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Blackhound Optics Enters the Riflescope Industry with the Genesis 6-24x50 FFP

By Thomas Gomez

Blackhound Optics is a new optics company that is offering quality riflescopes at reasonable prices. By using a virtual dealer model, Blackhound Optics cuts out a lot of costs that traditionally raise the price of a riflescope. Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to catch up with James Mason, the CMO of Blackhound Optics, to examine his company’s products. Together we looked at the Genesis series, Blackhound’s first product line. For the test, I selected the Genesis 6-24x50 FFP, which has a Mil-based reticle and Mil-based adjustments. The Genesis 6-24x50 FFP has a 30mm main tube, is first focal plane and is available in Milliradians (MRAD) or Minutes of Angle (MOA).

Specification and Features

Those familiar with my work in the precision rifle industry know that I live by the mantra, “Regardless of price, all scopes are terrible until proven otherwise.” Tracking, parallax, clarity, total travel and reticle subtensions all need to be checked before a scope is fit for use. I don’t warm up to a scope until I have several hundred rounds and a few hours behind it.

Before I mount an optic to a rifle, I first attach it to the Scope Tool from Targets USA (targetsusa.com). The Scope Tool was designed by Frank Galli of Sniper’s Hide and Marc Taylor of Alaska Precision Rifle. Essentially it is a 30-pound weight with a MIL-STD-1913/Picatinny rail attached. The Scope Tool allows an end user to secure his scope to the fixture and test tracking without having to fire a shot. It is also perfect for checking reticle subtensions. A subtension is the distance between your Mil dots or Mil hash marks. Calibrated subtension is essential, especially if you use your reticle for “Milling” targets or holdovers. In my experience, first focal plane scopes are typically calibrated appropriately. Second focal plane scopes are where this test is crucial. With second focal plane scopes, manufacturers designate a magnification where a specific angular measurement is represented at a certain distance. The Blackhound Optics Genesis I tested is a...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V23N4 (April 2019)
and was posted online on February 22, 2019

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