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Tracking # of Rounds Fired in Your Guns

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by FloridaGun, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. FloridaGun

    FloridaGun -> 10mm

    Jan 1, 2013
    I just bought some more guns recently and I have this idea that I could keep an record of the amount of ammo fired through each gun. One benifit is that I would know when its time to replace certain parts before they break. Another is that if I was to sell one of my guns I would be able to tell the person buying how many rounds it has had fired.

    Anyone think this is a good I idea as well??
  2. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

    Jan 11, 2011
    too close to philly
    i think it's overkill. depending on what you're shooting, that pistol may outive you. rahter than overthink it, take the pitol you own, and try to wear it out.

    you'll probably go broke before you accomplish this task.

  3. No, I think it is a waste of time.
  4. waawaaweenie


    Feb 6, 2012
    middle of PRK
    just keep one of these with you whenever you shoot

    and get one for each gun you have and you are good to go

  5. BMiracletx


    Aug 3, 2012
    Abilene, TX
    I do this. I can tell you exactly how many rounds have been fired through each of my guns... and for the exact same reasoning that you have. I know when to change springs, and I also track when it was last cleaned. Overkill? Perhaps... but it takes practically no time. I have a log book in my range bag.
  6. GRT45

    GRT45 Transform & Win

    Jun 20, 2010
    I think it's a good idea and your reasons are top on my list. I don't do anything fancy. I just tear off the end flaps of ammo boxes as they are emptied, write the date on them and throw them in my range bag. Every 1 or 2 months I'll count the end flaps and record the round count and ammo type in an Excel spreadsheet. I'm sure there are much more high-tech ways to keep track with smart phone apps and such (see Posts #16 and #17 below).
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2013
  7. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    I know roughly what my guns have through them but I am not keeping track. Don't really care either. I keep some spare parts on hand and replace parts if/when needed.
  8. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    I don't. The time that I would spend doing that instead I spend here on Glock Talk. Oh and sometimes outside trying to spot the chemtrails.
  9. fuzzy03cls


    Jan 28, 2010
    I keep count till 1K..after that it's an estimate.
  10. Z71bill


    Feb 19, 2007
    I have a little notebook -

    I may bring 5 or 6 guns to the range - some the same caliber -

    So if I have shot three 9MM handguns and I know I burned through 250 rounds of 9MM

    When I get home I estimate

    PM9 - 25 rounds
    G19 150 rounds
    M&P9 75 rounds

    Close enough - after all I am not some weirdo with a complex. :whistling:

    Writing it down takes me only 28 seconds and since I hold my breath while I do it time sort of stands still.:cool:

    This does not count the 4 minutes and 34 seconds it takes me to wash my hands two times before and then three times after I write it down. I could shave off some of this hand washing time but I must run up and down the stairs while I dry my hands off.

    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013
  11. LampShadeActual


    Sep 12, 2012
    Far easier just to keep general track of the 2000 count boxes of Midway bulk bullets you buy and reload.

    Or that your 4000 rounds of reloads got turned into 4000 empties again and need reloaded for the second time this year, same as for the last 6 years.

    Or that you took it out every week and fired 100 rounds of centerfire after firing 200 rounds of .22LR in the AA converter.

    If you have time for an exact round count, you are mis-using your time.
  12. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    Since 1989 - I have lost track!
  13. Until I got a Glock I never kept track of round count and never saw the need to.
    I only did with my Glock(s) because I read and heard of how durable and reliable they are.
    So I kept track of my two Glocks up until recently when I felt it was a waste of time and effort.
    I detail strip my guns after every shoot.
    I inspect each part and change things if needed or for the springs if there is any indication of a problem.
    With Glocks I have found that there really is no set time or amount of rounds fired that would require a parts change.
    I quit after my 21 hit 15,000 rounds and my 36 hit 14,000 rounds.
    They both function as good as they did when they were new.
    As far as keeping track. Go ahead and keep track. It's sort of fun to see how many rounds are through a gun and what the condition is of that gun.
  14. jdeere_man

    jdeere_man CLM

    Feb 25, 2007
    NW Missouri
    I tried to when I started with an excel spreadsheet, but the effort just became not worth it. I have too much to mess with it and never any real problems. If there was a real problem I'd be getting rid of the gun if it was an important one. And if it's not an important one malfunctions don't matter.
  15. Vince49

    Vince49 Aeroscout

    Jun 5, 2010
    Indianapolis, IN
    Not fancy and takes no time at all. I keep one of these in the pistol bag for each gun I have. I also like to have an idea about such thingsas spring wear etc. though I agree with those that say I will wear out long before any of my Glocks. (Of course I have a huge head start)! :supergrin:

  16. OuttaHand


    Feb 17, 2012
    I have an iPhone and use an app called "Gun Log" It allows you to set up each gun you own (with purchase data, modifications, photos, etc) You can enter your inventory of ammo including reloads. If you want to keep track of details like drop data you can even do that.
    Each time you shoot you enter your session. You can keep track of which guns, which ammo and hoiw many rounds, weather conditions, notes on your session, etc
    In doing all of that, it keeps track of how many rounds you've put through each gun, as well as keeping track of your ammo inventory.

    Yes-- it takes a little time to enter things, but the record keeping is fantastic.
  17. onebigelf


    Aug 28, 2004
    I keep a gun log. Not so much for this, although I can tell you round count as well, but I track what ammo I fired, how many rounds of each kind, any problems experienced, and adjustments made, what mags I used (they're all numbered so I can track a problem mag if it crops up). I track what kind of practice I did, what drills I worked on, at what distances, and how I shot. I make a note of anything I need to work on next time. i do this for each firearm. Always have.

  18. furioso2112


    Dec 12, 2007
    I do it it more or less - some of my guns it's hard to justify, as when I start changing parts. Like when I was trying to get my favorite 9mm Glock setup, and was changing some bits between guns, using different triggers, barrels, slides, etc. - it got too confusing and too many things to track. But for other guns that I have assembled or left stock, they change very little so it makes more sense. I like to have some idea in case I come into a situation where I am likely to sell or trade a gun, or am in the mood and presented with a situation to buy one - if I know I like a particular gun a lot, which happens to be somewhat rare, I would consider in my decision of whether to buy what sort of wear is on the gun at issue and the gun I already own. When my kids inherit some guns, they might want to have an idea of its use, etc. It also is a way to show investment in my hobby and commitment to detail. I have never really considered it a selling point, because if I am selling to a party unfamiliar with me, they really would have little reason to trust what I claim is accurate. And 100 rounds of WWB through a Glock 9mm with proper treatment and storage in between, is different than 100 reloads of unknown origin through an irreplaceable revolver with no cleaning and poor treatment in between. It's useful to me for my guns, but that's about it.
  19. Walk Soft

    Walk Soft

    Jun 3, 2011
    I guess by counting how many cases of ammo I have/buy per year.