After a few precision rifle matches it becomes obvious that keeping your dope handy is a necessity. The Impact Data Books Sniper Wrist Band provides a practical and user friendly way to accomplish that task. The tendency many people have is to cling to military solutions for everyday shooting problems because it is the ‘tacticool’ thing to do. Another thing you see is people making use of solutions created for different problems that work well with the problem at hand. I’m referring to the practice of using a football wrist coach or armband like you see in the NFL as a way to keep your dope handy. Quarterbacks use it to keep some play information handy, shooters have been adopting the concept for their dope charts. The Impact Data Books Sniper Wrist Band takes this concept, refines it, and makes it a viable option.
The problem with the wrist coach method is options, and a lack of a standard method. The wrist coaches come in different sizes, most of which are designed to be wrapped around a bare forearm or at best, a forearm covered by a compression athletic shirt. Well, there are those of us in LE/MIL circles, as well as the competition shooting and training areas, that shoot in inclement weather. What comes with lousy weather? Extra layers! Whether the layers are to combat rain, snow, or anything in between, the one common issue is the added bulk to your forearm circumference.
The Impact Data Books Sniper Wrist Band overcomes the problem with a pair of velcro straps that slip through a loop and then back around the arm. This provides for a wide range of adjustment for shooters of different sizes and for varying clothing layers depending on the conditions. I’ve tried it with everything from sweatshirts to coats and you can get the Impact Data Books Sniper Wrist Band on your arm with all of them. They are stitched well and the unit as a whole inspires confidence. The velcro loops have the velcro backing for the cards, of which two are included in a kit, to adhere to. The cards are comprised of a smooth plastic stitched to a velcro backing so the cards can be stuck on and removed at will.
The design is very clean and simple, and as a result, pretty effective. The Impact Data Books Sniper Wrist Band comes with peel and stick ‘stickers’ in three formats. A stepped range card with distances pre-printed, a blank range card for filling in your own distances, and the classic ‘field sketch’ design with half circle rings for building a range card, with distances to multiple target areas. You peel the label, and stick it on the card, write down your dope and the card is ready. Stick the card onto the band and you have the information easily accessible. I think they really hit a home run with this because of the ability to change the cards so easily. That’s a huge benefit for guys in Law Enforcement, Military, and even Competition circles that are running multiple weapon systems. You can just switch cards as many times as necessary and you instantly have the applicable dope right on your forearm. Maybe you are an avid hunter and have several spots you hit during the course of the day or days you are on the hunting trip. If you have been there before, you can range different points in your field of fire and use the field sketch stickers to keep track of the distances. As you set up in a different spot, stick on the appropriate field sketch and you have corrections for that firing position ready to go!
The Impact Data Books Sniper Wrist Band is a very well made product. The only detracting comments I have from that statement involve the cards and the stickers and their relationship with each other. If you watch the video below you can get a better sense of this, but essentially what happens is the stickers cover the entire face of the card. This includes the outer edge of the card where the plastic has been stitched to the velcro backing. The problem that creates is the edges of the sticker don’t lay flat so they become prone to peeling up as dirt, moisture, and the like creep under the surface of the sticker. Its not a huge issue and it is one that the guys at Impact Data Books are aware of and open to resolving. **Update** They have resolved this issue, see the video below! I suspect you will see the size of the stickers decrease, or the cards may see a slight increase, so that the sticker has a flat surface to adhere to across the entire area of the cards.
Another suggestion might be to make some sort of transparent sleeve on the wrist band so that you can add or remove cards from the sleeve and it would have the added benefit of providing protection from the elements. Either way the issue with the stickers is an easy fix and I expect it will be forthcoming in the near future, if it hasn’t already been resolved.
At the price point the guys at Impact Data Books are offering the Sniper Wrist Band, it really is quite a bargain. I think for what it is, and the features it provides, you are going to have a real issue trying to find another solution cheaper. I’m all for DIY solutions to common problems. When I got into long range shooting I made my own data book from scratch. Then I tried one from Impact Data Books and wished I’d gone that route the first time. The moral of the story is, if there’s a good solution to a problem on the market and somebody else has dealt with all the hassles of creating it for you, and you can get it at a reasonable price, save yourself the trouble! You could go the NFL wrist coach route, but have fun finding cards that fit, finding a way to make changes or swap them out. The affordable solution is already here guys.