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FAQ


Why do I need a hit light? 

  • because you can't hear the "ding" from 900+ yards away

  • because you cannot reliably see the bullet splash

  • because your using solid copper or brass bullets and they cause very little splash

  • because your tired of arguing with the competitor that swears he had an impact but did not

  • because your teaching your grand kids to shoot and they like to see the light when they hit...encouragement

  • because your shooting by yourself without a spotter...multiple flashes (3) especially helpful here.

  • because it's just fun to have one on a bonus target or stop plate during your .22 steel match.

  • because it's safer than having a spotter downrange....yes I have heard of cases where this is done. 

  • because it just makes working a competition easier

Where do I put the light?

  • If you have the model with mini-tripod it can be set on the ground, wrapped around a branch, a stick, a pole

  • you can use the built in hook to attach to an inexpensive step-in post at various heights....my favorite and is available at most home improvement stores. 

  • use the magnet to stick to some metal object...other than the target.

  • locate the light off to one side and behind the front plane of the target to avoid damage by bullet splash

Here is an example of the step-in post  

What if it rains?

No problem.  Tracer Hit Light is not "water proof" but is water resistant.  Getting caught in the rain should not be a problem. 

Where do I put the sensor?

If using lower power calibers you can just stick the yellow magnetic sensor to the back of the steel or if using a target hanging on chains you can magnetically stick it on the chain where it attaches to the frame.  Some experimentation may be required. The sensor is quite sensitive so there are a number of possibilities.

If your using higher power factor calibers, the bolt-on/hook loop sensor works best.  You can bolt it onto the target mount point or stick it to the back of the steel target using the supplied hook/loop tape.  Press the sensor firmly into the material. 

Make certain the cable is routed behind the front plane of the target to avoid the splash. Try to keep the cable low to the ground.  Again, there are various strategies that can be used...be creative.  The cable is easily replaced if it is damaged. 

Here is an example of how the bolt-on/hook loop sensor can be attached


How long do the batteries last?

The honest answer is ....it depends but if just left on and not flashing it will last 80-100 hours.  How often you make it flash will obviously reduce that time but it will easily last throughout any single day or multiple day match.   We suggest that fresh batteries be used for any serious competition. We have experience with lasting through 4 days of competition running 6 hours a day without issue.  To replace the batteries remove the 3 screws on the back cover.  Three AAA Alkaline batteries are used. 

What is competition friendly?

While Tracer Hit Light can certainly be used in many shooting scenarios it was designed to be especially helpful in long range competition.   Imagine setting up your steel targets out 600, 900, 1000 yards or more away and setting up your hit light so you can reliably call impacts and during the match someone shoots the cable or the batteries get low.  The competitors are shooting but the light is not going off.  Why? did they miss? is there a malfunction?  Do I have to go all that way down range to see what is wrong?  What a pain. With Tracer Hit Lights redundant cable wiring, redundant sensors, heart beat indicator and intelligent monitoring you will know if the cable is broken, or batteries are low or if all is ok from your shooting platform.  You will also know what is needed to make the repair such as cable or battery replacement.  Competition friendly allows you to be more confident working the match.   

Do I use a spotting scope with the light?

Generally speaking, for long distances...yes.    It depends on conditions and distance.   We have been able to see it with the naked eye out past 1000 yds in good conditions but unless one is going to launch a flare when the target is hit it very hard to compete with direct sunlight.  That said, with your spotting scope you will reliably confirm long distance hits with no problem


What happens if I shoot the light?

  • Replacement components, including the light assembly, are available  😊


How it works

Tracer Hit Light is first of all a highly visible light using 23 high intensity LED's that is triggered by two sensitive vibration sensors.  It works with a wide range of minor and major calibers as you would expect but what makes Tracer Hit Light unique is it's intelligent and redundant design.   Tracer Hit Light is an intelligent target impact signal.  It's internal microprocessor and custom programming takes impact signaling to a new level.  The internal microprocessor is constantly monitoring system performance and will signal the shooter from a distance if a problem exists.  This unique design makes Tracer Hit Light very competition friendly. 

The Tracer Hit Light's internal processor is constantly monitoring the battery voltage, cable connection and sensor to insure reliable operation. The Red LED located in the bank of white LED's will act as a heart beat and flash once every 15 seconds to let you know that power is on and the device is working properly. This is easily seen through your spotting scope.  Battery low voltage will be signaled by the lights flashing on and off at a 2 second rate. The Red LED will also turn on solid.  If the cable is disconnected or severely damaged the lights will turn on solid for 5 seconds followed by a flashing SOS pattern. This sequence will repeat until the cable is repaired.  Note that the cable has multiple, redundant connections in it.  All of the connections must be broken for the cable to fail so it is possible to damage the cable and the Hit Light will continue to operate.  If the SOS signal is flashing then all connections have been severed.  The sensor circuit uses two sensors for additional redundancy and high reliability 

With only one button operation, Tracer Hit Light is simple to operate.  Press once to power on and again to power off. The Red LED located in the bank of white LED's will act as a heart beat and flash once every 15 seconds to let you know that power is on and the device is working properly. 

When the target is hit the lights will flash 3 times in 1.4 seconds.  Testing has shown this to be an effective flash pattern.  Flashing more than once eliminates the probability that the signal is missed providing positive feedback to the shooter and spotter.  Contact us if you require a different flash pattern.   Custom flash patterns can be programmed into Tracer Hit Light to meet your specific application.

Using three AAA batteries, Tracer Hit Light can operate for approximately 80 hours.  This depends on a number of usage and environmental factors.  With fresh batteries you can be confident that power will last throughout any match but if battery voltage does get low you will be alerted from a distance.  

Tracer Hit Light comes with an 10' failure resistant cable that attaches to the sensor and light using waterproof connections that can be easily replaced if necessary.  An optional 10' extension cable is also available. 

Two sensor packages are available.  The first one attaches to the target using strong Neodymium magnets  and works great for lower power factor calibers and the second can be bolted on or attached with the supplied hook and loop strips for use with higher power factors. 

(The strong magnetic fields of Neodymium magnets can damage pace-makers or other bodily implants, keep a minimum of 3 feet distance.  Children should not be allowed to handle Neodymium magnets as they can be dangerous. Small magnets pose a choking hazard and should never be swallowed or inserted into any part of the body.)

Is it waterproof?  I would say it is weather resistant.  You would not want to submerge it in water but shooting in the rain is no problem. 

Proper light placement and cable management is important when using any signal system in order to avoid damage from bullet splatter or even direct hits from the shooter.   Certainly one can attempt to add cable protection using iron pipe, burying the cable or other forms of shielding.   This can help but is still not foolproof or bullet proof for that matter.  Plus these methods work best on ranges where a more permanent installation is possible.   If your packing your own gear to you favorite long range spot your not going to want to pack multiple lengths of iron along as well.  Once set up you can be confident that the vulnerable parts of the Tracer Hit Light system are monitored and will let you know all is well....or not.   Obviously if the light itself takes a direct hit there is not much one can do but with a little care locating the light and routing the cable, Tracer Hit Light's intelligence and redundancy will add to your shooting experience as no other impact indicator can.

Be Safe! Before installing or checking the Tracer Hit Light or when posting or checking targets, or removing a firearm from the firing line, make the line “cold” by following these six steps...1) magazine out; 2) bolt back; 3) safety on; 4) chamber flag in; 5) ground the firearm; 6) step back; no one touching the firearm.