Texas CHL (Concealed Handgun License) has been renamed to Texas LTC (License to Carry)

Smartphone Recommended Apps

iPhone, Andriod, and Windows Smartphone Info, Apps, and Accessories

Smartphone Recommended Apps

So much more than just a simple phone call...

Phones today are more than a cell or wireless phone. Today, a smartphone is considered to be a cell phone with the capability to run “Apps.” Not only can you make a phone call, send a text (SMS) message, but you have the Internet and countless other applications that can be used in time of need.

Why we say a Smartphone is part of your Everyday Carry

Sorry, you will notice that we don’t have Facebook or Twitter on our recommended Apps

Right now, the three categories are Apple iPhone(s), Google Android phones, and less popular Windows. We will not get into a tech debate on which one, for the needs that we are talking about, they all will suffice.

Recommended smart phone personal protection apps other actions are:

  • Lock your phone
  • PDF Reader: Save important numbers and addresses as a PDF and keep a copy on your phone
  • Emergency contact app (shows your emergency contact information when the phone is locked)
  • Flashlight App (should only be a backup as one of the Everyday Carry items is a flashlight)
  • Maps (GPS) App
  • Compass App
  • First Aid App
  • News App (to stay informed when you are away from a TV or Radio)
  • Weather App
  • Traffic App
  • Backup up your data on your smart phone

Great Recommended Apps (“Apps” are small Applications)

iWatch Harris County App

iWatchHarrisCounty App
The iWatchHarrisCounty app is a great way to notify the Harris County Sheriff’s office of any suspicious or criminal activity (non-emergency), or receive alerts. Some of the school districts are also linked to this app.

Other counties or areas that have a iWatch app are:

  • Dallas
  • Grapevine
  • Bridgeport
  • Duluth
HC Service Request App

HC Service Request App
The HC Service Request App is a great app for contacting Harris County and submit requests for non-emergency services such as: graffiti, mowing, street signs, debris removal, street repairs, dead animals, ditches, and potholes.


Even if you are not an NRA member (which you should be if you are not) this is a great app to learn about news, new tools, and other items that will help you in your CHL and Personal Protection endeavors. Not to mention, they help keep you up to date with the latest political news that could affect your second amendment rights!


50 State CCW Reciprocity App
This application is about empowering the CCW (concealed or open carry permit) holder (or anyone who wishes to lawfully transport a firearm in any state.) It gives you the direct information that you need to follow the maze of arcane, complicated, and dissimilar laws in each state and in each situation. It provides all this information with an easy-to-use User Interface.

UNIQUE: This application comes with a convenient map, useful in planning a trip. Choose (and save) your current permit or permits (both Resident and Non-Resident) to see which states recognize YOUR permits. Shows a map (and list) of States in which YOU can legally carry. See, at a glance, states in which to plan your next vacation, or plan your interstate-travel to avoid locations where you cannot carry. Type in & save details and notes for each permit.

Pacer - Pedometer

Pacer - Pedometer
Staying in shape is needed for health and surviving a personal attack. The better shape you are the better your chance to survive and recover.
Get Active, lose weight, lower your blood pressure, live longer, and feel better. Join the millions who have already downloaded Pacer for free, and enjoy the easiest-to-use, most beautifully designed health and fitness application for iPhone.

The Android based phones have a built in pedometer, but the iPhones don’t. Here is a great app that has advanced features if you want to upgrade. I do have to clear the running apps (including this one) and restart this app to force a refresh of the steps, but it does still keep track even if the screen doesn’t update.

Ballitic AE Software

Ballitic AE Software
This is for much more shooting than what we cover on this website, but this is a great example of how software can help the shooting sports.
Ballistic is a highly-accurate ballistic calculator and range companion. With its advanced capabilities, Ballistic can calculate for atmospheric conditions, Coriolis effect, gyroscopic spin, and more. It's also much more. With a vast library of nearly 5,000 projectiles and factory loads, rangefinder, range log, and head-up display, Ballistic is a complete mobile companion for hunting or at the range.

Ballistic's world renowned JBM ballistics engine delivers the gold standard in calculations that other applications compare themselves to.