The Pistol and Rifle Committees have purchased a LabRadar chronograph for use by members of the club, funded from the proceeds of the Winter Service Gun League.
This device is a Doppler radar based unit used to measure projectile velocity without requiring the user to go down range to set it up. (This means it is also much less likely to be shot.) It can measure the speed of pistol and rifle bullets, shotgun slugs, arrows, crossbow bolts and airgun pellets.
In use, the user sets it up on the shooting bench next to the muzzle of the gun, and most importantly, behind the firing line. The LabRadar detects the muzzle blast of the gun and tracks the projectile down range, continuously recording its velocity. The results are displayed on the rear panel LCD display. It also stores the results on an SD card in a .CSV file which can be loaded into Microsoft Excel.
The unit firmware has been upgraded to allow it to be controlled via Bluetooth with an Apple or Android device, if desired. Apple iOS and Android apps are both available on the App Store and Google Play.
The manufacturer’s website has a full description of the unit: http://www.mylabradar.com/
A complete manual in PDF format can be downloaded here: Labradar User Manual V1.1
A quick Start guide in PDF format can be downloaded here: LabRadar Quick Setup and Tips
The manufacturer has provided a video showing how to set it up here: https://youtu.be/mFfGp3CYAr8
and a video showing how to use it here: https://youtu.be/xFjE5GGJGSQ
There is also a good, user-generated YouTube video showing how to use it here: https://youtu.be/iGz3Gbf5njw
There are even more videos available on the Labradar Channel on YouTube.
We have also purchased a base for the LabRadar in order to more securely use it on the bench.
How to sign it out
Club members wishing to use the unit need to contact either:
- The Rifle Chairman
- Jim Burnell
- The Pistol Chairman
- Roy Zucca
The unit uses six (6) AA batteries, and it goes through them pretty fast, so members must supply their own AA batteries.
We have provided an AC adapter for use with the unit, but the user will need to supply an extension cord in order to access one of the electrical outlets at the range. (Battery operation is much more convenient)
If the user wishes to store the results on a removable SD card, he will also need to supply his own SD card. These cards a very cheap, and can be acquired at Best Buy, or online. You only need a small one, 2GB is plenty, as the files are only about 1KB. The last I checked on Amazon, you could buy a 4GB card for only $6. I couldn’t even find anything smaller.
Help and/or Additional Training
Club members wishing learn how to use the LabRadar can contact Jim Burnell, who will be happy to provide instruction at the range.