If you are serious about airgun shooting or tuning, you’ll buy a chronograph or two. I’ve been using a Shooting Chrony F1 for the last 15 or so years. It works well, but can be very light sensitive, even with diffusers in place. Because of this, I decided to give the X3200 a shot.
The XCortech X3200 MK3 is made specifically for airsoft, but has a few features that made it attractive to me as an airgun enthusiast. It is smaller and lighter than most chronographs, making it easier to pack for a hunting trip. It uses AA batteries and can also be powered via mini USB. You can program up to 3 different pellet weights/calibers and it will calculate muzzle energy on the fly.
Its velocity readings are comparable to the readings I get from the F1. I’ve tested it with my weaker airguns as well as my more powerful ones and the average velocities are within a few fps between the two chronographs.
The X3200 also features a 25 shot memory, making it easy to track your shot to shot consistency. I have yet to fire a shot that it doesn’t pick up, unlike the F1. This is due to the fact that it has its own infrared light source, an expensive upgrade ($35+) for most chronographs.
No review is complete without some negatives. This is really a airgun only chronograph, so if you want to measure the speed of arrows or bullets, you’ll want a less specialized chronograph. While you can read your speed in fps, all other units of measurement are metric. This means you’ll have to put your caliber size in mm, your weight in grams, and read your energy in joules.
If you want a dedicated airgun chronograph, I can highly recommend the XCortech X3200 MK3. Did I mention it is a good $15+ cheaper than most chronographs?