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Where Do You Keep The Serial Numbers Of Your Guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Trunk Monkey, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. rb288

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    I have an encrypted spreadsheet on my laptop and phone with all of my guns listed by description and serial number.
    Also, I have a paper file of all receipts for all guns I have purchased hidden away where only I know where it is.
     
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  2. theotherwaldo

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    In a BATFE database, just like everyone else... .
     
  3. bassjam

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    This is exactly what I do.
     
  4. WestKentucky

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    Simple... I keep a copy of personal stuff on a USB drive in my desk at work. The files are password protected and short of anybody knowing my system they would never figure it out. List gets updated about once a year. Been a while since I updated, thanks for the reminder.
     
  5. George P

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    Photographs. Geographically diverse redundant storage.
     
  7. jrkotz

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    I keep mine written down in a log book, and a spreedsheet on Google drive, I like the idea of having it on the cloud, plus it's always accessible on my phone.
     
  8. Robbins290

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    Excel spread sheet on home computer. Backed up on a pen drive evertime its up dated. And a printed sheet and the pendrive are stored in a fireproof safe
     
  9. RA40

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    I have pictures that are stored in the safe box at the bank.
     
  10. sparkyv

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    +1 on Excel spreadsheet which is password protected, copied to USB stick in safe deposit box. Also, I take the sticker off of the firearm box and stick it onto the hardcopy manual and keep the manuals in a safe.
     
  11. Buzznrose

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    Remember the old iPhone commercials with the phrase “there’s an app for that...”?

    I use the app “Gunlog SPC”. http://slinkworks.com/Gun_Log_SPC.html

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    1.99. Been using it for at least 5 years. It is SUPER EASY!

    There is also a free version, which I used for a few years before I bought it. For each gun, you can fill in a ton of info and add up to 4 pics. The app tracks firearms, ammo, accessories, range sessions, and will produce all kind of printable reports.

    I really only use it for the guns. Tracking ammo is a pain in the butt for me, but I used to do it, and the app made it very easy. Now, I just re inventory every year. If I wasn’t so lazy recording range sessions, I wouldn’t have to...but such is my weekend routine.

    I back up my phone automatically daily, so not much worry losing it.

    if you are a reloaded and keep records, it would be great.
     
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  12. HighRoadRover

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    Oddly enough, the ATF has a format they recommend for this: https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/guide/personal-firearms-record-atf-p-33128

    I keep an Excel spreadsheet of only currently-owned guns with the serial number and basic description information, and also include comments about each gun, e.g., "Grandpa's pistol" or "with Novak Lo-Mount sight installed by Novaks of Parkersburg, WV." The spreadsheet is on my desktop. I do not list sales or previously owned guns on my spreadsheet, as I keep a separate file of scanned sales receipts. An important part of my spreadsheet is the value of each gun, or what I would expect my survivors to be able to sell the gun for through consignment at a LGS or use as a guide in dividing up the spoils, after I'm gone.

    Having a couple of high quality digital photos of each gun is a good idea, too. (As mentioned above, having an off-site backup of all digital information is a very good idea).

    My spreadsheet and my digital file of scans of sales documents are encrypted and password protected, and I do not keep copies on my phone or the Cloud -- in a probably vain attempt to keep this information private.
     
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  13. berettaprofessor

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    :what:Yes, you should!
     
  14. lysanderxiii

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    I tattoo them on my chest....
     
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    Okay, guess that that one would have never crossed my mind.
     
  16. larryh1108

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    What happens if you sell one?
     
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  17. Sulaco

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    I use a password management app and keep a copy of important stuff in that. It's encrypted and only my wife and I have access. It uses multi-factor authentication so you'd have to have access to my phone (physical) and defeat it's security, to even access the app to generate the code to access the files in the cloud. Anyone who can do all of that deserves access.
     
  18. Space Ghost

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    I have photos of the ser numbers on my phone. There is also a folder with those photos on my laptop, and on a thumb drive.
     
  19. doubleh

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    There you go. I do the same. It worked before I had a computer and see no reason to change. I also have a copy in the safe at home. One or the other of the two structures may burn down but I doubt both will at the same time. THe bank vault would probably survive a fire but just to be safe I have two copies.

    This thread reminds me, I need to do an update.
     
  20. sarge83

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    I keep a spreadsheet of date purchased, model and manufacturer, caliber, cost, estimated replacement cost, serial# and I take photo and use the serial# as the photo name and keep a file of each on my home computer and my work computer for insurance purposes.
     
  21. bassjam

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    That AFT template looks similar to my spreadsheet. I just add notes like you, and record if it was purchased private party or through an FFL. I also take pictures of the left and right side of each gun as well as the serial number and add them as comments to each listing.
     
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  22. tipoc

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    I keep a log book with relevant info on each gun.
    Photos stored in the cloud.
     
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  23. George P

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    If someone gets into your safe, your info is gone. There are enough hiding items to keep it where no one would look. I have what appears to be a dictionary that has a locking compartment sitting on a shelf in the bookcase rather nonchalantly. No thief is going to waste their precious time looking through that.

    looks similar to this:
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    except when you open the cover there is a locked compartment on the inside
     
  24. doubleh

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    That's a great idea and I doubt that a thief (s) would bother with a dictionary. Yes, the one in my safe would be gone along with my guns but the one in the safe deposit box at the bank would still be there. In case a theft occurs all that's going to do me any good is the description and serial numbers to give to the police and my insurance company. Considering the talents of the local authorities and the fact that I have no influence in government my guns are gone. My daughter' family was robbed a few years ago. All the guns and a bunch of other stuff turned into history. The police claimed to have found one handgun and were watching the guy to see what he did with it. Either they went to sleep and missed out or lied. The short version is they never recovered anything. A short time later one of the local judges had a robbery which included his guns. They were found and returned within three days. :eek: Who you are has a whole lot to do with the effort put forth by the local police.
     
  25. whughett

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    Printed out on a sheet of paper with a description, labeled and placed in the safe. George P. Has a point but there are so many papers stored in my I safe I don’t think a thrift would take the time to go thru them.They aren’t the target after all.

    However Reading this I’m rethinking that.

    IMO this IPhone7 plus with all its features is probably as secure as any electronic data machine can be. It’s camera is good enough to capture details like serial numbers and it readily prints wirelessly to my printer It can’t be opened when locked , and it locks after just minutes of idle time. . A photo of the firearm and a close up of its serial number can be stored in an album on the device. The info while important to the owner is basically worthless otherwise. A hard copy is needed so I’ll continue with the printed copy.

    Thanks Op. a new project for yours truly.
     
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