Xcortech 3500 Chronograph
- By Pete Moore
- 6 Comments
- Last updated: 19/12/2016
If you are building or upgrading your own RIFs then one piece of kit is absolutely vital to have in the gear box and that’s your own chronograph. Whether you are looking to increase power or rate of fire, or simply want to make certain that your work sits within site limits then the good old chrono is completely invaluable!
Over the years I’ve had various models and most have been pretty rudimentary items. Some of them have had multiple functions, but the new X3500 model from XCORTECH takes this to a whole new level. This next generation chronograph offers the same reliability and accuracy XCORTECH have become known for; if you’ve ever used their X3200 then you’ll know what I mean, as this older model is one you’ll often find at your local airsoft site and has been thoroughly tried and tested.
The X3500 has a host of added features to improve user-friendliness and convenience. It provides an easy to use, high-accuracy, wide shot area to quickly and conveniently test your RIF. Unique to the X3500 chronograph is the addition of a pivoting, removable wireless screen that can be relocated or rail mounted onto standard Picatinny rails. This allows the LCD screen to be conveniently placed where it can be easily read but kept out of the way of the muzzle. Other features include built in shot memory, external power input, multi-screen information, and an auto rotating screen.
The X3500 accurately measures muzzle velocity from 90 fps to 1200+ fps (30m/s to 400+m/s) and also calculates muzzle kinetic energy from 0.01 to 999 joule; R.O.F. range is from 100 to 6000 RPM. It features a high-quality DOT Matrix backlit LCD display that is removable and benefits from a wireless connection to the main unit so you can set this up remotely. The display screen information rotates automatically so that you can mount the LCD screen in various configurations. On the base of the main unit is a screw for standard camera/camcorder tripods.
Although the X3500 runs on batteries it also has an external micro-USB power input for extended use. The shooting tube is quite sizeable at 38mm, but this just makes it easier to line-up your test RIF. There is a high-density IR detector for fired projectiles, six memory options for saving various ammo weight and calibres, and a shot memory log of velocity and rate of fire. All the functions are easily accessed by simply scrolling through the on-screen menu.
Weighing in at just 332g (including batteries) and measuring 84.5mm x 59mm x 31mm for the remote unit and 108mm x 87mm x 66mm for the main unit, the X3500 is compact and easy to transport in a utility pouch. On the go it’s powered by 2x AA Batteries (main) and 2x AAA Batteries (remote) which are easy to find; no weird, hard to source pill batteries here!
The XCORTECH X3500 Chrongraph is well priced with an RRP of £84.95; in fact, in my opinion, given the sheer host of features it is extremely good value for money! In use it’s quick to register and can calculate everything you need when you’re setting-up a new or upgraded RIF, and the screen menu is straightforward and intuitive to master. There is an English instruction manual included but this is fairly basic; luckily the X3500 is easy to work out with a little trial and error.
Overall I’m very impressed by the X3500 and if you’re in the market for your own chrono then I would give this model some very serious consideration.