A quick update on the iPhone 4 and shot timer apps: They work, but you have to crank up the sensitivity on the things up to 100%. Which is a good thing to know, because my iPhone has become a very useful thing to have in my range bag.
First off is the shot timer app: Both Surefire and Taurus have free timer apps out there, and there’s a paid versions as well. Considering that shot timers start at around $120, this app alone is almost worth the price of an iPhone.
Secondly is the camera: The camera in the iPhone 4 is a 5 megapixel camera with a decent lens and autofocus, and it also shoots 720p video (see below). The camera comes in REALLY handy for documenting stages, and the video is incredibly useful for spotting the many, many mistakes I make on any given stage.
On the video below is my run thru the stage described on the right, and it’s also the first time I shot my P07 in competition. Right off the bat, I can see that I’ve got to start moving to a new shooting box right after I finish shooting: There’s a noticeable delay between when I stop shooting in the first box, drop my mag and move on to the next box, which is something i’ll need to work on in the next few weeks. Oh, and I need to actually hit the friggin’ target. That’d help, but as this is my first run with a new gun, I’m pretty satisfied with the results.
Thirdly, the iPhone can store shooting drills, notes, and all the other bits of information needed in any given practice session, and if that’s not enough, Saul Kirsch has some interesting apps for scoring IPSC and Steel Challenge, as well as a practice app to guide your training sessions.
It’s gotten to the point where for any given trip to the range, I need my gun, ammo, eye and ear protection and my iPhone: It’s become my second brain at the range.