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10 best gun apps for Android for any gun owner
Guns are a bit of a sensitive subject. There are many out there who simply don’t want them around. However, there are also tens of millions of people who own guns and never shoot anybody. We’re not here to tell you what to believe or change your mind about anything. Simply put, gun owners need apps too and there are actually some decent and important ones available. Here are the best gun apps for Android. We’d also like to give an honorable mention to Google Maps (Google Play). It’s a great way to find shops, ranges, and other locations for gun enthusiasts.
Google Play has a few strict rules about gun apps. There are no apps on the Play Store where you can buy a gun or restricted gun accessories. Additionally, Google Play prohibits apps that talk about the manufacture of firearms and explosives. You can read Google’s rules about gun apps here.
That said, there are three main types of gun apps. The first is range buddy apps that help you keep track of your shooting progress and improvements. The second is informational apps about how to strip guns down and fix or clean them. Finally, the third type is apps to help you keep track of your guns, your licenses, and other legal stuff. We have a mix of all three.
The best gun apps for Android
Price: Free / $14.99
BallisticARC is a log for competitive shooters. Users can create rifle profiles, range cards, and all sorts of other data. I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest gun guy on the planet, and this app has stuff I’ve never even heard of before. In addition, there is support for Bluetooth weather and atmospheric devices, and even Google Maps integration for target distances. The pro version is a bit expensive but most reviewers believe it’s worth it. The free version lets you create a profile with a single weapon and works with WeatherFlow devices.
CCW – Concealed Carry 50 State
Price: $1.99 + $0.99 per year
CCW is an app about gun laws. There are a lot of them and they vary by state. CCW helps gun owners quickly reference gun laws for all 50 U.S. states. It offers database downloads when laws change and it has information about all the various reasons people carry firearms even down to transporting them. This app works great for any gun owner who is about to travel. The app costs $1.99 for the first two years and then $0.99 per year afterward. The subscription ensures consistent updates about the law.
Concealed Carry Gun Tools
Concealed Carry Gun Tools is a bad name, but a decent app. It offers up a bunch of resources and little tools for gun owners. That includes news, a podcast, a dedicated forum, a catalog of some potentially useful products, and a range log. The range log lets you record, save, and recall each range session, including how many rounds you fired, when the gun was last cleaned, and whether it was indoors or outdoors. It’s a good idea to keep track of your training in case of legal problems down the line. The app appears to be free, although we’re sure they earn a few bucks if you buy something from the catalog section.
Price: Free / $4.99
GUNTRACK is an online database for secure firearms records. It can track your records, accessories, ammo, your range training, ammo usage, and you can even take photos of your targets and upload for future reference. Basically, if it has to do with a gun, this app can record it and store it for later. The app features 256-bit encryption for security and privacy purposes and it’s all stored in the cloud so you can’t lose it even if you lose your phone. Some people don’t like the cloud part and the free version is functionally a trial, but that’s alright. It’s a decent app overall.
Posted is another app for gun owners who want to follow the rules. It’s a fairly large list of establishments and information about the gun policies at each one. You can quickly see if a place is an anti-gun or pro-gun establishment. It boasts over 19,000 anti-gun locations and 15,000 pro-gun locations at the time of this writing. It uses crowdsourcing so the list should grow rather consistently and you can add your favorite places to help others find them. The app goes for $0.99 upfront with no additional in-app purchases or subscriptions.
Price: Free / $4.99
Range Buddy is a firearm range tool. It uses your camera to take a picture of the target and then gives you various measurements about your grouping. For instance, it can tell you the group size, group area, and the smallest enclosing circle. You can also input things like target distance, type of firearm, the date, the time, and even the temperature. All of these are available for recall later. The app UI is among the worst we’ve seen and we really recommend taking some time to see if you like it before going for the $4.99 pro version.
Strelok Ballistic Calculator
Strelok Ballistic Calculator is, well, a ballistic calculator. The app supports both metric and imperial measurements and a simple, if ancient UI that works pretty well. Basically, you input all of the information you can and the app calculates where your shot ends up. Thus, if there’s wind and the shot is far away, it may require some extra adjustment before the shot and this app helps you make that adjustment. It doesn’t look pretty, but it works well and it’s free to use.
Weapon Stripping is actually a simulation game. However, it’s realistic enough to be on this list. It features a wide range of guns from shotguns to assault rifles and pistols. You can field strip each weapon, check out the various mechanics, put it back together, and then watch it fire in all of its various modes. The animations are surprisingly good and the game is entirely free with no in-app purchases.
Any web browser
Price: Free (usually)
Google doesn’t allow gun selling apps on the Play Store. Thus, if you want to find or check out dealers nearby, you’re going to need the good old web browser. It’s easy enough to search for retailers in your area and use a navigation app to make your way there. You can find virtually any firearm retailer in your area and, if they have a website, you can browse collections, view prices, and make plans if you intend to legally buy one. This is mostly a placeholder on the app list to let you know that there are no apps on the Play Store that sell guns so your favorite browser is the only way to browse collections online.
Price: Free / $12.99 per month
YouTube is another decent app for gun owners, firearm fans, and people who like watching that type of stuff. There are a variety of YouTube channels and videos with tutorials on gun safety, tutorials on firing various weapons, tutorials on disassembling guns, and some entertainment stuff as well. If you can think of it, it’s on YouTube and if it’s not, maybe that’s something you can add later. In any case, YouTube is free with ads or you can pay $12.99 per month to remove ads and add some extra features.
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