System and method for determining target range and coordinating

System and method for determining target range and coordinating
US007905046B2
(12) Ulllted States Patent
(10) Patent N0.:
Smith, III
(54)
(45) Date of Patent:
SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING
TARGET RANGE AND COORDINATING
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4,777,352 A
Mar. 15, 2011
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Thomas D. Smith, III, Oklahoma Clty,
4,787,739 A * 11/1988 Gregory ..................... .. 356/403
OK (US)
4,923,402 A
5/1990 Marshall et al.
5,189,560 A *
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Assignee: Thomas D. Smith, III, Oklahoma City,
OK (Us)
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Notice:
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Inventor:
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5,616,903 A * 4/1997 spnnger ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ " 235/414
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11/2001 Schechter et al.
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10/2003 Faulkner et al.
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(22) Filed:
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OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Prior Publication Data
US 2009/0205239 A1
Aug 20’ 2009
Leupold, “Ranging System for the Tactical Milling Reticle4Oper
ating Instructions”, Leupold & Stevens, Inc. Beaverton, OR,
retrieved on Jun. 6, 2008 from http://WWW2.leupold.com/resources/
Related US. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 61/029,203, ?led on Feb.
15, 2008.
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d0Wnloads.htm.
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Primary Examiner * Troy Chambers
Assistant Examiner * Samir Abdosh
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US. Cl. .............. .. 42/142; 42/144; 42/122; 42/130;
235/404; 89/41 '17; 89/41 '19; 89/204
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ABSTRACT
A system and method for use of an enhanced aiming system
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Field of Classi?cation Search ...................... .. None
which includes a marker displayed at a ?rst position in an
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aiming scope, a user input of a start position and an ending
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position to measure a desired impact Zone, a calculator for
determining a range to the target based on the known dimen
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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING
TARGET RANGE AND COORDINATING
TEAM FIRE
mixtures in each shell and the volume variation by manufac
ture, and they often resort to many idiocyncratic variations
such as polishing their projectiles to ensure uniformity in
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATIONS
To address a very broad range of shooting applications,
from small game to large game, short range to long range,
projectile shape and Wind resistance.
from civilian to military, industry has responded by develop
ing approximately 1500 different calibers, bullet shapes, and
This application claims bene?t of the ?ling date of provi
sional patent application 61/029,203, ?led on Feb. 15, 2008,
by Thomas D. Smith, III.
cartridge designs.
Because a projectile Will drop a signi?cant amount during
such a long range trajectory, range estimation or measure
ment remains an important task or skill of the shooter. Fur
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND
DEVELOPMENT STATEMENT
ther, selection of the proper “load” (e.g. caliber, bullet shape,
bullet Weight, etc.) is also critical to achieving accurate shot
placement. The tWo factors are interrelated and co-dependent
trajectory shape and load characteristics.
This invention Was not developed in conjunction With any
To accurately measure range-to-target values in long range
Federally sponsored contract.
applications, many shooters utiliZe electronic means, such as
a laser or radar-based range ?nder. In certain scenarios, hoW
MICROFICHE APPENDIX
ever, use of a range ?nding device Which emits a “scatter” of
Not applicable.
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such scatter can be detected, and the source pinpointed, by
many military countermeasures. So, use of a laser range
?nder in a covert application on a battle?eld may result in
INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE
Issued US. Pat. Nos. 7,237,355; 7,222,452; 7,194,838;
7,069,684; 6,591,537; D456,057; and 6,357,158; and US.
provisional patent application 61/029,203, ?led on Feb. 15,
2008, are hereby incorporated by reference in their entireties.
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revealing the location of personnel.
Some range measuring techniques using markings on
reticles in scopes have been developed. For example, the
Widely-used “Mil-Dot” reticle can be used to determine
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
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1. Technical Field of the Invention
ranges by performing certain calculations relative to the grati
cule marks in the scope. But, these techniques remain math
intensive, are extremely distracting to the essential psychop
sysiological performance state required for a successful shot,
and are not conducive to practice by shooters of limited math
This application relates to displays Within scopes used for
skills or education. Additionally, some research shoWs that a
aiming ri?es, pistols, and other projectile delivery systems. It
human’s math skills are diminished during times of intense
stress, While other mental skills are increased, such as visual
especially relates to determining range-to-target values, pro
viding range and Windage-corrected aiming points, up-hill
signal can be dangerous and contraindicated. For example,
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and doWn-hill, altitude, barometric pressure, barrel tempera
acuity. This shift of available mental faculties may tempo
rarily disable a trained shooter from performing range calcu
ture and the other various affects commonly grouped as exter
lations at the very time he or she may need them most.
nal ballistics and coordinating team ?ring activities.
2. Background of the Invention
In a different, but related problem, training of users of
scope-equipped guns remains di?icult because a coach is
unable to see in real-time What the shooter is seeing. So, the
Apparatuses for aiming of guns for sporting, competition,
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coach is relegated to using diagrams and verbal descriptions
to convey to the shooting student What the “sight picture” (e. g.
the vieW of the target through the scope”) should look like,
laW enforcement, and military purposes are Well knoWn and
Wide spread. A very common aiming devices is knoWn as a
“scope”, Which may be mounted to a variety of guns and
including any offsets (e.g. “holds” for bullet drop, Windage,
Weapons, including but not limited to ri?es and pistols. Some
scopes include a ?xed magni?cation, or a variable magni?
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In a similar application, teams of shooters, such as military
sniper teams and hostage rescue teams, often are required to
cation (Zoom) feature.
HoWever, due to certain forces on projectiles While in ?ight
coordinate and assign targets. Coordination and command is
after the gun or Weapon system has shot or launched the
usually performed by a centraliZed authority, but again, the
projectile, aiming and predicting accurately the point of
impact of a projectile is more dif?cult than just determining a
straight “line of sight” from the muZZle of the gun to a target.
Projectiles are diverted from straight ?ight by a number of
factors, including but not limited to, Wind resistance, cross
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critical, sometimes life-or-death, decisions based upon these
Therefore, there exists a need in the art for a means to
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Beginning shooters do not recogniZe the problem, but
ing your eyes off the target once the target is acquired. There
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animals or critical situations, such as hostage rescue team
snipers, and for long range missions, such as military snipers.
In these situations, variations in altitude, humidity, baromet
ric pressure, cartridge chemicals, Weight of projectile, and
shape of projectile have considerable effect. Many competi
tive long range shooters, for example, “reload” their oWn
shells to ensure uniformity of the chemical and hydration
provide quick and accurate range determinations When using
a scope-equipped gun or Weapon Without relying upon math
ematical or computational skills of the user. Speci?cally
expert shooters understand the essential nature of never tak
vector according to an average or mean cross Wind speed.
advanced and precision shooters, hoWever, agree that such a
simpli?cation is unreliable for humane harvest of sentient
central authority is unable to actually see What the team
members can see via their scopes. So, the central authority
must rely upon descriptions from the team members to make
descriptions.
Wind vectors, and gravity. As such, ballistic paths Within the
Earth’s atmosphere are often modeled simply as pseudo
parabolic vertical paths having a constant horizontal offset
etc.).
further exists a need in the art to share visual information from
scopes of members shooting teams and groups to alloW for
improved training, coordination, and command.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
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A system and method for use of an enhanced aiming sys
tem Which includes a marker displayed at a ?rst position in an
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aiming scope, a user input of a start position and an ending
position to measure a desired impact zone, a calculator for
determining a range to the target based on the knoWn dimen
13 and the erector lens element 15, typically at a site consid
ered to be a front focal plane of the optical system Within the
housing. The reticle 16 contains ?ne etched lines or hairline
sion of the impact zone and the magni?cation value of the
aiming scope, and a display in the aiming scope for shoWing
an aiming point dot or bar to compensate for projectile drop at
the calculated range, and optionally for Windage and option
indicia comprising a center vertical hairline 19 and a center
horizontal hairline 20, Which orthogonally orperpendicularly
intersect at a center point 26. The reticle further de?nes ?rst,
second, third and fourth horizontal range and aiming marker
hairlines 21, 22, 23 and 24 (or other designs as may be
ally for moving target hold-over.
appropriate to speci?c applications) respectively intersecting
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
the vertical hairline beloW the center point 26 and vertically
spaced apart and of preferably sequentially increasing length.
The ?gures presented herein When taken in conjunction
Each such range and aiming marker hairline 21, 22, 23, and 24
is bisected by the center vertical hairline 19, in the present
With the disclosure form a complete description of the inven
tion.
FIGS. 1a and 1b are schematic illustrations of the internal
components of a variable poWer telescopic sight for a gun.
FIG. 10 is a side elevation vieW of a telescopic sight
embodying the invention mounted upon a gun of the type
manner as necessary to account to the vertical component of
commonly used for hunting, target shooting and related prac
reticle into the sighting system by other means, chie?y elec
tices.
FIG. 1d provides an illustration of an example control
panel for a clickable scroll Wheel.
design in a horizontal manner but potentially in an angled
Wind drift, etc.).
We must also note that it is feasible to present a virtual
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alters the functionality of the present invention; therefore, any
means of generating aiming points that achieves the same
goal as that described herein is fundamentally identical in
FIG. 2 illustrates one available embodiment of a head-up
display type of subassembly for optically overlaying the
invention’s aiming point and text onto the image of a reticle
nature and is also claimed.
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and target in a scope.
FIG. 3 depicts one possible scope housing With an addi
bars beloW the main crosshair intersection corresponding to
bullet drops at given ranges, other reticles, such as but not
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FIG. 5 provides example illustrations of usage of the inven
limited to a MIL-DOT reticle, can be used With the present
invention.
Integrated Display
tion in a ri?escope to hunt an animal.
FIGS. 6a and 6b shoW logical processes and methods of use
FIGS. 1a and 1b illustrate schematically the integration of
according to the present invention.
FIG. 7 illustrates coordinated elements for team usage of
the invention in several enhanced embodiments.
FIGS. 8a and 8b shoW enhanced aiming indicia based on
grouping criteria from a bench sighting-in session.
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DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
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a display unit 100 in the optical chain, and optionally a cam
era 101. In one embodiment, the display unit 100 comprises a
dot matrix light emitting diode (LED), plasma, or liquid crys
tal (LCD) or other suitable electronic display mounted sub
stantially parallel With the optical axis or line-of-sight 18 of
the assembly, and a partially re?ective (diagonal dotted line)
lens is positioned at an angle such as a 45 degree angle to the
optical axis, so as to alloW the image of the target to pass
through to the eyepiece, While also transparently superimpos
For the reader’s conveniences, issued US. Pat. Nos. 7,237,
ing a re?ection of the display onto the target. Such a display
sub-assembly is shoWn in more detail in FIG. 2, in Which the
355; 7,222,452; 7,194,838; 7,069,684; 6,591,537; D456,057;
and 6,357,158 provide a great deal of background informa
tion regarding ri?escopes and use of my other ri?escope
inventions. The present invention is preferably realized in
It should also be noted, that although a preferred embodi
ment of the invention utilizes a set of subtending range marker
tional portion for receiving the display unit.
FIG. 4 provides a functional block diagram of the inven
tion.
tronically, and that the absence of a physical reticle in no Way
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display panel 21 is positioned at an angle to the partially
re?ective lense (20), and is provided With roW and column
conjunction With my previous ri?escope inventions, but may
pixel driver signals in order to produce graphic images (dots,
be realized separately, as Well.
lines, etc.) and text. This embodiment option resembles a
miniaturized heads -up display (HUD), such as the larger units
provided in aircraft and automobiles. In some arrangements,
the display may be displayed upside doWn and/or mirror
reversed in order to compensate for similar rotations and ?ips
in the image of the target due to optical characteristics of a
Turning to FIGS. la-lc, a telescopic sight 10, embodying
this invention is shoWn attached by a suitable mount 35 to a
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gun 12. The sight 10 is formed by a tubular housing 11
containing a forWardly positioned objective lens element 13,
a rearWardly positioned ocular or eyepiece lens element 14,
given scope design.
an intervening erector lens element 15, and a reticle 16 dis
posed betWeen the objective lens element 13 and the erector
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lens element 15. In the case of vari-focal or zoom scopes, a
FIG. 3 shoWs a perspective vieW of a scope body improved
to house (30) the display unit 100 in a portion of it. In actual
positionally adjustable magnifying lens 17 is associated With
practice, the sub-housing portion Which receives the display
the erector lens element 15. The exterior of the housing 11
unit can be of any suitable shape, but is shoWn as a cylindrical
may be equipped With rotationally moveable features 36 for
adjusting focus, parallax, magni?cation ratio, Windage and
elevation. Each of the various lens elements may be single
lenses or combinations of lenses, either aligned in proximity
or glued together or a combination of these compositions.
The reticle 16 is a circular, planar or ?at transparent panel
or disk mounted Within the housing 11 in perpendicular rela
tionship to the optical axis or line-of-sight 18 through the
scope, and is positioned betWeen the objective lens element
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portion to match the illustration of the circular display
example of FIG. 2.
In an alternate embodiment, the display may be a partially
transparent disc, such as an LCD disc, Which is ?tted into the
optical chain substantially perpendicular to the optical axis.
This embodiment alloWs the shape of a traditional scope
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housing to remain unchanged, but may have optical disad
vantages depending on the optical transmission characteris
tics of the disc.
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Display Control Unit
In the next step (c), the user operates the user inputs (1051)
and (1052), such as depressing and clicking a scroll Wheel,
A display control unit 1 05 is illustrated as being mounted to
the side, or Within the stock of, the gun 12 to Which the scope
10 is mounted, as shoWn in FIG. 10. In alternative embodi
then releasing the scroll Wheel, folloWed by rotating the scroll
Wheel to move the dot to the opposite edge (54') of the desired
impact Zone. In this example, the user has scrolled doWn to the
ments, this control unit may be integrated into the scope itself,
or mounted at other locations, such as the handguard, fore
stock, or buttstock.
FIG. 1d provides more details of the control unit 105,
bottom of the IZ. If the user desires, the measurement can be
made left to right, right to left, or bottom to top, instead of top
to bottom, as Well.
Which houses the control logic and/or microprocessor, and
provides one or more user-operable input means, such as a
When the dot is located at the opposite edge of the impact
Zone, the user terminates the input by clicking again, pressing
scroll-and-click Wheel 1051, set of buttons (up, doWn, next,
previous, enter, etc.) 1052, or both. In the position shoWn on
the ri?e of FIG. 10, a user’ s trigger ?nger can easily and safely
reach the inputs 1051 and 1052 Without repositioning the
hand 1053 on the ri?e grip, and Without accidental trigger
an enter key, or similar user input. The control logic then (d)
looks up the dimensions of the target’s impact Zone (42),
reads the current Zoom setting from the encoder, and calcu
lates the range to the target. Such a calculation, given the
information from these components of the invention, can be
operation.
accomplished in several manners, all of Which are Within the
skill of the art to implement in programming or logic.
A Wire or cable interconnect 1050 provides electrical sig
nals to and from the scope to drive the pixels of the display,
read the position of the Zoom ring, and optional drive a servo
motor to set the position of the Zoom ring.
FIG. 4 shoWs a block diagram of the functions of the
control unit, the display unit, and an optional camera 101.
Logical circuitry, a programmed microprocessor, or a com
bination of circuitry, processor and programs 41 are provided
With a set of target impact Zone (IZ) measurements 42. For
example, the (IZ) measurements may be sorted and catego
Next, the control logic illuminates an aiming point dot in
the display such that it Will correspond to the proper position
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range.
At this point, the user can raise or loWer the ri?e to place the
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Once the Wind values are input, the control logic then
The user input keys and scroll Wheel 1051 and 1052, and a
calculates the amount of horiZontal drift or offset, and moves
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Finally, the user moves the ri?e (or other gun) to position
the aiming point dot Within the impact Zone of the target (51),
Optional enhanced embodiments include storage of one or
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ity (WiFi) or military Wireless JDAM interface.
More details of the operations and logical features of the
control unit Will be set forth in the folloWing paragraphs.
Method of Use for Range Finding
Turning to FIG. 5a, it Will be useful to the reader to under
stand the basic method of use and user interface prior to
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First, in step (a), the user positions the ri?e, pistol, or gun
such that the target (51) is vieWable someWhere in the scope
(50). In this idle mode, the re?ected display shoWs (56) that
Windage Range Variance Bar
According to an optional aspect of the present invention,
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When the user supplies a range of Wind values, such as right 7
varying to 10 mph, a bar is shoW in the reticle display extend
ing from the minimum Wind hold point to the maximum Wind
hold point, as shoWn in FIG. 5a, steps (e) and (f).
Multiple Impact Zones Per Target Type
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such that the target appears (510 larger in the reticle. Further,
the user positions the ri?e and scope such that the current dot
position (54) lies on a ?rst edge of the desired impact Zone of
the target, such as the top or left edge of the impact Zone. In
this example, the user has positioned the ri?e such that the dot
and main crosshairs are positioned at the top of the shoulder
of the animal to be taken.
the users eyesight off of the target. In sum, these advantages
alloW for quick and accurate placement of shots at very long
ranges.
is positioned anyWhere in the reticle, preferably on the main
crosshairs (52,53) or on a subtending range marker bar (55).
In the next step (b), the user manually sets the desired
magni?cation level using the Zoom ring on the scope. This
illustration shoWs that the user has increased magni?cation
This manner of usage of the invention alloWs very quick
and accurate range estimates and hold point (e.g. aiming
point) determinations Without the need for complex mental
mathematics, Without the need for removing the hands from
the normal shooting positions on the ri?e, and Without taking
describing the logical processes of the invention. In this ?g
the range to the target is not yet set, nor is the Wind correction
value set yet. And, an illuminated dot (54), such as a red dot,
and takes the shot.
In alternate methods of use, the user can input the Wind
values in advance of acquiring a target, such that fully com
pensated aiming points can be realiZed Within l-2 seconds to
complete steps (a)-(e).
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ure, a perspective of a user/ shooter looking through the scope
(50) according to the invention is shoWn in a step-by-step
manner.
the aiming point accordingly to compensate for Windage
(54"'), and preferably updates the text display to shoW the
Wind value (56").
more ballistics tables or equations (43), as Well as a commu
nications or data netWork interface, such as a Wireless Fidel
Which the user enters or adjusts a Wind value, such as a single
value or range of values. In this example, the user has input a
Wind range of 7 to 10 mph. from the right. Again, scrolling
and/or key inputs may be used to select or adjust these values.
types and Zones.
Zoom ring position encoder are read by the logic 41, and their
positions used in the logical processes to illuminate dots,
bars, and text on the display (100).
aiming point dot in the impact Zone, adjust manually for
Windage, and take the shot.
HoWever, according to a preferred embodiment of the
invention, the user may also proceed to the next step (e) in
riZed by type of target (e. g. White tail deer, black bear), and by
Zone Within each target type (e. g. head, chest, etc.). For
example, a target Zone height for a Whitetail deer’s chest
might be 18'', and Width ofthe chest Zone may be 15". The IZ
measurements (42) can hold dimensions for a feW target types
and Zones, or it can hold many dimensions for many target
or range marker bar (54") on the reticle to compensate for
bullet drop at the calculated and displayed range. And, pref
erably, the text display is updated (56') to shoW the calculated
According to an optional aspect of the present invention,
the stored impact Zone measurements (42) include multiple
impact Zones per target type. For example, an alternative
impact Zone for a head shot for the same target type shoWn in
FIG. 5 can be entered, and the user has selected a target type
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of White tail deer. By entering head instead of chest as the
impact Zone for the White tail deer, the control logic looks up
a second impact Zone dimension to calculate the range. Oth
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erWise, the steps remain the same as those described in con
Turning to FIG. 6a, and folloWing a similar example as that
shoWn in FIG. 5a, the user initially locates the target in the
scope 60, optionally sets a Zoom level 61, and places the dot
junction With FIG. 5, except substituting the head Zone for the
chest Zone dimension.
(at its default location) on the ?rst edge of the desired impact
Display Colors for Mental Cues
According to an optional aspect of the present invention, a
Zone 61. The ?rst edge can be a top, bottom, left side, or right
side of the impact Zone. The default dot location can be the
center of the crosshairs or another point in the reticle. At this
color display is utiliZed to convey an extra level of informa
tion to the user in a quick-to-comprehend format. For
idle stage of the logic 601, the display 1000 shoWs no setting
for the range or the Windage, and optionally may be shoWing
example, the dots in steps (a) through (c) of FIG. 5 may be
shoWn as red dots to indicate the aiming point is not adjusted
for range or Windage. Then, When the aiming point dot has
a selected breed/species and/or impact Zone 62.
Next, the user clicks, presses a key, makes a partial draW on
the computer, or operates another suitable control 63 in order
to initiate the automatic range determining process of the
been adjusted for range, but not for Windage, the aiming point
dot may be shoWn in yelloW (step d), at Which point the
shooter may manually adjust for Windage and take a shot.
Finally, as Windage is factored into the aiming point adjust
logic. Responsive to receiving this control input, the logic
ment, the aiming point dot may be shoWn as green to indicate
the aiming point is fully compensated.
In other embodiments, ?ashing and steady states of the dot
may be utiliZed to convey similar status information.
Similarly, the text may be shoWn in colors, such as red for
text indicating in input parameter has not been entered or
calculated, and green for text indicating a parameter Which
has been input or calculated.
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logic.
The logic then uses the magni?cation level 604, the impact
Incremental and Accelerating Scrolling Action
To ease and speed the completion of the impact Zone
dimensions input from the user, the control logic may accel
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erate the rate of movement of the dot after an initial scrolling
rate, or it may advance or jump the dot by increments to alloW
Zone tables 605, and calculates the range to the target by the
apparent siZe in the reticle as marked by the user 606. Next, an
estimation of the vertical drop of the selected bullet and load
type is retrieved 607 from ballistics tables 43, or calculated
from ballistics equations using conventional ballistics esti
course positioning of the dot ?rst folloWed by ?ne positioning
last.
monitors the scroll Wheel position, movement keys, or other
movement controls, and updates 602 the display 64 to shoW
the scrolled or moved position of the dot in the reticle, until
the user has positioned the dot on an opposite edge of the
impact Zone. At this point, the user terminates the marking of
the impact Zone by clicking, pres sing a key, or operating some
other suitable control 65, Which is received 603 by the control
mation means.
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NoW, the display 100 is updated 66 by the logic 608 to shoW
Circular Markers for Impact Zone in Range Finding
In an optional embodiment, instead of scrolling and mov
the dot at an aiming point in the reticle Which compensates for
ing a dot to mark the edges of an impact Zone, circles, squares,
to shoW the range value estimation.
At this point, the user can decide 67 to take an early shot by
or other shapes can be shoWn to alloW the user to quickly
encompass or encircle the impact Zone.
bullet drop at the determined range, and the display is updated
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Automatic Zoom Setting for TDS Trifactor Calibration of
be taken 68.
HoWever, if the shooter Wishes, he may continue to re?ne
Reticle to Load
According to an optional aspect of the present invention, a
the aiming point by inputting 620 Wind value (e. g. 8 mph from
TDS Trifactor ReticleTM such as those described in my US.
Pat. Nos. 7,237,355; 7,222,452; 7,194,838; 7,069,684; 6,591,
537; D456,057; and 6,357,158 is provided in the scope. In
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such a case, or even With other reticles, a servo motor under
user has input a range of Wind values, a Wind Variance Bar
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In particular With the TDS Trifactor ReticleTM, the “factor”
of the particular load can be used to automatically select a
Zoom level by the servo motor Which Will scale the subtending
range marker bars to the exact ballistics of the load being
used.
With other reticles, the optional ballistics tables or equa
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Alternatively, if the target has moved, conditions have
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changed, etc., the user can return to any previous state in the
process 623/634 to revise conditions, and to get corrections to
the aiming point provided in the reticle.
Hold-over Estimation and Compensation
alloWing the user to manually adjust the Zoom ring if desired.
Logical Processes
In a similar manner as described relative to the Windage
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as softWare, ?rmWare, custom circuitry, or a combination of
softWare, ?rmWare and circuitry. It is Within the skill of those
in the art to adapt the folloWing logical process descriptions
With suitable design methodologies. For these reasons, the
operations as illustrated by FIGS. 6a and 6b provide at least
one example embodiment of the invention Which may be
reduced be realiZed.
vided by the user. The aiming point dot, and optionally the
WVB, are positioned on the display appropriately 632.
The user can noW move 621 the gun to place the dot and/or
that Zoom level (eg 12><, 9.5x, etc.) in the display 100,
The logical processes of the invention may be implemented
(WVB) is calculated 631 to stretch in the display from the
minimum Wind value to the maximum Wind value, Which
effectively indicates to the shooter the likely area of bullet
impact at the determined range in the Wind conditions pro
the WVB in the impact Zone of the target, and the optionally
take the shot 622/624.
tions 43 may be used to select a Zoom level in order to scale
part or all of the reticle’s markings appropriately to the bal
listics of the actual load being shot.
Alternatively, an embodiment is available in Which the
logic 41 determines an appropriate Zoom level, and displays
the right) or range of Wind values (eg variable 7 to 10 mph
from the right), as shoWn in FIG. 6b. The logic receives this
input 630, and calculates a horizontal Windage offset to cor
rect the aiming point display for Windage. Optionally, if the
the control 44 of the control logic may be provided to auto
matically position the Zoom ring on the scope, as illustrated in
FIG. 4.
manually adjusting the aiming point to the left or right of the
aiming point dot to compensate for Windage, and the shot can
adjustment, the aiming point can be compensated for a mov
ing target based on user input for the direction and rate of
movement. For example, the user may input a rate of move
ment of 3 mph to the left. This Would be added to the Windage
value if the Wind and movement are in the same direction, and
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subtracted from the Windage value if the Wind and movement
are in opposite direction. Then, When the aiming point and/or
WVB are plotted on the display, the aiming point Will include
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cess may be onboard the gun, such as being integrated into the
display control logic, or may be remote to the gun intercon
nected via the netWork. The results of the recognition and/or
the proper amount of hold-over to allow the user to place the
aiming point dot on the desired impact Zone and take the shot,
rather than to have to place the aiming point ahead of the
moving target to compensate for movement.
classi?cation process may be provided in the reticle by trans
mitting the results via the netWork to the control logic, and
Reticle-vieW Camera
As shoWn in FIGS. 1a and 1b, in at least one embodiment
of the invention, an electronic camera is provided in the scope
updating the display appropriately.
assembly to alloW a vieW of the display, reticle, and target,
manner of usage and logical processes, an image is doWn
Side-by-Side Image Display. In yet a further enhanced
from the same perspective as the shooter/user. In the example
embodiments of these ?gures, the same partially re?ective
loaded to the display via the netWork, and is displayed coin
cidentally in the reticle With the real life vieW of the target.
screen (20 of FIG. 2) is utiliZed to provide a composite image
Such a doWnloaded image can be used to make a side-by-side
to a camera 101. The camera image data is then transmitted to
a remote display via a communications or data netWork (45 of
comparison by the user of the currently vieWed target With a
previously-taken image or photo of a target similar to that
FIG. 4) for additional use, as described in the folloWing
Which the shooter is instructed or desiring to take. For
example, during doe season, a neW shooter may be provided
an image of a deer doe for reference in the reticle, Which can
paragraphs.
Team Operation V121 Camera and Remote Display Manipula
tion
The camera 101 and netWork interface 45 alloW for an
additional level of enhanced operation and usage. A general
arranged as shoWn in FIG. 7 alloW a coach or commander 74
to vieW the reticle images of a plurality of shooters 71 over a
netWork 73. Each shooter’s reticle camera image is shoWn on
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played in the reticle for real-time comparison by a sniper to
face of a person being vieWed through the scope.
one or more coach’s or commander’s consoles 75, and
enhanced logical processes of the invention enable a group
level of coordination, training, and cooperation not before
available in individual ri?escopes.
Training and Coaching. In a training or coaching scenario,
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her reticle on his or her respective target 72. By being able to
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then provide instructions on adjustments and repositioning,
such as by verbal instructions (eg by radio or in person).
Additionally, With enhancements to the logical processes
of the present invention, the coach’s console is provided With
animal. Such a Wounded animal may ?ee to a location, and
such as big cats or bears, a Wounded animal may pose a safety
threat to the hunter.
control data is transferred from the console to the ri?e’s
display control logic via the netWork. This coach’s mouse or
joystick then controls an additional dot or pointer in the
oWn coach’ s dot so that the coach may provide individualiZed
instruction to each shooter.
Fire Coordination. In the usage scenario of a multi-shooter
operations, it is generally considered undesirable to merely
Wounded enemy to continue to ?ght, or to lay in Wait “playing
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dead” until friendly forces approach to detonate explosives.
In laW enforcement shooting, such as in hostage situations, it
is desirable to remove the hostage taker from the scenario in
a manner Which does not alloW him or her to take further
harmful action. Wounding, but not killing, a hostage taker
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With the ?rst shot may result in the death or injury of the
hostages, or further danger to laW enforcement of?cials, such
as members of a tactical entry team.
targets to each shooter, communicating changes in reticle
placement, etc.
HoWever, present day ri?e scopes provide no guidance
Whether a particular round at a particular distance Will kill or
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Wound the target. While many of the precision scopes Will
provide aiming capabilities to deliver the round on the target,
it is unknoWn to the shooter Whether or not the round at that
distance Will possess characteristics su?icient to provide a
is provided With a control means to take a “snapshot” of his or
her reticle vieW, such as by double clicking the scroll Wheel.
rapid death of the target.
This snapshot of the user’ s reticle vieW can include a image of
a target of question.
When the image is received by the commander or coach,
In military and laW enforcement shooting, a similar need
arises to make a kill When taking a long range shot. In military
Wound or maim an enemy soldier. Doing so may alloW the
?re team, the commander of the team operates the coach’s
console 75 and uses the coach’s dots to assist in assigning
Snapshots for Remote RevieW and Approval. In a further
enhanced manner of usage and logical processes, the shooter
mal at those distances. It is generally considered unsports
manlike and inhumane to Wound, but not kill quickly, an
may suffer. Or, in the case of some animals that “hunt back”,
a pointing means, such as a mouse or joystick, for Which 35
display of the scope of each shooter, Which alloWs the coach
to visually shoW the shooter Which target to use, Which range
marker bar to use, and Where to position the reticle relative to
the target. Each shooter is preferably provided With his or her
Kill Zone Indication
Based upon my experience in harvesting over 200 tons of
Wild game of all siZes and types, I have determined experi
mentally that even though a bullet may remain accurate (e. g.
predictable path) at long distances, it may or may not still
possess the capability of killing or “taking” the targeted ani
the coach 74 can see hoW each shooter 71 has aligned his or
actually see the reticle alignment, the coach or trainer can
be compared in real time to the actual animal being vieWed
through the scope. In a military or laW enforcement applica
tion, and image of a sought enemy or fugitive can be dis
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the commander or coach revieW the image and approve or
I have experimented for many years With this concept, and
have developed a neW science regarding determination of the
ability of a round to kill the target. Such information is not
disapprove taking the shot. For example, in a coaching sce
contained in ballistics tables, only bullet ballistics coe?icient,
nario, the user may take a snapshot of an animal he or she
velocities at certain ranges, energy at certain ranges, drop at
certain ranges, etc., are contained in ballistics tables.
I have discovered that there are three important factors
believes is a legal animal (age, species, gender, etc.) to take. If
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the coach agrees, the coach can so indicate by positioning or
moving the coach’s dot in the shooter’s reticle.
Biometric Classi?cation of Target. In yet a further
about a round in ?ight regarding its ability to kill or just
Wound a target. First, the type of target must be considered. A
large animal, such as a bear or elk, requires much more
enhanced manner of usage and logical processes, the snap
shot of the reticle image is received by a biometric recogni
tion and/or classi?cation process, such as a facial recognition
system. The biometric recognition and/or classi?cation pro
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“killing poWer” than a smaller animal, such as a small dear or
fox. Conventional thinking is to use larger caliber, larger
charges to kill larger animals.
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This conventional thinking Works for the loW end of the
scale, but only to a certain degree. For example, a .223 caliber
ri?e shooting a 165 grain bullet is su?icient to kill a coyote,
limit to this combination of velocity and energy. For example,
smaller rounds at higher velocities may penetrate completely
through a certain target, leaving a clean hole through a tissue
but Would not be a Wise choice for hunting bear. But, the same
.223 ri?e, While accurate at say 600 yards, may not provide
suf?cient killing poWer for even a coyote. So, if one Were
hunting larger game, one might move up to much more poW
such as a muscle or fatty area, and not killing the target
animal. But, With different shot placement, or on a different
animal, such a “clean through” shot may not occur, resulting
in all of the bullet’ s impact being absorbed by the target, and
resulting in greater trauma, leading to death of the target.
erful charges, larger caliber bullets, and heavier bullets. But
even these more poWer loads are not effect for killing game
beyond certain ranges, even though the round itself is still
My conclusion, based on my analysis of thousands of
entries in ballistics tables and real-World experience shooting
“accurate” (e.g. its position can be accurately predicted With
a scope).
So, my second factor that I have discovered is necessary to
many game types With many loads and bullets, is that a
provide “killing poWer” for a given prey or game type is the
generally applicable rule that both accurately predicts the
energy possessed by the round at the distance or range to the
target. If a bullet does not possess enough kinetic energy at a
given distance, it Will not cause enough trauma or injury to the
game, and it Will not kill the animal.
killing poWer of a round and is simple enough for a hunter,
But, energy is not the only factor, I have discovered. For
example, a large caliber, heavy bullet Will possess a good deal
soldier, or laW enforcement of?cer to determine in conditions
of tactical stress is a summation of the bullet’s energy and the
bullet’ s velocity at the given target range must exceed a mini
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of energy even at loWer velocities because energy is a function
ofmass (e.g. E:mc2, Where E is energy, In is mass, and c is the
constant speed of light). So, With this Well-knoWn relation
ship, even a locomotive engine moving at just 3 mph. pos
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In practice, I have found that the folloWing equation is
sesses a great deal of energy, but if it bumps into a bear on the
generally accurate for all 330 knoWn rounds of ammunition
tracks, it Will not kill the bear, but instead Will cause the bear
to simply move aWay (perhaps With a bruise). The same is true
for large caliber, heavy bullets at long ranges Where the
energy is still considerable, but the velocity is loWer.
So, to discover the remaining characteristics of What it
mum threshold for the game type. Further, for convenience, I
have found that dividing game into 3 to 5 categories, from
small and easy to kill to large and di?icult to kill, further
improves the ability of the shooter under mental stress to
make the kill poWer determination.
for ri?es, Where KT is the target killing factor, v is the velocity
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of the round in feet-per-second, e is the energy of the round in
foot-pounds, and d is the distance of the bullet from the
muZZle of the ri?e (typically in yards):
takes to produce a kill With a single, accurately delivered
round, I have applied the theory of energy maneuverability to
the consideration of the bullet in ?ight. Energy maneuverabil
ity is a complex theory Which explains hoW objects in ?ight
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Where mag[a] is a function to take the unitless magnitude of
the value a.
obtain energy and velocity, maintain energy and/ or velocity,
and lose energy and velocity. In short, energy maneuverabil
Any bullet having a KT factor greater than 2200 found by
ity can be described as a theory Which covers “hoW fast it
adding the magnitudes (Without units) of the energy of the
starts, and hoW fast it stops”. While energy maneuverability is
a Well-knoWn theory, originated by Col. John Boyd, among
modern ?ghter pilots, it is not knoWn Within hunting, preci
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to kill an animal in one or more animal categories, for
example. This alloWs for variations in bullet Weight, ballistic
coe?icient, poWder charge, etc., to be considered Without
sion shooting, sniper, and competitive shooting experts. It
has, until my present discovery, remained purely a concept
among aeronautical engineers, pilots, and combat aviation
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instructors.
expressly or explicitly requiring the shooter to refer to com
plicated ballistics tables, make calculations in his or her head,
or use even more complicated tables, all While under stress.
In applying energy maneuverability to the problem of
So, in one embodiment of the present invention, hypotheti
determining Whether or not a bullet Will “take” or kill a
particular target type, I have discovered that besides target
bullet and the velocity of the bullet at a given range d is likely
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type, predictable bullet position (e.g. knoWn drop), and suf
cal target animals can be divided into 5 classes, as shoWn in
Table 1.
?cient energy at a given range, a critical factor is velocity. If
a large round impacts a large animal at a range Where the
velocity is su?icient to provide penetration to the main body
cavity, then a kill is likely. If, hoWever, a large round With lots
of energy impacts large prey at sloWer velocities, the round
may not penetrate the portion of the animal’s body, and may
cause only super?cial or non-lethal trauma, such as light
bruising to broken or shattered bones, to shalloW tissue and
TABLE 1
Fxamnle KT Data Table
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Target Class
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organ trauma.
Animal Size
Example
KTml-n
I
II
III
small
small-medium
medium
varmints
bobcat
White tail deer
2200
3000
3400
IV
V
medium-large
large
mule dear
elk, bear
4200
4500
But, I have discovered experimentally that it is not a simple
matter of setting a minimum velocity and a minimum energy
to determine a probably kill With a certain round. I have
discovered that the tWo factors have a “trade-off’ relation
ship, and that for some combinations, there may be an upper
So, using common ballistics tables Which provide v(d) and
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e(d), one can calculate a neW table for encoding into the neW
system’s coef?cients (43), such as that shoWn for a hypotheti
cal round in Table 2.
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Fxamnle KT Data Table
KT > KTm-n for T-Class @ d =
Round
.308
.308
.308
.308
.308
130
130
130
130
130
gr.
gr.
gr.
gr.
gr.
Target Class
100
200
300
500
700
800
I
II
III
IV
V
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Y
N
N
N
Y
N
N
N
N
.
N
N
N
N
N
ToWards the end of this exercise, the shooter has achieved
a certain level of performance, some due to the equipment
This table can be extended or modi?ed for any round, using
either commonly available ballistic table information for pro
duction ammunition, or using experimental information for
custom ammunition. As such, the invention’s tables and coef
?cients (43) can contain table entries for a single type of
(ammo, ri?e, scope, sling, rest, bipod, etc.), but some due to
the shooter himself.
According to this additional aspect of the present inven
ammunition or for a Wide range of ammunition.
To provide the user With a real-time indication of the like
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lihood of a one-shot, one-kill, the control processes (FIGS. 6a
and 6b) for the reticle display (FIGS. 2, 5a and FIG. 5b) are
tion, the user ?rst inputs a grouping criteria from a bench
sighting-in session into the tables (43), Which are stored and
saved for later use by the logic (41). For example, a user may
enhanced to highlight a range marker bar or to providing an
?nd at 200 yds that he or she can hold a 3-inch diameter
illuminated dot only When the entered target class is Within a
range for Which KT is su?icient to kill the target animal.
To set up the scope, the user must initialize the scope by
grouping (e.g. all of his or her shots are placed Within a 3-inch
circle at 200 yards).
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So, using the entry controls (105), the shooter can enter a
entering the intended target class, either by selecting a cat
egory, or by scrolling through a list of available animal types,
range (200 yds in this example) and a grouping siZe (3
inches). Then, When using the scope in the ?eld, the aiming
and must enter the ammunition be used (if not defaulted to a
single type of ammunition). Then, as the user engages the
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range ?nding operations, the control logic further consults the
KT table (or alternatively a formula), and updates the display
example, +/—1.5 inches at 200 yards correlates to a 0.75 MOA
appropriately. For example, a red-colored dot may be dis
played When KTml-n is not met to dissuade the shooter from
taking the shot, and a green-colored dot may be displayed
accuracy, Which then can be plotted as a 0.75 MOA radius
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When KTml-n is met to indicate an acceptable shot can be made.
Or, a ?ashing dot may indicate When KTml-n is not met, a
continuously illuminated dot may indicate When KTml-n is
met. Likewise, other symbols may be useria dot for KTml-n
being met, and an “X” or crossed-out circle for KTml-n not
being met.
dot (80) can optionally be replaced With or encompassed by a
circle (81) of the appropriate siZe according to the user’s
bench group criteria, as shoWn in FIG. 8(a). In the present
circle around Where the aiming point is. At 100 yards, the
circle Would represent a 1.5 inch diameter area on the target.
At a range of 700 yards, the shot group circle (81) Would
represent a 101/2 inch diameter circle of likely shot placement
on the target
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It is a further enhancement of the present invention to break
shots into tWo types of kill shotsihead shots and chest or
In this manner, the grouping circle Will appear larger for
greater ranges, While giving the shooter a realistic under
standing of his or her ability to place the shot. This is a
signi?cant improvement, Where standard aiming dots and
body shots. Head shots, obviously, generally represent
crosshairs may lead a shooter to believe he or she can place a
“smaller game” than the full body siZe of the target, unless the
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particular game has a Well-armored head structure. Other
Wise, if one is planning a head shot, and believes that he or she
can meet the additional accuracy required to place a head shot
(because most game have smaller heads than chests), the user
can simply use a loWer category of game for the KT indicator.
shot more accurately than practically possible for the shooter
and the equipment.
Alternatively, other shapes, such as a triangular shape (82)
can be placed around the aiming point (80) to represent the
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variation in crossWind values. This type of shape Would be
very useful in gusty Wind conditions.
With this enhanced aiming indicia based on the user’s
practical performance, the user gets a more realistic idea of
Bench Grouping Display
According to another aspect of the present invention, the
scope display and control logic (41) is enhanced to receive
and store information regarding a particular shooter’s per
sonal results in maintaining shot grouping, and then uses this
information to shoW a likely region of impact When in the
?eld.
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Whether he or she Will make the kill, so that the shot can be
taken or aborted, as appropriate.
CONCLUSION
For example, prior to going hunting, most shooters Will
take a ri?e With a scope and some ammunition to a shooting
range to “sight it” their scope. This is done to adjust the scope
for differences in ammunition, and for slight, but consider
able changes in the mechanical combination of the ri?e and
the scope. During sight in, the shooter Will aim and shoot at a
target at a knoWn distance, usually 100 or 200 yards. When
sighting in is completed, the shooter Will be able to maintain
a certain grouping of shots at the selected distance, and the
scope settings are recorded or saved as a “Zero”.
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The foregoing examples are provided in order to illustrate
the invention, but do not represent the scope and limits of the
invention itself. It Will be recognized by those skilled in the art
that alternative embodiments, manners of usage, and combi
nations of optional features can be realiZed Without departing
from the spirit and scope of the present invention. For this
reason, the scope of the present invention should be deter
mined by the following claims.
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I claim:
matching a ?rst set of predetermined ranges and a second set
1. A telescopic gun sight having an optical system com
of predetermined ranges for all incremental aiming indicia so
located upon the reticle.
8. The system according to claim 2 Wherein the ri?e com
prises a ri?e stock and further comprising a keypad disposed
in the ri?e stock, a connection from the keypad to a disk in the
gun sight tubular housing, and the disk connected to a minute
prising:
a forward objective lens element;
a rear eyepiece lens element;
an intermediate erector lens element;
said lens elements being aligned along an optical axis
constituting a line of sight and protectively con?ned
Within an elongated tubular housing adapted to be
of angle grid comprising an electronically connected reticle
displaying a lens imprinted With a set of ballistic indicia.
9. The system according to claim 1 Wherein the system
securely a?ixed to an ordnance ?ring device; and
a substantially transparent reticle betWeen said objective
and erector lens elements, said reticle having tWo inter
connected grids, a ?rst being a distance-measuring grid
further comprises:
means for inputting selected data for y-axis height of a
target in inches;
means for correcting for Wind drift;
means for correcting for phenomena associated With gyro
scopic forces on a gyroscopically stabiliZed bullet
constructed of an electri?ed grid Which illuminates a
selected intersection to produce an aiming dot, Which
aiming dot grid is not visible to a shooter except for the
aiming dot and Which is interconnected to a second
including YaW of Repose and Magnus effects;
reticle having ballistic aiming indicia thereon, said indi
cia comprising a center vertical straight hairline and a
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center horiZontal straight hairline, said center vertical
and center horiZontal hairlines intersecting substantially
perpendicularly, and a series of primary range-marker
indicia disposed beloW said center horiZontal hairline,
the vertical spacing of said primary range-marker indi
Wherein said inputting and correcting is performed in
accordance With Mental Ballistics Calculator calcula
tions; and further comprising:
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means for compensating for ordnance ?ring device barrel
temperature; and
means for changing a poWer ring to equate the energy of
maneuverability of a speci?c one of 335 cartridges to be
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Wherein the disk computes an intersection of the grid,
cia beloW said center horiZontal hairline being non
evenly spaced and proportional to drop of said ordnance
at selectively increased target ranges dependent upon the
substantially parabolic ?ight of real projectiles ?red in
earth’s gravitational ?eld, Wherein the spacing of said
shot by the ordnance ?ring device;
Wherein changing conditions are re?ected as an aiming
range-marker indicia beloW said horiZontal center hair
dot on the connected reticle Which displays the lens
line is determined at the gun sight’ s highest poWer at one
imprinted With a set of ballistic indicia.
or tWo hairlines or one and tWo and three hairlines or one
and tWo and three and four hairlines or one and tWo and
three and four and at least one additional hairlines in a
10. A telescopic gun sight having an optical system com
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a rear eyepiece lens element;
an intermediate erector lens element;
or tWo hairlines or one and tWo and three hairlines or one
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range of —8 to —103 inches of subtention at 100 yards,
respectively.
2. The system according to claim 1 Wherein the ordnance
?ring device is a ri?e for shooting a bullet at a target.
prising:
a forWard objective lens element;
range of —1.2 to —18 inches of subtention at 100 yards,
respectively, and at the gun sight’s loWest poWer at one
and tWo and three and four hairlines or one and tWo and
three and four and at least one additional hairlines in a
means for correcting for uphill or doWnhill angle of a shot;
means for correcting for elevation;
means for correcting for air temperature;
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3. The system according to claim 1 Wherein the electri?ed
grid comprises a ?ne platinum or tungsten Wire grid.
4. The system according to claim 1 Wherein the aiming dot
said lens elements being aligned along an optical axis
constituting a line of sight and protectively con?ned
Within an elongated tubular housing adapted to be
securely af?xed to an ordnance ?ring device; and
a transparent reticle betWeen said objective and erector lens
elements, said reticle having tWo interconnected grids, a
?rst being a distance-measuring grid constructed of an
electri?ed grid Which illuminates a selected intersection
to produce an aiming dot, Which aiming dot grid is not
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visible to a shooter except for the aiming dot and Which
is interconnected to a second reticle having ballistic
aiming indicia thereon, said indicia comprising a center
vertical straight hairline and a center horiZontal straight
hairline, said center vertical and center horiZontal hair
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primary straight horiZontal hairlines has sequentially increas
lines intersecting substantially perpendicularly, and a
series of primary range-marker indicia disposed beloW
said center horiZontal hairline, the vertical spacing of
said primary range-marker indicia beloW said center
horiZontal hairline being non-evenly spaced and propor
ing incremental lengths With an intersected shaded series of
tional to drop of said ordnance at selectively increased
is a red dot.
5. The system according to claim 1 Wherein said series of
primary range-marker indicia comprises a series of primary
straight horiZontal range-marker hairlines disposed beloW
said center horiZontal hairline and substantially parallel
thereto and in vertically bisected relationship With said center
vertical hairline.
6. The system according to claim 5 Wherein said series of
range-marker hairlines of sequentially increasing incremen
tal lengths disposed beloW said center horizontal hairline
having angled Wind markers set at 96 and 106 degree angles
for right side hairlines and 186 and 196 degree angles for left
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?eld, Wherein said target ranges are one or more yard
ages in a range of 100 yards to 1,000 yards or a combi
nation of said yardages Within said range, respectively.
side hairlines.
7. The system according to claim 1 Wherein other spacing
ratios are applied to speci?c other types of ordnance ?ring
devices and loads and further comprising a decal providing a
representation of the reticle for use With the gun sight and
target ranges dependent upon the substantially parabolic
?ight of real projectiles ?red in earth’s gravitational
1 1. The system according to claim 1 0 Wherein the ordnance
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?ring device is a ri?e for shooting a bullet at a target or any
similar piece of ordnance designed to propel a spin stabiliZed
projectile.
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