From running and swimming to golf and basketball, your performance in many sports can now be quantified using gadgets. And it’s impressive. But what if your recreational sport of choice is shooting clay pigeons out of the air? Apparently, the Garmin Xero S1 Trapshooting Trainer can help you with that.
Billed as a “live-fire mobile trapshooting trainer,” the device can capture every shot that gets fired from your 12-gauge, analyzing its mechanics and recording the results automatically. That way, you get instant feedback for your performance, all while keeping an accurate score of every successful shot you make.
The Garmin Xero S1 Trapshooting Trainer is a compact device that measures 7.8 x 3.6 x 6.2 inches, so you can easily slide it in a pouch on your bag while you drive to the local shooting range. No word on the exact sensors mounted on the darn thing, but it claims to use radar technology and computer vision to give trapshooting enthusiasts access to insights on their shot dynamics, accuracy, and performance. That means, you no longer have to argue with your buddy whether that missed shot was off or just a little late – the darn thing will tell you how you missed the shot in full detail. Whether your shot was low, high, early, or late, the device will let you know exactly what happened, complete with exact readings of both distance and time.
With the use of the device, trap shooters should get a better idea of their strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies in a way that’s factually accurate, with all the precise numbers to support it. This unbiased understanding of how you perform should make any adjustments you make much more effective, allowing you to improve your shooting accuracy at a faster rate than you normally would without such detailed input.
The Garmin Xero S1 Trapshooting Trainer has a sunlight-readable 5-inch color display (800 x 480 resolution) on top where you can see its readings immediately after every shot, with a touchscreen interface that allows you to adjust settings immediately as you see fit, all while being fine-tuned to respond even when you have your shooting gloves on. Built-in onboard storage allows it to keep data on up to 1,000 shooting rounds, which you can sync to the companion Xero app (iOS and Android) to have access to your data from a smartphone, while the onboard battery can keep it running for 2.5 hours. It comes with its own tripod, which is designed to sit low on the ground, although it should also be compatible with most standard tripods in the market.
It comes with three modes for trap shooting (practice, league, and tournament), which should cover the range of your trap activities, as well as a fourth custom mode for upland hunters. Naturally, it’s IPX7-rated for water resistance, so you can take it outdoors without worry about a light shower ruining your trusted and pricey trapshooting companion.
Want one? The Garmin Xero S1 Trapshooting Trainer is available now, priced at $999.99.