by Gerrit Grundling
Do you remember the first time you shot a rifle? I remember the adrenalin flowing through my veins, the smell of the morning rain and the excitement in the air, when I was 8 years old, pulling the trigger of, my grandfathers, .303 Lee-Enfield (No4 Mk2) rifle. Wow, what a rush, and wow what a kick… My shoulder was blue and yellow for 2 weeks after that.
I also remember me and my dad competing in the backyard, with our Winchester .22 bolt-action, shooting at homemade paper targets at 50 yards. Since I was the youngest, I was tasked with retrieving the targets to see what we hit. Boy, I hated that.
Since then I shoot a here and there but never to seriously, now getting back into it a bit, I realized that not much has changed…. People are still using paper targets. My friend, a true war hero, with 40+ years of service, told me that, yes, for more than 100 years not much has changed.
I am thinking if it is not broken why fix it right? Well wrong. Manufactures of guns upgrade their guns regularly. The first device identified as a gun, was a bamboo tube that used gunpowder to fire a spear and today we have the M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle (ESR) & the .50 BMG. Our slugs/bullets also improved from small lead balls to smart-bullets today. Scope manufactures also upgrade their technology continuously, so why don’t we upgrade our targets or targeting systems?
Why don’t we make it simpler for ourselves? Why do we not use a target that will give us immediate feedback, is easy to use, setup and easy to relocate. A target that will reduce the time I need to walk down-range to check my hits and a target that can be used both at night and day. Lastly a target that can be used at various distances and calibers and probably most importantly, does not cost an arm and a leg. What I am getting at is that I want a target that will allow me more time on the glass and less time mucking around with setup and so called logistics.
I went looking to see what was out there and found many companies that answer to one or more of these requirements but I found only one company complied with them all.
Romtes, that took their technology that was exclusively used for special forces, military and other elite units. They took this technology, their 35 years of “testing with elite forces” and their experience, and produced a redesigned product that can now be used in the civil sector. Yes, we now have access to a training tool that help make elite units around the globe, elite.
Now, ever shot a M4 on fully automatic? (I do not suggest you do so unless you are legally allowed to). Shooting 30 rounds to a target at 10 yards+, how long would it take to count all your hits? 1 minute, 4 minutes? Well, with Romtes you will know what you hit before the last casing hits the ground. Needless to say, I was impressed.
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