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Do you catalog you firearms?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by brausso, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. brausso

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    My collection is somewhere in the mid 20's and will continue to grow. About half of my purchases are from a LGS or online with FFL transfer. My others are purchased FTF and don't really have record of ownership. I am not required to register in my state. Just in case something crazy were to happen, I was thinking of cataloging my collection. Basically just taking pictures of the firearm along with the serial number.

    Will this even hold any ground if I ever had to make an insurance claim? What do others do?
     
  2. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    Not a bad idea for insurance purposes.
    I have a bunch of guns, too.
     


  3. rhino673

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    I don't but my father does. He has been collecting military rifles since the 80's and it is very interesting to see what he paid for them 20+ years ago then see the value of them today.
    I should probably start cataloging my stuff too.
     
  4. ChicagoZman

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    Several years ago I made an excel spreadsheet showing Make, Model, Caliber, Serial #, Finish, Barrel Length, Date of Acquisition and Blue Book value for each of my guns. Update it when I add to my accumulation and update the values every couple of years.

    Computer gets backed up regularly so I have the file in two locations. This takes me about five minutes every time I buy a gun and should allow me to file a decent insurance claim if I ever have a loss. It also allows me at a glance to see when I got that rifle I just realized was in the back of my safe.
     
  5. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    I have the serial #, make, model, and caliber of every gun I own written down.

    Will come in handy if my house ever gets broken into or catches fire.
     
  6. ijacek

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    There is an app for that - "Gun Log +P" clear and easy interface, there is also an option for ammo and the accessories. Once complete, it can be emailed.

    In addition, I do keep all of the receipts.
     
  7. MNSurvival

    MNSurvival EDC Enthusiast

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    I was thinking about using gun log +p - do you like it?
     
  8. bac1023

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    I also use Excel.

    It works great.
     
  9. TSAX

    TSAX USAF Vet

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    Yep, what he said







    :50cal:
     
  10. jrs93accord

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    I maintain an EXCEL spreadsheet with all of my firearms (up to 176 right now). Info recorded includes: Manufacturer, Model, Year, Code (if applicable), Caliber, Serial Number, and Origin. Since Jan of last year, I have maintained a NRA Firearms Record Book of each purchase. I also have my Requisition and Disposition record Sheet for my C&R purchases.
     
  11. waynokarider01

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    Having the serial number can make the difference in getting your firearms back if they are ever stolen. My brother had one of his guns stolen during a break in. They put the serial number on the police report. About 6 months later, they raided a house and found his gun. He was shocked when he got the call to come pick it up at the sheriff's office. Its very worthwhile, insurance or not.
     
  12. bac1023

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    That's basically what I have, James. My latest Ruger Blackhawk makes 178. I plan on picking up another 7 to 10 this year yet.
     
  13. jrs93accord

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    That is about what I figure as well Brian. I have begun concentrating on my ARs again.
     
  14. craig19

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    I have an excel spreadsheet, just in case they get stolen.
     
  15. SigFTW

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    I need to do the same thing, I also need to get another safe :crying:
     
  16. AZ Jeff

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    I have an Excel spreadsheet with make, model, SN, caliber. In addition, I scan copies of any receipts if bought from the LGS, and I photo the arm, plus a detailed photo of the SN, if needed.

    All of this is on a CD in PDF format, in a safety deposit box, and at home in a fireproof safe.
     
  17. cphilip

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    Sorry... I don't have any firearms... well... anymore... I just hang around you guys cause your cool and all that.
     
  18. SigFTW

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    All this talk about record-keeping makes me think of all the things I need to catalog, my swards, cowboy boots and guns. :wow::wow:
     
  19. bustedknee

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    I also list the current value, in case something happens to me my wife will know how to price them at the funeral, er... I mean the garage sale.:animlol: