Everyday Carry Items for the Connected Individual is about electronics and connectivity. In the post below you will see all manner of portable chargers, cables, adapters, small electronic devices, and things that make the modern technophile’s life easier. I never seem to have the right charging cable, adapter or memory card when I am out … Read more
I really enjoyed When Technology Fails, I liked seeing all the neat ways of improvising and adapting objects to new uses. Of course I am weird that way, and when I was in the service I spent hours reading the M1A1 tank BDAR (battle damage assessment and repair) manuals to learn how to steer a broken tank from the turret using a couple pairs of vice-grips.
For some reason I am driven to know how to fix things and adapt in out of the box ways, maybe it was from all those MacGyver and A-Team episodes I watched as a kid?
Anyway, this book is packed with ideas that allow us to complete vital tasks in the event we loose the technology we take for granted every day.
This is an entertaining book, but is it a valuable reference to have banked away in the event the unthinkable happens.
I like the premise of a book that gives you work around for when technology fails. I am not one that believes in peak oil or that a cataclysmic disaster will wipe out technology as we know it, but I do think it is possible for economic conditions to fail to the point where most people live a subsistence existence where they must repair or do without.
Biogas Technology in the 3rd World is another fine document from the CD3WD collection. I don’t know why we don’t use biogas technology more here in the United States. Anything that was alive can be used to create natural gas that can be used to power engines, cook, and heat homes efficiently and renewably. Both … Read more
I want to not only talk about what a shot timer is and why you need to use one in your firearms training program. Additionally, I wanted to review and demonstrate the Pact III Club timer.
If you are already familiar with shot timers you can skip the introductory paragraphs.
A shot timer is a chronograph that measures elapsed time
What makes it of use is that instead of having a button to start and stop a shot timer responds to the pressure wave of a gunshot. Most of them have a countdown timer attached to a buzzer. This buzzer allows for solo training. You can activate the timer and then wait until it buzzes to begin firing.
I think shot timers are invaluable to good firearm skill advancement. They give the shooter a way to measure the second half of the accuracy/speed equation.
When working with shooters that are trying to increase their defensive capabilities with a pistol I like working with a 9 inch paper plate at 7 yards. We work on being able to quickly draw and put multiple rounds in the plate without missing. If the shooter’s target shows a tight accurate group then it is time to speed them up, if they miss the plate then they need to slow down.
A Timer is Objective
Having a shot timer lets the shooter get objective and measurable times. You can then compare them with past exercise times. It allows fact based observations. Being able to say “by changing my grip I shoot an average of .06 seconds faster” is more useful to a shooter than “this feels faster”.
To get full use you need to know the difference between split and par times.
Split time is the time between shots. This is useful if your exercise involves multiple rounds in a scenario.
Par time is total time, and is similar to the par at golf. If you set the device with a par of 7 seconds (which is a very respectable time for an el president drill) the buzzer will sound to let you start. Next then buzz will sound again at 7 seconds to let you know you hit the limit.
Timers, especially the Pact III are simple to use and only have a few buttons.
On this model you have four buttons; Go, Rvw (Review), and Up & Down arrows.
To use, simply press the go button and wait to hear the buzzer to initiate your training scenario.
If you look at the picture at the top of the article you will see the face of my Pact III timer.
At the upper left is the total number of shots fired in that string. You can see I fired 5 rounds.
The 41.16 is the total time measured to the hundredth of a second. It is also the time that I fired my 5th shot.
At the bottom left, the .82 is the delay between the beep and my first shot.
Finally, the 39.43 is the split, the time between the 4th and the 5th shot.
Using the Review function will show you when every shot was fired. It will also show the splits between them.
In this case you can see that the delay between the fourth and fifth shot was almost 40 seconds. This left me with about one second to fire the first 4 shots.
Since you can also see it took me 8 tenths of a second to fire the first shot, the second, third and fourth shots were fired extremely fast. You can correctly deduce from this, that I was just trying to make noise and was not firing very consistently or accurately…
The review button and the arrow keys to cycle through the shots. You can see the splits between each shot to get an exact picture of what happened.
In my opinion as a firearm instructor, I think that a shot timer is a vital piece of training gear. When used to evaluate your shooting and identify trends, progress and plateaus can make you a better shooter.
At around 125 dollars at Brownells. This piece of equipment can definitely make your training dollars more effective and help you become a better shooter.
To order a timer, or see one of the thousand of other great gun related items please visit Brownells from the link below.
I saw the I, Pencil essay and felt compelled to share it. This essay about the creation of a pencil describes my compulsion. I want to learn new skills and gain the ability to make. I do not want us as a country or a species to stop being interconnected. That would make us lose … Read more