Although we all enjoy shooting, most of us would agree that making airgun shooting fun to watch for spectators is often somewhat of a challenge.
Particularly with non-reactive target events, it’s tough for our loved ones to really get into the action if they can’t see where your shots are landing on the target.
This is an issue that the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has addressed head-on at it’s airgun shooting facilities at Camp Perry OH and Talladega, AL.
There, the CMP has installed new electronic targets. These high-tech Kongsberg Target System (KTS) targets are powered by OpticScore technology. This means that each shot is scored optically by internal LED lights. Monitors at each firing point instantly display scores, and button functions with an LED lighted screen allow ease of use for individuals of all ages and experience levels.
This is the shooter’s view of the system.
And below is what the spectators see.
To view this revolutionary electronic target system myself, I attended the national finals of the CMP National Air Rifle Championships in June. This 3P (Three Position) competition had started with a postal match back in Autumn of 2016. No less than 1,454 young shooters registered for the postal phase and, after regional finals in February and March, 399 young shooters reached the National Championships at Camp Perry.
The Gary Anderson Competition Center indoor airgun range at Camp Perry consists of 80 firing points – each equipped with the KTS target system.
But not only that. The large LED screens placed throughout the range space display each competitor’s target, making the airgun shooting fun to watch. As you can see in the photos above, spectators can monitor the shooting as it happens, see each individual shot and keep track of total scores.
The CMP’s target system makes it easy not only for competitors …read more