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81 reviews | 4.7 out of 5
This is a must have for any serious handloader/reloader. It works as advertised. I tested factory ammunition of "known" muzzle velocities and the Chrony matched those expectations very closely, so I believe it is accurate. There is sufficient but limited functionality without the remote control switch or the printer. These two items help you tap into the advanced features that give statistics for each string of shots. The remote switch can be manufactured for under 10 bucks or you can buy one online for about $15. All I needed from my Chrony was the shot velocities which I recorded by hand and then keyed into a spreadsheet to give statistics, power factor, muzzle energy, etc. The WalMart price beat everyone else by a significant margin and the Site-to-Store shipping option (at no additional cost) worked perfectly (except my package arrived several days SOONER than promised). I would recommend both the Chrony and Walmart Online.
Great product for a good price, only trouble is finding a Wal-Mart that still handles guns and shooting supplies.
Easy setup, reliable. Had two 9mm rounds hit the diffuser support rods and the unit still works well. The diffuser isn't necessary outdoors as far as I can tell, however putting pieces of masking tape at the recommended 4-6" above the sensors does give an aiming point.
It worked well with .22, .380. 9mm and 7mm remmington magnum. A piece of 1/4" steel plate isn't a bad idea to protect the front of the unit from errant shots as there should be at least 10' from the shooter to the unit for pistols and 20' for overbore rifles.
Very easy to set up and use. Appears to give accurate results (consistent with system at a pro shop). diffusers may be a little flimsy, but it does not really matter. Does exactly what I wanted it to do.
The Chrony F1 is a very good chronograph for shooting at a good price. Yes there are better ones out there but I am pleased with this unit. When I setup the unit I was at least 10 feet from the barrel so that you will not get errors because of the muzzle blast. It gave me readings on 98% of my shots, meaning I only had 2 error codes (over 100 shots through the Chrony). I shot 22LR, 375 Win, 308 Win and 338 Win mag through the unit. When getting this unit, I would recommend getting a tripod and a remote (additional cost of $20 to $25). If you can get the F1 and remote together would be the best, if unable to get the comb then you can buy or make a remote. I did not have a remote button with me to check all the functions but it worked very well. I reload cartridges and needed to see how close they were. On my 338 Win Mag I only had a difference of 75 feet per second difference on a total of 10 shot on one string. For the remote I got this information from other people on the web: You will need to buy or make a push button device to access the computer in the unit. You can get the remote control button through the chrony website. The remote allow you to "access" all the cool features like Hi, Lo, Average Dev, Standard Dev, extreme spread, etc. To build a remote you will need a 3 pole stereo 1/8 headphone jack plug. Even though only 2 connections are used a 2 pole jack WILL NOT work!!! Trust me on this as I had to go back and exchange parts. On a 1/8 inch stereo headphone jack there are three poles - the tip, the middle, and the "base". Even though it is a two pole connection, the Chrony uses the middle and base connections on the plug. All you need to do is solder a length of speaker wire to the above mentioned poles of the plug and put a momentary contact switch at the other end! Please note that the "tip" connection on the jack's plug is NOT used. I'm hoping that sharing this information will help you. Have fun shooting..
The F1 Chrono works as advertised - we have tested everything from Nerf darts to paintball guns to pellet rifles to real rifles, and the F1 has rarely failed to give a reading. I took away a star because of the sun filter - the plastic parts that connect the wire guides for use in direct sunlight. They are difficult to connect, and routinely fly apart with any movement of the F1. Once we put those away, the F1 worked very well - even in direct sunlight. To try to confirm accuracy, paintball guns were measured at the local field, and matched our readings, and ballistics charts confirmed our findings for .17Mach2 and .270Win - excellent product and price.
The Chrony F1 is the centerpiece of an expandable system, and it answers my decades old desire to obtain real data on ballistic speeds rather than trusting entirely on published data as an estimate, when I could find it. The F1 can be used both with arrows and bullets, and it is rated to measure speeds from 32-7,000 fps. The chronograph optically detects the passing missile. It seems consistent as long as there is good diffused light above the missile (using the included translucent strips or an overcast sky). If lighting is weak or uneven, the device may err, as is expected in unsuitable conditions. Tilting the F1 somewhat toward the sun, if using it outside, can solve uneven lighting if any problem arises. This product has worked well for me, with no frustration and few failures to measure. Accuracy is apparent in that table data usually agrees fairly well with measured values. The price for the F1 was reasonable, the package is nicely compact, and use is as easy as opening, setting on a tripod between shooting station and target, attaching diffusers, turning it on, shooting, and recording measurements. With only the addition of a 9v battery and a tripod, it is ready to go in outdoor daylight.
This is a great product if you have an air gun, it will let you know the performance and the condition of the power plant of the air gun, the only complaint I have with it is you have to buy or make a remote to be able to access all the functions (lo-hi-av-es-sd ) buy it you wont regret it. this is the best price I could find it anywhere and only 00.97 shipping, Fed-x delivered it to my house in about 3 days, now you can't beet that....
The F1 works great, easy to set up and use. Great price!
Received it in two days (much faster then expected) shipped to store and took it out to the range on the following weekend. It worked as it supposed to every time and the LCD can be read easily even with those old eyes of mine from 10' away.
You got to have one of these if you reload your ammos.
- Folds to small size box
- Simple and effective operation. Cons:
- The metal frame and plastic diffusers break down into smaller pieces for storage in the folded unit. Horrible design. When you get the unit and diffusers assembled, they like to spontaneously explode into seven different sub-parts. Solution: Go to home depot and get some aluminum road for $2.50. Cut into 18" solid pieces. Hot glue the diffuser together. It then works great.
This is a great buy for the price. I was using an old fashioned ballistic pendulum, which, when checked against my friend’s expensive chronograph, showed a 10% error. I checked my new cheaper priced Chrony that I bough from Wal-Mart against my pendulum and it proved the same 10% error. This proves it’s accuracy.
F1 chrony is simplistic and easy to use. It was able to Chronograph my 416 Barrett at an average of 3256 fps with no issues. I mounted on a tripod inside of 10'. It was consistent and took no time at all to setup and use. Make sure to have a good tripod and take your time so you don't shoot the unit.
I purchased this chronograph a few weeks ago. I have already used it to measure the speed of some .45 acp rounds that I have reloaded. I also measured the speed of factory loads. It is easy to set up and use. Work exactly like advertized.
While there are certainly much better chronos out there this one is an awesome buy if you just want the basics. If your looking for remote readouts etc this isn't the one for you. Just plain basic information.
It does exactly what it's supposed to do, exactly the way it's supposed to do it. After thoroughly reading the instructions and tips on how to properly use it, the performance has been outstanding. It's a very valuable tool that I wish I would have had years ago.
Some initial difficulty getting the rods into the outer holes. After that it worked flawlessly. Readouts are instant and easy to see. I used it for air rifles with velocities from low 400 to upper 900 range and it senses small .177 cal pellets with no problems.
I had a Pro Chrono and had always heard they were slow. Saw online where I could get a Chrony for 69 bucks at Wal Mart. Price on site was $99 plus shipping. Like the Chrony, it is metal and folds in half. The display gives tenths of an inch which the Pro Chron does not. Seems sturdier and does read a little faster but pretty much the same. Like it better because the other one is plastic.
I have a more expensive Beta chrony that I have never liked. The F1 is far more simple and just works as advertised. I would recommend it as an inexpensive solution to airgunners, knowing the state of their shooters.
I think this is a good unit. I have not been able to access completly due to it has been raining ever since I got it. This machine is suppose to be calculated in FPS (feet per seconds). when turned on it displayed "AL" which in the book means MPS(meters per second). Hope this is not the case but when it quits raining I will find out.