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.
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).
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).
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.