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ARE ELECTRONIC TARGETS
RIGHT FOR YOUR CLUB?
SHORTER TOURNAMENTS + MORE SPECTATORS = GOOD FOR SHOOTING SPORTS
BY NRA STAFF

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n recent issues we’ve mentioned
NRA’s review of electronic target
systems as a way to help grow
competitive and recreational shooting. The study was initiated in 2010
and completed last year. The study’s
goals included: Increase activity for
NRA clubs; increase awareness of
electronic target systems; make shooting fun for first-time shooters; and
Increase participation in the shooting
sports. The study reviewed several
products and cataloged experiences
from four events that included
192 participants. Here are insights
from other clubs and our own review
of a popular electronic target system.
10 SSUSA MARCH 2013

We spoke with Brad Donoho, Program
Coordinator for the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) in Port Clinton, OH.
Having managed electronic ranges since
2006, Donoho was a natural hire for
CMP who, beginning in 2008, ultimately
installed 160 electronic target systems
in their two world-class indoor ranges.
Donoho shared some of the reasons
they chose the MEGALINK system.
“Because of their reputation in the
U.S. with universities that had their
system, and because of their graphic
display, we felt their product was more
versatile and user friendly. The
paper backing roll provides an indisputable means to resolve protests or

crossfires, and their precision meets
the ISSF-compliant (International
Shooting Sports Federation) standard
of accuracy to within .125 mm. They also
rarely break down.”
Following CMP’s lead, we obtained
a MEGALINK PC-based system for
test and evaluation that retails for
$2,200 (more for a system with a
dedicated monitor). While this may
seem cost-prohibitive, target systems
are a good candidate for an NRA grant
with the justification of club growth,
enhanced safety and community
involvement. Such grants are administered at the state level and selections
are typically made each Fall. So, an



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