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Special Journal to Track Your Firearms?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by chanroc, Oct 3, 2012.

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  1. chanroc

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    I was just wondering what you all use to track your firearm possession. Is there a specific gun log you can buy or do you track them in a plain journal or spreadsheet? Thanks...
     
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    Excel spreadsheet.
     
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    Yeah, just create an Excel or any other spreadsheet. That or just buy a simple notebook and add some columns. Anyway, I use an Excel spreadsheet.

    Ron
     
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    I bought a nice hardbound ledger at staples for about $4 on clearance. We devoted about 5 pages to each letter.
     
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    Excel Spreadsheet. Don't forget to mail it to yourself, and back it up in the cloud so that if some lowlife gets your guns and computer you have the serial numbers needed.
     
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    50 page spiral 4 x 6" index card pad. same way i keep 1 in each car.
    helps to keep track of events and costs at a glance.
     
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    Excel Spreadsheet works for me.
     
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    Notebook at home and a simple list I typed up in Word on my hard drive. I also emailed the list to myself (house fire in the past)
     
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    Excel
     
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    I've done several different things in the past (including an app I wrote myself), but for right now I keep everything in a Google Docs spreadsheet. Advantage of that over Excel is that its in the cloud.

    Realistically the times when I'll likely need a full list of my guns is if they're stolen or the house burns down.

    House burning down takes out the computer too. Stolen means they'll probably take the computer too. Having a cloud-based app tracking it ensures that the actual data isn't on my physical computer so if can access the list from anywhere that has a network connection.
     
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    This old dog (devil-dog) missed this trick: What's a "cloud"?
     
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    Cloud computing basically just means that the data is stored on a computer out on the internet rather than on your local computer.

    Gmail is a good example of a cloud-based email provider. Doesn't matter which computer you sit down to - you log into Gmail and your email is also there.

    Google also does similar functionality such as Google Docs, which is a word processor and spreadsheet program that runs in your browser. The files you save are stored on Google's servers, so no matter what computer you're on you always have access to your files.

    They also have similar cloud based products for music, bookmarks, photo libraries, etc.

    Some businesses even take it a step further outside of the application layer with things like Amazon's EC2 Cloud Computing technology. Basically you can store an entire "virtual" computer system in the cloud. It can be booted, you can remotely login to it, and it does all the same work that a local computer would, but its actually running on Amazon's servers.

    Its a great way to minimize the risk of local damage taking out a system. The big cloud providers like Google and Amazon have replication and such running so that if one of their data centers was destroyed the cloud functionality automatically fails over to another facility.

    Very good stuff from an IT perspective :).
     
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    ^Windows Live SkyDrive works great as well. I have a Windows Phone, so any document I put on there I can access from my phone.
     
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    I took the time to look at that little My Gun DB (Data Base) that Ian linked to and reviewed. Actually it looks to be a slick little data base program for storing all your gun and accessory information in one nice little package including images. Unfortunately I didn't see a way to place the data base in a cloud but none the less considering a $40 price tag it is a nice and useful little piece of software and as mentioned runs on just about any operating system.

    I had given thought to creating a simple Access Data Base and shoving it out there on a cloud or just leaving it on a local machine and letting it backup to a cloud once a week or so. If the software My Gun DB had a feature that allowed it to backup to a cloud location that would be pretty nice. While the software has a focus on a gun DB it could easily be expanded to My Jewelery, My Coin Collection, My Stamp Collection and My Just About Anything collections.

    You really want your DB offsite so if a natural disaster strikes your data is safe and sound. Anyway, for the buck nice little program for those who feel the need. I like the scheduled maintenance feature too! :)

    Ron
     
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    Various spreadsheets with differing purposes. One documents the purchase or sale of a firearm and others are updated about every other year which are essentially a list without serial numbers with approximate market value. I subtract 30% as an overall offset between actual selling price and retail market value. I know I can do better in most cases.
     
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    I use an Excel spreadsheet plus an app for iPad called GunLog SPC. It has lots of features including ammo inventory, ballistics, range sessions, and photos. Good app. I think I paid $3.99.
     
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    Excel with five copies on other computers, flash drives, etc.
     
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    Excel spreadsheet with photos and adobe PDF scans of my purchase and sale documents. All saved in Dropbox. Accessible from any computer iPad or iPhone.
     
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    Bento (for Mac's) using another Bento users firearms log/template. Allows for photo's, notes, etc. and thanks to the OP for reminding me to update it!

    :D
     
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    Spreadsheet- I also have columns for round counts and rounds since last recoil spring change.
    I recently started a word processing document to keep notes for each gun that details other stuff like jams, what type, which magazine was in it, etc.
     
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    A friend of mine keeps his written record on the blank back pages of his Bible. He figures no one is going to steal a Bible.

    Not kidding.
     
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    Cloud computing seems very convenient on its face, but I'd rather not put my firearms roster and serial numbers out there for some regulatory agency to sooner or later be given access to.

    Tinfoil hat off. Carry on.
     
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