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Post by Boxturtle on 1/28/2018, 1:55 pm

Hello Folks,

Would you recommend a timer for practicing timed and rapid fire?  I would like to be able to push a button and have a few seconds before the countdown begins.  Then a tone would signify the start, and another 10 or 20 seconds later would indicate the end. 

Thanks, Tom

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Post by zanemoseley on 1/28/2018, 2:16 pm

Use your phone. Download the free Bullseye Timer app. Best yet buy some Bluetooth worktunes headphones so you can hear it better while protecting your hearing.

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Post by dronning on 1/28/2018, 3:32 pm

zanemoseley wrote:Use your phone. Download the free Bullseye Timer app. Best yet buy some Bluetooth worktunes headphones so you can hear it better while protecting your hearing.
I use the Bullseye Range Cammands app by David Divins and a Jam Classic Bluetooth wireless speaker when several of us want to practice together.  I have electronic ear muffs I use that have an input for when I shoot alone.

iPhone
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bullseye-range-commands/id605820809?mt=8

Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.demansol.bullseye&hl=en

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Post by Boxturtle on 1/28/2018, 3:37 pm

No smart phone.  Old stick in the mud.  Still like old things like flip phones and M1911 pistols. Smile

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Post by zanemoseley on 1/28/2018, 4:05 pm

I suppose there's not much chance of you having a tablet either then huh...

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Post by 243winxb on 1/28/2018, 4:21 pm

Record the whole list of voice commands for timed and rapid. Just like your the range officer. 

Worked in the 1970s when i wanted to shoot also. Only 12 people on the line, indoors 50 feet range.
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Post by fc60 on 1/28/2018, 5:09 pm

Greetings,

I used to use one of these...

https://www.terapeak.com/worth/vintage-mark-time-pistol-match-practice-shot-timer-timed-rapid-fire/201462823820/

Search eBay for one. They show up occasionally.

Sort of like an old fashioned egg timer. You wind it past start and when ready, you nudge it a bit until the timer starts moving.

Two settings. Rapid and Timed Fire. An audible bell dings at the start and end of the sequence.

Cheers,

Dave
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Post by john bickar on 1/28/2018, 8:27 pm

Boxturtle wrote:No smart phone.  Old stick in the mud.  Still like old things like flip phones and M1911 pistols. Smile

I use a PACT timer (more commonly seen at USPSA/IPSC matches) that I picked up about 15 years ago. I've been through 4 or 5 phones in that timeframe. I don't like to depend on smartphone apps at a shooting range for a number of reasons.
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Post by Doug Tiedt on 1/28/2018, 9:04 pm

Boxturtle wrote:No smart phone.  Old stick in the mud.  Still like old things like flip phones and M1911 pistols. Smile

From one old stick in the mud to another, what about a $10 kitchen timer?

Set it to 25 seconds, or 15 seconds.  Go through the range commands in your head.  At the start of the
"Ready on firing line" press the button on the timer.  Approximately five seconds later, start your string.
Is it exact to the millisecond?  No.  But it cost about 10 dollars.

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Post by Chris Miceli on 1/28/2018, 9:15 pm

http://www.bullseyepistol.com/rangecmd.htm
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Post by Boxturtle on 1/29/2018, 6:52 am

Doug Tiedt wrote:
Boxturtle wrote:No smart phone.  Old stick in the mud.  Still like old things like flip phones and M1911 pistols. Smile

From one old stick in the mud to another, what about a $10 kitchen timer?

Hi Doug,

That's what I'm using now.  Something like the PACT would be an improvement.

Thanks, Tom

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Post by Tim:H11 on 1/29/2018, 7:03 am

I use the Bullseye app on my smart phone but I also have one of those old cook timer looking timers for TF and RF. I like it. Works good.
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Post by Dr.Don on 1/29/2018, 8:36 am

The smart phone APP has a couple of advantages in my opinion.  You get the full set of range commands, not just the timing buzzer.  You also can set it for drills (2 sec, 3 sec, etc.) to practice getting off the first shot.  Finally, when paired with good electronic muffs you don't bother anyone else on the range because they don't hear it.  I use one all the time.
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Post by KB2MBC on 1/29/2018, 11:58 am

Many years ago I purchased a digital dictation recorder from Staples and recorded all the range commands. Later on I recorded extra commands for doing things like 1 & 2 shot drills. A lot easier to use than a phone. Cost around $35 back then

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