F Class/Fullbore Training

A Detailed overview of WindReader and its capabilities

On the Line

On the Line


Wind Flags at work

WindReader is a learning tool designed to help you improve your shooting scores when the wind is blowing. Handling the wind correctly is absolutely critical to get you into the top scores. These days joining the top shooters depends on getting more Xs than the other guys.

If you are like most competitors your heart sinks when you hit the range and the wind is up. You just know that your score will be down in a wind. It doesn’t seem to matter how you try you can’t seem to keep the bullets in the X ring. It is very disheartening. We know, we’ve been there. And, it is even more disheartening to see the top guys banging down X after X after X seemingly unaffected by the wind.

The problem is that it is very difficult to improve your wind affected shooting. The wind is different every day. Every day you are faced with a new scenario and new challenges. In this situation you don’t get a chance to enhance your skills in an ordered, repeatable manner. The result is that it takes an inordinate amount of time to build a solid strategy for shooting in any set of conditions. This is why many really good shooters, those who win, or are always highly placed in tournaments are often getting up in years – because years is how long it usually takes to build the techniques and strategies to shoot in widely varying wind conditions.

This is where WindReader comes in. WindReader provides a platform upon which to build a solid self training strategy to develop your shooting strategies to handle any conditions. WindReader is a simulator that can create virtually any shooting conditions and reproduce them in a realistic way. It allows you to set up virtually any shooting conditions. You can set up wind variations that can be static or changing, select any bullet and run, and repeat, these conditions over and over. So you can then use this as a base to develop the skills and strategies to handle any wind condition and improve your scores. In addition, once you own the software you can shoot hundreds, even thousands, or practice rounds and it doesn’t cost you a cent – there are no bullets to pay for. Let’s look at the main components…

Wind Variations

Wind variations provide a way of changing the wind conditions just like what happens in nature. Wind does not conveniently blow steadily in a single direction over time. It fluctuates continuously from side to side and in strength from a gentle puff to a significant blow. This can be cyclic or can be quite random. It is these changes that make it hard for you to keep you shots in the inner bull. To shoot well you must focus continuously on the only tool you have and this is the wind flags. One lack of concentration and you shot ends up in the low scores.

To help you develop the skill of reading the variations of the wind conditions we bring you ‘variations’. Variations can be applied to any wind environment. Variations can be configured to change the wind speed and angle over time. They can be applied at any rate from 5 seconds to 30 seconds. These variations will be telegraphed to you via the flags on WindReader’s main panel. You use these flags just as you would on a real range. It is up to you to watch the flags and work out how you are going to deal with the current wind condition. You can have the variations apply in a cyclic plan or, as you improve your technique, in a random manner. WindReader helps you to develop answers to questions such as…

Should I adjust my scope now or should I just hold off?

WindReader’s powerful ballistic mathematics ensure that the fall of shot will be extremely accurate and faithful to reality. This ensures that you can transfer the skill that you develop in WindReader to your shooting range. But doesn’t the bullet I use affect the result? Yes it does so let’s see how WindReader handles this…


WindReader comes with an array of the most popular bullets from virtually all the world’s major suppliers. The database contains all the ballistic data for velocity, time of flight and drop for many popular muzzle velocities used in F Class competition. From this data WindReader can calculate the flight trajectory over any distance. In addition it calculates wind and other deflections for every 100yd/metre section down the range. The deflection incurred in each 100yd/metre section is calculated and accumulated to the total range. This provides an uncannily accurate fall of shot in any conditions.

Bullets already included in WindReader’s armoury range from .223 calibre right up to .284 calibre in all the most popular muzzle velocities. And if the bullet that you shoot isn’t already in WindReader you can add it easily with ballistics data from any of the manufacturers or from other on line sources. Now you can try different calibres and velocities to see how they feel and, more importantly, how they perform in various ranges of conditions.


Control over the shooting process is all in your hands with WindReader. Almost all functions and displays in WindReader can be switched on or off. Functions such as display of MOA of shots, bullet drop can be included and displayed or turned off or on. You can have black or white inner rings. The target can be zoomed in or out at will. Many of the helpful functions are very useful in the early stages of building your skills but don’t represent reality and represent aids that are not available on a real competition shooting range. Thus, as your skills improve you have the ability to turn these aids off to more represent real competition conditions.


Built into WindReader is a complete set of targets in both imperial and metric. These are constructed from the standards of the relevant shooting organisations. The imperial targets are dimensioned in inches and the metric are dimensioned in millimetres. In WindReader you nominate whether you are operating in the imperial system (ie US) or in the metric (Australia, Europe, Great Britain etc) system. WindReader then just shows you the appropriate targets so you are not wading through long lists of targets that are not inappropriate for you. If you are going overseas to shoot or perhaps you may just want to try the metric system out you can swap from imperial to metric or vice versa with a single click of the mouse.

The User Interface

WindReader’s shooting interface is designed to give you a close an approximation of a real shooting situation. The main display shows the target of choice with a realistic scope reticule above and another to the right just like on your rifle. They act in the same manner providing 1/8 MOA adjustments in vertical and horizontal planes. You can adjust the fall of shot by adjusting the scope reticules as you would do on your own rifle on your own range.

To the tight is a set of flags just like those in your range. These flags change to represent the direction and strength of the wind. Also available is a set of wind vanes giving you the actual wind direction (yes we know that you usually don’t have this facility on the range but it is a small contribution from us). Bottom right is a scoring panel that adjusts to the normal scoring strategies of differing localities. In the US where shooting is done in imperial you get two sighters and twenty scoring shots. In other parts of the world you get two sighters and ten shots. You are not limited to this however you can vary the system to other numbers of sighters and other numbers of scoring shots per stage.