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Competition Electronics, Pocket Pro shot timer

I have used a few different shot timers over the years attempting to get “just a little faster” and still get accurate hits on target.

I bought a Competition Electronics ProChrono chronograph around 1996 and it is still going strong so I have faith in the brand so I looked into their Pocket pro shot timer.

Whether you are trying to get better for your local matches or get more competent with your self defense pistol¬† a quality shot timer is a must. Now days “there’s an app for that”, but honestly that is not an ideal set up. I started using the Competition Electronics Pocket Pro about six months ago and I have really begun to favor it over the other one we were using in class. We were running a smaller one that hung around your neck and it worked great but was small, the buttons were close together and the screen was small.

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As you can see the screen is plenty large and easy to read.

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The Pocket Pro is pretty good size, simple to operate, and the buttons are large and spaced far apart. Instead of having to press a button a certain number of times the Pocket Pro has specific buttons for specific functions. It is also loud, 105 decibels to be exact, and that is loud enough for you or who you are timing to easily hear over hearing protection.

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You have the option of starting the timer when you press the start button when timing an event, or you can hang it off your pocket and set the timer up for a random interval. The latter option works perfect when training by yourself.¬† When using it to teach a class the par time is invaluable. Being able to set up a second beep to indicate the time is up really gives students an idea of how much time they have. The beep can even be heard over gun fire so if they are in the middle of a string, the time’s up beep is still audible.

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The brand name shot timers made today are all quality units but they all differ in many areas. Some have more features than the control panel of the Space Shuttle and some are pretty simple. Personally I tend to gravitate toward simple. Running a match can get hectic as all get out, so easily accessing the information while lessening the chance of pressing the wrong button is what I am all about.

I have been using this timer to teach a variety of classes as well as to train myself, and since I have brought it into the mix, my time has been cut by 80% and my students all graduate as Grand Masters. Well, none of that is true but if you are in the market for a solid shot timer that won’t break the bank, the Pocket Pro is certainly worth looking at.

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The battery compartment.

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Size compared to my Glock 17 Gen 4 which is in heavy rotation as my match pistol but has been changed some since it was reviewed some time back here.

 

Specifications

The Pocket Pro measures shot time intervals for personal practice and scoring matches. Requires one 9 volt alkaline battery for operation.

  • Review up to 50 shots- forward or reverse
  • Ergonomic design allows right or left hand operation without covering the buzzer and sensor
  • Saves batteries with automatic power down after 10 minutes of inactivity
  • Large display with .5 inch tall numbers
  • Displays time to 199.99 seconds
  • Adjustable sensitivity
  • Direct review of shots, split times, and shot number
  • Par time for a “second beep” to indicate a time limit
  • Switch selectable instant/random delayed start
  • Large clothespin style belt clip fits over your shooting belt.
  • Separate shot sensor and buzzer
  • Low battery indication
  • Made in the USA with real service and support
  • 2 year warranty

 

By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

One thought on “Competition Electronics, Pocket Pro shot timer”
  1. Good Morning,
    Can you please tell me the cost of the timer above Pocket Pro.
    Will you ship up to me here in Alberta, Canada.
    Best Regards.
    Brian Colloton.

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