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The OCAT, which stands for Optical Computer-Aided Training, is just another example of how computers can enhance your life. Comprehensive systems for training using laser technology have been around for years. Most are based on indoor use and don’t really do anything for long-range shooters. OutWest Systems’ OCAT rectifies that problem, addressing both indoor and outdoor needs.

The OCAT system software runs on a Windows-based laptop. You can use your PC, or OutWest will provide one when you purchase the Deluxe System Kit. A spotting scope and camera are mated to the laptop and focused on a target downrange. The system works with OutWest-provided targets, or it can recognize common shapes of your choosing. Using the camera, the software locks on the target, providing a target area that the software monitors. This includes a large area as well as a bullseye, and it can be adjusted manually if necessary. Custom configurations for each weapon, round or system can be developed to store data. Impacts are presented as dots in the target area. The OCAT shows hits and tells you how close you came to hitting the bullseye. All of the data can be saved, and you can even take a screenshot of the target before you are done.

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