KST1000 Shot Timer by Kestrel Ballistics By: Patti Miller


When it comes to firearms, training is important. Whether it is competition shooting or doing drills for your own benefit, a shot timer offers some benefits. Training under the pressure of a timer helps to improve your skill and reaction time. It’s extra helpful to have a quality piece of equipment, say one from a company known for its high-quality ballistic devices like Kestrel Ballistics.

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KST1000 Shot Timer
Kestrel Ballistics, a maker of high-quality ballistic equipment, has added the KST1000 Shot Timer to its list of products. This durable, versatile, water- and dust-proof unit is made in the USA.

The KST1000 Shot Timer by Kestrel Ballistics is the most versatile, rugged, and dependable shot timer available, according to the company. Backed by a 5-year warranty and made in the USA, this timer won’t quit.

KST1000 shot timer
The KST1000 Shot timer is said to be the “best shot timer on the market,” according to competitive shooter Dough Koenig. The rugged unit has been drop-tested to MIL-STD-810G standards for durability.

The Kestrel KST1000 comes loaded with extra features that other shot timers don’t have including:

  • Five different nameable setting presets.
  • Two easy-to-use screens optimized to be viewed best from either your hip or your hand.
  • Compatibility with dry fire and suppressed shooting.
  • An extra loud buzzer.
  • Waterproof and dustproof.
  • Bluetooth link enabled.
  • Drop-tested to MIL-STD-810G standards.

World Champion Shooter Dough Koenig has been testing the new KST1000 and said it is “the best shot timer on the market.”

KST1000 in hand
The KST1000 has dual large displays that can be viewed when the unit is on the waist or in hand. The unit has five different user-nameable settings presets along with adjustable volume, par times, loop settings, elapsed shooting times, and echo settings.

The KST1000 also has features for echo settings to help with training in different types of environments where the echo may trigger the detection of a second shot. the KST1000 makes use of two CR123 batteries and has a typical battery life of up to 90 hours of use. According to Kestrel, the KST1000 Shot Timer has full integration with the popular online competitive shooting app Practiscore and is compatible with dryfire and suppressed shooting environments.

KST1000 on waist
The Kestrel Ballistics KST1000  is Bluetooth-ready and is compatible with live-fire, dryfire, and suppressed shooting environments. The KST1000 has full integration with Practiscore, the online competitive shooting app.

Kestrel’s website is loaded with how-to videos to set up the unit’s special features like setting up par times, loop settings, and adjusting echo settings. The Kestrel Ballistics KST1000 is currently sold for a price of $299 making it one of the pricier shot timer models, which is reasonable considering they’ve added a bunch of new features, customization, and functionality to the concept.