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Why You Need a Shot Timer

June 15, 2023
Kevin "KJ" Jarnagin


Do I Need a Shot Timer?

When it comes to firearms training, precision and efficiency are paramount. Whether you're a competitive shooter or a law enforcement officer, shot timers provide a means to measure and analyze your shooting speed and ability in a set time period. Not only does a shot timer develop the skills needed to win competitions but, when split seconds count, it could save your life.

Shot Timer Drills

I ran a couple drills recently in Range Ready’s Diagnostic Pistol Instructor course without a timer. At our leisure, with no dreaded beep ringing through our ear canals. Range Ready Director of Training Content Chris Cerino, saw progress within our skills and implemented a shot timer into the equation. It’s alarming how the wheels can come off when a shot timer is introduced. In the absence of a real adversary, a timer can get a shooters heart rate to soar. This is just one reason for including a shot timer into each training session.

Which Shot Timer Should I Buy?

1. PACT Club Timer III - The PACT Club Timer III is a trusted choice among professionals and serious shooters. With its user-friendly interface and customizable settings, this shot timer accurately measures split times, par times, and overall elapsed times. Look, this has been the standard for many years. There’s a reason. It works and is trusted among all professional shooters. Its intuitive keypad and large display make it easy to navigate. I actually have three of these. They are my go-to for two reasons. They’re simple to operate and loud enough for an entire line of shooters to hear. To purchase the PACT Club Timer III click HERE.

2. Competition Electronics Pocket Pro II – Offering mobility and functionality, the Competition Electronics Pocket Pro II is a compact and reliable shot timer. This device caters to shooters who require agility without compromising on features. With adjustable shot detection sensitivity and the ability to track up to three separate strings of fire, the Pocket Pro II's clear LCD screen provides comprehensive shot information for detailed performance analysis. This is probably one of the most prevalent shot timers seen at the range. Its durable design and long battery life make it an ideal choice for shooters on the move. To purchase Competition Electronic Pocket Pro II click HERE.

3. CED7000 Shot Timer – The CED7000 Shot Timer is a popular option among shooters of all skill levels. Combining sleek design, lightweight construction, and customizable settings, this shot timer excels in both indoor and outdoor shooting ranges. Alongside measuring split times and saving results for later analysis, the CED7000 can also program complex training drills. A huge benefit for those who have to run a qualification course of fire. This timer is small! So small, you can wear on the provided lanyard around your neck. To purchase click HERE.

4. Kestrel 1000 Bluetooth Shot Timer – This was a new shot timer launched recently at the SHOT show. Kestrel is known for high quality and accuracy in the long-range game, but this shot timer is a brand-new direction for the company. I love the fact that it is easy to use and functions with dry fire or suppressed shooting. Being waterproof and dustproof is a huge benefit, but also features Bluetooth capabilities. To purchase the Kestrel 1000 Bluetooth Shot Timer click HERE.

5. MDT Shot Timer with Bluetooth – What sets the MDT Shot Timer apart is its Bluetooth connectivity feature. By syncing the timer to a smartphone or tablet, shooters can access real-time data analysis and performance feedback on their mobile devices. This allows for instant review and evaluation of shooting sessions, providing valuable insights for improvement. The MDT Shot Timer's compatibility with Bluetooth-enabled devices opens up a variety of training potential for shooters. The ability to track and store data wirelessly enhances convenience and flexibility during training sessions. Whether you're a competitive shooter or a law enforcement professional, the seamless integration with mobile devices offers a new level of accessibility and ease in performance tracking. To purchase the MDT Shot Timer with Bluetooth click HERE.

I always understood the importance of shot timers, but never have never had anyone push me with a timer. There is no easing into a drill when your timed. We don’t always have more time in a self-defense scenario. Students need to learn to move with a purpose. Quickly!

No matter if you choose The PACT Club Timer III, Competition Electronics Pocket Pro II, CED7000 Shot Timer, Kestrel 1000 Bluetooth Shot Timer, and MDT Shot Timer with Bluetooth, each offers key features tailored to different shooting needs.

Incorporating shot timers into your training regimen can optimize your shooting skills and unlock your true potential, even if the wheels do come off, when the buzzer sounds. Don’t worry, you can get back on track. ~KJ

Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter and often finds himself in a different venture often. His early career had him working with one of the finest PR agencies in the outdoor industry – Blue Heron Communications. Before that, KJ molded the minds of business school students at the University of Oklahoma. Quickly learning he had to grow up sometime, KJ dedicated himself to the outdoors no matter what it took.

Sporting his flat-brimmed cap, KJ traverses the country in pursuit of the greatest game and best adventures. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, KJ always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind. KJ is a skilled communicator and connector in an industry that he has loved since a child.

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