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5.11 Field Ops Watch

Posted on June 16, 2012

For Christmas two years ago my girl friend got me a 5.11 Field Ops Watch featuring a SureShot ballistic calculator. I thought it was a very cool gift but had my reservations about how accurate it would be. After opening the box I quickly started playing with it. The directions were easy to follow and I soon had everything set and digital compass calibrated. I entered my ballistic information into the program and started testing it versus my hard data. I was surprised to find the predictions from the watch were very close and often the same as my D.O.P.E.

With my loads ballistic profile entered into the watch I was ready to hit the range. For practice and local matches I didn’t use the watch much other than to tell the time. I stuck to using the information I had recorded in the past. It was during a AZ PRC match in Prescott, Arizona that the convenience of the 5.11 Field Ops Watch struck me. It was February, we had snow on the ground. Shortly after arriving we took out the Kestrel to start getting atmospheric conditions. Once we had them I entered it into the watch. The location of the match was 8,000 ft. above sea level. It isn’t a traditional range and you find your self hiking around in the woods. Density altitude was 7,500 feet. That is considerably higher than was we see at our home range so I entered the D.A. into the altitude field, temperature was a cool 40 degrees. Using my hard data and consulting my watch I was able to accurately predict the needed elevation to score hits in those conditions. I have never shot a competition before with such drastically different conditions than to what I was accustomed to at home.

I found the ballistic calculator in the 5.11 Field Ops Watch to be very helpful. On a different occasion at the AZ PRC match I managed to score a first round hit at 1,040 yards on a 10″ plate during the last stage. I was only the second shooter to connect with that target while the match was held in Prescott. If it wasn’t for consulting the watch I would have dialed too much elevation and miss over the target.

I know their are better platforms for running a ballistic calculator and more detailed programs but the 5.11 Field Ops Watch with SureShot ballistic calculator has grown on me because of the convenience it offers. While I’m shooting I almost always have the watch on. I don’t have to dig through my kit to pull it out or remember to leave it on the charger the night before. If you shop around you can find good deals on the watch and over time it has become more affordable.

AZ PRC match in Prescott, AZ

Dane during the AZ PRC match in Prescott, AZ

Information quoted from the 5.11 Tactical website

High-density polycarbonate frame
SureShot® ballistic calculator
Polyurethane wrist band
Digital compass
Digital readouts
Omni-directional bezel
Water resistant to 100 meters
Optional extended band for wearing the watch over gloves or clothing
Day, date, three time zones, alarm, chronograph, countdown timer, hourly chime
Countdown timer features an audible tone every minute
Crystal diameter is 35mm
Outside diameter of the case is 50mm
Two year warranty

Once again, innovation is the “watch” word for 5.11 Tactical Series. When we set out to design a watch we wanted one that would truly serve the needs of law enforcement and military professionals. The Field Ops watch has all of the features needed for day to day activities and includes our revolutionary SureShot® calculator. In a partnership with Horus Vision, makers of proven long-range ballistic software, we bring sophisticated point of impact software to your wrist. We give you the ability to input thirteen critical variables needed for long range shooting solutions quickly and easily. Our shooting solutions are provided in Mils, True Minute of Angle (TMOA) and Shooter’s Minute of Angle (SMOA). And that’s not all, this rugged watch can take a real beating. We’ve beefed up the Field Ops Watch pins to stand the strain of a wrestling match, sealed the watch for 100 meters of water resistance and given you a switchable backlight so you can see your data when you need it and turn the light off when you dont. This great looking timepiece is perfect for any activity.


The Field Ops Watch has all the features you’ll need for work and play. We’ve included digital day and date, and two digital time zones. Along with an audible alarm, there is an hourly chime, a countdown, timer and you can check your lap times with a digital chronograph. We’ve included an omni-directional bezel along with a backlight. The Field Ops Watch also has a fully functional digital compass which can be adjusted for true north readings. And last but not least, we’ve given you a full function ballistic calculator. The SureShot® calculator accepts thirteen critical shooting variables to give you point of impact shooting solutions out to 1000 meters. Input your known ballistic data (bore height, ballistic coefficient, muzzle velocity and zero range), then add your environmental data (range, temperature, altitude, inclination) and the SureShot® calculator will give you a shooting solution in MILS, TMOA or SMOA. You can even get your solution in clicks for both windage and elevation. The calculator is very easy to use and most of the variables can be put into the Field Ops Watch before going out to the field. This full function time piece is unique in the world of watches.


The Field Ops Watch has a high-density polycarbonate case which is lightweight and tough. The mineral glass crystal face is scratch resistant and reduces glare. We’ve beefed up the watch pins to secure the watch to your wrist in even the most arduous activities.


We’ve included an extended length band so that you can wear your watch over outerwear or a glove. That way your SureShot® is available anytime you need it.


The Field Ops sports a digital compass and a variety of timekeeping features that give you an outstanding watch, plus our proprietary ballistic calculator software, all in a package that looks great and works hard. Imported

Information quoted from the 5.11 Tactical website

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