WHY DO I NEED A SHOOTING TIMER?
Once you have mastered the basics of sight alignment and trigger control to the point that you control where you hit, the next step is learning to hit faster – a better shot can hit a given target faster then a less skilled shot. Would you consider practicing without a target? Of course not, because without a target you have know way to know where you are hitting, you have no feedback, you’re just be flinging lead at the side of the hill – fun, but you’re not learning anything. Conversely, with a fresh target you know exactly where each shot hits, and you relate that hit to what you were doing in your shooting process – improving your skill.
By the same token, without a PACT shooting timer you have no idea how long a given shot is taking you. No idea of whether or not a given technique is helping or hurting you. Why? Because we humans have a lousy sense time passing, what might feel fast turns out to be shaky and slow, and what might feel slow turns out to be smooth and fast with no wasted movement – high speed hitting is the goal. The PACT gives you the feedback you need to instantly know the time of your run, and a concise breakdown of each portion and shot. This allows you to learn where you are picking up time, and find the little bobbles that cost you.
Club Shooting vs. Training
If you are buying Timers for your shooting club the decision is simple; don’t spend the extra money for a MKIV as you’d be buying features you’ll never use buy two Club Timer III’s instead. If you are buying a timer for training the decision is a little tougher. The Club Timer III is a fine timer for basic training and that’s how most of them are used. It has the same super loud buzzer as the MKIV. However it lacks the some of the sophisticated training features of the MKIV Championship Timer as well as the rate of fire indicator, ballistic computer, lead calculator and optional chronograph.
Thirty years ago, when PACT introduced their first timer I said ‘the PACT Championship Timer is the only timer you will ever need.’ Over the years PACT’s timers helped teach us what works (and what doesn’t) as well as keeping things honest at matches. Not only is the new MKIV unquestionably the finest shooting timer ever made its chronograph and trajectory functions are second to none. I never go to the range without my PACT MKIV and neither should you.Robby Leatham
First, I would like to say a few words about my PACT timing system. This is a great device! Nothing has helped me as a shooter or reloader as much as my timer/chronograph. The timer gives me a true evaluation of my progress as an IPSC shooter when combined with my scored target. Try telling the difference between a 1.25 second draw from a .90 without one. It also makes it possible to enlighten some of my boastful friends. What the timer does for me, the chrono does for my loads. My PACT has served me well for these past 4 years. It has been to the mountains in the cold, it has been to the desert in the heat. It went with us on our honeymoon and routinely goes to Las Vegas to give me something to do when not winning money. Thanks for a truly great product, nothing else even comes close.W.B.