PACT MODEL 1 CHRONOGRAPH

Product Review

I have been using a Model 1 Chronograph now for 3 or 4 years and
thoroughly enjoy it. For years I had guesstimated velocities based on

numbers from the manuals. This approach works but if fails to tell you
much about your particular load.

The Model 1 is the most economical model that PACT makes, it does not
do everything the bigger models do, however for the average shooter, it
is great.

It will record the velocity of up to 20 consecutive shots. Based on
those velocities, it will show you: Low & High as well as calculate

Average Velocity, Extreme Spread, Standard Deviation and Average
Deviation.

I am not a mathematical wizard so I won't attempt to explain too
deeply.

Low and High are obvious, and are usually interesting numbers.

Extreme Spread is also pretty easy to figure out.

Standard Deviation, a measure of dispersion in a frequency
distribution, equal to the square root of the mean of the squares of

the deviations from the arithmetic mean of the distribution.

Average Deviation, (mean deviation) a measure of dispersion, computed
by taking the arithmetic mean of the absolute values of the deviations

of the functional values from some central value.

The "Deviations", what I comprehend, measure blah, blah blah blah central value.

In terms I do understand, Standard Deviation is accurate when looking
at a large quantity of numbers but when you're talking a group of 5 to

10 shots, Average Deviation is a more accurate number. Low Average
Deviations are a good thing.

Ok, now that we fully understand "Deviation", as we fire groups
across
our chronograph, our favored load should be one with
a very low Average
Deviation.

In last month's feature article I discussed the dramatic differences
switching components could make. With a chronograph, they become even

more obvious.

Pact is not the only game in town, it just happens to be what I own. I
chose it for several reasons. First and foremost, I did not want the

equipment in front of my barrel, one sneeze and, well you get the idea.
The Pact has a unit that sits on the bench and the only thing the

bullet flies past are the sky screens. Having the unit on the bench
also allows readability. It is right there, no squinting, no getting up

to go look at it.

The Skyscreens are big, and set up, they basically form a V shape that
is 12" wide at the top and 14" tall in the center. You can mount
them

on a board or purchase the accessory bar on which to mount them. The
accessory bar can be mounted on a regular photo tri-pod, which makes a
pretty handy surface. At the hundred-yard bench, you can shoot at
several different targets and not have to move the screens. The screens

are connected to the unit with 2 cables, one for the "Start Screen"
and
one for the "Stop Screen". The bar and screens make the system a
little

cumbersome, so you have to set it up at the range. I have not found an
alternative approach yet.

Operation is simple, turn it on, wait a couple of
seconds for it to
initialize and you're ready to go. When done with a string, simply

review the fields by pressing the "Review" button. It has an "Edit"
button to remove bogus numbers. For example; you set the screens too

close to the bench and get a muzzle blast reading or whatever. I only
recall using the "Edit" button a couple of times but it worked.

The whole system runs on a 9 volt battery, yep just like the one in
your garage door opener, which you will probably have with you at the

range, should you ever do something dumb, like forget to make sure you
have a fresh battery in the unit. Of course none of us would ever do

that.

In summary, this article is not intended to compare units. It is simply
to tell you how the Model 1 works and what I think of it. If I lost it

tomorrow, I would buy another just like it. The system does what it
claims it will do and I enjoy having the data available on which to

base my loading decisions. Quality, price and functionality make it a
great piece of equipment.