My first chronograph was the Chrony F1 and for a beginner re-loader is ample, plus if you have heaps of time to record all of your readings/results in a notebook or log book - as there is no on-board memory or printer (the higher models in the range do have printer capability). I enjoyed the unit until I borrowed it to a mate - Yep you guessed it: Shot it to pieces.
And hence the biggest problem with this sort of all-in-one unit is: You shoot any piece of the main box/unit and you are toast!
For many years I didn't bother with another chronograph until just recently I started looking for a replacement. I had seen many good comments with the CED M2 including IPSC users here in Australia. But, as with all things you must do your own research and determine which fits your needs/wants.
Off searching the net again - checked out the new Chrony models and was extremely interested in the Pact Professional XP along side of the CED M2. I tossed and turned between the three and finally landed on the CED M2.
To say I'm extremely impressed is easy - it is that good, some of the features I like are included below:
- On board memory
- USB interface for download to PC and processing or connection to a laptop/notebook at the range
- Printing via your PC at home (Plus I enjoy creating nice eXcel charts from the data)
- Large area to shoot through
- Fantastic main control unit with great screen and plenty of data functions in-built - even talks to you.
- Easy set-up and package away (True "Plug-n-Play")
- Nice quality components
- All parts available separately - if you damage one bit you do not have to throw the whole thing away.
The only one negative I've found is when the unit is set up at the range - just be careful of big winds: if the sky screen(s) are moving around quite a bit you might receive an 'Error' instead of the velocity.
I had the unit set up outside in full sun and no issues there either - including overheating as the ambient temperature was hot.
CED M2 - that's my choice
Originally Posted by Len Backus
I am going to start a poll in its own separate thread but first I need to build up a list of candidates to be included in the poll.
So tell me your brand and model. Also tell me what you like the most about it and what needs to be improved in it.
I'll start. I use the Competitive Edge Dynamics CED M2
and I am very happy with it. I got the carry bag, also, and this chronograph is so much easier to deal with than my former Oehler. Here is an objective review of it by an LRH member: CED M2 Chronograph Review
Your turn...which one do you use?