I shoot a fair bit. That’s expected. I need to collect velocity data on nearly every outing. And having done this for many years, I’ve had many experiences, and the bad ones are never forgotten. But never have I had an experience like I’ve had with Garmin’s new Xero C1 Pro chronograph.
Using the Garmin Xero C1 Pro Chronograph
The Xero C1 Pro is Garmin’s latest shooting-related product. It joins the ranks of the company’s wrist-worn ballistic solvers and watch models that are infused with Applied Ballistics software.
The Xero C1 Pro is a pocket-sized chronograph that works using Doppler technology to capture the bullet’s flight. Not only bullets but arrows and pellets as well. Using radar isn’t new to capturing velocity at the consumer level. But what is new is the absolute ease involved with making it happen with the Xero.
After your initial setup with the Zero C1 Pro—which requires answering a few questions, a few button presses, scanning a QR code for the excellent ShotView app, and letting that download—it will literally take you less than 30 seconds to deploy and use this chronograph.
It captures accurate velocity data quickly. Especially without missing shots due to it not being aimed correctly or having to fiddle with cumbersome adapters to attach it to your firearm. You can also shoot in multiple directions— without missing a shot.
The Xero C1 Pro is a 24 GHz Wave radar (Doppler). In its simplest form, it bounces a microwave signal off of the projectile. It then measures the shifted frequency due to the projectile’s movement.
The data is stored in the device as well as automatically, making its way to your smartphone via the app. The internal battery is good for up to 2,000 shots.
It’s light, small, and easier than it should be. It’s a true game changer—and I can’t overstate that. MSRP is $599.
Look for a full review coming to Ballistic Magazine.
On October 20, 2023, Tactical Life reported:
Garmin has been making strides in the tactical arena with its Tactix line of watches and the Foretrex Ballistic watch. For years, the company has been working to bolster the ballistic category with highly portable wrist and pocket solutions. Now, Garmin introduces the Xero C1 Pro pocket-sized chronograph that goes with you wherever you go.
The Garmin Xero C1 Pro Chronograph
Measuring just under the size of a deck of cards, the Xero C1 Pro weighs just over 100 grams. As a result, the chronograph can slip right into a pocket and easily travel wherever you go. In addition, featuring an IPX7 waterproof rating, the chronograph is ready for any range and any weather.
Featuring a sunlight-readable, high-contrast display, the Xero C1 Pro delivers all the essentials in an easy-to-read format. During a session, the chronograph displays the speed of the projectile, as well as shot count and average speed. In addition, it also displays standard deviation and extreme spread after each shot.
When you have completed your session, the Xero C1 Pro provides an on-screen Session Summary. This includes the minimum, maximum, and average speed of the shots, as well as extreme spread and standard deviation. The display is customizable to show the Power Factor and Kinetic Energy when the projectile grain weight is entered.
The Xero C1 Pro can capture the velocity data for more than just bullets. It also has the capability to track arrows, crossbow bolts, shotgun slugs, paintballs, and airsoft devices.
Outfitted with Bluetooth connectivity, the Xero C1 Pro connects to your smartphone via the ShotView App. The easy-to-use app provides your shot data in organized fields for rapid interpretation. Users can then mark shots as clean/cold bore and can exclude outliers from session calculations. Likewise, users can create custom names for the sessions and add detailed notes to the specific shots or the entire session.
Operating on an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Xero C1 Pro provides details on 2,000 shots or up to six hours.
The Garmin Xero C1 Pro is available now with an MSRP of $599.99. For more info, please visit Garmin.com.
“With the Xero C1 Pro, Garmin is proud to introduce a new benchmark for chronograph technology. Combining performance and reliability into a pocket-sized package, this highly adaptable device represents the innovation and accuracy that has become synonymous with Garmin engineering. Just shoot and immediately receive speed data and statistics for that string of shots. Simply put, gone are the days of cumbersome, fussy chronograph setups and missed shots.” – Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales.
Garmin Xero C1 Pro Chronograph Specs
|Dimension||3.03″ (77 Mm) X 2.38″ (60.5 Mm) X 1.36″ (34.44 Mm) Without Tripod 5.1″ (130 Mm) X 4.5″ (115 Mm) X 5.5″ (138.5 Mm) With Tripod|
|Weight||105.6 G Without Tripod 161 G With Tripod|
|Display Type||Sunlight-Visible, Transflective, Monochrome|
|Display Size||1.3″ X 1.7″ (33 Mm X 44 Mm), 2.2″ Diagonal (55 Mm)|
|Display Resolution||240 X 320 Pixels|
|Battery Type||Internal Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery; Nonreplaceable|
|Battery Life||2,000 Shots Or Up To 6 Hours|
|Operating Range||-10° C To 55° C (14° F To 113° F)|
|Memory/History||50 Sessions At Max 100 Shots Per Round Before A Shotview™ App Sync Is Required To Save Data To Phone|