Originally Posted by CAM
Do a search on shepard and 4 years.
Not "top of the line" glass by no means.
Well.... Here is a comment by well known Gale McMillan on Shepard. I'm not defending Shepherd per say, but just say'in
He had quite an extensive backgorund in such things. He was only 69 when he passed on but wow what a background!
From: Gale McMillan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Shepherd scopes
Date: 8 May 1999 08:12:59 -0400
There are numerous opinions of the Shepherd scope floating around. Some
founded I am sure and some far from the truth. As a manufacture in the
firearms industry I long ago learned that it is impossible to satisfy 100
% of the public with any thing. You could give away 20 dollar gold pieces
and there would be some who complain that they were too heavy! The
Shepherd scope is a unique scope patent that has a reticule on both the
first and second focal plane. This approach cures several problems inherent
in all other scope design. It allows for positive one shot zero. Allows
you to click off and return to original zero with no chance of getting
lost. The ranging system , while I feel is a little too busy for my likes
is fool proof and works as well as any I have used. It is a series of progressively
smaller circles. I wont go in to the use of the range finder but I have
talked to military snipers who evaluated them and loved the ranging system.
The scope is made by the best house in Japan and I have watched them being
made and I will say that their quality is equal to any other high quality
Japanese import such as the best B&L that are made on the same line. The
lens are equally high quality multi layer coating, equal to or superior
to any coming out of the orient. The Shepherd company is a small good old
boy company and Dan treats people like he wants to be treated. Having said
all the above I will say that I have no part of that business but have
watched it since it came into the market and am aware of growing pains
he had when working with some of the less reputable Japans firms before
going with LOW . In this time of imports chasing the cheap labor of China
and Korea you have to consider the Shepherd one of the best buys coming
out of the orient.
Here is the McMillan's family home page of businesses. The McMillan Family Home page
More on Mr. McMillan:
Gale McMillan, hit bull's eye in work, life
By John Stanley
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 15, 2000
Accuracy was his goal.
The kind of accuracy that allows shooters to place five shots from a high-caliber rifle within a quarter-inch of each other at 100 yards.
And that's the kind of accuracy Gale McMillan delivered.
The longtime Phoenix resident was a mechanical genius who could visualize a new design, then build it from scratch. His company supplied sniper rifles for the FBI, Navy SEALs and the Army's Special Forces, as well as for police units around the country. Competition shooters treasure McMillan rifles for their extraordinary accuracy.
Though he built a multimillion-dollar company from a shoestring, McMillan was an unassuming, down-to-earth guy, generous with his time and always willing to share his expertise with others.
Gale Alvin McMillan died May 29 of bladder cancer. He was 69.
In the late 1950s, McMillan began to compete in local ''benchrest'' shooting competitions where the goal is extreme accuracy. Wanting to improve his scores, he went to gunsmithing school and soon was crafting remarkably accurate rifles. He won the 1960 California State Championship with a .222-caliber rifle he built himself.
McMillan was in the Air Force for 20 years, serving in Oklahoma, Texas, Japan, California, Alaska and New Mexico. He retired from the military in 1968 and moved to Phoenix, where he went to work for Motorola as an engineering technician.
Wooden rifle stocks expand and contract slightly under varying weather conditions, degrading the accuracy of competition shooters' finely tuned rifles. McMillan wondered what he could do about it.
McMillan made his first stocks in 1972 but business was so slow he had to go back to work at Motorola. Soon, however, the military, impressed by the durability and accuracy of the rifles with fiberglass stocks, placed several large orders and the success of the company was assured.
McMillan, who was always more interested in solving technical problems than running a business, sold the company in 1987.
Looking for a new challenge he founded the McMillan Optical Gunsight Co. and tackled the problem of night-vision scopes.
Using a hacksaw, he shaped the pieces he needed and created a rifle scope that could be used both day and night.
Though his workshop was a jumble of tools and sketches, McMillan was a craftsman who was revered throughout the shooting world.