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Oakwood Controls H-BAR LOMAH Electronic Target System

By Todd Burgreen

The shooter is lying prone preparing to engage an 800 yard target. He is waiting patiently for wind conditions to settle into a desired known pattern. He fires a round and works the action. He shifts his glance over to a computer screen to his right without losing his cheekweld.

He then proceeds to send another round downrange within a few seconds of the first round and then another maximizing existing wind conditions. The marksman is impressed with the Oakwood Controls H-Bar LOMAH (Location of Miss and Hit) target system. This is because he did not have to wait for the target to be pulled and marked. This would have not only have required someone in the pits, but perhaps had allowed for the wind to shift as well as forcing him to shift off the rifle to peer through a spotting scope to ascertain results. In fact, he was at a private range with no one else around. Without the Oakwood Controls H-Bar target system he would have fired a group and then either walked or driver down to look at his results wasting precious training time.

Oakwood Controls H-Bar LOMAH is a mobile target system weighing in at 15 pounds. The Oakwood system detects and locates shots via a combination of acoustic, temperature and electronic sensors with an accuracy levels of +/- 5 mm throughout the scoring area. The system is capable of detecting both hits and misses and is designed to work both on stationary and moving targets. The only caveat is that bullets need to maintain supersonic velocities for detection. The trajectory of the round registers through supersonic shockwave. Multiple sensors are arranged in different patterns, depending on the targeting application. When a bullet generating a supersonic shockwave passes over the sensors, each sensor trips a timer. That information is sent to a master target station which forwards the information to the shot processing computer. The position of each shot is then displayed on a computer next to the shooter. This is all done quicker than it takes to ready...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N3 (April 2017)
and was posted online on February 17, 2017

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