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What’s a Good Shot Timer?

Sadie sends in a question to [email protected]:

I’ve been researching timers and wanted to get your thoughts. I really like
the shorter Q&A Podcast format and appreciate all the information you share.

Question:
I’ve been using the IPSC Timer on my Android phone but would like to
purchase a timer I wouldn’t mind handing off to someone else and that has a
richer feature set.

My question for you: Have you used any of these and do you have a preference
based on reliability or ergonomics from personal experience?  Does that
change if you are using the timer for dry fire training versus live fire
training?

–Sadie

Ben and I both love the Pocket Pro II timer. Ben owns one, and it’s the timer I hope I’m handed to use when I’m the range officer at a match. The form factor is simple but it works really well.


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7 comments

  1. FYI… The CED 7000 can be run without having to hit the review button each time.

    From the owner’s manual…

    AUTO-START:
    The CED7000 Timer provides the ability for reactivating the timer without pressing the
    REVIEW button first. To disable this safety feature designed to prevent false starts or loss of
    data, scroll through the program menu highlighting the AUTO-START mode and press
    ENTER. Select “ON” and confirm it by pressing ENTER again. When AUTO-START is
    activated, the CED7000 timer will restart each and every time either START button is pressed.
    To deactivate AUTO-START, follow the above procedure selecting “OFF”.

  2. I need to learn this and start “fixing” anyone’s CED7000 that passes through my hands. As, you know, a favor to them.

  3. The “Review” feature is there to allow you to toggle through the saved strings of fire. The CED7000 by default saves several of the last strings of fire so that you can compare the last to or three runs at a drill.

    No perfect timer, but like software… some “features” turn out to be more useful when turned off.

  4. “…have a preference
    based on reliability or ergonomics
    from personal experience? Does that
    change if you are using the timer for dry
    fire training versus live fire training ?”

    Sadie’s question is focused on “Training”
    not match use. Shot Timers in general seem to be way behind the curve if comparing to PC accessories simply from the now standard feature of being able to download memory to ones preferred medium. Hardly knocking the PP2 but the only Timer that has decent memory via total # of strings able to store is PACT’s MKIV, and am in No way a big fan of their products or software. Being able to set a long delay to tone is a huge benefit to personal training. The 100 string memory sure beats the 10 string of most others.
    On the other hand it’s just a large box with a robust but simple metal belt clip and it’s $ difference could kill it’s advantages unless you eventually want the Chrono option. They also claim it’s got so much extra memory that it’s easily upgradable when new features are developed but to own knowledge this has yet to happen ? Still it’s the one personally grab when going to the range… And have gone thru ca. six other brands over 15 or so years.

    • Is 100 strings useful at all? I run a drill, look at the time, reflect for a second, and punch the timer again. No way I could go back through 100 strings (or even a handful) and remember anything useful about why one was faster than another.

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