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Shooting Chrony F-1 Chronograph (green)

4.3 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews
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Product Description

The Shooting Chrony F1 Chronograph measures the speed of bullets and other projectiles. The Chrony F1 Chronograph Includes a jack for use with an optional Chrony Ballistic Printer (sold separately).

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 4.5 x 2.3 inches ; 15.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: Canada
  • ASIN: B001BR3364
  • Item model number: F1
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,641 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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I have used this product for 4 years now and love it. If you reload then you really need to have a chronograph, their are so many variables involved including things like chamber dimensions that vary from gun to gun so the load manuals aren't always accurate. The F-1 has proven to be accurate and durable (I clipped it with a 223 bullet once that peeled back the metal housing a bit and it still works perfectly) especially for the price. I would recommend setting it up on a cheap tripod so you can easily adjust it to the best height and this will make it very easy to level it on rocky or unlevel terrain. One thing I will mention to the folks who get a lot of errors with this unit, make sure to read the manual, sometimes you want the shade screens up, sometimes you dont. Also you will sometimes get errors when shooting subsonic bullets up close to the unit as the muzzle blast will get to the unit sooner or soon after the bullet does. Also take your time setting it up at the distance recommended in the directions and shoot thru it level and 4 inches above the sensor. Keep in mind at close range to account for the sight being X inches above the barrel!
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I loved (as in past tense) this Chrony. It worked for us very well, until someone shot it. We have since replaced it with the upgraded the beta version. It also functions great. I love that it all folds down into it's own box. Pretty convenient for taking with you. We learned from past use, that placing Red tape at 5 inches up on the antennas will make it much easier to keep bullets from grazing the chrony. It keeps your eyes up and gives a reference to align your sites to. Sounds pretty dumb, but it actually works to control the height of the shots, thus protecting your investment.
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For the price, is a good investment, reliable, accurate, do the job, i'm very happy.
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My chrony is something I wanted and needed, and I am delighted with its performance. I stronly recommend this device to all shooters out there who want to know how their guns are shooting. Louie in San Antonio TX
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This is the chronograph that I use routinely, due to economical price and good performance. I have three of them, just in case one or more gets damaged, and that also lets me compare readings. Firing a shot across all three in line shows somewhat different readings, within about 5% of each other, and those that show a lower velocity one time might show faster the next time. But hey, it can't be easy for even electronic devices to see a projectile traveling at such speed in exactly the same way every time, and that is one reason for finding average speeds for carefully prepared, standard loads, which will always vary a little in velocity no matter what, simply because of many tiny physical factors that exist even in "identical" shots, from very slight weight differences in bullet or powder, chemical differences, powder position, temperature, bullet hardness, smoothness of bullet engagement in barrel lands, and so on. The consistency that does show up between three copies of this product suggests to me that the readings of any one of them are reasonably trustworthy. What they are able to measure, as well as they do, is pretty amazing.

I have sometimes thought that a fancier model would be nice to have, but these devices have a rather dangerous job. As long as they can last, within a year or two of use a shooter could possibly be less than accurate with a shot. Although my oldest chronograph has been slightly grazed a number of times and still works fine, hitting one of the posts might chip or break the plastic housing that holds it in a way that can be repaired. Meanwhile, shooting low and hitting the unit solidly is very likely to stop the show. Shooting when slightly tired, flinching, or firing inaccurate or difficult to aim (e.g.
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Batteries need to be very good to almost new for these chrony's to start up properly. Experienced some erratic behavior with both this green one and my blue one when trying to use 9volts that worked fine in other things, but apparently were not charged enough for these. I also HIGHLY recommend getting the one of the MASTER Chrony's as they have the LCD attached with a cable rather than directly on the chrony itself. Not only is that convenient for reading the display, but it moved the circuit board and LCD out of the path of the bullets... the light sensors and other things can be replaced if they are shot, but the LCD and circuit board cannot be replaced and Chrony will not repair them... I found this out the hard way. I will be ordering a Master Chrony next time...
Size, function, and easy of use are great with these. They work well and I like them, just make sure you buy a Master chrony so it can be repaired if it is shot. I used chrony's for years and years without ever shooting one, but eventually my luck ran out.
4 stars for the battery issue... I had that happen with my last 2, but never with my 1st one which I had bought back in the 90's and used for many years.
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:EDIT: I've owned the chrony for about three months now and decided to come back and upgrade my rating.

The chrony still has issues that should be worked out, but I've learned how to operate it more reliably, which obviously makes it more enjoyable to use.

I use it almost exclusively indoors and refused to buy a $60+ light kit for it. I've found that any normal table lamp, with a 100w incandescent bulb will work fine, as long as you place it next to the Chrony, between the two diffusers. Take the lamp's shade off, too. After I figured that out, almost every single shot is recorded.

Also, using a rifle rest is almost necessary. The chrony requires such an exact window for your shot, that taking the time to pause and aim is a pain in the butt. Set it in a rest, aim once and pull the trigger.

I have also masking taped the rods together from their 8 individual pieces to the 4 connected pieces to hold the diffusers. I've also taped the diffusers together (just at the edges, though). Now that there are less parts falling all over the place, it's easier to handle, albeit it takes up a slightly larger footprint.

My other gripes, listed below, are still issues for me and should be considered as such.

The last line of my original review states $90 ($95) is too much for this. That is still very true. This should be a $40 device, especially with its flaws.

:END EDIT:

I've wanted a chrony for quite a while and finally bit the bullet, no pun intended.

At its current cost, I am very disappointed.

My gripes. Which is all they are.... YMMV:

The device is way too finicky to casual use. It seems like you need a very exact environment for this to reliably register your shots.
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