Apple Watch and Firing a weapon?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by lifeguard, May 2, 2015.

  1. lifeguard macrumors 6502

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    Has anyone worn their Apple Watch to the Range yet? Just wondering about "shock" issues from the recoil.

    Any First Hand Experience?
     
  2. jw6961 macrumors regular

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    I've been to the range twice this week & wore my Apple watch. No ill effects from the recoil so far.
     
  3. lifeguard thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks great to hear.
    Thanks!
     
  4. GazHeaven macrumors newbie

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    I'm from the UK so have not been shooting but last week I was manually reacting tack rivets on an aircraft, I imagine much more stressful to the watch than recoil from a gun and it's been fine.
     
  5. lifeguard thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I would guess that is more stressful.
    Safe Flying!
    Thanks!
     
  6. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    There should be a G rating in the specs. What the actual shock on your wrist is while firing would have a lot of variables (weapon, round, grip, etc.) but I imagine you could get a feel for the range from numerous sites (Google/Bing time).

    My guess would be that the most susceptible part, the Taptic engine, would be able to handle it. Anything short of firing the weapon with the Apple Watch in physical contact with it should be fine.

    Also, off the top of my head, I would think most any mechanical watch would have a lower shock rating than the Apple Watch.

    Great question! My wife and I are both shooters and engineers, so I'm off to so some research myself.
     
  7. jw6961 macrumors regular

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    I've fired about 200 rounds of .45 ACP out of a 1911 & 50 rounds of .38 special form a snub nose revolver at the range while wearing my Apple Watch Sport & no ill effects from the recoil.
     
  8. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    I wonder if shoot8ng an automatic gun will be recorded by Health app as "brisk walk"? #
     
  9. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I can't find any published shock rating from Apple, but a drop onto concrete is in the thousands of Gs. I wouldn't think there'd be much left of your wrist bones if it had to take that kind of shock. ;)

    For myself, I'd probably take it off at the range. One less thing to worry about keeping clean (best to leave lead particulates there). I haven't been shooting in a long time, but I'm sure I did quite a bit of it back when I did wear a watch regularly (it probably would have been my Seiko Flightmaster chrono). But, TBO, I can't remember if I wore it shooting or not. I'm talking about maybe 15 years ago. #

    In any event, it's not the same situation as wearing the watch and needing to draw (or worse fire) a weapon in an emergency. Keeping any watch safe kinda goes way down the priority list at that point.

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    Last auto I fired was an Uzi (Nevada, in case anyone wonders), which has noticeably less recoil as a 9mm semi-auto pistol.

    Im sure we're going to see lists of all kinds of data sources collected by the Health app as time goes by... #
     
  10. JohnsonK macrumors regular

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    you forgot to thank him
     
  11. dyt1983, May 3, 2015
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    edit: to remove personally identifying information not relevant to the thread.
     
  12. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

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    What's the general rule? Do others there take their watches off?
     
  13. clayvt macrumors newbie

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    Went to the range earlier in the week. Few hundred 9mm, few hundred .45 and quite a bit of .223 with no ill effects. I will continue to keep it on while shooting. P
     
  14. largefarrva macrumors 6502a

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    I personally don't know of anyone who takes off their watch when they shoot. I know when my watch finally arrives that I'll wear it when going to the range.
     
  15. cmichaelb macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, not yet. I will soon. Looks like no one else is having an issue but you bring up a point I never considered.

    That's okay, I'm picking up the slack of the others. :D
     
  16. ZebraDude macrumors 6502a

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    So I guess my takeaway from this is do not piss off the LifeGuards!?!

    :p;)
     
  17. mctheriot macrumors regular

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    Same here, no issues. About 500 rounds of .45 since I got it. I do seem to get a little more calorie bump during shooting though!!
     
  18. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    Less as in 31 per 1 citizen?


    Would be interesting to see an official G rating but I bet the watch can survive a higher force than the human body. Should be no worries.
     
  19. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020

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    I am going to the range today and plan on taking it off. Only because after an all day of shooting you get that thin coating of lead on your hands. I really don't want to get that on my watch.

    I want to thoroughly wash my hands even before I touch my cell phone.
     
  20. Vin2015 macrumors member

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    Why would you worry about a watch with no delicate moving parts, getting damaged by shooting with it on?

    That's like the guys on the Rolex and Panerai forums, who always worry about washing their hands/taking showers with their watches on.
     
  21. NM08SRT8 macrumors 6502a

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    Why would you worry? It's not a automatic. No moving parts minus the taptic engine, which is meant to move.

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    lol, This is what I get for not reading everything before I post. Pretty much had the same to say as you, lol. :cool:
     
  22. Vin2015 macrumors member

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    HAHA, its ok.
     
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    I asked about that last week and got crickets from the forum hipsters, thanks for the feedback!

    Also wonder about hitting a heavy bag while wearing the watch in workout mode.
     
  24. ZebraDude macrumors 6502a

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    One other poster stated that his SS with Milanese Band came off after hitting a heavy bag.

    :apple:
     
  25. drewsof07 macrumors 68000

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    I guess I would be more concerned about harming the mic or speaker with the sound, than the physical force of recoil.
     

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