by David Crane
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This product is, hands down, one of the coolest new tactical products DefenseReview got to view and handle at SHOT Show
2005, and it’s not even a weapon system. Rather, it’s what one might call a weapons accessory
. It’s called the 5.11 H.R.T. Watch, or 5.11 H.R.T. Tactical Watch, and it’s the product of a rather wonderful symbiotic partnership between 5.11 Tactical Series
and Horus Vision, LLC
When I ran into Bill Berry, 5.11 Tactical Series’ Executive Director and all-around great guy, at their booth, he said "David, I’d like to show you something." He was sporting a rather large grin on his face, as he said this. He then brought his wrist up into my view, and on it was this cool-looking sports watch that looked like a diving watch (As it happens, you can dive with it, since it’s water-resistant to 100 meters.). He immediately started punching numbers up on it, and that’s when I felt a fairly large grin forming on my face. Right in front of my eyes, Bill was punching in calculations, as if he were working a computer. In fact, that’s exactly what he was doing.
As it turns out, 5.11 Tactical Series
and Horus Vision, LLC
have teamed up to design and develop a ballistic computer in the form of a titanium-cased divable sports watch for long-range interdiction specialists (i.e. snipers), and, well, it’s REALLY cool. With the 5.11 H.R.T. Watch/Ballistic Computer, a military Special Operations (SPECOPS) sniper, law enforcement (LE) sniper, or civilian competitive (or recreational) long-range shooter can…
calculate all their come-ups really quickly and easily. The best part is, the 5.11 HRT Watch/Ballistic Computer puts this capability all right there on their wrist for them. So, they can take their ballistic computer with them anywhere. And, it even tells the time! When Bill let me strap it on my own wrist, my smile became even broader. The watch felt light on my wrist (it’s titanium-cased, remember?), and looked GOOD. Bill almost had to wrestle it back off me. I believe I offered to buy it from him, right there, because I remember Bill informing me that it was a prototype, and, therefore, not for sale. It flashed through my mind, for a split-second, that I might be able to take him. Just two things: there were witnesses, and I happen to like Bill. O.k. Plan A was a loser. So, I considered making a run for it. But, then, I remembered that Bill knew who I was. I figured–I think, correctly–that the authorities would probably track me down and apprehend me sooner rather than later, and make me give it back. Darn it. There went plan B.
Foiled again. I returned the watch.
So, imagine my surprise and chagrin when, while I was walking around the show, shortly afterward (somewhat despondently, I might add), I ran into another gentleman wearing the same watch! "Oh, man, you gotta’ be kiddin’ me", I thought. I mean, seriously, what the heck’s goin’ on, here? When I exclaimed, "That’s the 5.11 Tactical ballistic computer watch!", he looked at me for a second (a little quizically), smiled, and asked me, "How did you know that?" "It’s my job to know that.", I replied, perhaps a little wryly, and handed him my card. Then I asked him, somewhat annoyedly, how he had come to acquire his little wrist accoutrement. "I designed the software for it", he said. Ah, haahhh. O.k. Got it. The gentleman standing before me was, in fact, Larry Chao, Software Designer for Horus Vision, LLC
. Just like Bill Berry had done, Larry (who’s another great guy, by the way) happily took me through all the features on the watch and displayed some seriously-justified pride as he did so. Just FYI, DefenseReview plans on interviewing Mr. Chao, very soon, about the project, and publishing the results of that interview for our readers.
Here’s DefRev’s prediction: This watch is going to sell like HOTCAKES. Yours truly already has his watch on order, and he can’t wait to get it–although I guess he’ll have no choice. Oh, well.
If you use a rifle for a living, or even just for fun (or even if you just like really cool tactical gadgets), my suggestion is that you run, don’t walk, to purchase your very own 5.11 H.R.T. Watch/Ballistic Computer
for yourself, ASAP. All I ask is that you don’t butt into the line in front of me, when you do.
Pricing and Availability:
The suggested retail price on this titanium-cased little wonder is only going to be $249.95. In DefRev’s opinion, that’s a heck of a lot of watch, for the money. Even better, DefRev has already seen the watch advertised on certain tactical retailers’ sites for $199.00. O.k., that’s the good news. The bad news is that, right now, there are only 37 of these watches in existence, all of them prototypes, and the production version won’t be out until May 2005. So, if you want one, DefRev suggests you place your order now. Otherwise, you’re probably going to be waiting for awhile, even after it’s released.
"Horus Vision, LLC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4300 Spyres Way
Modesto, CA 95356
5.11 Tactical Series
5.11 Tactical Series Introduces the New H.R.T. Tactical Watch at Shot Show in Las Vegas, NV
5.11 Tactical Series
, a leader in outfitting law enforcement officers with clothing, day lighted the new 5.11 H.R.T. Tactical Watch
at the Shot Show in Las Vegas, NV, on January 28, 2005. Designed with input from professionals in the special operations community, this one of a kind titanium watch features a “Come-up” Calculator for rifle scope adjustment designed in partnership with Horus Vision, LLC. Available in early May, the watch calculates point of aim/point of impact by allowing the user to input the critical variables necessary in determining elevation and wind adjustments on any rifle scope. Punch in your variables and the watch will then display the appropriate number of clicks…it’s that simple. This enhances the shooter’s ability to engage targets out to 1,000 meters.
The critical input variables include muzzle velocity, height above bore, altitude, temperature, wind speed, wind direction, zeroed range, angle of inclination, c1 coefficient and distance to target. Solutions can be displayed in TMOA, MILS or SMOA or can be displayed in actual clicks based on the shooter’s input.
The simple user interface allows even a novice rifleman the opportunity to improve shooting accuracy. Although the watch was originally designed for use by SWAT team snipers, it has crossover benefits in military, law enforcement and hunting shooting solutions at distances of up to 1000 yards. Most critical variables can be preprogrammed into the watch before reaching the shooting site, reducing the time required to get critical shots accurately to the target. The Horus Vision shooting software is proven technology and is now available 24/7 on a shooter’s wrist.
Other features include:
- Water-resistant to 100 meters
- Reinforced watchband pins and strap latch
- Two watchbands: Classic black leather, Diver style black PU
- Operator controlled lighting for viewing computerized functions in the dark
- Titanium case with a rotating bezel
- Traditional watch hands with tritium coating
- Full function count down timer
- Full function chronograph
- Alarm mode
- Date mode
The suggested retail price is $249.99. For pre-order information or dealer locations see www.511tactical.com
**(Certain features listed below, like the hidden storage compartment for a back-up handcuff key, may not make it to final production.)**
"Come-up Calculator designed in partnership with Horus Vision, LLC
Calculates point of aim/point of impact by allowing the user to input the critical variables necessary in determining elevation and wind adjustments on any rifle scope. Punch in your variables and the watch will then display the appropriate number of clicks…it’s that simple. This enhances the shooter’s ability to engage targets out to 1,000 meters. The critical input variables include bullet weight, muzzle velocity, height above bore, caliber, altitude/barometric pressure, temperature, wind speed, wind direction, zeroed range, angle of inclination, c1 coefficient and distance to target. Solutions can be displayed in TMOA, MILS or SMOA or can be displayed in actual clicks based on the shooter’s input.
- Water-resistant to 100 meters
- includes two watchbands
- classic black leather
- diver style black PU
- hidden compartment on the back of the watch
- store your back-up handcuff key
- store your critical written information such as passwords or special codes
- operator controlled lighting for viewing computerized functions in the dark
- titanium case with a rotating bezel
- traditional watch hands with tritium coating
- full function count down timer
- full function chronograph with lap time
- alarm mode
- date mode
- 24 hour or standard time
to view a digital pic of the 5.11 Tactical H.R.T. Tactical Watch/Ballistic Computer at the 5.11 Tactical Website.
Bill Berry, 5.11 Tactical Series’ Executive Director, can be contacted directly by phone at 916-717-3742, or by email at [email protected]
You can contact Horus Vision, LLC
by phone at 650-583-5471. Dennis Sammut is Horus Vision’s President/CEO, and can be contacted by phone at 650-583-5471, and directly via email at [email protected]
Larry Chao, Horus Vision’s Software Designer/Specialist, can be contacted at 650-583-5471, and directly via email at [email protected]