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What do I do when there are too many shots on a target?

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Too many shots on a target can be due to a number of reasons. It is the Orion user's (stat officer's) responsibility to determine the cause and resolve the issue accordingly. Below are the likely causes of this problem and how to resolve it.

Dealing with too many shots on a target is often dependent on the rulebook governing the match. This page describes the most common methods described by the various rulebooks to deal with too many shots on a target. In all cases the Orion User (stat officer) is responsible for knowing the rulebook and adjudicating the problems as required.

Possibility 1: Extra Shots

The athlete fired too many shots for the stage, known as an "extra shot." Most rulebooks require extra shots be nullified and an additional penalty assigned to the athlete.

  1. Identify the extra shot. Most rulebooks require the highest value shot on the target be identified as the excess shot.
  2. Select the excess shot on the target image. The shot will turn red once selected.
  3. Right click and select "Mark as extra shot."
  4. Orion will nullify the extra shot then apply a penalty, typically 2 points, to the lowest value shot. The exact penalty and which shot it is applied to is rulebook dependent.

Possibility 2: Sighter Outside the Sighter Ring

Sighter shots fired outside the sighter ring should have been marked by the range officer. These shots do not count against the athlete, and should be removed.

  1. Identify the sighter shot outside the scoring ring.
  2. Select the sighter shot on the target image. The shot will turn red once selected.
  3. Right click and select "Remove shot" (alternatively hold down the shift key and double-click near the center of the sighter shot).
  4. Orion will remove the shot from the match.

Possibility 3: Torn Edge or Other Anomalies Gets Identified as a Shot

Torn edges on the target or other anomalies can cause phantom shots. These phantom shots must be removed.

  1. Identify the phantom shot.
  2. Select the sighter shot on the target image. The shot will turn red once selected.
  3. Right click and select "Remove shot" (alternatively hold down the shift key and double-click near the center of the phantom shot).
  4. Orion will remove the shot from the match.

Possibility 4: A Large Shot Hole Gets Identified as Two Shots

Large shot holes can be falsely identified as two shots. To correct this problem visit the FAQ Orion found two shots where this is only a single shot.

Possibility 5: Internal Cross Fire from the Adjacent Target

An internal cross fire is when, for example expecting to shoot one shot per bull, the athlete accidentally fires two shots on one aiming bull, but then skips the next aiming bull. Internal cross fires can occur between adjacent targets, for example firing 11 on the left target and 9 on the right. In most instances the athlete is not penalized for an internal cross fires, however the shot and target need to be appropriately dealt with.

  1. Identify the target with too many shots, and identify the target with too few shots.
  2. On the target with too many shots:
    1. Identify the shot that is the internal cross fire. Check your rulebook to know which shot to identify.
    2. Select the internal cross fire on the target image. The shot will turn red once selected.
    3. Right click and select "Mark as Internal Cross-Fire."
    4. In most rulebooks Orion will mark the shot but not assign a penalty. If a penalty needs to be assigned, right click on the shot and select "Add Penalty." Complete the Penalty Form and click "Save."
  3. On the target with too few shots:
    1. Correct any unrelated anomalies on this target first.
    2. Right click on the target image and select "Ignore Warning Message." This will remove the yellow highlighting from the target list.

Possibility 6: External Cross Fire

An external cross fire is when, an athlete on one firing point fires on a target that is on a different firing point. In most rulebooks the athlete firing the external cross fire is assigned a miss for the shot and the athlete who's target received the external cross fire is not penalized.

  1. Identify the target with too many shots, receiving the external cross fire. Then identify the target with too few shots from the athlete who fired the external cross fire.
  2. On the target with too many shots, receiving the external cross fire:
    1. Identify the shot that is the external cross fire. Check your rulebook to know which shot to identify.
    2. Select the external cross fire on the target image. The shot will turn red once selected.
    3. Right click and select "Remove Shot" (alternatively hold down the shift key and double-click near the center of the phantom shot).
  3. On the target with too few shots from the athlete who fired the external cross fire:
    1. Correct any unrelated anomalies on this target first.
    2. Identify the aiming bull where the athlete should of fired the shot.
    3. Right click near the center of the aiming bull and select "Add Shot" and then "Miss Shot" (alternatively hold down the control key and double-click near the center of the aiming bull). Orion will add a Missed Shot.

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