Manatee Gun and Archery Club (MGAC) members and guests may use their own approved, commercially acquired electronic target systems and target cameras (see list of approved systems) when utilizing the 100, 200, 300 and 600-yard ranges at our facility. The use of these systems at distances of less than 100 yards is prohibited anywhere at our facility.
The use of these systems is subject to the following rules:
- The following rules governing the use of personal electronic target systems and target cameras augment and do not replace existing range standard operating procedures.
- MGAC will not under any circumstances be held liable for any damage/theft of personal electronic target systems or target cameras during their transport, use or storage on our property. In the event of damage, the owner of the electronic target system or target camera must immediately notify a MGAC Range Safety Officer and file an incident report.
- A visual safety inspection of the electronic target system or target camera and approval by a MGAC Range Safety Officer is required prior to setup on a range.
- The electronic target system mounting frame must be constructed from wood, plastic or canvas parts only. The use of metals other than a hub/transmitter protector plate and/or small fastening hardware (i.e. wood screws, nails, hinges, staples, etc.) or cabling is prohibited. (see #5 below).
- When a protective steel plate is utilized to protect the hub/transmitter, it should be installed as close to base of the target frame as possible. The protective steel plate must be covered by at least ¾” of wood facing the shooting position, so that surface area of the steel plate is not visible from the shooting position. The protective steel plate should not exceed 1.5X the size of the hub/transmitter being protected and should be installed in an orientation that is parallel to the shooting line.
- The electronic target system and mounting frame should be of proper width. This ensures that the electronic target system and mounting frame consumes only a single shooting lane/position. The maximum target frame width is 43” for the 100, 200 and 300-yard ranges on the main firing line and the “Area 51” 100-yard range, and 74” for the 600-yard benchrest range. The usage of electronic target frames that do not meet these sizing guidelines will be at the sole discretion of the MGAC Range Safety Officer on duty.
- The electronic target system and mounting frame should be of proper height. This ensures that bullet impacts land properly on the berm (not too high or low). The minimum and maximum total target frame height is 60” and 80” respectively for the 100, 200 and 300-yard ranges on the main firing line and the “Area 51” 100-yard range , and 60” and 92” respectively for the 600-yard benchrest range, with target backers installed as close as possible to the top of the frame. The usage of electronic target frames that do not meet these sizing guidelines will be at the sole discretion of the MGAC Range Safety Officer on duty.
- The electronic target system and frame should be stable under all weather conditions and either be freestanding or use pre-existing target holders on the range. Any tethering lines utilized must be installed directly behind and/or forward of the target frame and utilize plastic stakes.
- Electronic target systems and cameras must be self-powered and should not create a fire hazard.
- All communications between the hub/transmitter on the target line and the control unit/display on the shooting line must be wireless and conform to FCC guidelines for frequency usage in North America. Electronic target system and target camera wireless transmissions must not interfere with range communications, local agencies or the surrounding community. In the event of a wireless channel/frequency conflict between users of electronic target systems, the user who setup their system first will take priority and subsequent users may be asked to change their channel/frequency. Accessing or “hacking” another user’s electronic target/camera system without their prior approval is prohibited.
- No modification of range equipment or grounds is permitted when setting up electronic target systems. For example, holes may not be dug in the ground and no artifacts may be left behind at the end of the shooting session.
- Electronic target frames and backers may be stored at MGAC with prior approval and coordination in locations approved by MGAC. Please check with the office regarding proper storage location and current storage fees. High dollar electronic components should be removed from target frames before storing at our facility.
- All electronic target systems and cameras must be set up and retrieved within the during the normal cold period for the range, so that the set up/ tear down activity does not interrupt the flow of shooting.
Approved Electronic Target System and Camera Manufacturers:
- Silver Mountain
- SME Bullseye
Other manufacturers not on this list subject to approval