Lithgow Small Arms Rifle Club introduces cutting edge technology

The new electronic targets at the Lithgow Small Arms Rifle Club in use by member Brett Bond. Pictures: SUPPLIED
The new electronic targets at the Lithgow Small Arms Rifle Club in use by member Brett Bond. Pictures: SUPPLIED

The long-range target shooters at the Lithgow Small Arms Rifle Club have moved into a new era with the introduction of three cutting edge electronic targets.

The targets feature the latest technology from Hex Systems Pty Ltd.

These targets will completely automate the sport. No longer will members need to be present in the butts adjacent to the point of bullet impact to raise and lower manual targets after every shot is fired.

Now these targets will simply be put in place and all shots will be plotted electronically. The bullet strikes on the target will be registered to an accuracy of within one millimetre.

A close-up view of the new targets at the Lithgow Small Arms Rifle Club.

A close-up view of the new targets at the Lithgow Small Arms Rifle Club.

Each strike is transmitted instantly to a small computer with the shooter at the firing point and graphically shown on the computer screen. This allows the shooter to compensate for wind deflection and other variances.

A second firing point computer provides all necessary information for each shooter’s supervising scorer.

Every shot for each shooter is now transmitted in real time to the internet, allowing the progress of any shooter to be viewed in real time on the internet.

Anyone familiar with the sport can visualise the significant advantages these targets provide.

No longer will competitors have to wait for shots to be located and scored. This allows competitors to take full advantage of prevailing conditions.

No longer will members be tasked with marking targets, a time consuming and rather onerous task for our older members. Significantly less maintenance is required with electronic targets.

These targets represent the largest ever capital investment by the Lithgow Small Arms Rifle Club.

They allow the Lithgow Club to maintain its position at the forefront of long range target shooting in NSW.

Significant help was provided through a grant from NSW Department of Sport & Recreation, for which we are grateful.

We also appreciate the help of our long term sponsors Thales Australia as well as Club Lithgow Henry’s Earthmoving & Plant Hire.