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firearm usage tracking

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by XYZ, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. XYZ

    XYZ New Member

    hey i was just wondering how important it is to track your firearm usge. for example, the amount of rounds you fire off in a night. Is this something that should be done? what are your opinions on it?
    any help for a newb would be great!
  2. luxone

    luxone Well-Known Member

    I have never tracked the use of each of my guns. I shoot them, clean them, and thats it. I'm by no means an expert but this has always worked for me.
    Welcome to the forum!
  3. whm1974

    whm1974 Well-Known Member

    most guns will last 1000's and 1000's of rounds shot through them. If you are talking about in SD cases then yes you should try to remember how many rounds you shot off.

  4. LHB1

    LHB1 Well-Known Member

    When I was competing in NRA Bullseye shoots, I learned the value of a score/record book. These days I compete only against myself and have resurrected the score/record keeping. I shoot a standardized program of 50 shots per target and post details of each shoot in an Excel spreadsheet for each separate gun/caliber. Each spreadsheet is programmed to automatically post the score to an Excel graph which makes it very easy to visually see improvements or changes over time. This process has helped motivate me to consistently better scores.

    Good shooting and be safe.

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  5. Hypnogator

    Hypnogator Well-Known Member

    Well, lessee..... I shot two rounds at a bandit and one more at a crack dealer last night (I'm in a baaad area now). Only 9,997 more rounds before I have to replace the springs in my Taurus. :rolleyes: :what: :eek: :neener: :neener: :neener:

    Just couldn't help myself :evil: Not intended as criticism of your question, XYZ. Welcome to THR. You'll find lots of answers here. Some of them will even be correct! ;)
  6. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    I track scores, but not rounds fired. I wish I could say my scores are still on an upward slope, but they plunged last fall. On the proverbial "bright side," they're not getting worse.
  7. Big Gay Al

    Big Gay Al Well-Known Member

    I don't track scores. My shooting isn't that good. All I'm concerned with is whether or not I can get the bullets on the silhouette. As long as I can do that, I'm happy.

    I do track the number of rounds fired by weight for each weapon. I created an Excel workbook with a spreadsheet for each firearm. I have the date I bought each weapon, the date they're taken to the range, how many rounds and what the bullet weights and type of ammo. Also I note any problems, Failures to feed, eject, or any other mechanical problem, as well as misfires.

    The interesting part is dealing with my EAA Witness. It was originally a .45ACP pistol. But I bought a 10mm conversion. So I keep track of each caliber seperately, but also have a total for the whole thing. While the upper for each only takes the punishment for the individual caliber, the lower part takes it all for both. And if I get some other conversions I'm thinking of, it ought to look really interesting then!
  8. XYZ

    XYZ New Member

    For those that do track usage: do you guys experience and problems or have any restrictions with your current process?

    Do you think if the there was software available that did all of this and warned you when you are running low, when licenses are about to expire, and just general tracking... would you be interested in something like this?
  9. Big Gay Al

    Big Gay Al Well-Known Member

    Running low on what?

    And I've only got one license related to guns, that could expire, that's my CCW, which I just filed to renew.

    For me, the Excel spreadsheet works fine. I might even alter it to include score keeping. For the most part though, I'm interested in tracking how many rounds I've fired through any particular gun/barrel.
  10. Croyance

    Croyance Well-Known Member

    I keep a rough count of rounds, so as to replace springs.
  11. scbair

    scbair Well-Known Member

    What Croyance said! I record rounds fired for purposes of periodic maintenance.
  12. Tankcommander

    Tankcommander Well-Known Member

    I track rounds fired per gun in a note book with a page per gun. It can help with resale as it only has "blank" rounds through it. Its also a way to tell when the last time a gun has been out of the safe. As in "boy I haven't had this one out since last year." I track my ammo inventory on a spread sheet though so I know when to get more of what caliber.

  13. kfranz

    kfranz Well-Known Member

    It is of no importance to track your firearm usage unless you plan to use the data for some purpose.

    Speaking for myself, the feds make me keep a log book of C&R firearms, but I couldn't tell you how many rifles I have off the top of my head. I'm pretty sure I could tell you which one was out last but wouldn't bet my paycheck on it. I really have no idea how many rounds I put through it, nor do I have any real reason to care.

    I also have no need to track ammo since I buy when it is cheap regardless of "need", and sadly have less time to shoot than I have money.

    To answer your second question, no, I'd have absolutely no interest in buying software that tracks stuff. I'm also on the one license plan, and if I can't remember that, I probably ought to stop shooting for fear of forgetting which end the projectile comes out of.
  14. ball3006

    ball3006 Well-Known Member

    I don't shoot at night except...

    on New Year's Eve. It is a Texas thing. The only time I pay attention to how many rounds I shoot is before I go shooting. If I can see the bottom of the ammo crate, I note that I need to buy more ammo. Some of my guns are well over 100 years old and they don't seem to be wearing out any time soon, at least during my lifetime.........Long ago I gave a fleeting thought of keeping track of shots fired per gun but I figured, what is the point......chris3
  15. kfranz

    kfranz Well-Known Member

    Perhaps rather than keeping a round count by hand, some enterprising individual could whip up a roundometer.
  16. Infidel

    Infidel Well-Known Member

    I keep track,-- sorta. Every gun has its own file folder, with receipts, etc., which pretty much documents the history of that firearm with me. This comes in handy when selling or trading the gun. I keep the required bound book for C&R firearms, plus I keep another similar book for non-C&R firearms on the theory that it is a good thing in case of insurance claims or other situations that might arise.

    I also keep a little notebook for each rifle, where I make a short entry for each time I do something to or with the rifle. This includes range sessions, adjustments made, accessories added, and rounds fired. Many times I have gone back to check something in that history, so it's worth the (very small) effort to me to keep it. I don't keep those records on pistols and shotguns, though.
  17. Guy B. Meredith

    Guy B. Meredith Well-Known Member

    I shoot revolver so maintenance tracking isn't necessary.

    I sort of kept track at first by empty boxes I kept for a while for some reason, then by the number of rounds I'd reloaded as I shot only the reloads. Now I've lost track and the count in somewhere around 30,000 but I would have no way to verify that.
  18. Big Gay Al

    Big Gay Al Well-Known Member

    "Maintenance isn't necessary??" I own a revolver, and I've owned other revovlers, Ruger, Colt, S&W and Taurus. I would not say that maintenance isn't necessary. Things can break on revolvers too.

    Of course a lot of things aren't "necessary." But some things I just like to keep track of. :D
  19. dav

    dav Well-Known Member

    XYZ, I have tried several 'firearms logs' type of software. Mostly from tucows (www.tucows.com).

    There is too much personal preference involved for a package to work for most people. They never had what I wanted, and had lots that I did not want.

    Yes, since I handload, I track every round I fire. And as long as I'm doing that, I might as well log the gun use, too.

    But making my own database and/or spreadsheet is working much better than any of the packaged software I was able to find.
  20. XYZ

    XYZ New Member

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