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Westies target latest technology

Wednesday, 20th November, 2013

The new electronic system at the West Broken Hill Rifle Club was in action for the first time at the weekend. The new electronic system at the West Broken Hill Rifle Club was in action for the first time at the weekend.

By Ethan James

The West Broken Hill Rifle Club is now home to an electronic scoring system dubbed “the most advanced” in the world.

The $20,000 piece of technology was installed on Saturday and ran smoothly when the first shot was fired in the early afternoon.

WBHRC Captain Peter Jackson said it is real step forward for the club as it eliminates the need for people to be physically present as scorers.

“It was getting hard for some of our members to do the marking, some have a disability while others are starting to get on a bit,” he said.

Instead of the manual method, the system sends information to two laptops, one for the shooter and another for the scorer.

The scorer is then able to record the relevant number of points off the mark shown on the screen.

It also enables the shooter to see the location of their mark almost instantaneously.

“The whole thing in entirely automated apart from actually putting up a new target,” Jackson said.

Dimitri Kazakov, from the Sydney-based Hex Systems company, installed the device and said the technology works by detecting the shot’s soundwaves to pinpoint the entry point.

“I actually believe it’s the most advanced system in the world at the moment in regards to reliability and durability,” he said.

“And in terms of the whole system ... it’s the fact that it is wireless and has more sensors as well.”

The model installed in Broken Hill has eight sensors while some other models only have four.

This serves to minimise errors during calculations and therefore increase the accuracy of the information about each shot.

Similar systems exist in ranges in Gosford, Hornsby, Orange and Dubbo.

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