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
Most new shooters are surprised by how small a target is at 25 yards downrange!
It is important to train as realistic as possible, including the targets. E.g. if you want to train with a target that is 25 yards from you (target distance), the target on the screen should appear as small as a real target at 25 yards would be on the range.

Notice that all targets below have the same size from the shooter's point of view, no matter how big the screen is, or how far the shooter stands from the screen.


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Screen Diagonal Size This is the screen diagonal. It is nothing special, that's 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

The Range Screen is what appears when you click on Start Stage. This is the main training screen where the targets are displayed.


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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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Stage Builder
In the Stage Builder you can create new stages from scratch or change existing Quickstart or Shared stages.

Selecting Stage Builder on the menu bar displays the Stage Builder menu in an additional menu line.

The Stage Builder Menu contains the following options:


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Target Editor
In the Target Editor of the Stage Builder you can add, change and remove targets and waypoints.

Selecting Targets on the Stage Builder Menu displays the Target Editor Menu in an additional menu line and the Stage itself where you can click on the targets.

The Target Editor Menu contains the following options:


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Target Details
The Target Details panel provides a detailed insight into the properties of the selected target. The panel can be displayed / hidden by the

When a target is moved around on the stage, the Target Details panel automatically changes its position and automaticaly docks to the left or right side of the screen to avoid obscuring the target.

If you move the target to the left, the panel is going to jump to the right:

The Target Details panel can be scrolled up/down to display all properties.

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 Camera App Quick Setup Guide

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Overview


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Camera App Quick Setup Guide Video

Step 1) 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!

Step 2) Watch the videos below and learn more about the setup process. Find more tips and tricks in the How-To and Troubleshooting sections of the Manual.

Quick Setup Guide video

Screen Calibration video


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More Videos

Reviews, tutorials and setup guides:


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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 Hey, there is a video about this one:

2) The notebook range Hey, there is a video about this one:

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


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Our Lasers

We do not sell, advertise or recommend any of the products in this chapter, but we receive many questions about the lasers we use. Here we share our personal experiences - your experience and opinion may differ. Make your own research and choose the product that best fits your needs.


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iTarget and Mantis Pink Rhino 9mm

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Both our iTarget and the Pink Rhino cartridges are 9mm chamber insert cartridges, but available in other calibers as well. Here is the iTarget:

Mantis Pink Rhino 9mm:

Spot the difference: iTarget vs Mantis Pink Rhino




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Laser Ammo SureStrike 9mm

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


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Mantis Blackbeard AR-15

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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Laser Ammo Spider Adapter Kit

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆




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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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Camera Position

You have to put down the camera somewhere before the screen, at latest before Screen Calibration:

Some examples:

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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

You can train as much as you want with any subscription level, but the number of laser shots - your “ammo” - is limited per round. Watch this video to see what it means:

Are you a certified firearms instructor? You might be eligible to use Dry Fire Online for free! Get in touch with us for more details!

All subscriptions are auto-renew subscriptions with monthly prices. All prices are in USD. You price may vary depending on exchange rates and your local taxes.

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Cancelling Subscriptions

The payment and subscription process including all payments, renewals, cancellations and refunds are managed by your app store: Apple App Store or Google Play without the participation of Dry Fire Online.

In a nutshell: You send the subscription fee to Apple or Google and they forward it to us. Dry Fire Online doesn't see your name, billing address or credit card number.

If you would like to cancel your subscription, you have to take action.

Here is how to cancel your subscription:

In case you need further assistance with managing your subscriptions or you would like to request a refund, please get in touch with Apple or Google.

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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.

Not so good:

If the automatic screen calibration fails:

Here a flower pot covers the bottom right corner of the green sceen.

And the calibration fails to detect the bottom right screen:

Then tap again on Auto Calibrate. If it still doesn’t work, use Manual Calibration (read below)

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Pitfall #1: Screen Calibration

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Manual Screen Calibration

In this case the top left corner was moved a bit downwards onto the correct corner.

Now it is Okay.

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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

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Flinch


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 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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Targets cannot be moved (tap and drag) on my tablet

Remember: You can always open the Details panel and change the target position manually.


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Cannot select/change an off-screen target

If you cannot click or tap on a target because the target is off-screen, you can use the Details button to display the target Details panel and then use the target selector arrows buttons to step among the selected target until the off-screen appears in the the Details panel. The properties of the target can be changed manually via the Details panel even if the target is off-screen.


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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 doesn't 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 doesn't 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 Flinch button doesn't 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 Fullscreen button doesn't work
The Fullscreen button on the Range Screen just requests the browser to switch to fullscreen, so it works only if your browser supports fullscreen mode. Some browsers don't support fullscreen mode or have some elements (buttons, address bar, tool bar) always visible, even in fullscreen mode.


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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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Audio Problems, no/missing/breaking 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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I don't have a code (Connection ID) for the laser training

If you don’t know where to find the Connection ID that you have to enter in the Camera App, make sure the laser training is enabled before you start the stage: After you start the stage and confirm that your gun is unloaded, the Connection ID will be displayed in a popup and even at the bottom left corner of the screen. Use this number to connect the Camera App to the training session.


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Laser training code (Connection ID) doesn't work


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Screen Calibration failed

There are a few dos and don'ts in case you have problems with the Screen Calibration. First, that’s how Screen Calibration should work:




If that would happen, you can do the following:







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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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How much does it cost? Is it free?
The dryfireonline.com website can be used for free. Displaying targets on your computer screen, projector or TV, starting Quickstart stages, registration, using the Stage Builder to create, save and share your own stages - it’s all free!

You have to pay only if you would like to use our Camera App for laser training. Our prices are super affordable with free trial and free cancellation.
Find our current prices here.

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Why is it subscription-only?
The laser training is available only in a subscription based model and we have a few good reasons why:


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How can I cancel my subscription?
Please read this chapter if you would like to cancel your subscription.

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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, but tablets are OK for small portable setups.
Check out our tablet setup here.


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What devices are supported?
The Dry Fire Online website (to display targets) 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 on any device with a built-in web browser and a large enough screen.
The Camera App for laser training is available on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.
Read here more about the possible combinations.


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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 activate Laser Training and 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?
Yes, you can. 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 IR (infrared) laser?
No, you can't. The Dry Fire Online Camera App works with common 'red' laser cartridges.
The reason is simple: Dry Fire Online was designed to be as accessible and simple to use as possible. It uses the camera of common Android and Apple smartphones to detect the laser dot, without the need to buy a special IR capable external camera. Since most smartphone cameras can detect a simple visible red laser dot, but have issues with invisible infrared light, IR cartridges are not supported.


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Can I use my webcam for laser detection?
No you can't. Dry Fire Online was designed to be as accessible and simple to use as possible, so it uses the camera of commonly available Android and Apple smart phone to detect the laser. Just take your smartphone, put it down in front of your screen and it's going to work like a webcam. Laser Training works only with the Dry Fire Online Camera App that is available on Android and Apple iOS. It is not available on Windows, Mac OS X nor Linux.


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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 firing!

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


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