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Garmin XERO C1 PRO Review

Apr 4, 2024 | Reviews

Last weekend I went out to the range, my goal was to film some content and to shoot a little bit. My daily duties running the Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation sometimes prevent me from shooting as much as I would like. I find it relaxing and gives me something to focus on. I have been shooting since I was about 3 years old. I originally started with a Daisy Red Ryder. On my trip to the range, I met a few guys that were shooting as well. As I unloaded my gear, I struck up a conversation with them. One had a tool that I had seen and was interested in a closer look. The Garmin XERO C1 Pro is one of the newest chronographs on the market. I got my first look while at SHOT Show. One of the shooters had one, it was great to see it close up and even better to get to try it out. I also enjoyed getting a first-hand report on how it worked. I have used other chronographs on the market. Some are cumbersome, others have parts that break. One lacks battery life and there is room in the market for one that checks all of the boxes.

I only was able to fire a 5 shot string through the Garmin, but it was enough to pique my interest enough that on the following Monday. I went into the local Cabela’s and bought my very own. This Garmin XERO C1 Pro will be used in our gun safety classes for children. If you value data and like to know the muzzle velocities of your firearms if you reload or just want to study the ballistics. The XERO gives you the ability to see the data on the screen or through the App. What I liked about my limited first use of the XERO was how user-friendly it was. The controls are simple and it will prompt you through the setup process. Once it is dialed, you just set it on the bench near you and point it downrange. You will need to have it near the end of your muzzle for it to work effectively. It gives you the ability to fire a string of shots and it will record the velocities. It also can give you an average. This is helpful for those who are Zeroing their rifles or developing their hand loads. The technology has come a long way over the years.

A few things that I like is the rechargeable battery. It seems to be long-lasting. It features an easy-to-read backlit display. It is small, compact, and will easily fit in a range bag. It does NOT come with a case, which I believe is a drawback. I did purchase a Pelican M60 case and some custom foam inserts from Range Panda. I will do a separate review of both of those at a later date. Another drawback was the price, with a retail price of $599, it will be out of the price range for some. I do believe that this is a quality product though and it will last the Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation for years. We will be incorporating this into our Teen program as we begin using more centerfire rifles. All in all, I believe the Garmin XERO C1 Pro is a sound investment. Especially for those who are trying to stretch every ounce of performance out of their rifles. You can find out more information on their website.

Thank you for reading! ZERO firearm accidents is the only acceptable goal!!®

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