Originally Posted by kieran turner
-target is called
-call for a cease fire
- do not touch the string
-ask the shooter where they think they hit
-go out to the target and check:
1-that the target is not pulling forward or backwards and that the target is sufficiently fixed
2-there is not build up of lead deposit in the target mechanism (if there go to point 4 and then afterwards clean the lead deposits, this to confirm that the target either functions or fails prior to clearing of lead)
3- check position of the paddle
4- using UKAHFT target check, "shoot" the target once, if falls they missed, if it doesn't there is a fault somewhere and look to rectify before just pulling a target. If this is the case and the target is fixed the shooter is awarded a two.
at no point prior to checking should the string be touched!
As daft as it sounds maybe producing a crib sheet for all marshals to follow for target checking would eliminate any doubt that the target is fine or faulty. I've observed all sorts of differing methods of target checking, including the marshal pulling the string before checking the target. Maybe getting every marshal singing of the same song sheet on target checking would help elimate the amount of targets been needlessly pulled?
Now that seems to be a relatively easy fix, with a common sense approach. Gets my vote.