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Australian High Power Rifle
Marking, Scoring & Pit Operations (Pit Duty & PO)
"ALWAYS GIVE BETTER PIT SERVICE THAN YOU RECEIVE!"
SPOTTING SHOTS - SLOW FIRE or
- For IMC, VMC and TMC (X-ring targets):
- WHITE spotter discs should be used in black target area’s,
or other reasonably suitable colour spotting discs
- For AMC and 3PRB (V-ring targets): White in V ring, then alternate out...
- WHITE spotter discs should be used in V, 4, 2 rings
- RED spotter discs should be used in 5, 3, 1 rings
- Spotting discs should be
a size that is relatively easy to see with an average
SPOTTING SHOTS - RAPID FIRE
VALUE SHOT INDICATING
TARGET PULLED BY MISTAKE
SCORING - Slow Fire Strings
SCORING - Rapid Fire Strings
Every shooter should have a safety officer behind them, who is also responsible for counting shots during rapid fire strings, to advise if there was insufficient or excessive shots fired during the string.
SCORING - Rapid Fire Strings -
If a shooter fired 10 rounds (confirmed by the safety officer), there were no stray shots (early or late - confirmed by anybody on the range or pits) and all shots are in the 9 ring (x-ring target) or better, or 4 ring (V-ring target) or better, then that shooter is either entitled to an alibi, or benefit of the doubt. If benefit of the doubt, an additional shot value will be added equal to the value with most number of hits.
SCORING - Rapid Fire Strings -
If a shooter fired 10 rounds (confirmed by the safety officer), and the target has excessive hits, and there is no insufficient hits on targets either side, then:
- Excessive shots on target up to 2, Record highest 10 shots.
- Excessive shots on target greater than 2, the string is refired. No sighters.
Note: We also offer a self scoring practice "master scoresheet” which has each string for a shooter on a single form. This is typically used for practice, social and club meets.
PIT & TARGET OPERATIONS Overview (Download .pdf)
PITS & TARGETS OPERATIONS (Detail)
- All replacement
centres, if being stapled, should have staples in each corner, and
- All loose and incorrectly coloured patches should be replaced.
- Every target
point should have:
RUNNING PITS - GENERAL
- Read safety brief every time entering the pits.
- Read general string brief at the change of every string type (before string starts).
- Keep all targets down (unexposed) until ALL targets are 100% ready to go.
- Ensure all required marker equipment and quantities that will be needed are laid out and correct prior to starting (minimise stoppages).
- All targets go up and down together except during slow fire sighters and strings.
- Targets go up only when advised by RO (do not pre-empt this) at the start of prep time, strings and scoring. Targets go down on PO call when time has expired (prep time, rapid fire, etc) except for scoring period only after the call from RO.
- Golf tees may be requested as spotting discs for tight groups. Have them ready if needed.
- Always start with targets at half mast, except:
MSD strings which start with targets all the way up,
- for snap strings where targets are taken all the way down into the pit.
- All targets at half mast signify pits are ready (except for snap strings). Until all targets are at half mast, the range will be waiting (expect enquiries from the RO).
- Us the 3min prep time, when targets are exposed, to organise markers and equipment as the markers are not required to do anything during this 3min period (eg. read string briefing). This allows the range to continue running.
RUNNING PITS - TIMINGS
- Remember, timings start from ZERO (not 1).
- Timings start from when the LAST TARGET is UP.
- NEVER short time an exposure. Too much time is better than too little. Under prescribed exposures may, and probably will, result in a re-shoot. This is a complete waste of time (minutes for seconds).
- If a re-shoot is required due to short time, don’t complain about it, just get it done.
- SLOW FIRE
target is pulled by mistake, present target ASAP with a disc in the
- RAPID FIRE
Have markers count shots (checking for 10 hits)
- PO must notify RO (if RO hasn’t already notified PO of firing problem),
- if excessive, consider cross-fires (check targets either side).
- if the excess shot is a cross-fire, check if shot can be identified
- If 10, or required number of, hits on target, then (in this order):
1) score the target by noting values on scoresheet (for relay to firing line)
2) plug holes with spotting discs (consider colours)
3) run target to half mast (signifies when ready) and wait for PO
When ALL targets at half mast, they are ready, and all targets go
- Notify RO “Ready for Scores?” and wait for response before reading scores.
When reading scores, ALWAYS READ THE TARGET NUMBER first BEFORE
Example. X=4, 10=3, 9=1, 8=2, 7=0, 6=0, 5=0, so the following is called,
“Target 1, pause, 4, 3, 1, 2 (no need to read out 0, 0, 0).
Release 2-way PTT button in case RO needs score re-read.
- LEAVE all targets up until RO advised there are NO protests and scoring is
HANDLING RE-FIRES (ALIBIS) (Refer to the Alibis Procedures)
- Have read or have been read the Pit Safety Briefing.
- Always start with targets cleaned out (patched) and value discs removed.
- If target is pulled accidentally, and a shot was fired during movement, advise PO immediately.
- ALWAYS have a patch for previous shot ready before next shot is fired.
- When spotting shots:
- Black and White targets: White spotter in Black, or Black/Pink spotter in White.
and Yellow targets: V=White, 5=Red, 4=White, 3=Red, 2=White, 1=Red.
- Ensure equipment is not abused, and report all abuse or theft.
- Equipment broken, dropped in carrier ditch, dirtied, etc must be repaired or paid for.
- All rubbish is disposed of in bins – not our storage containers.
- Preach safety and stay hydrated.
- Store targets with surfaces alternating (face-to-face, and back-to-back).
- Ensure all loose equipment is packed into relevant boxes or crates in an orderly fashion.
- Check ownership of equipment (do not mix equipment between various owners).
- Double check after packup to ensure there is nothing left behind.
- Leave no litter or rubbish.