Protecting Your Gun Collection

This scan illustrates how the record keeping idea can be as easily applied to collectible ammo boxes or any other collectible items. Taking detailed photos from all angles provides more identifying data, which helps pinpoint the value of a specific item.

This scan illustrates how the record keeping idea can be as easily applied to collectible ammo boxes or any other collectible items. Taking detailed photos from all angles provides more identifying data, which helps pinpoint the value of a specific item.

How To File Your Data

I use a loose-leaf, three-ring binder containing clear plastic page protectors. Each individual piece is filed in the binder in alphabetical order according to maker name or description (if no maker name is known).

I have separate binders for each category in my collection: HANDGUNS, LONG GUNS, AMMO BOXES, and ACCESSORIES.

All of this information is then copied onto an inexpensive 4GB Flash Drive that is well labeled and kept in a bank safety deposit box with other important items I wish to protect.

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Depending upon how often you add to your collection, you can add the new piece to your computer files and at-home three-ring binders, then do a new, updated Flash Drive and take it to the deposit box, regain your previously recorded flash drive, and erase it for use at a later time when updating your files.

You must be sure to fully instruct your heirs as to where this valuable information is located, and especially to instruct them on how to use it.

Remember that in some states, your heirs might not have immediate access to the contents of your safety deposit box, so it behooves you to leave your hard-copy bound records where they can be found quickly.

This article is an excerpt from Gun Digest 2012, The World’s Greatest Gun Book. Click Here to get your copy.


Recommended Resources for Gun Collectors:

2012 Standard Catalog of Firearms, 22nd Edition

Standard Catalog of Military Firearms 6th Edition

Gun Digest 2012, 66th Edition

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