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scoring ring, then give it the higher value. When scoring any target, insert the plug carefully and through the center of the shot hole. Do not disturb unnecessarily the paper around the edge of the shot hole being plugged. Do not attempt to guide the gauge in any direction - let it seek its own direction. Targets are best scored while the target is in a horizontal position with the plug gauge standing vertical and free without being touched by the fingers. This allows the spindle to follow the same path as the bullet and the flange will indicate the true value. Unless your using an outward smallbore gauge, the view of the gauge should be directly from above the spot viewed, not a side view. A side view will frequently distort the picture, and inaccurate scoring will result. High power rifle targets are usually scored in the pit. Even though competitors may operate the pit and score, it is an excellent plan to hold a short practice session prior to the take-over by each group in the first match. The Chief Pit Officer can, in five minutes, explain to each group how they should score shot values and any other procedures he wishes to be followed. Outdoor pistol targets are almost always scored on the target frames by the competitors. No need for dedicated target reset teams. If scoring is done by competitors be sure that only officials of the tournament use scoring plugs. Frequent plugging destroys a true shot hole and may leave the actual value in doubt. If there is any doubt as to the value of a plugged shot hole in pistol, leave the plug in the hole until the matter is decided.

Smallbore targets require backers

Comparing smallbore targets: Smallbore matches are fired using backer targets. Backers are required for Registered Tournaments on both indoor and outdoor ranges. If your range is not already so equipped, request plans from the NRA. Backer targets consist of a plain unprinted piece of tagboard placed a few inches (see NRA Rules for distance) behind the Official target. By placing the target and backing card together after firing, and matching shot holes, crossfires are immediately seen as the bullet holes in the target do not match with the holes in the backing card. Double target frames made according to NRA plans will show 1/4� dispersion of shot holes for each firing position to left or right of the target. When targets are taken to the Statistical Office, the first job is to inspect all shot groups on both targets and backing cards. The majority of groups will contain no doubtful shots, neither possible doubles nor crossfires. These targets and backing cards need not be compared further. When a double or crossfire is found, full information must be marked on the target face, together with any penalty points or other information that will be helpful when the target is scored. Smallbore targets are used as the score cards

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