KILLEEN - James Milner Leatherwood, 65, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007.

A private memorial service will be held in his honor.

Jim was born in Dublin and graduated from Stephenville High School with the Class of 1960. He received his Bachelors from Tarleton State University in 1964. He also received his Commission as an Officer in the United States Army from ROTC at Tarleton. Jim served in Vietnam from 1967-1968.

While in the military, Jim noticed a need for improved sniper optics, so, after leaving the Army, he developed the Automatic Ranging and Trajectory (ART) scope, which used a simple “zoom frame” and cam system that actually eliminated the need for the military marksman to know the range, or to allow for bullet drop.

His passion for firearms and optics invention continued throughout his life. One of his most recent efforts, the reproduction of the early 1850s - 1870s style scopes (Malcom) for shooters who enjoy older black powder cartridge rifles, has made it to the big screen in the movie 𔄛:10 to Yuma”.

Jim is survived by three sons, a daughter, a brother, two sisters, and a legacy in the history of firearm's optics. He will be greatly missed.

Published Sept. 20, 2007

Stephenville Empire-Tribune