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Old 14th February 2012, 06:50 PM
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Default Lock-time test results

As you may know, I've been testing the lock times of different rifle & pellet combinations in the last few days. My goal was to see what is the difference is between the most used rifles and a further goal to see whether this is important at all.

Let's make it clear that this is not the same lock-time as in the firearms, where lock-time means the time from the trigger release to the strike of the firing pin. Our lock-time is the total time what the pellet spends in the rifle before it leaves the muzzle. We don't give a damn when and what those small parts do inside, how piston, air, valves and pellet move - we're chasing only the total time while our movements can still affect the pellet after the shot release.


The whole article can be read in my blog:


What does this all mean for us?

I know that all these tests represent only my reaction time but there are younger and older shooters in the scene so we can take my results as a good average and draw some general conclusions:
- Rifles shoot much faster than we believe,
- We shoot much slower than we believe.

The most important thing is that between what we THINK when we release the shoot and when we REALLY DO release the shot is 120 ms, which is about 20 times more than the lock-time of an average rifle. This suggests two things:
- Making huge efforts to reduce the lock time with 1-2 ms is not too effective.
- Doing follow through is damned very όber mega effective.
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Old 14th February 2012, 07:03 PM
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That is the sort of techno stuff thats complicated but highly interesting, well done. Still can't believe you did that with a microphone!
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Old 14th February 2012, 07:10 PM
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Interesting stuff, Well Done!
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Old 14th February 2012, 07:10 PM
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Excellent, post mattey, if thats without special equipment . I await for you to win the lotto, if i win ill let you know an ask for your list. This might be worth a feature in the mags get in touch with Terry Doe as worth doing on hunting guns as well.
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Old 14th February 2012, 07:21 PM
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Superb work.

Not a lot published about lock-times, except people claiming they've made a massive reduction in it

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Old 14th February 2012, 07:24 PM
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Old 14th February 2012, 07:27 PM
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Somebody shoot me !PLEASE! LOL Right i'm off now to count the leaves in the tea bags see if more leaves make it stronger or not, i will post my results later. ;-)

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Fantastic post mate.

You should send it into Airgunner or Air Gun world

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