* This is a most worthwhile device for anyone who shoots a firearm under the pressure of time limits or for whom rapidity of fire is a
matter of concern. Now you may not need the Shootimer if you can always
practice shooting in the company of a coach or cooperative buddy with
lightning reflexes, a stopwatch and a whistle, and it is precisely to
take the place of such a person that this electronic apparatus was
developed. It also eliminates the human factor or the need for an
electronic stopplate in scoring timed events in combat competitions.
What the Shootimer does, in brief, is to provide a random delay
start signal some seconds after it has been activated. It then updates
its digital readout in seconds each time it “hears” a shot.
There is no limit to the number of shots the Shootimer will record, and
it measures times in hundredths of a second.
The basic unit consists of the Shootimer, a belt holster to carry
it, and an earplug for the signal; it retails for $159. In addition,
there are a number of accessory devices. Our sample came with the
“Middlehorn” speaker, which broadcasts an audible beep; this
permits the Shootimer to be rested on a bench and dispenses with the
earplug and holster. Softer and louder signals are also available.
Other accessories include control boxes, which can control turning
targets, sirens, horns, etc.; input jacks for attaching downrange microphones, and a “Remote Relay” radio transmitter and
receiver for use in certain rifle matches or combat pistol courses.
We tried the Shootimer at the Target Range in Van Nuys, California,
on several occasions, and it functioned perfectly every time. Operation
was very simple: Punch the activator button, await the beep signal, fire
as soon as you hear the signal and, voila, there’s your time in
seconds as soon as you have finished. It worked for single shots,
“double taps” or when I chose to empty a cylinder or magazine.
The Shootimer is adjustable for sensitivity, but on the baffled,
partitioned indoor range, we had no problems with the Shootimer being
activated by other guns o the line. The basic Shootimer unit, by the
way, is very lightweight and scarcely larger than a box of .30-06
Whether your game is combat competition or NRA Rapid Fire practice,
or if you’re curious about your speed of draw or wish to measure
the relative controllability of various handguns and loads–for any of a
great many uses–this Seleq Shootimer looks like it would be an
excellent addition to the gear you tote to the range. More information
and prices are available from Seleq Corporation, Dept. GA, P.O. Box
5117, Golden, CO 80401.