SCATT - shooter training systems

FAQ

How does the training system operate? The basis of the SCATT training systems is the principle of determining a position with the help of infra-red light, which is placed inside the case of the electronic target, and the receiver of the infra-red light, fixed to the weapon itself. The data from the receiver (sensor) goes to the trainer’s base unit, which in turn transforms it for the further transmission into a PC. Inside the PC, the data is processed through the SCATT program, which displays it in the form of aiming trajectory and the position of the holes in the target.

At trainings in prone position, the average point of hits floats. It may can occur from the signal, reflected by floor. Scheme
scatt_prone_set.pdf [0,51MB]

How does the SCATT training system determine the moment when the shot has been fired? Inside the optical sensor, which is fixed on the weapon’s barrel, there is a miniature microphone; it registers the click of the trigger or release of the arrow. The sensitivity of the sensor can be set in the program.

Can training without recoil and shot sound possibly harm a shooter? Training on a dry-fire basis cannot do any harm to the shooter. After 2-3 months of such training for many sportsmen, just 2-3 training periods with live-firing will be enough to get used to the recoil of the weapon.

Having longstanding experience, accumulated with the collaboration of shooters and coaches (Shooting Team of Russia and USSR), we recommend:

  • high-level shooters to train with the SCATT system for approximately 70-80% of overall training time in the basic training period and 30-50% during the competition period. There was a case of a sportsman who was using the training system only (dry-fire) for three months before a forthcoming Championship of Russia. He then only had 5 training periods with live-firing and subsequently won the gold medal, with a new Russian record.
  • beginners train only with the SCATT training system. The later a beginner starts to live-fire, the better. A weapon’s recoil and shot sound simply make the overall training process two to three times slower.
  • those shooters who do not like training systems, can use this trainer just for diagnosing mistakes and to search for new shooting positions.

Can one achieve high results, using only SCATT training and without live-firing? No. From time to time it is necessary to have live-fire training, especially with small- and large-caliber weapons, since the shooting accuracy is greatly influenced by the ready position and grouping of shots.

Also remember if one wants to learn to shoot in wind and various light conditions, this can only be done on the shooting ground.

Where can I use SCATT? SCATT systems can be set up with a 1.5 to 3, 5, 5 to 10 or 25/50 metre Electronic Target, in any place where the system can be connected to a computer, i.e. in a shooting club, in the office, at home or in the garage. The only ‘but’ – do not set it up in a wet environment!

How do other shooters use SCATT systems? Go to http://ematch.scatt.com. This site was created for exchange of SCATT shooting files, via the internet. Upload your shooting files into the server – share your experience with others. You can also see the training sessions of the world’s leading shooters.

How can I move my shooting files from the SCATT Solution program into the SCATT Professional folder? Whilst installing the SCATT Professional program you gave the name of the folder for storage of shooting files (by default “C:\ SCATT CATALOG”). Move shooting files from the folder “C:\WINSCATT” into folder “C:\SCATT CATALOG” (do not confuse with “My Computer\SCATT CATALOG” – virtual folder, emulated by SCATT program). Shooting files will then appear in the SCATT Professional folder.

Some shooting files, created in SCATT program for MS-DOS, do not open in SCATT Professional. How can I change this? SCATT Professional program is incompatible with some SCATT file versions for MS-DOS. In order to transform such files into a new format, you should:

  1. Download and install Solution program (16 bit) WSCATT2E.ZIP [1,16MB].
  2. Copy old files into the folder “c:\winscatt”. Files’ extension should be “.AIM”
  3. Launch SCATT Solution program (16 bit)
  4. Open each file and record it, through “Save” in menu option “File”. Files will be saved in the format, which is compatible with SCATT Professional program.
  5. Copy renewed files from folder “c\winscatt” into the folder “c:\Scatt catalog”

How can I get source information (for example, position data of aiming points) out of shooting files? Several examples of programs, using object model of Scatt Professional for data extraction from shooting files, are contained in the file scatt-script-examples.zip [0,00MB].

  1. Download scatt-script-examples.zip.
  2. Unzip it to some folder.
  3. Click Start, click Run, type cmd.exe (or, if your system is 64-bit, %windir%\SysWoW64\cmd.exe), and then click OK.
  4. Type:
    cd c:\scatt-script-examples
  5. Type:
    cscript samples.vbs path-to-scatt-file.scatt
  6. You will find output in file path-to-scatt-file.scatt.txt

If you receive the error “Error: Scatt Professional was not installed properly. “, then in Step 3, you picked the wrong command.

Why is a shot sometimes depicted separately from the trajectory? Example: To hit the target, a bomber drops a bomb not precisely above the target, but a little bit earlier, as the bomb leaving the plane, has the same speed as the plane and continues moving in the same direction until it hits the ground.

SCATT Program applies the same algorithm, allowing it to make a very accurate fix of the point of impact. For example, the bullet, having left the barrel, continues moving in the same direction as the barrel of the weapon before the shot. That is why, if a shooter is not steady enough, a shot can be separated from the trajectory.

So try and optimize your performance, corresponding to the distance and bullet speed.

How much time do I need to connect the training system to my PC in order to start training? First time it will take you about 10 minutes to connect the trainer to the computer and install the program. Preparation for subsequent training sessions will take about 3 minutes.

Can I connect my old model of SCATT system to a PC, using the USB port? It can be done through USB <=> RS-232 (COM) adapter. Unfortunately not all drivers of the adapters are compatible with the training system. Be sure that the check box “enable legacy (RS-232) devices” in “Options” menu of SCATT program is activated.

Can several shooters train, using the same computer? Yes. Two shooters can connect two training systems to the same computer. For this purpose, two trainers are connected to one PC, and SCATT program is then downloaded twice. Connecting more then two training systems is not worthwhile, as it is not comfortable to use the same mouse, keyboard and display.

What should I do if the device’s CODE is lost? Code and serial number are printed on the warranty card. If you lose the warranty card, contact us and give the serial number of your training system. We will immediately tell you the code.

Can I use the training system with a model weapon? Yes, provided it is possible to fix an optical sensor and the model has a trigger mechanism.

Can the optical sensor change the balance of my weapon? While training with rifles, the weapon’s balance hardly changes. Whilst practicing with pneumatic pistols, it is recommended to use an empty compressed air cylinder to fix the optical sensor to.

Optical sensor calibration problem
In the process of calibrating the optical sensor, aiming point and shothole does not enter into the workarea. At the core of the problem may have two reasons.
1- Too small distance to the electronic target. (You must use a system on the distance recommended by manufacturer)
2- Optical sensor mounted not coaxially with the barrel.

Mounting prism has two different rim heights (denoted by the letters A and B)
Side “A” is lower than side “B”, is made to compensate for the difference in elevation between the sights of weapons and an optical sensor. That the axis of sighting arms converge with the optical axis of the sensor in the electronic target. This scheme works only when the optical sensor mounted under the barrel of weapons.

If an optical sensor mounted to the side of the trunk, or the barrel has a conical shape, may need to install pad (“C”) under rim of mounting prism. By varying the position and thickness of the pad, necessary to ensure that the optical sensor aiming point fell into the workarea of the optical sensor calibration window.

If you use optical sensor WS-M01 model, you can spin it inside the barrel, or clamp (depending kind of mounting) to slightly shift the aiming point.
You also can use mounting prism with adjusting to eliminate parallax.

Where can I download old version of SCATT Professional program supporting Windows 98/Me/2000?
Latest version with OS Windows 98/ME/2000 support scatt563.exe [1,92MB]
Drivers with OS Windows 98/ME/2000 support 98&ME.rar [0,12MB]

How to setup a SCATT MX-02 system?
Detailed, step by step instructions you can find in this video

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