As ammunition is starting to become more readily available and the prices are beginning to stabilize, firearms owners should hopefully be able to start hitting the range more and not having to worry about using up irreplaceable ammunition. If you spend a lot of time at the range and like to document every aspect of your experience there, an iOS application you should consider is called Gun Log SPC.
What is Gun Log SPC? Well to just call it a way to track your days at the range wouldn’t be a fair representation of what it’s capable of doing. It’s a robust program that will help you track your firearms, ammo, accessories, information about your results at the range, failures, and gives you the ability to run reports on those items.
Installation is simple. Go to the iTunes app store, pay $2.99 (on sale for $0.99 May 29th only!) for the application and install it. It’s your typical program from the app store and it’s only 1.5 MB so you don’t have to be connected to Wi-Fi to download it.
For $2.99 you get the full version of the program and it gives you the ability to track every aspect of your firearms and shooting experiences.
The database can be protected with a password and once you do that (you turn it on via the Settings section within iPhone, iPad, etc) you will be prompted for the password anytime you run the program.
You also have the ability to share the database with other iOS devices via iTunes. Basic instructions are this. You connect your device to iTunes, go to the app section, and turn on the file sharing for the Gun Log SPC app and save the database to the computer. Once you do that, the database will be able to be transferred to other device when it is connect to iTunes.
To get the full use out of the application, you start by adding information on the firearm(s) you plan to use at the range. Make, model, caliber, serial # and purchase details are just some of the fields where you can enter information. You can add up to 4 pictures of the firearm (either by letting the app access your photos on the device or by taking photos directly through the app itself), enter information about different configurations (such as different barrels and sights) for the firearm and enter information about the maintenance performed.
Once that is complete, you can then enter information on the ammo you will be using. Make, caliber, type, weight, the # of rounds are some of the basic information fields for this section. If you load your own, there are also fields for grains of powder, primer type and the case type used. Since this program can also be used as a way to track your overall firearms collection, you can enter information on all firearms, ammo and accessories you own or have sold, not just the ones you plan to use at the range.
Once you have your firearm and ammo information in place, you are ready for the part of the program that has the most to offer the user, the firing sessions and firing sets.
You start this section by entering the basic information on the firing session, which is the date, the type of session (range, match, instruction, etc.) and then go into the firing sets for the session.You start the firing set by choosing the firearm, config, and ammo from the list of items you built in the program. After that you have multiple input such as set type, your firing method, stance and grip, the # of rounds fired, group size, POI location and distance, and POA distance. The elevation and windage adjustments you had to make are also can be tracked. You can also enter the environmental impacts on the session like wind speed and direction, tempature, humidity and the lighting. You can also see drop table information for the session and print out reports.
One drawback for many users will be the amount of information they need to add in order to get the full benefit of the program. Personally, I don’t track my range sessions to the level necessary to use a program such as this and I don’t typically use a smaller device such as the iPhone for information intenstive applications.
Overall, the software is well thought out and the creators have put together something which can be useful both as a basic firearms and ammo catalog and as a very detailed range log. If you are someone who spends a lot of time at the range and are looking for a program to help keep track of those sessions at a very detailed level, Gun Log SPC is hard to beat for the price.