We have moved into a time where nearly every variable the long range shooter has to contend with can be calculated digitally. We have scopes with built in range finders, phones which can measure pressure, inclination, temperature. And of course we have ballistic calculators. Although companies have tried there is one variable that has proven very hard to compute using a calculator – wind…
The wind is constantly changing. It requires dynamic and continuous attention when making long range shots. There are calibers that suffer less with wind drift than others but none are immune. Many shooters will use a Kestrel Anenometer or similar device to obtain an average wind reading at the firing point.
They will then input the value into their calculation and dial the factor into their scope. The problem is that wind will change. It might drop off or gust. That is where a device like the Wind Finder comes in really handy…
Sniper solutions is an innovative veteran owned UK company which is probably best known for the Sniper Hider, a device which blocks scope glare and protects your glass. We reviewed the Hider on GnZ and it gets a ton of use now. The hider is one of those things which seems simple but quickly becomes invaluable. The Wind Finder follows the same simple but invaluable concept.
The Wind Finder comes in two pieces which can be stowed easily. Both pieces are beautifully engineered and exude quality. The long rod is pointed at one end so it can be pushed easily into the ground. The other end of the rod is machined to accept the vane which clicks into place. Once clicked together the vane section is able to rotate smoothly. The rear section of the vane has a piece of cord hanging from it. When the vane turns into the wind the cord is blown outward. The angle of the cord denotes the wind strength. The angles are marked on the vane allowing for quick reference of wind strength.
I set the Wind Finder up so that it is always visible to my eye that isn’t on the scope. If you can shoot both eyes open then you can get a constant feed on wind speed and direction at the firing point. It is still vital to read wind down range by using mirage, tree and grass movement ect but the Finder adds a lot of clarity to the bigger picture. I shoot a lot of mixed distance ELR steels and I would not be without the Wind Finder now. It has increased my hit probability considerably and made first round hits much easier. The best ideas are always the simple ones which make you say “why didn’t I think of that!”