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DryFire: Quick Start

Video of the version 5.1 setup process

Click here, or on the image below, to download a video in Windows ".wmv" format.

The video was taken after everything was physically set up as described below.

The whole process: downloading, installation, setup and first shots, took under 2 minutes.

Laser targets first!

It is very important to get laser targets working before setting up for projection.

Follow the step-by-step procedure below then, if everything is working and you have purchased the projection option, you can carry out the projection setup procedure.

More details about DryFire installation and use may be found in the DryFire User Guide.

Before installing the software

The image below shows a typical room setup, the trigger switch, two Post-it notes and the UGA (Universal Gun Assembly).

Important note about measurements

Measurements may be in metric or imperial. In metric everything is in metres (see note below) so a simulator height of 750mm or 75cm is 0.75m. Entering "70" will be interpreted as 70 metres - which is interesting (but wrong)!

Note: there is an exception to the rule - the vertical line used during projections setup is measured in millimetres (mm).

Software installation

Muzzle alignment (calibration)

  • Take a look 36 seconds into the video above to see the the steps involved in alignment.
  • Check your PC speakers are switched on and working - or you won't hear the "bangs".
  • Check the UGA is switched on - the LED will flash slowly.
  • You will be asked to shoot at your straight ahead position marked by the upper Post-it note.

    Stand at your normal shooting location, take up your normal shooting stance, use the bead to aim at the centre of the Post-it note and press the trigger - you will hear a "bang".

    Important note: there is no laser dot visible during this first step but the camera head is looking for the location of your first shot.

  • A laser dot will now appear - aim at it (bead on the laser dot) and press the trigger - you will hear another "bang".
  • Another laser dot will now appear - aim at it (bead on the laser dot) and press the trigger - you will hear a confirmation tone (not a "bang") indicating that everything is now ready.

    Important note: it is perfectly normal for the laser dots not to appear exactly at the centre of the Post-it note - this is all part of the calibration procedure.

You should carry out alignment at the start of every DryFire session and every time you fit the UGA.

Select "Settings", "Calibration", "Alignment", "Align current shooter".

Power supply

Always use the 5V DC power supply that comes with DryFire.

You may have other power supplies in your home and many of them will generate voltages that will damage DryFire. It is easy to pick up the wrong one - so take care.

Never use a different power supply with DryFire. If, after installing the software, the simulator heads fail to nod when you connect the USB and power cables, it is almost certain you have used the wrong power supply and caused damage.

Click here for more details.


You are personally responsible for your own safety and the safety of others around you.

Wordcraft International cannot be held responsible if you ignore these warnings.

Windows 10 split screen

Click here for instructions on how to see this Guide alongside DryFire as you use it on Windows 10.

Camera setup

You need do this only if your shots are not detected or the system is seeing stray shots.

Microphone setup

During normal use

  • The system starts listening after you have selected a simulation and after you have clicked on the triangular "Play" symbol on the control bar (top left).
  • The system will beep, and the symbol will change to a green microphone, when the system is ready.
  • After shooting at each target you should wait for the beep before calling for the next.


How to scan downloaded files

Scan everything you download from the Internet before using it.

Every day the media tells us about some new cyber attack or scam created by something downloaded from the Internet or arriving in an email - and that's before we get on to phone calls from "Microsoft support", "your internet provider" or "your Amazon Prime account".

Windows 10 and macOS have security features built in but your security depends on you using those features.

Scan everything you download - no matter where it comes from.

The procedure for Windows 10 is straightforward and there is a similar procedure for Apple Mac.