Which chrono to buy?
I like the Virtue Clock but have heard little feedback. What are your thoughts?
I have one of the little yellow ones and it works fine as far as I can tell but if I had the money I'd love to get a Virtue Clock. I haven't heard about any problems with them and I'd pretty sure they use them at NPPL and PSP so I'm pretty sure they are just fine.
I found my yellow handheld to be fairly inaccurate. Now I use an older Big Red field chrono. It's more cumbersome, but it's spot on. Some of the newer ones by the same comany are much more compact and offer some desireable features but they're pretty expensive.
second the big red chrono.
saw a yellow one too Tough Chrono
I don't remember offhand but I think it's the X Radar chronos that are made by the company that made the Big Red. They are nice little chronos but they're don't come cheap.
I only looked at the Virtue one once, saw the price, and ran away.
I have a X-Radar and it matched the Big Red Chrono's read out at my fied. :)
I've used several hand held brands / models:
Little Yellow RadarChron
+ CompactX-Radar Paintball Chrono
+ BPSVirtue Clock
+ Audio confirmation of shot detection (a must if you think you're marker is +/-1 FPS)I'm not sure how other's handle this but, I'd advise against comparing radar based chrono accuracy unless using an optical chrono as a central point of reference. Also be sure to be aware of where you're pointing the chrono's beam (as CJOttowa mentions here).
iirc, my handheld yellow radarchron manual says it has a margin of error of +-2%.
that's +-6 fps for a 300fps reading.
I originally bought the Virtue in the hopes of taking advantage of it's calculations but, I found the detection confirmation much more valuable as I note in my more recent chrono strings, I get far fewer identical FPS readings.
im not a fan of the virtue clocks.
at psp last season, some of the chrono stations were big reds, some were clocks
big red's always had me 5-10 fps higher than the clock
the local guys who went to hb and played nppl said the clocks were off 25 to the big reds (they went and played recball on the way home and the big red there was the said they were shootin 270 not 295 the clock said the day before)
for my outlaw practice field...
we have 1 little yellow and 1 of the x radars
little yellow is finiky, they dont like anythin on the backside of them
the xradar is wayyy better, we always press/reslease/press again for each shot, so it has resets and goes blank between shots
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