Using Mil Dots to range
On laser range finders. I posted some info on here a couple of months ago re: the Leica Vector which is supposed to be "the" range finder. Guys, with the technology right now even the Leica has problems in wierd/bright light conditions and in grassy areas. In Wyoming at the D&L shoot I almost broke my Leica into little pieces as it wouldn't range past 600 meters in these conditions on small targets. THe terrain was covered with sage brush and wouldn't reflect.
So what did I do? Mildots and the Mildot master baby! Bad to the bone! Da da daa da da! Gooch I know what you say about MilDots but in LE work it is easier to say in court " I confirmed the range with my Bushnell mdl 400 Range Finder " than to say I estimated the size of the target at 4.2 Mils and I believed the target to be six feet high. The second opens up all kinds of follow-up questions for the sniper to answer. The first places all the liability on Bushnell. A no brainer for me. For LE work my first choice is the laser. I have a Mildot scope in case the laser quits when I needed it and for leads. Just like I prefer a solid rest but train with a sling also.
Calif USA - Tuesday, December 15, 1998 at 21:46:32 (EST) Mike - By all means the laser should be your first distance determining device. In your environment, never more than 5 minutes from the nearest McDonalds as the FBI HRT guys I knew used to say, the likelihood of running out of batteries is small. In the military environment, there is a faction of which I am a member, that distrusts anything that uses batteries. Batteries must be obtained and carried in situations where we may be lucky to get food and water. Also batteries have a tendency to quit just when you need them.
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