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Thread: What to look for in a shot timer

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    Marksman

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    All of the ones that I have seen used which include the pocket pro, have worked well during an indoor action pistol match with more than one squad shooting and separated bays at the same time.
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    Expert deo62's Avatar

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    I started with a sundial, didn't work well on cloudy days.
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    Grandmaster gregkl's Avatar

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    Recent Pocket Pro II owner. I really like it. Still learning how to read the splits but the par timer is easy to work.

    Right now all I need is:

    Adjustable volume for dry fire and live fire work
    Par timer to work on speed

    I tried a couple apps but I didn't care for them.


    This stand alone timer is going to be a game changer for me when it comes to training.

    I am doing a lot of drills and the timer gives me data to check my progress.

    Even when plinking and shooting a plate rack or a Texas star, I run the timer and not how fast I clean them.

    Bite the bullet and buy one.
    Anything is possible

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    Good for you on realizing you need one. If you don't own a timer you are not serious about improving your shooting. I agree with those who say Pocket Pro 2.

    I do want to try the new AMG Commander though. https://www.amg-lab.com/
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    Plinker

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    Quote Originally Posted by deo62 View Post
    I started with a sundial, didn't work well on cloudy days.
    That sounds pretty shady....

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    Plinker

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregkl View Post
    Recent Pocket Pro II owner. I really like it. Still learning how to read the splits but the par timer is easy to work.

    Right now all I need is:

    Adjustable volume for dry fire and live fire work
    Par timer to work on speed

    I tried a couple apps but I didn't care for them.


    This stand alone timer is going to be a game changer for me when it comes to training.

    I am doing a lot of drills and the timer gives me data to check my progress.

    Even when plinking and shooting a plate rack or a Texas star, I run the timer and not how fast I clean them.

    Bite the bullet and buy one.
    Par timer? What is that? (Told ya I was ignorant)

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    Quote Originally Posted by markholst View Post
    Par timer? What is that? (Told ya I was ignorant)
    Mark, it is a feature that I can set a time for what is essentially a "second" beep. The first beep starts the drill, shoot, whatever and the second stops it.

    Say I want to practice draws at home in a dry fire scenario. And say I want to be able to draw from my holster and get the sights on target it 1.0 seconds. I can set a par time of 1.0 seconds.

    Then I hit the start and as soon as I hear the start beep, I do my drill. If the second beep occurs and I am not on target in this case, I didn't meet my goal.

    I'm just starting out and the book I'm using for dry fire practice has some times that are too fast for me so I set the par time a little slower. In the case above, I may set the par time at 1.5 seconds. After some reps, if I'm getting it done before the beep, I'll set it next to 1.3 seconds and continue until I reach the goal time.

    The one thing I learned early on is to not let the lure of speed to have you doing poor mechanics and/or poor accuracy. On my first range trip, I tried to hit the "par" times of the drills I was doing and trigger control, proper sight picture, etc flew out the window. The next week, I focused on good shooting and my accuracy improved and actually I was not a lot slower.

    I figure speed will come with enough reps.
    Anything is possible

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    Hear you go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxnZ_51QQU4 (gregkl) is giving you good advice.

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    Plinker

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregkl View Post
    Mark, it is a feature that I can set a time for what is essentially a "second" beep. The first beep starts the drill, shoot, whatever and the second stops it.

    Say I want to practice draws at home in a dry fire scenario. And say I want to be able to draw from my holster and get the sights on target it 1.0 seconds. I can set a par time of 1.0 seconds.

    Then I hit the start and as soon as I hear the start beep, I do my drill. If the second beep occurs and I am not on target in this case, I didn't meet my goal.

    I'm just starting out and the book I'm using for dry fire practice has some times that are too fast for me so I set the par time a little slower. In the case above, I may set the par time at 1.5 seconds. After some reps, if I'm getting it done before the beep, I'll set it next to 1.3 seconds and continue until I reach the goal time.

    The one thing I learned early on is to not let the lure of speed to have you doing poor mechanics and/or poor accuracy. On my first range trip, I tried to hit the "par" times of the drills I was doing and trigger control, proper sight picture, etc flew out the window. The next week, I focused on good shooting and my accuracy improved and actually I was not a lot slower.

    I figure speed will come with enough reps.
    Thank you! Awesome explanation!

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    1. par time is extremely useful when you're dry firing
    2. A random start
    3. solid microphone if you are shooting supressed

    here are two that i have

    This would be my first pick
    https://www.amazon.com/PACT-Club-Sho...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

    This would be my second
    https://www.amazon.com/Competition-E...2289659&sr=8-6

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