Chronograph with additional BPS measurement capabilities. Easy to use and resets on-the-fly.
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* Powered by one 9-volt battery
* Complete operating instructions included
* Easy to use
* Measures between 200 and 399 FPS; single shot, burst or ramping
* Reads between 4 and 30 BPS
* Handy size: 5 3/8" X 2 3/4" X 1 1/4"
* Weighs under 7 ounces with battery installed
* No tools necessary to change the battery
* Low battery indicator
* One button operation
* Full 3-digit LCD display
* 90 USA-only manufacturer's warranty
* Includes drawstring carry bag
Custom Chronograph Inc.
721 Edmonds Way
Edmonds, WA 98020
The Custom Chronograph Inc. X-Radar is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used.
Doesn't stand by itself, difficult to use with one hand
I bought this online a few months ago to help me fine tune my marker at home, and to have around incase my friends and I want to go recballing (safety concerns). First thing I noticed about this thing was the size and weight. Its tiny compared to the big red ones at your local field. At around 60 dollars its also quite affordable for the casual and serious alike. And lastly, it measures BPS so all you aspiring pros out there can brag to your friends how fast you can walk your trigger fingers. But nothing is perfect. The one and only glaring issue I had with this Chrono is it must be held in a very specific way in order to get an accurate reading. You can't set it up so that you can fire your marker over it like the big red ones, which really kinda bites when you're trying to measure how fast you can shoot. Not really that big a deal cause you can just get a friend to hold it for you.
I'd give this marker a 9/10 because its currently the best thing out there for your money, and it does it's job well.
Cannot adjust velocity and hold radar at the same time
I purchased this product so I could adjust my marker for weather, paint, and other conditions on my own. I like to go out into the woods for target practice in between going to paintball fields. So I wanted to keep the same velocity I use at the field for realism. I went to a paintball field and fired my marker using the typical "red" chrono and then immediately compared it to this chrono. There was a difference of only +/- 10 fps between each chrono. I was using CO2 so the fps varied on each machine every time I fired but it was still within 10 fps.
It was not difficult to hold the chrono and the marker and fire. I have a heavy marker with a 20oz CO2 tank. The only bad part was I had to set the chrono down on the table to adjust the velocity. But it is very easy to use and it tells you the fps each time you fire, without reseting anything. If you keep firing, it will tell you the BPS. The 3 digit readout is very easy to read as well.
I did some research before I purchased this chrono. The guys at at the shop where I purchased it told me it is more accurate and easier to use than the "yellow" one. After reading the reviews here and talking to the guys at my local shop, I am glad I purchased this chrono instead of another one.
I would rate it a 9 out of 10, just because you have to set it down to adjust the velocity of the marker. Just based on performance it would be a 10 out of 10.
Ok, first, the bad side:
You have to set the tip of the X-radar on the tip of your barrel, and hold it with one hand while you fire your gun with the other. This works well if you are doing roving chrono checks on the field, but is a bit awkward for tuning your gun. Also, there is no real gripping surface, so it tends to slip out of your hand. This, however, is easily remedied with a little grip tape.
Also, the chrono is on only while you are holding the button in.
And now the good:
The 3-digit display is much more convenient than the 2-digit display found on certain other chronos.
If you fire 3 or more shots rapidly, the display automatically switches from a feet-per-second display to a balls-per-second display. To reset the chrono, simply release the button for a moment.
The X-radar takes a 9-volt battery, which is convenient for me, because that's what my gun and hopper run off of.
I like it. Gets the job done, and has a decent price tag. Nothing special though, so I give it a 6 out of 10.