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    Labradar LX

    Has anyone purchased one of these or seen a Labradar LX being used.

    I am thinking of buying either the Labradar LX or the Garmin Zero C1Pro chronograph.
    Would like a review of one or the other or both.

    Thanks.
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    The Garmin Xero C1 Pro is THE best chronograph I have ever owned.

    It just works. Every time. Without fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 762 shooter View Post
    The Garmin Xero C1 Pro is THE best chronograph I have ever owned.

    It just works. Every time. Without fail.

    762
    I'll second that.

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    I don't know what Labradar was thinking when they are playing catch up but priced their new chrony the same as the Garmin. Why would you pay the same for an unknown chrony from a company that has less then stellar reliability and customer service?

    I did notice their chrony has a peep sight built in to align it. That should tell you something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fa38 View Post
    Has anyone purchased one of these or seen a Labradar LX being used.

    I am thinking of buying either the Labradar LX or the Garmin Zero C1Pro chronograph.
    Would like a review of one or the other or both.

    Thanks.
    Marty
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    I have the Labradar, works fine but can be temperamental to setup. The Garmin seems solid, seen it used at my last big IPA event. Either will do the job.
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    I saw a shooter using one at the range just a few days after I read about it in Rifle or Handloader, and I just couldn't believe it even when I saw it in person. The fellow using it was convinced it's the one to have now, and I got the impression he's owned a lot of various chronographs in the past. If I just had to have a new chronograph now I'd definitely get the Garmin for ease of use if for no other reason.

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    As a Loooooooong-time (Big) LABRADAR user (and still fanboy),
    Garmin has truly produced a winner for a small/quick/convenient/reliable Chrono
    (yeah.... got`em both)

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    I've had my LabRadar for a couple of years now. No complaints and, compared to the old-fashioned optical chronos it replaced, the darn thing works slicker'n snot on a doorknob. I might be a little prejudiced toward the Garmin Zero, though, 'cause recent personal experience with a Garmin Venu SQ watch/fitness tracker tells me their customer service SUCKS every bit as badly as when I bought my first Garmin GPS right after they first came on the market!! (Btw, as I type this I'm wearing a Fitbit Versa while the Garmin is gathering dust on the back of bookshelf. Anyone want to buy a Venu SQ...cheap?)

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    I have always used Garmin devices when I wanted a stand alone GPS. Kids use their Inreach products. None of the products we've used have ever given any problems so I've never needed their customer service.

    I've used a Labradar for several years and it has performed better than I thought it would and is orders of magnitude better than other types for convenience. For accuracy I'd go with an Oehler and screens.

    If I had to buy one now I'd get a Garmin. Or, a discounted original Labradar.

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    The OP is asking about the NEW Labrador LX. That is a direct competitor to the Garmin. With fish finders Garmin customer service is nothing to brag about.

    https://mylabradar.com/product/labradar-lx/

    I have several friends that have the Garmin and they are very happy with it. The Labradar LX is so new I don't know anyone that has received one yet. Online reviews list them as basically equal. Some claim the Labradar LX seems to be a little more robust in construction verse the Garmin. I do know the Labradar LX is made in Canada verse China for the Garmin.
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    The OP is asking about the NEW Labrador LX. That is a direct competitor to the Garmin. With fish finders Garmin customer service is nothing to brag about.
    Interesting observation about Garmin Customer service. I gotta say my experience is better. Will have to go back to 2000 or there abouts, but I had a Garman fish finder where the screen came loose and detached into the unit. This happened as a result of my toe/foot pressing on the screen. Regardless of my abuse this happened a few days past the one year warranty. Called Garman and they sent me a brand new unit even though I was past the warranty. That's a good while ago but......
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    Quote Originally Posted by oley55 View Post
    Interesting observation about Garmin Customer service. I gotta say my experience is better. Will have to go back to 2000 or there abouts, but I had a Garman fish finder where the screen came loose and detached into the unit. This happened as a result of my toe/foot pressing on the screen. Regardless of my abuse this happened a few days past the one year warranty. Called Garman and they sent me a brand new unit even though I was past the warranty. That's a good while ago but......
    I can't comment on how Garmin deals with individuals. After I retired, I worked part time for 3 1/2 years at a sporting goods store that was an authorized Garmin dealer/warranty return center.

    I was in archery and firearms so I did not deal directly with Garmin warranty issue other than the bow sight. The shop would handle the warranty returns. Compared to some other companies they did the same for Garmin warranty was the most challenging and produced some very unhappy customers. That being said that would not stop me from purchase a Garmin if it fits my needs the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Tecs View Post
    The OP is asking about the NEW Labrador LX. That is a direct competitor to the Garmin. With fish finders Garmin customer service is nothing to brag about.

    https://mylabradar.com/product/labradar-lx/

    I have several friends that have the Garmin and they are very happy with it. The Labradar LX is so new I don't know anyone that has received one yet. Online reviews list them as basically equal. Some claim the Labradar LX seems to be a little more robust in construction verse the Garmin. I do know the Labradar LX is made in Canada verse China for the Garmin.
    Greetings,

    The ones I have seen are made in Taiwan (Capitalist China) not Communist China.

    Cheers,

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc60 View Post
    Greetings,

    The ones I have seen are made in Taiwan (Capitalist China) not Communist China.

    Cheers,

    Dave
    Thanks for the correction. I have not personally seen either one. Several friends have the Garmin. Not sure where I heard or read that the Garmin's were made in China. I prefer US made but I will purchase non-US if that is the best option.
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    Just found this.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrjlHtvoyAE

    Also found this.
    https://www.snipershide.com/shooting...ar-lx.7204264/
    Really trashes the lab radar customer service.

    Probably buying the Garmin.

    Marty
    Last edited by fa38; 07-05-2024 at 08:53 AM.
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    I got a LabRadar about 5 years ago. It beats sky screen chronographs in all ways once it is set up.
    Once you have set up down, it is easier to set up than a sky screen chronograph.
    The new Garmin sounds wonderful and sounds like the second generation of dollar radar chronographs.
    And the new Garmin seems to address the finicky parts about setting up a LabRadar unit.
    That being said, my LabRadar has made it a pleasure to chronograph loads and shoot groups on multiple targets without having to adjust skyscreens
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    The only logical reason to use a Labradar instead of a Garmin is that you already have the Labradar and don't want to spend the money for a better unit.

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    The only logical reason to use a Labradar instead of a Garmin is . . .
    ... that you want multiple/simultaneous downrange velocity data points to determine actual ballistic performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mehavey View Post
    ... that you want multiple/simultaneous downrange velocity data points to determine actual ballistic performance.
    . With the formula from Hatcher’s Notebook you can determine the ballistic coefficient of your cast bullets at various speeds using those data points. Ballistic coefficient does change with velocity
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