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CornerStone Applications RangeMaster Pro

This inexpensive and flexible database program is great for documenting firearms training.

November 01, 2004  |  by Bob Davis

CornerStone Applications’ RangeMaster Pro is a simple but powerful tool for keeping track of firearm training sessions and qualification shoots at any size of agency.

Training with firearms is a necessity for every law enforcement agency. Unfortunately, many agencies do a poor or inefficient job of tracking and documenting this training.

I find this odd, especially in the light of the documentation that is required when an officer uses deadly force. These days, when every officer can be sued just for doing his or her job, I believe it is critical to document the firearms training conducted by your agency.

You train. And you train a lot. But if you can't detail the relevant results of firearms training and qualifying shoots other than just scoring which officers passed or failed, then you're fueling the fires of allegations and litigation.

So with this need in mind, I started looking for software that could track all of the components that affect firearms qualification shoots and practices. What I found was CornerStone Applications' RangeMaster Pro.

If you're looking for an inexpensive, out-of-the-box solution for documenting firearms training, RangeMaster Pro may be on target. Born out of necessity, RangeMaster Pro was created by CornerStone's programmers working with the guidance of law enforcement professionals.

Perhaps it was the influence of these real cops that inspired the programmers to make RangeMaster Pro both easy to use and so graphically simple that it can run on the older computers found in many police offices.

Built on Microsoft's Access 97 engine, RangeMaster Pro can run on Windows 95, even on PCs with the decade-old Intel 486 processor. RangeMaster Pro's installation requires only 22MB of hard drive space, and it will operate on 16MB of RAM. You'll also need a CD-ROM drive and video card capable of resolutions no less than 800x600.

But don't let the simplicity of RangeMaster Pro fool you. It's actually a very flexible and powerful tool.

The software can be licensed for network use in a client-server environment, allowing multiple users to work simultaneously on data without any conflicts. For smaller agencies, just set it up on a PC at your range and use it as a standalone application.

Installing RangeMaster Pro on a 486 running Windows 95 is probably easy. Unfortunately, I tried to install it on a state-of-the-art PC running Windows XP and ran into problems, not with RangeMaster Pro, but with Windows XP's Windows registry. The problem was easily resolved by placing a call to CornerStone's helpdesk. Later, when I tried a second installation on a much older Windows 98 PC, there were no issues.

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