target on the Horus reticle 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.   Marks on the main horizontal approximate leads for walking, running, and sprinting targets.

Putting the great features aside, I’d like to point out some of the Cons that I found using it as combat style scope.

I do absolutely love the capabilities that the reticle has and the way it simplifies hold unders, overs, and leads.  Saying that, the scope can become very busy at times.  The scopes reticles can obscure the bullet impact at times not allowing you to make quick follow-up shots, if necessary, in a combat situation.  Something else that some shooters may find as a con is that the reticle can be a little too much in a city environment, much like the streets of Iraq.  The reticle works wonders in open terrain such as Afghanistan where the shooter has less man-made structures. The hard lines in the reticle obscuring the horizontal lines in the scope.

Besides the small amount of cons, I think this scope is one for the books, especially for the hunter and home defense shooters.

Scope Specs


  • Power: 1-4 x 24
  • Length: 9.75″ (24.8 cm)
  • Weight: 18.3 oz (518 g)
  • Tube Diameter: 30 mm
  • Wall Thickness: 1.5mm
  • Material: aluminum 6061-T, 340 HV Hardness
  • Tube: 1 piece
  • Color: black
  • Exterior Finish: matte anodized
  • Shockproof: 1200 g
  • Water-resistant: yes (3 meters)
  • Dustproof: yes
  • Fogproof: yes
  • Warranty: 1 year limited
  • Twilight Factor: 4.9 @ 1x – 9.8 @ 4x
  • Reticle: H-50
  • Reticles: 1st Focal Plane
  • Reticle Illumination: yes
  • Battery Size: CR2032
  • Battery Life: 20+ hours
  • Rheostat: yes
  • Rheostat Positions: 11 positions
  • Lenses: 12 + reticle
  • Lens Coating: multi-coated
  • Objective Lens: 24mm
  • Field of View: 21.0 – 9.0 m (at 100m)
  • Eye Relief: 5.5″ – 3.3″ (140-85mm)
  • Exit Pupil: 24.0 – 6.0 mm
  • Ocular Type: rapid European focus
  • Diopter Adjustment: more than (-2,+1)
  • Elevation Increment: 1 click = .10 mil radian
  • Elevation Adj. Range: more than 34.9 MILS (120 MOA)
  • Windage Increments: 1 click = .10 mil radian
  • Windage Adj. Range: more than 34.9 MILS (120 MOA)
  • Turret Caps: yes
  • Turret Type: low
  • Power Selector Style: tactile power indicator
  • Parallax: fixed at 100 m

Optional Accessories

  • ASLI
  • Lens Cap: ocular 1.75″ / objective 1.2

MSRP: $600.00

You can find out more information here:  http://www.horusvision.com/talon.php