Nearing the end of the competition season I became frustrated with the number of opportunities I had to practice a the 600 yard line. One of the drawbacks to a 600 yard range in New England is the proximity to civilization. Tracking your hits at such a long distance requires a spotter or someone to pull targets for you in the pits. You HAVE to know you’re on the target. This makes shooting/practicing by yourself a non-starter for safety reasons. I wrote to the folks over at TargetVision and asked if I could do a review out of my own curiosity and for our readership. They liked the idea and shipped a unit over for us to take a look at.
They sent over the LR-2 unit for us to review, which retails for $649 and is good for targets up to a mile away, wow!! They do have other offerings for reduced distances, so take a look at the website to see what unit would better suit your needs.
When I opened the exterior cardboard box, I remarked to myself about the high quality of the carrying case for the camera system. In the pic below, you can see that this case will protect your investment. One of the little things that the folks over at TargetVision thought of is to ensure that the system doesn’t turn on in transit, so they taped the power switch in the off position.
From targetvisioncam.com Website:
The LR-2 is a fixed lens, portable, battery powered, wireless target camera system that can be viewed from a phone or tablet. This target camera has a range of one mile and a run time of 12 + hours. TARGETVISION is the perfect companion for long range shooters, competitive shooters, and people who are looking for a more interactive and entertaining shooting experience. This unit is able to clearly see .17 caliber bullet holes (and larger) at any distance up to a mile. TARGETVISION consists of two pieces, the camera/transmitter and the receiver. The camera sits down range about 10-15 feet from the target and can be moved within that range to adjust the field of view. The receiver sits next to the shooter on the ground or shooting bench.
External antenna is not required to go one mile, but optional.
NO CELL OR WiFi SERVICE REQUIRED!
NO SKEW CORRECTION REQUIRED!
MADE IN TEXAS.
- 1 Mile Range
- Live HD video
- App-Based Software (iOS and Android compatible) NEW! KINDLE SUPPORT!
- Quick and easy set-up
- 12+ hour run time
- Lightweight, Portable, Compact
- 2 year warranty
- Drop resistant
- Weather resistant
- Resolution: 1280 X 960
- Pivotable Camera
- Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium Ion
- Band: 2.4GHz
- Weight: 13 lbs.
- Hard Case Dimensions: 16.00″ x 13.00″ x 7″ (IP67 Rated)
In the Box
- TARGETVISION Camera
- TARGETVISION Receiver
- Waterproof, Crush-proof, Dust-proof Custom Hard Case
- 12V DC Charger
- 2 Tripods
I was impressed with the quality so far and couldn’t wait to get it out to the range, but before I did, I inspected the system and made sure to charge both the Transmitter and Receiver. After the charge up, I was ready for some range action. It was some time until I could find an opportunity to get out and take it for a spin, but I eventually got out to the 600 to use the system. Set up was ridiculously easy! You set up the camera/transmitter unit off to the side about 10 feet or so away, connect to the WiFi network and center the target in the camera view by making final adjustments to the ball/socket style camera lens. After that, you head back to your equipment, confirm the image in your smartphone/tablet, and start shooting. I had this gear up and running in 15 minutes. See the TargetVision video below:
Below are the images from my set up at the Nashua Fish & Game Club.
Marking your shots is a breeze with this system. So after set up and watching my rounds impact down range, I’m officially hooked. Guaranteed after I pick up one of these, that next season will show a marked improvement in my accuracy at distance. The image below is from a photo I took and exported using the TargetVision app functionality on my iphone. I am thoroughly impressed with this camera rig. This gear gets a solid A in my book!
The bottom line is if long range shooting is on the menu, get your hands on a high quality target camera system like this one and as they say at TargetVision, “Never Lose Sight”!
See you at the range!
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