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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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Post by Boxturtle on 4/5/2020, 7:51 am

dronning wrote:
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

- Dave
Hi Folks,

I am very fortunate to be able to tele-work.  One of the conditions my employer imposed is I must be immediately accessible, and so I was forced to trade in my flip phone for a smart phone.  The link for the Android bullseye command app above directs in a dead site.

Is there an application for the Android phone?

Thanks, Tom

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Post by radjag on 4/5/2020, 8:05 am

For the Android app. Go to the Google play store. Search Bullseye Timer

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Post by Allen Barnett on 4/5/2020, 2:50 pm

Downloaded the timer yesterday after reading about here.  Went to the range today forgot my bluetooth ears buds but found a set of old school hard wired buds in the truck.  That timer works great!!!  Thank you guys for the information, it worked great and I really like the fact that it has the complete command chain starting with the load command.  It really helps to practice the way you are going to shoot in a real match.

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Post by mikemargolis on 4/7/2020, 7:46 pm

Also, I can highly recommend the 3M Peltor 500 bluetooth earmuffs. They are great noise cancelling muffs, and then you can bluetooth in range commands or Vivaldi!

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Post by dronning on 4/7/2020, 9:28 pm

mikemargolis wrote:Also, I can highly recommend the 3M Peltor 500 bluetooth earmuffs. They are great noise cancelling muffs, and then you can bluetooth in range commands or Vivaldi!
+1 Then add the gel ear pads to them = AWESOME!  They are hard to snap in place, be patient they are worth it in the end.
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Post by mikemargolis on 4/8/2020, 7:18 am

dronning wrote:+1 Then add the gel ear pads to them = AWESOME!  They are hard to snap in place, be patient they are worth it in the end.
- Dave

Interesting... I have hesitated on spending $50 for gel pads for earmuffs that are $100. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Post by Aprilian on 4/8/2020, 7:33 am

Can someone post a link to the gel ear pads?

On my 3M Peltor 500's I still wear earplugs underneath (necessary when someone next to you is blasting a rifle at 25').  Turning my phone up all the way and the outside sounds down all the way make the bullseye app commands very easy to hear.
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Post by mikemargolis on 4/8/2020, 7:48 am

I'd be interested to hear Dave (dronning) opinion on this, since he actually has them.

The ones that have been on my Amazon watch list are these:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DHVXKVA/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

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Post by dronning on 4/8/2020, 7:59 am

Aprilian wrote:Can someone post a link to the gel ear pads?

These are the ones I have on my Peltor Sport Tactical 500.  There are cheaper ones out there but be careful to read the descriptions and comments some of the cheaper ones won't fit.  They are so comfortable after putting the gel pads on I've actually forgot I had the muffs on and walked out of the range to my truck with them on.  Very comfortable even with my range glasses with the thick bows which use to bother me at the indoor range after about an hour of continuous use.  I've had them for 2 years.
 
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DHVXKVA

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Post by mikemargolis on 4/8/2020, 8:19 am

Just pulled the trigger (so to speak) as Honey informed me there were some for $46 instead of $55

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DHVXKVA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1A58PISTBOT0F&psc=1

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Post by Aprilian on 4/8/2020, 9:01 am

Thanks both!   I ordered them from Mike's link.
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