Manual
 System Requirements

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System Requirements
The Dry Fire Online website has the following requirements:


The Camera App and the Laser Training have the following requirements:

 Limitations

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Camera App limitations

 How-to Start a Stage

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Realistically Scaled Targets
Before you jump into dry firing, it is important to understand the relationship between screen size, screen distance and target distance. Sounds complicated, but it is easy!


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Screen Diagonal Size This is the screen diagonal. It is nothing special, that is how the screen size is measured. If you have a flat screen TV it is probably written on the TV or on the package. If you have a projector, you can measure the projected image or the canvas. Just make sure the projected image is rectangular and projected onto a flat surface.


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Screen Distance The screen distance is how far you stand from the screen. Note the following:


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Shooter Eye Height The ‘shooter eye height’ is ideally the height of your eyes (viewpoint, camera, whatever) from the ground. Note the following:


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Set up the screen For the best experience switch your browser to full screen (instead of some windowed) mode. The center of the screen is ideally on the same height as the ‘shooter eye height’. In other words, when the shooter naturally looks ahead, the center of the screen is right in front of his face.
Dry firing from a prone position works best when the screen is placed on the ground. If you want to practice long distance shooting, you can put a notebook or a tablet in front of you, since the target silhouette will be small and can fit on a smaller screen.


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Mechanical offset
Dry Fire Online is a simulator and - just like any other simulators - it suffers from the mechanical offset of your gun. There are some great articles available about this topic here and here, but a picture is worth a thousand words:

There are some ways to deal with the mechanical offset of your gun: We do not recommend zeroing your physical sights on your firearm on the screen distance.


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Zeroing, Sighting in


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 Range Screen

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Overview

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Toolbar

The Toolbar is a row of buttons that influence the behavior of the Range Screen. The Toolbar consists of the following buttons


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 How-to Build a Stage

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Target Positioning Target positions are defined by 3 parameters:

Note also


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Target Alignment Keep in mind that in Dry Fire Online the targets are positioned by - and the target parameters define - the center of the target. If your stage description defines the relative target distances by edge-to-edge, then you have to transform it to center-to-center distances by considering the width of the targets. In this case it can be useful to change the unit of measure, for instance to define the values in inches instead of feet.


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Setup moving targets and waypoints If you change the target transition mode from 'static' to 'moving', you can define waypoints that describe the path of the target. For every waypoint you can define:

The distance of two waypoints and the time the target has to cover this distance defines the speed of the target. Currently there is no way to define the speed instead of the time, so if you want to precisely set the speed of the target, you have to do the math, and convert it to time.

When creating a complex path, you have to consider the Target Expose Time. It is defined in the stage header and it is the upper limit of how long a stage is displayed before the next round. Example: you have a target path with 3 waypoints, each with 10 seconds, means your target needs 30 seconds to reach the last waypoint. If the Target Expose Time is set to 20 seconds, then your target will never reach its last waypoint, since the stage terminates after 20 seconds.

After the last waypoint, you can define what the target should do when it reaches the last waypoint: If you want to make a target ‘wait’ for a certain amount of time at a waypoint, you can create a repeat the waypoint with the exact same parameters (create two waypoints with the same distances, height).


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 Camera App Quick Setup Guide

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Overview

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Camera App Quick Setup Guide

Download the DryFireOnline app on the Apple App Store or get it on Google Play

App Store Google Play

Try it for FREE: Unlimited stages and 2 shots (double tap) per round even without a subscription!

Watch the videos, then read the detailed guide for common mistakes and pitfalls of the calibration process.

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What you need

Let’s check if you have everything required to train with the Camera App! You need:

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Example Range Setups

There are many ways to set up your Dry Fire Online range, here are a few examples:

1) The tablet range - small and portable

2) The notebook range

3) The tablet & projector range

4) The notebook & projector range

4b) Use your tablet as a camera

5) Large flat screen range

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Training Guns

Note that the products mentioned in this section are neither advertised, recommended nor have been tested by us.
Find independent reviews on the internet and choose that fits your needs and budget.

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Projector or Flat Screen

If you want to use the Camera App for laser training we recommend using a projector instead of a flat screen (TV, monitor, LED, LCD, etc) for the following reasons:

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Using a Flat Screen

Some advices if you decide to use a flat screen display for laser training

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Using a Projector

Some advices if you decide to use a projector for laser training

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Our Projectors

Since many of you asked our advice on choosing a projector we decided to write a few words about the projectors we use.

Please note that we are not expert on projectors, and the following is neither a buying advice nor a recommendation of any sort - it's just an introduction of the projectors we have and our experiences with them.

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Room Setup

The room where you setup your virtual range has an impact on your experience:

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Connect

First, connect the Camera App to your training session

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Subscriptions and Promo Codes

You need a subscription to be able to train with the camera app.

Limited offer: Unlimited stages and 2 shots (double tap) per round even without a subscription!


A Free Trial with Free Cancellation is available. Use it to test the Camera App without spending any money. You are free to cancel your subscription before the end of the trial period.

In case you have an App Store Promo Code or Offer Code here is how to redeem it:

In case you do not have a Promo Code continue as follows:

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Subscription Levels

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Automatic Screen Calibration

Screen Calibration means that the Camera App needs to know where your screen is located. Luckily, there is a button for that.

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Pitfall #1: Screen Calibration

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Manual Screen Calibration

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Pitfall #2: Moving the Camera


This is the end of the Quick Setup Guide. If you have reached this point, the Camera App is ready to use.
You can start the stage on the Range Screen.

At the beginning of each stage, the Range Screen displays a special calibration screen and asks the Camera App to perform Automatic Exposure Calibration that is going to set the right exposure levels. Then you are ready to go!

Read the rest of the Manual in case you have issues like:

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Automatic Exposure Calibration

Exposure Calibration means that the Camera App needs to capture images where the laser dot is recognizable. The captured images shall be balanced and match the current lighting conditions: shall neither be too dark (no laser detected) nor too bright (false laser detected).
Luckily, there is a button for that.

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Testing the Laser Detection

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Manual Exposure Calibration

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Scan Grid

The Scan Grid button changes the density of the laser scanning pattern. The denser the better the detection quality but also makes the scanning slower. You do not need to change this setting unless the "Frame Dropped" warning frequently appears.

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Laser Color

The Laser Color button changes the color of the laser the camera app is trying to detect. The default setting is red (for red laser), but it can be changed to green that gives priority of the green RGB component. Note that this is an experimental feature and the Camera App is currently tested with red laser only (since we do not have green laser cartridges).

Train

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Subscription

The details of the Subscription button are described here: Subscriptions and Promo Codes

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Sound

 Troubleshooting

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When something doesn't work
If something does not work, try another browser, and make sure you do not use some old obsolete browser but a recent version. It is a good idea to use one of the well known browsers like Chrome or Safari instead of some lesser-known browsers like Opera. You can also check the System Requirements and the supported browsers.


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On the Stage Builder a message appears "If this message stays on the screen..."
In this case something does not work with your internet browser.


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Stuck on the grey "Loading" screen
In this case something does not work with your internet browser.


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The Back button does not work
Your browser has a built in Back button, but besides that, Dry Fire Online also has a black Back button in the top left corner of the Range screen. Some internet browsers have issues (like Safari) might not go back properly if you click on the Back button OF THE BROWSER. In this case use the black Back button on the Range screen. The black Back button is also useful if you dry fire in full screen when the toolbar of your browser is hidden.


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The Pause button does not work
The Pause button does not immediately stop the current round, rather it stops one the current round is over at the Rang Counter pop-up. Check out how the Toolbar buttons work.


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The Pause button does not work
The Flinch button on the Range Screen works only if Flinch Detection is activated even in the Camera App. Check out how the Toolbar buttons work.


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The Audio button is missing
The Audio button on the Range Screen apperas only if you have selected some sound effects in the Stage Builder. Check out how the Toolbar buttons work.


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No sounds


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Target size is wrong, the target is not scaled properly


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Slow Connection warning appears


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No laser detected, hits do not appear on the Range Screen


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False shots are detected, even when I do not shoot


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Precision is low, my shots are off

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 FAQ

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Can I use Dry Fire Online on my tablet or smartphone?
Yes, you can use Dry Fire Online on any device that has a compatible web browser. On the other hand, the screen of tablets and smartphones is typically too small to display properly sized targets while leaving you enough distance in front of the screen to draw you gun.


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What devices are supported?
Dry Fire Online can be used on a number of devices including, notebooks, PCs, devices with an attached external screen or projector, smart TV’s, game console-s - basically device with a built-in web browser and a large enough screen.


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What browsers are supported?
Dry Fire Online is tested with Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer. Note that internet browsers are slightly different and some features might not be available in all browsers, like Dry Fire Online has some known problems with Internet Explorer 11 but it works fine with Internet Explorer Edge, the Back button works differently in Safari and Chrome, certain browsers have problems with audio playback and so on.


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Can I see where I hit the target?
You need to use our Camera App to get feedback about your shot placement.


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Can I use Dry Fire Online with laser training munition?
You need to use our Camera App to get feedback about your shot placement.


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Can I use Dry Fire Online with with scopes?
If you want to practice long range shooting with a scope, you are going to see the pixelated image of the target - depending on the distance and on the screen resolution it will be more or less usable. It is like watching TV via binoculars. You are not going to see more details, but you are going to see the pixels of the LCD panel. Note also that the focal distance is also much shorter since the screen is closer than the simulated target.


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Can I upload my range background photo or target images?
No, you can't. But you can send us a message if you would like us to add an additional target, or range photo to our collection.

 Legal

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Terms of Use
The creators of Dry Fire Online do not take any responsibility and are not liable for any damage, injury or death caused during dry fire or through the use of Dry Fire Online. Firearm safety is the user's responsibility. Firearm safety always comes first.

ALWAYS FOLLOW THE FIREARM SAFETY RULES!
Unload your gun before dry fire!

Here are some guidelines for safe dry fire practice: For more information consult with your local firearm experts.


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