Nightforce Ballistic Targeting SoftwareBy Ward W. Brien
You know, there are and have been a lot of “fads” or what many have thought are fads. But thank goodness people haven’t stopped trying to figure out a better way to do things. I remember back in the mid seventies when the “Mil-dot” reticle came out. I have heard “hunters” say… “What the heck do you need that for? I just aim at the deer and drop’em.” Or, “who has time to pull out a protractor and figure the angle you’re holding on?” “What the heck are you talking about?”
What “I’m” talking about is eliminating the variables and simplifying your hunting like you never dreamed was possible. Perhaps quotes from the hunters that I previously mentioned, look at Ballistic Targeting software as a fad. Well, for them, it just may be. But for Serious Marksmen, those trained by POST Certified and Department of Defense Certified Shooting Professionals, men and women who take their Shooting / hunting as seriously as a Heart Attack, it isn’t. In my opinion, Night Force Ballistic Targeting Software is here to stay.
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Nightforce Ballsitic SoftwareSo, what is “NightForce Ballistics Targeting Software” and who makes it? NightForce Ballistic Targeting Software is authored by Mr. Gerald Perry of Perry Systems. Mr. Perry is a University of Michigan graduate, an active shooter, a proud member of the NRA for over forty years and has a long standing interest in ballistics, ranging from theoretical first principles to a practical desire to achieve the optimum.
His Ballistic Targeting Software (NightForce) started out based on an empirical data model that he developed to fit the different bullet manufacturer’s trajectory data thirty years ago. He has been improving upon it continuously. Because of computer advancements, his NightForce Ballistic Targeting Software model now uses “differential motion equations” that are based upon “first principles of physics.” It also enables the shooter to utilize the benefits of modified point mass calculations by inputting field tested data. Now, don’t let what I just said tighten you up. When I said that this software is Easy to Use, I meant it.
NightForce Ballistic Targeting Software utilizes architecture similar to what NASA utilizes to guide the Space Shuttle. Only, it is in a user friendly, easy to understand program that is designed to operate on either a hand held “Pocket PC” with the Windows Mobile operating platform, or on your Desktop PC.
The NightForce Ballistic Targeting Software package is amazing, and it’s a technology that I have a tremendous amount of gratitude and respect for. In the past, when I would work up my dope, I would set up and shoot at individual targets, in 50 yard increments out to 1000 yards. I would obtain my dope for each distance for that particular day. The downfall was that when the weather system changed, meaning that the barometric pressure dropped along with the temperature, the data that I obtained the day before would also change. Or if I zeroed my weapon at sea level (zero feet), on an 80 degree day at Camp Pendleton but now found myself at an elevation of 9000 ft., with a temperature of 30 degrees, without even taking in account the angle that I was holding on or Shadow Effect, I could easily be .75 moa or more off target. At 700 yards, that would equate to 5+ inches. (Kill box = 8 inches).
With NightForce Ballistic Targeting Software, you have the opportunity of redefining “precision shooting” by simply inputting your temperature, barometric (station) pressure and humidity. It will calculate your holds, for the, “right-now-in-the-field” conditions, wherever you happen to be, at whatever elevation you are at, anywhere in the world. Now, take a hunter, my buddy “J.J.A.” for an example who zeroed his firearm in New Mexico, and then went on a Marco Polo Sheep hunt in Tajikistan at 13,000 feet. One of the reasons that “JJ” had a successful hunt was because he owned “NightForce Ballistic Targeting Software.” This software package works for any rifle, any caliber, with a Mil-Dot or Minute of Angle reticle, and in any environment.
NightForce Ballistic Targeting Software is simple to use. It utilizes complex equations and three dimensional modeling of your specific cartridge based upon simple meteorological (met) data including (temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction). It also uses your individual and unique ballistic data, (bullet weight, ballistic coefficient, scope height, muzzle velocity and zeroing distance).
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