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Unread postAuthor: LeMaudit » Wed May 27, 2009 4:56 pm

While searching a way to measure fps for my future experiments :roll: I found this brand that seems to be easily available in Canada:

http://www.madbullairsoft.com/English/i ... x&cPath=34

The description says it can measure up to 20mm diameter ammo, it have an internal light, it is not too expensive and I've read good reviews on airsoft forums. I am guessing because of the large opening it could be used also for bigger heavier ammo than airsoft.

Anyone have an opinion on this?

I couldn't find anything related on the forum search, maybe because I'm search-impaired. Please forgive me in advance.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed May 27, 2009 9:06 pm

How much is it, you can get an F1 for less than 100 canadian dollars on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.ca/SHOOTING-CHRONY-F1-C ... 1|294%3A50
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Unread postAuthor: LeMaudit » Wed May 27, 2009 10:49 pm

The Mad Bull would be less than 130$CAN, new, shipping included, delivery in a few days.
From here for example:
http://www.airsoftparts.ca/store2/index.php

The Chrony from eBay would be about 120$CAN with shipping, and that doesn't include custom taxes and long delay, plus possibly customs sniffing around for what I would like to do with a bullet chronograph ;-) I often experienced huge taxes and long delay for parcels coming from the US unfortunately.

I could also found a Chrony locally in Canada. The price for their basic model F1 would be about 112$CAN with shipping. The paintball model as you eBay announce would be about 122$CAN with shipping.

As you can see eBay is not that great for us Canadians. Shipping cost custom taxes and delay ruin it all. You're lucky in the US, you can find about anything for very good price and often with free shipping.

So, as the Chrony seems basic and the Mad Bull had good reviews reading some airsoft forums, I was wondering is someone had experience with it, in particular shooting different things than Airsoft BB. Just to have an alternative.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed May 27, 2009 11:29 pm

LeMaudit wrote:I could also found a Chrony locally in Canada. The price for their basic model F1 would be about 112$CAN with shipping. The paintball model as you eBay announce would be about 122$CAN with shipping.


I would still go for the F1, there's no "paintball" model, it's all the same unit and it's good for 30 to 7000 feet per second, more than enough for your spudding needs.

I have a feeling that the madbull one might be susceptible to inaccuracy due to muzzle blast, not an issue with low powered airsoft guns but it will definitely not be as versatile as the F1. The latter also has a lot more space between sensors so it's more accurate by definition.
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Unread postAuthor: Gippeto » Thu May 28, 2009 12:29 am

Have you tried Scopes and Ammo? 89.99+GST and shipping.

http://scopesandammo.com/storefront/pro ... ucts_id=40

Edit: I have the archery version of the F1 (comes with light kit), it's a very good unit. Don't buy a light kit, go to the hardware store, and build a better one for less than $10. :)
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Unread postAuthor: LeMaudit » Thu May 28, 2009 6:42 am

I would still go for the F1, there's no "paintball" model,


It was my understanding that their "paintball" model is the same unit, but with additional fitting (paint blast protector and barrel support). Justifying the little price difference. It is describe on their web site.

might be susceptible to inaccuracy due to muzzle blast
more space between sensors so it's more accurate


Good points! Thanks for your advices.

Have you tried Scopes and Ammo? 89.99+GST and shipping.


Thanks Gippeto! Somehow I missed this Canadian shop! They have quite good prices. I was listing the price from Shooting Chrony's website.
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Thu May 28, 2009 12:23 pm

If you can afford it I would definitely go with the Chrony F1 and not the Madbull unit. If you are going to spend that kind of money you might as well get something that'll work with anything from a 0.177 BB all the way up to a bowling ball (or even larger), with velocities ranging from what you can throw the ammo at up to a couple Mach.

Have you considered building your own? If you've got an old PC, laptop or digital audio recorder laying around you can build a chrony for less than $10. The homebrew chrony will do just about everything that the F1 will except the upper velocity limit is probably somewhere below Mach 2.
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Unread postAuthor: LeMaudit » Thu May 28, 2009 1:42 pm

If you can afford it I would definitely go with the Chrony F1


Money is not a problem :wink:
I'll buy the F1, I was just finding it a bit bulky, and the Mad Bull quite neat. That was my major reason to wonder... But I had some good arguments in favor of the F1 and against the Mad Bull, that's good enough for me.

Have you considered building your own?


I could, no fun in that for me. As a computer programmer all day (and night) long, I find no fun in using the darn machine for my hobbies. This is also why I didn't go to CNC for my mill/lathe. To many bugs in CNC programming that could spoil the fun :-D
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Unread postAuthor: Moulde » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:16 am

That chrono sucks..

I'm a danish airsofter and some of my buddies bought a few of those, and they weren't very accurate..
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Unread postAuthor: LeMaudit » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:18 am

That chrono sucks..


Which one? The F1??

What did you use as a comparison Moulde? Do you propose an alternative?
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:36 am

I have the Chrony M1 (similar to the F1, but displays in m/s) with detachable display.

I havent tested it yet, it doesnt work inside, but I'll post it when I did.
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Unread postAuthor: daberno123 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:58 am

psycix wrote:I havent tested it yet, it doesnt work inside, but I'll post it when I did.


Do you use fluorescent lighting in your house? I have an F1 Chrony that only works indoors under incandescent lighting.

IIRC, fluorescent lights flicker and the Chrony needs a steady source of light in order to function properly.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:19 pm

I used "normal" light bulbs, but it was probably not bright enough. I havent got bright lights in my bedroom and the curtains are almost always closed.
That may both be the consequence and the reason why I can see very well in the dark and can't look well in bright.
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Unread postAuthor: MountainousDew » Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:57 pm

Hey, Le Maudit if you are still looking for a chronograph...
Check out this video and web page that explains how to make a chronograph with a laptop (Any computer should work.). It's made by Technician, so I know we can trust it.
Here are the links:
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I hope these help... I might even try it.
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Unread postAuthor: LeMaudit » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:05 pm

Thanks for taking the time to post the links MountainousDew.

I founded a while ago this description while browsing the forums, it is very ingenious.

Another "ghetto" way I found on the web (don't remember where) was a shoot between 2 rotating paper disks on a common axe. This work for small/hard bullets, but the angle separation between the 2 punched holes, knowing the exact rotational speed (which is easy to guess with a homemade stroboscope) and the separation between disks could give a nice estimation of the actual bullet speed. :-D

But I think prefer the "buying the proper tool" way. I am struggling right now to find the time to do something fun, and if I could I would give money away just to stop working for a while ;-)
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