[Shot Show 2016] Romtes Short Circuit Targets

One of the hidden gems at Shot Show’s range day were the new targets from Romtes in Israel. This system was originally developed to serve the training needs of Ya’ma’m special forces units, and is now being made available to civilians.

The idea is that foil circuit runs through the cardboard target, and that when a bullet passes through, that data is passed wirelessly to a central controller, which can signal and display the zone that was hit.

When looking at the regular training regimen of various Israeli SF units, too much time was being spent down-range checking and resetting targets. The IDF needed something with the immediacy and lifespan of a steel plate, combined with the safety and impact data provided by a paper target. The Short Circuit Target (SCT) was developed to meet this.

As Romtes puts it: “The SCT consists of several layers of material, two of which are conductive. When a projectile penetrates the target it creates a short circuit between the two layers that is detected by an electronic system and recorded providing the shooter with immediate feedback of the hit location.”

Each target can have up to eight different impact zones, and zones can be programmed to provide an audible beep when hit, or remain silent. There are a wide variety of targets available, covering hostage layouts and precision distance targets. Romtes also can create limited run targets for special orders. The modular stand also shields the transmitting box from errant shots, which in turn relays hit information to the central monitor.

The display device is what emits the beep, so you’ll still get audible feedback when shooting at targets as far as 700 yards away. But there’s also a visual indicator to identify which target zone was hit, and how many rounds have impacted each zone. This is large scale army gear being pared down, so that monitor unit can track dozens of targets at a time  too.

The primary use has always been engagement scenarios and long range sniper training, but Romtes is now aiming this system as US Ranges, law enforcement, and individual shooters. Ballpark pricing on the kit is $800 to get started, but I’ve asked for more specific pricing information and will update this post once I receive it.

Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


  • Another instance where developing software for an app to display this data on an ipad/tablet would have saved a ton of money by having a single-purpose head unit.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Pretty much.

      The way the system works, it reports in which grid the shot connected, and that’s a very small micro. Anything in the ARM Cortex line would be more than enough to handle that. Along with a $12 wifi module and a $10 antenna, they could have had multiple and remote access to any ipad or tablet.

      I think you’d have to be foolish to buy this VDF/digit display head unit right now.

      I’m sort of interested in this for a long range setup, but not at $800 base price. I kind of wonder in acoustic telemetry isn’t a better option.

      • Jump, I was thinking a long cabled transmitter for the newest version of bluetooth / ANT+

        Goofy, yes. Cheaper? Probably. WiFi isn’t a bad idea at all.

  • OCD_Weaponry

    cool product I need to contact Romtes and sell them my ideas on how to make their product more effective.

  • Jarhead0369

    A better tag line would be “Because only the hits count”. Everything else is potential collateral damage. Bad for troops and cops, disastrous for us civilians.

  • JoelM

    Looks interesting but there’s already a simple phone app to detect bullet hits and score a target. No special targets needed. If the guy who makes that app would make it connect to a wifi camera that you place downrange it would do the same job as this thing, at least, for a single target at a time.