Almost all serious precision rifle competitions make use of electronic target systems. Even the venerated CMP Talledega location makes use of electronic targets on their 600-yard range where competitions are often held. freETarget is an open-source program that allows the average joe to build his very own electronic rifle or pistol target right at home.
freETarget – The Free Open Source Electronic Target
What is freETarget?
Virtually all competitions are now held on electronic targets. They have the advantage of providing instantaneous feedback without the necessity of peering through a scope or scoring with a plug gauge. Unfortunately, they are expensive and outside of the means of most shooters.
So what to do?
Given the success of various open source projects such as Linux or Open Office, it seems to make sense that somebody try to make an open source electronic target.
freETarget – Free E Target
FreETarget is an opensource project where the parts to make the target, electronics, and visualization software is available online and can be assembled by anybody.
Who can use freETarget?
freETarget is open source, so anybody who has the technical expertise to install software on a PC should be able to make their own freETarget.
- Advanced amateurs
- 4H Clubs
- Scout troops
Commercially available targets are awesome, but for most of us, who has the money. freeETarget is an international collaboration of people providing the skills needed to make an affordable Electronic Target
Ways you can use freETarget
Ways you can use freETarget
- You can access the GIT HUB (github.com/ten-point-nine/freETarget) for the detailed technical content. You will find the circuit and mechanical drawings, low level driver software, and the source to the PC application. Download and join the team.
- You can purchase the assembled and tested circuit boards and build your own housing to start shooting electronically.
- Join the team. Expanding skills are needed to move the project to the forefront of competitive shooting.
- Join the conversation on TargetTalk.org
The system is made up of 3 major elements which include the target sensor and acquisition electronics, the target housing, and the PC visualization software. There is a complete list of where to get these items and how to assemble your own freETarget for use at your local club. This is a great example of everyday shooters using their ingenuity to meet the standards of the more professional shooting world without having to spend the money on official electronic target systems.
From what I have read on their blog, the group is making boards for people to purchase to use in their own builds however, there is currently a waiting list for these limited production boards. All of the software, circuit assemblies, and mechanical design are being handled worldwide by a team of dedicated shooters who want everyone to have access to these advanced systems. Would you build your own freETarget for yourself or even for your local shooting club?