While various applications have arisen to replace the boxy times used in competition shooting, they offer no ability to analyze the shooting, specifically, the average cadence of the rounds shot. While timers can show specific splits, looking at it longitudinally can be difficult so one is only seeing a small window of the bigger results picture.
Seeing an opportunity to improve upon this is Tactical Measurements, a new company, which has released their application for smartphones dubbed MyRPM, short for “Rounds Per Minute”. The app allows the shooter to visualize their shooting is capable of creating an average Rate of Fire measurement.
+ Find the rate of fire of your automatic weapon
+ Powerful auto-detection of undesired sounds (voices, shells hitting the ground, background noise etc.)
+ Record your shooting sequences
+ Visualisation of shooting sequences in graphs
+ Save details of your measurements (type of weapon, caliber and used ammunition)
+ No additional equipment needed
The app does not have all the other features I would hope for including individual split times, but ROF by itself can be a valuable tool when looking at speeding up shooting. Or, manufacturers may enjoy being able to measure ROF on experimental weapons quickly and easily.
Unfortunately, one is putting their expensive smartphone in the line of fire. High decibel ratings of most guns can cause damage to sensitive microphones. Tactical Measurements recommends the smart phone is kept at least 2 meters / 6 feet away from the muzzle. In other words, don’t leave it in your pocket.
The app is available in both a free (with buit-in ads) and paid version ($20.99). The paid version can save unlimited firing sequences. Both feature advanced auto-detection of undesired sounds to ensure reliable and accurate measurements.