Firearms Inventory


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dtalley
July 7, 2005, 10:43 AM
I have been keeping a list of the Manufacture, Model and SN of my Firearms for insurance purposes and incase the unmentionable happens. I keep it in a safe place away from my firearms.

Does anyone keep more info than this and how do you keep your info (computer spreadsheet, logbook, etc.)???

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Dionysusigma
July 7, 2005, 11:09 AM
Spreadsheet with company name, model, year of manufacture, serial #, operation, date purchased, and caliber... saved in two places. One, my home computer (which is completely immune from any sort of tampering from over the 'net ;) ); and two, my USB keychain (with 128-bit encryption).

Granted, my apartment doesn't even have Internet access, but... :p

migoi
July 7, 2005, 01:34 PM
I have a Handspring Treo, a PDA with a built in, thumbsize keyboard, that I keep a database of all my firearms on. This information is backed up on my home computer and my work laptop. I also keep a running round count for all my firearms in memos on the Treo.

Of course, since we have full registration here I also have all the registration papers in the safe as well as copies that I keep in my range bag.

migoi

Kramer Krazy
July 7, 2005, 01:53 PM
I just keep and Excel spreadsheet with manufacturer, model, serial number, caliber, and the importance/reason that I have the firearm. The purpose of keeping a "reason" for that firearm is that I want people to know about them in case anything happens to me. No one, except me, will remember the importance of some of the firearms, such as....

1) The Colt Government Model I bought from my grandfather who got it from his brother-in-law
2) The BP pistol of my maternal uncle's that I received when he died 15 years ago (my mother and grandmother didn't even remember the pistol when I showed it to them earlier this year!)
3) The Colt Government Model I bought for my 21st birthday
4) The Ruger Mk II my father gave me as a birthday present
5) The S&W 629 I gave my wife as a first anniversary present
6) The shotgun that my grandfather gave to my father, who in return gave it to me.


Above are only some of the examples. Sometimes, a list of the importance of a firearm may come in handy to keep an heirloom in the family....I also keep a hardcopy of the list in a "firearms" file in my cabinet.

zippo8
July 7, 2005, 02:17 PM
I keep the same info, but add a photo. My insurance agent stated that a photo would help substantiate any claim.

JLGILBERT
July 7, 2005, 02:25 PM
Do your best to keep as much info as possible ~ including receipt of purchase if possible.
Brand
Model
Serial Number
Condition
Picture
Date Of Purchase

I would keep the listing in a few different spots; computer, USB Device, in a safe or safety deposit box

Frandy
July 7, 2005, 02:28 PM
In addition to all the different info already mentioned, I scan the receipts and then create and keep an updated PDF file with the receipts and photos. Every so often, I burn all this info to a CD and keep copies at home, at work, and in a safe deposit box.

Kramer Krazy
July 7, 2005, 02:41 PM
As others have stated about receipts.........I keep all of my receipts and my copies of the forms I filled out, but I keep all of that data in my file cabinet in my "Firearms" folder. I only would need that info in case of a loss. I have thought about keeping my spreadsheet on my website (actually in my FTP), in a password protected file, where I will have access to it anywhere in the world that I have internet access. I have considered this, in case I happen to be out-of-town and someone breaks into my home....as what happened to my parents when they were on vacation (I happened to discover the break-in, but didn't contact my folks until they got home a few hours later, as they were on the road).

wdlsguy
July 7, 2005, 03:33 PM
You can download a "Personal Firearms Record" from the ATF website:

http://www.atf.gov/pub/fire-explo_pub/p33128prsnl_fa_rec.pdf

Guns_and_Labs
July 7, 2005, 04:46 PM
I have a Handspring Treo, a PDA with a built in, thumbsize keyboard, that I keep a database of all my firearms on. This information is backed up on my home computer and my work laptop. I also keep a running round count for all my firearms in memos on the Treo.


+1, but I keep more of a shooting log than a round count. Specifics on ammunition, weather, accuracy. Then I keep a log of specific hunts, too.

Treo + too many flights = too many databases.

axmurderer
July 7, 2005, 05:01 PM
Hi everyone. New member here. (not new to guns, tho)

I keep the original box, and sales reciept. I then make an entry in my moleskin "gun" notebook noting the purchase type, date, etc. and from then on I keep a running log of when I've shot the gun, type of ammo, # of rounds fired, malfunctions, etc.

hso
July 7, 2005, 05:13 PM
Digital image of firearm with inset closeup of serial number.

Okiecruffler
July 7, 2005, 09:18 PM
Since I have to keep a bound book on my C&R's anyway, I put everything in there. It includes numbers, where I bought them, what I paid, approx value (wish those two were in my favor more often), and number of rounds fired. On the ones I carry I also keep track of how many failures and what kind.

Ky Larry
July 7, 2005, 11:00 PM
I keep a set of pictures of my guns in my safe deposit box. On the back of each picture I record the gun make, model, serial #, cost, and when and where I bought it.Also I record any other info such as scope type, custom work, aftermarket grip, etc. I keep a copy of these pictures in my locker at work. I also keep a written record of this info in my mothers safe deposit box.
I also keep sales receits in a locked file cabinet at home.

22-rimfire
July 7, 2005, 11:10 PM
My 2-cents: I keep track of every gun purchased on computer spreadsheet. I keep receipts in a file folder if I have a receipt. I record model name, caliber, serial number, barrel length (handguns), finish, year purchased, year manufactured (and source of that information), purchase store or individual name, box, paper work, any significant accessories-ie scopes on rifles or holsters for handguns, filled out Form 4473?, a paragraph description in as purchased condition for handguns. price, and estimated value. That about covers it.

I intend to start taking digital pictures in the near future as well. I keep records of all firearm transactions (bought and sold). I usually ask to see ID when I sell a gun to an individual whom I don't know. Bottom line, I keep lots of records. I periodically print out a hard copy of the the spread sheet file and have it saved on several media (CD, hard drive, discs).

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