Ballistic App (for iOS) 6th Edition–Worth It?

    A buddy of mine that is into precision shooting (and who has been pestering me to get into it also) swears by an app “Ballistic” (by Peak Studios, LLC).  They just released their 6th Edition a few weeks ago, so I finally bit and decided to download the iPad version (it is not a universal app so you have to buy the iPhone and iPad separately).


    It appears to be a data junkie’s dream–and honestly the amount of functionality is a bit overwhelming.  It comes with a huge database of rounds (and you can, of course, add your own).  I haven’t used it for any “precision” shooting but I did play with it a bit when I was zeroing my AR with my new Leupold scope.  What I really like is the ability to have a digital range card that can then be printed as well as the ability to store my weapon profiles.  I suppose now I need to break down and start saving for a precision rifle to justify my app purchase…  🙂

    I would imagine that a number of you have experience with this app–what are your thoughts?  Have you used it?  If you are in the Android camp, what is your ballistics calculator of choice?  Who still swears by paper?

    FWIW, they also have a fair number of likes on their Facebook page.

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

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