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How to Inventory Firearms and Ammunition

Women’s Outdoor News and Avery Skipalis bring you a quick video sharing tips on conducting an inventory of your firearms and ammunition. 

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If you own a firearm, ammunition and accessories, you should consider inventorying your assets at least once a year. You could use it to identify your firearm in the unfortunate event of loss, fire or damage. Providing proof of ownership can save you a lot of heartache, time, money and stress over time. If you own a few firearms, this task may be simple and take less than 10 minutes from start-to-finish. On the other hand, if you’re a double-digit gun owner, this could be a task you dread. It may take you 30 minutes to an hour to complete. 

Inventory Methods:

There are several ways to document an inventory. The key is to stay organized and keep track of your assets. If you prefer using a computer, you could create a simple Word document or an Excel spreadsheet. Your inventory can be as simple or complex as you want to make it. Record the details on paper or use a Personal Firearms Record (ATF P 3312.8).

Personal Firearms Record (ATF P 3312.8)

Inventory: What to Include 

Regardless of the method you select to record your information, these are key things to record (not all of these will apply).

  • Manufacturer
  • Model 
  • Type 
  • Serial Number 
  • Caliber
  • Cost
  • Any modifications
  • Date and location purchased (name and address)
  • Sold/transferred to (name, address, and date) 
Documenting firearm inventory

Applying These Tips

Hopefully, you picked up something from this article to use while conducting your next inventory. As previously stated, if you’ve never inventoried your assets, this may seem overwhelming. Think of an inventory as a “better to have and not need it, than to need it and not have it” type of situation. This important exercise allows all vital firearms information to be easily accessible when dealing with the unfortunate times of loss or damage. Want more information? Be sure to review a previous article where I covered this topic in more detail. 

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  • About Avery Skipalis

    Avery Skipalis is the owner of Skip’s Tactical Solutions, an organization that focuses on empowering women, men and children to make sure that no one else becomes a victim. She gained her firearms experience from the military where she’s been a military firearms instructor for 10.5 years. She’s also a certified NRA rifle and pistol instructor and Glock Advanced Armorer since 2015. She’s attended Sig Sauer Academy, FNH, Special Operations Command Armorers courses as well as multiple Advanced Shooting Schools across the United States. She resides in Florida with her husband and 2 kids. She’s currently serving in the United States Air Force and loves sharing her passion with others. She thinks it’s important that women also feel like they’re in control of their own safety.