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Corrupted355 Saturday, May 10th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
2 years5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
The Big Red field chronographs
X-Radar hand held
Marker Setup: '05 WGP SuperStock w/ a few upgrades
'05 WGP ProStock w/ even more upgrades
Fully loaded Tippmann A-5

And a few others
Strengths: Super accurate
Battery life
Versatile (not just paintballs)
Weaknesses: Setup/breakdown
No BPS counter
Review: I'll start with the only potential negative things I can find about this wonderful device. The first issue someone may have is that it takes a second to unfold it and set up the diffusers and splatter shield. Basically, you unfold it, place the clear splatter guard (if you got the paintball model, it should come with one) over the exposed internals, and insert the diffuser rods. The shield is held in place when the rods are inserted. Then, if needed, you can install the diffusers. All in all, setup takes less than two minutes if you're distracted or have never done it before, but can be done in about 30 seconds.

The only other issue that might come up is that there is no rate of fire calculator. Some chronographs turn into BPS counters when you fire rapidly, but this does not have that feature.

On to the good. The fantastic, actually. First off, this thing is amazingly accurate. Because it operates by actually seeing the projectile rather than bouncing radar waves off it, you get accuracy to a claimed 99.5%. And that's not just for paintballs. You fire anything between those diffusers at a velocity between 30fps and 7,000 fps, and it's gonna give you an accurate reading down to the 0.1fps. A nine volt will last you a pretty long time, too.

A friend and I made a couple of LAW launchers for scenario games, and we wanted to check to see how fast they were shooting (most fields want you to keep LAWs under 240 fps). My friend's X-Radar hand held chrono wouldn't register it, so we took it to our local field and borrowed one of those big red beeping chronos. Its was reading in the neighborhood of 180 fps, and that wasn't agreeing with our math. So we took the LAW to an archery range to use their super accurate, computer operated visual chronograph. It said we were shooting between 205 and 210 fps. When I bought my Shooting Chrony, I tested it out with the LAW and got the same results as the archery range chrono.

Now I use it every time I play, even if I'm at a field that's got chronos set up. Mine is more accurate.


EDIT:
Two years later and it's still going strong. I now take it with me to the rifle range to check and make sure my loads are within acceptable spec. I've clocked everything from a tiny .177 cal pellet moving at ~900 fps to a 180 grain .30 cal round moving at 2600-2800 fps, and it's as accurate as ever. If you shoot something as small as a pellet that only weighs a couple grains and has a tiny profile, you may have to shoot a couple before it'll pick it up, but that isn't an issue for anything larger. Even stepping up to 40 grain .22LR allows it to pick up the round every time, so it has no trouble seeing something as large and slow as a paintball.
Conclusion: A fantastic piece that will serve you well, especially if you're able to use it for something other than paintball. I highly recommend it, especially to someone who plays outlaw a lot. It gets a 9.7 from me, which I'll round to a 10.
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Saturday, December 12th, 2009 at 11:45 pm PST
 

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