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A high-tech gadget for the range.

A High-Tech Gadget for the Range

The outdoors enthusiast including the angler and hunter and especially the avid firearms enthusiast, is most decidedly a "gadgeteer" by nature. This singular happenstance is a decided asset to the retailer since the sale of impressive gadgetry and "tie-in" sales can be multitudinous, provided the retailer employs a bit of conventional ingenuity.

But combine gadgetry with hi-tech electronics and one has a true winner. That's the word from Vincent Botarelli, Jr. of the Coyote Manufacturing Corporation of New Mexico.

What are we talking about? Well, Coyote Manufacturing Corporation only recently developed a most ingenious "electronic" target for riflemen and handgunners -- a target which eliminates spotting scopes, physically walking to the target or trying to decipher where each shot struck.

Botarelli's target, known as the "Coyote Target Reporter" is actually a hi-tech electronic target which provides instant VERBAL response to where each bullet strikes!

"You'll never have to break your shooting stance; bend over to peer through a spotting scope or actually wait for a cease fire to walk to the target," said Botarelli. "My new Coyote Target Reporter tells you instantly, in a clear voice and in simple English, precisely where each and every one of your bullets strikes the target -- and nothing has to be attached to the firearm itself."

Botarelli tells us that his Coyote Target Reporter consists of a two by three-foot target available in male silhouette, combat soldier, female robber or deer silhouette. Each target is divided into 28-electronics zones. Three small electronics sensors adhere to adhesive patches along the bottom edge of each target. These sensors connect to a microprocessor which actually calculates the precise location of the bullet strike and tells the built-in FCC-approved radio transmitter to broadcast one of sixty pre-recorded messages.

A miniature radio receiver clips to your belt and a miniature microphone fits comfortably under the gunner's ear muffs. The entire system is wireless. There are no cables between the gunner and target.

The reporter system operates on just two 9-volt batteries and in rural areas (with no radio interference) it can be heard clearly upward of 400 yards. In addition, there are four channels so shooters standing side-by-side don't hear responses from other shooters.

"However, currently we feature two models of our Coyote Target Reporter," Botarelli explained. "A Wireless Model which uses air waves featuring no attached cables between the target and the shooter as well as a Cable Model. The Wireless Model actually features a transmitter which hangs from the target frame by its antenna and the radio receiver clips to the belt of the shooter, featuring a simple plug-in earphone."

Botarelli added that the Cable Model operates on sensor pulses by wire to the transmitter which also clips to the shooter's belt or pocket. A tiny microphone connects directly to the transmiter. With this unit there are no radio waves and no radio receiver. Standard length cables are 100 and 330 feet, but lengths to 1,000 yards are also available. This unit operates on but a single 9-volt battery.

And that's not all. Botarelli said an available option to the unit, called the "rapid fire microprocessor" can further be readily attached to either model and actually records a rapid fire burst of gun fire. In other words, the shooter fires several rounds in rapid succession, and waits just two seconds to be sure the last round has been recorded. Then the unit reports from first to last the precise hits on target and in order of firing!

To be sure, this hi-tech unit is not inexpensive. It retails in the $470 price range, while additional targets are available at $30 per dozen (retail). Nevertheless, from every indication this all-new concept in target design should be worth a closer look. Remember, as mentioned, sportsmen are indeed gadgeteers by nature and this Coyote Target Report is unquestionably the ultimate gadget that's not only highly practical but revolutionary in design-concept as well.

The Coyote Target Reporter takes mere minutes to become operational too. Just tack a target frame to a post or hang it from a target carrier in an indoor range. Then simply peel back the three miniature adhesive strips along the bottom edge of the target and press the sensors located on each of the exposed adhesive patches. The unit is then activated.

Clip the radio receiver to your belt or pocket, turn in on and you are in business with a voice actually recording each and every strike and location of your bullet on the target.

Today the target shooter still has his conventional paper targets to punch holes in as well as metal silhouettes to bang away at. Why, for plinking with our little .22 we have even used candy Necco Wafers. But now it's the Coyote Target Reporter -- a precision instrument that should generate substantial interest among you shooting clientele.

If you want more information about this revolutionary new target reporter contact Vince Botarelli, Jr. at the Coyote Manufacturing Corporation. (Dept SI), Route 66, P.O. Drawer 910, Tijeras, New Mexico 87059, or call toll-free at 800-468-1177.
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Author:Brant, Howard
Publication:Shooting Industry
Date:Oct 1, 1990
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