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Turning target

Post by jmdavis on Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:19 pm

Does anyone have experience with or still use one of Frank Thomas's turning targets? I have an opportunity to buy one that should be in good shape (the shooter is good to his equipment). It hasn't been used in some years but works off a cassette for the commands attached to the controller. If it is operational we still have to determine a price. 

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Re: Turning target

Post by fc60 on Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:49 am

Greetings,

We purchased two of Frank's devices. One had an electrical problem and Frank fixed it straightaway and it has been working well since.

Someone with electrical and mechanical knowledge should be able to repair any future ailments as I believe Frank is no longer with us.

Most of the parts are Radio Shack items. This is back in the day when TV antennae were the rage and cable and dish had not come on to the scene. I say this as the turning mechanism is a modified antennae rotation device.

Any further question, send me a PM or email.

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Post by jmdavis on Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:08 pm

Thanks Dave. That is good to know, either I or some friends have the ability to work on electro-mechanics like that. I'm more concerned about things like the tape control,but  I can probably figure that out too.
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Post by JKR on Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:46 am

I have a Frank Thomas turner that was given to me by a retired international shooter. It does not have the audio command feature. Possibly an earlier model? 

It has quit working and I've not been able to find anyone to repair it. I'd love to have it fixed if there anyone out there willing to work on it. 

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Post by Rob Kovach on Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:26 am

Hey, Jim.
Electronic repairs are in my wheelhouse. If you plan on shooting at Sheboygan on Saturday, bring it with you and I'll see if I can fix it for you.
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Post by Kermit Workman on Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:13 pm

After Frank's death,there was a person that built/serviced his units.
A search in the archives may turn up something.
 I have one of his target turners, without the cassette commands. It is 32-35 years old and still works fine.
 After 17 or so years, the battery died. I hit Frank up for a warranty. At first he thought I was serious.

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