Over a decade later I’m still using shot timers to teach and track training progres…s. Despite what you may have heard on YouTube a shot timer is for more than just sub second pistol shots. It’s a great tool for precision rifle work when you’re working on skill development. During class I’ll teach the fundamentals, allow students to progress through a couple drill and then put them on a timer. When that beep goes off guys tend to forget what they should be focusing on and rush to make shots. The shooters who ignore the clock, focus on executing the fundamentals typically get better results with a comparable time. Rushing to take a shot at 100 yards and missing doesn’t prove anything. Shooters can also see how improving their technique allows them to get in and out of positions or manipulate the rifle more effectively and get a better time.
None of this is new and it’s the same reason we use a shot timer while training with a pistol or a carbine. The only difference is we are changing the platform and extending the range. Shot timers are also handy when you want to encourage some friendly competition for the purposes of bragging rights.