Thursday, June 7, 2012

There’s an App for That!

Last time, I mentioned some of the reasons for being mindful of those smartphone apps that you install and the security concerns surrounding them.  This week, it’s back to discussions about firearms, and some examples of the firearms related apps that you can install on your smartphone.  I have an Android phone, so all of my examples this week are Android compatible apps.  But chances are that you will find many of these apps for iPhones as well.  You have to remember:  I’m a geek, so from time to time I use the technology I have at my disposal to enhance firearms knowledge and experiences.  Or, I just like to play with toys... whatever.

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Searching for these apps is pretty easy.  When you go to the app store ("Google Play" for you Verizon Android owners) – the following search terms will help you find what you are looking for:  nra, firearms, rifle, rifle scopes, ammunition, ballistics, ammo, reloading, and other terms similar to these.  If you go to Google Play on your Android, just use the app names below for the search terms and you will find it.  Most apps are free or little cost.  I thought the small fee ($4.99) that I paid for the Nikon app was worth it because I have a few different Nikon rifle scopes, and they are covered in this app.  So here are a few that I have found to be particularly useful.

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NRA – National Rifle Association
Description:  Provides access to NRA news ILA Alerts, and the NRA blog.  Also has links to resources near you, based on your GPS location, and access to their social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and a Rep Finder.
Cost:  FREE

Strelok Ballistic Calculator
Description:Strelok is a ballistic trajectory calculator.  Small, handy and accurate. Field-proven accuracy since 2001.Supports imperial (yards, feet, inches, etc) and metric units.  Input all parameters, push button "Calculate!" and you will have vertical and horizontal values for rifle scope correction.  Also, you can select reticle from list and see wind and distance corrections on reticle without turning knobs. You can send by e-mail the reticle image with holdovers and ballistic table.  Supported reticles:  MilDot, NP-R2 (Nightforce), TMR (Leupold), and many more.
Cost:  FREE

Nikon SpotOn
Description:Spot On Ballistic Match Technology provides precise aiming points for any Nikon BDC reticle riflescope and instant reference for sighting in other Nikon riflescopes with plex, MilDot or standard crosshair reticles.

All you need is a rifle, a Nikon riflescope and a rangefinder…SpotOn does all the work for you, showing you what the possibilities are before you ever fire a shot! Includes sections for handloaders, atmospheric conditions, and comparing loads as well as the ability to create and email a field reference chart.
Cost:  $4.99

DownZero Reloading Cost Calculator
Description:The Ammo Reloading Cost Calculator calculates the cost per round of reloaded ammunition.  The application provides input for quantity and price of the four components used to reload ammunition (Cases, Primers, Powder, Bullets).  Press the "Calculate" button to calculate costs for 1, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 rounds. The user can also enter a custom number of rounds and the cost is automatically calculated.  A pie graphs is used to show a graphical representation of the cost % for each component.  The application also has an email feature that will allow the user to email the results using an email program on your phone.  The application can also be moved to an SD card.
Cost:  FREE

Firearms Talk Firearm Gun Forum
Description:  Mobile application for, a general Firearms, Guns & Weapons community discussion forum.  Covers everything under the Sun shooting handgun, rifle, shotgun, rimfire, centerfire, revolver. From AR15, AK47, 10/22, 870, Glock to gunsmith, safety, competition shooting and hunting.
Cost:  FREE

USA Carry Forum
Description: You get full access to the forums and the app is formatted to make browsing and posting MUCH easier on your device than through the web browser.
Cost:  FREE

Gunventory – Gun Inventory App
Description: Gunventory is a simple to use firearms inventory app allowing you to take your gun collection info with you.  Features: -Store make, model, caliber, serial, type, and purchase date;  -Button to search Google; -Set a password to protect your information
Cost:  FREE

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