​Creative Reporting from DryFire

ClayMetrics is interested in DryFire for two main reasons.  First, a simulator offers many opportunities for research and experimentation into methods of improving shooting scores.  Secondly, it provides an excellent opportunity to explore the value of a wide variety of measures not normally available to shooters.  

One example of DF measures is similar to the statistics provided these days to professional baseball.  A hitter's average is broken down into two components, his average against left handed pitchers and against right handed pitchers.  This is useful because it is a fact that these two measures will rarely be equal and therefore they provide additional, and supplemental, information.  Together they provide a better understanding of the batter's performance.  And this understanding can be used to predict how effective a right-handed or left-handed relief pitcher will be against the opponents start hitter.  

DF separates out targets moving left to right from those moving right to left and reports whether the shots tend to be behind or in front of the target.  And this information can be used to identify those areas which need the most practice.

This type of information is rarely captured in traditional scoresheets.  But consider Shotgun Scorecard for a notable exception.

The Scientific Study of Clay Target Shooting

While it's true that the final job (below) looks quite busy after completing the setup, the view from the shooter's eye (above) is quite clean.  Since DF software can be used to change how high the gun shoots, both hunters, and trap shooters can use it with only one setting change.  

Case Study #2 -- DryFire Installation and Evaluation


2/11/2015 Olympic (Bunker) Trap

  • Aaron Throckmorton has a team event coming up which includes some Olympic (Bunker) trap.  As it will be difficult, if not impossible, for the team to practice this shooting style in advance, we got together at ICSS to "dry run" DryFire.
  • Once we got all of the parameters set up properly,  Aaron gave it the thumbs up and will bring his team in for some indoor practice.

2/3/2015 Using a .22 rifle with Dry Fire

  • A small shooter with back and shoulder problems wanted to play with DF, but was unable to hold even a light shotgun for long enough to have fun.  
  • SOLUTION: Configure a .22 Rifle for DF.  Parts included a sight clamp and some CVPC tubing.  

1/19/2015 Camera Sensitivity

  • The 12/15/2014 issue returned.  I sent an email to AskBob@dryfireus.com on 1/18.  The following day he sent a very clear and complete set of suggestions in the form of a video.  Pretty neat.
  • We closed the blinds, turned off the overhead fluorescent nearest to the backdrop and lowered the sensitivity of the cameras.

12/22/14 Acoustic Switch

  • Dalton brought his own F3 in and we set it up for DF.  We took the opportunity to try the acoustic switch.  While it does require the shooter to cock the gun between shots, Dalton preferred it to the small rubber button for its enhanced sense of realism.  The switch listens to gun and when the trigger is pulled, reacts to that sound rather than the button.
  • After shooting only a couple of dozen shots, Dalton went to the 16-yard line.  He commented afterwords that he was smoking more birds than typical.  He believed his shots were more accurate.  We wondered whether the inches deviation from absolute center that DF reports made that difference.

12/15/2014 Lower The Blinds

  • Suddenly, for no obvious reason, Dalton's shots resulted in HUGE consistent misses (measured in feet rather than inches) .  We tried several adjustments but made no real progress.  DF popped up an alert that it was getting confused by laser lights.  We realized that the room has darker than usual and that the blinds were wide open.  There must have been a reflection.  Once the blinds were closed, we were good to go.  Thanks Dalton for helping us to figure that out.  

12/8/2014 Gun Alignment

  • We came away from our installation of DryFire with a few questions about how the "Align gun" function was designed.  My call to tech support was answered in a couple of rings.  I got a very thorough walk-through of the specifics (which I understood) and the big picture (which I hadn't).  I now also understand the true value of the pattern board in DryFire.
  • First align the gun by placing the bead directly on the laser.
  • Shoot until you feel you have as good a cover as you can, DF only keeps track of the final shoot in the group.
  • The Check Alignment at the pattern board.  The blue circle in the center is about 4" at the distance that the shot will hit the clay. 

12/7/2014 Backdrop

  • An 18-foot backdrop is much easier to hang with a few buddies who stayed around after dark to see what we're doing.

12/2/2014 Call to DryFire

  • Documentation was pretty good, but our room is considerably larger than typical and we wanted to be sure we made the best use of our space.
  • After 15 minutes of sleuthing the documentation and the DryFire website, I called technical support.  Bob answered, understood my question immediately and gave me clear and very reasonable answers.  Although I called to ask about Trap, he took an extra minute to ask whether we would ever want to use the skeet options.  Actually, we probably will and he gave me some useful info about that as well.

12/1/2014 - Proof of Concept using DryFire with projection system:

  • Initial problems were do to a faulty VGA cable.  When we swapped in one we were sure of, DF worked as advertised.
  • Usage will probably be limited because our projector is not wide-screen but has the aspect ratio of a traditional PC monitor (which is what it was bought to do).