Tech Support

Technical documents to help you build and maintain your freETarget are here.

The complete design documentation, mechanical, electrical and software are stored on GIT HUB

Assembling the freETarget Flatpack

The flatpack is a complete kit to assemble a working electronic target without any carpentry skills.

Included in the kit is:

  • Housing
  • Circuit
  • Target Face Plate (pistol or rifle)

Building freETarget Basic

Want to build freETarget but don’t have access to carpentry tools, this one is the instructions for a cardboard target holder.

Building freETarget

These are the instructions for assembling freETarget from parts to a complete target

Commissioning the System

Once you have the target and circuit assembled, this document helps you to do the final steps to get your system working.

Setting the Trip Point

freETarget works by listening for the sound of the projectile passing the microphones. In a perfect world, you want to set this as low as possible, but in the real world the sound of other shots might set it off. This document lets you adjust the trip point to your environment.

Downloading Firmware

Firmware updates to the Arduino can be downloaded through the PC program. The most recent software is available on the downloads tab of this web site. Instructions to flash the firmware are here:

Target Illumination

freETarget Version 3 and higher supports a LED strip to illuminate the target. The installation instructions are here:

Going Wireless

This document provides the instructions for attaching an ESP-01 to the target to connect to the PC wirelessly. You will need to purchase an ESP-01 from Amazon and make a cable harness.

Optional Serial Interfaces

For situations where ten meters just isn’t good enough, there are optional serial interfaces that can be attached to the Auxiliary Port.

Using the Accessory Connector

The Accessory connector provides a back door into the target hardware to let you attach new interfaces or connect to the witness paper motor drive.

Using Witness Paper

Witness paper provides a consistent background for capturing shot sounds. This document illustrates the assembly of the paper drive and a bill of materials for parts.

Using the MultiFunction Switches

freETarget supports two switch inputs for adding extra functionality, for example a paper feed for the witness paper motor.

Theory of Operation

Description of the circuit and algorithm used to compute the target position.

Tabata Timers / Rapid Fire Pistol

Tabata timer are used for hold time training. The target is illuminated for a short period of time which is long enough to acquire the target and shoot, but not too long as to oversold.

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