Schmidt & Bender – New GR²ID reticle for Practical Long Range Sports Competitors

    Schmidt & Bender is a family-run manufacturer of high-end rifles scopes since over 60 years.

    Located in Germany they have been supplying the Special Forces of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines with high quality optics since 2011, since they won the Precision Sniper Rifle Program of the United States Special Operations Command. They even made a Special Limited Edition for us mortals.

    S&B have now developed a new reticle, designed with the Practical Long Range Sports Competitor in mind. The reticle is called GR²ID and according to S&B it encompasses many features to aid different problems facing the competitor in a PRS stage.

    “A lot of good feedback on this non-cluttered and easy to reference reticle.” (Picture S&B)

    You can see the reticle below with examples. Please note that the reticle is zoomed in in this picture and that the main horizontal line is at “B” in the picture. check the top picture with the tree for an overview of the reticle. As you can see the grid is going 2 Mil above the main horizontal line.

    Practical Precision Rifle Stage

    Hold Over/ Under – faster stage times.

    The Hold Over / Under Grid is a new addition to reticle design. This came about from a need of Practical Precision Rifle Competitors wanting to dial out the elevation and windage of a mid ranged target in order to then use the reticle to either hold over or under in engaging multiple Targets in a stage.

    Less to dial, Less to remember = Faster stage times.

    • The horizontal dot pattern of the grid, features 0.06 Mil dots every 0.2 Mil and larger 0.08 Mil dots at the 1 Mil markers to aid in quick identification.

    • The vertical dot pattern of the grid is made up of 0.04 Mil dots, which are unobtrusive, yet easily distinguishable under tight focus.

    •Independent Central Dot: 0.05 Mil central dot. 5mm at 100m. 0.2 Mil gap on either side for measured wind hold off.

    The new GR²ID reticle was shown at the SHOT Industry Range Day (in practice) and at Shot Show.

    You can find the datasheets here.


    From Schmidt & Bender:

    The popular 0.035 Mil main cross-hair line thickness of the P4 Fein has been retained throughout the subtension details of the GR²ID reticle. •Elevation numbers are provided in 1 Mil increments on both sides of the grid to reduce time in searching for holdover references. • The Ballistic Grid pattern has been designed to cover the ballistics of a ‪308 175‬gn @ 2580fps in a full value 25 mph crosswind out to 900m. More efficient calibers such as 6.5mms or 6mms extend the usefulness of the grid out past 1,100m.

    Other Schmidt & Bender products that will be displayed include:

    3-21×50 Exos

    The new Exos 3-21×50 rifle scope is especially designed for crucial hunting and shooting situations and is the latest addition to their high zooming Exos hunting line.
    This scope is perfect for handling anything from a close, quick shot to extreme long range distances – a perfect all-rounder.

    1-8×24 PMII ShortDot Dual CC

    The 1-8×24 PM II ShortDot Dual CC has been awarded by the German Bundeswehr for the tender „Rüstsätze Patrouillenkonfiguration G28, Anteil Optik“ (Military Equipment Patrol Configuration G28, Optics).

    The compact 2 in 1 system combines a red dot in the second focal plane with an illuminated reticle in the first focal plane. This combines the advantages of a reflex sight with those of a conventional
    riflescope, providing a sight solution for short and medium distances.

    You can see the sight in use on the G28 in this POTD.


    What do you think of the new GR²ID reticle? Is it something you would consider using?

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6×6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.