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Posted: 12/14/2003 6:38:15 AM EDT
A buddy of mine is looking for some software to keep track of his gun collection. Anybody got a specific recommendation before I build him a database?

Thanks!

Michael
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 6:41:50 AM EDT
There are plenty of hobby shareware data bases that would work. There's nothing to making an data base to track them though. If he's an FFL he'll need written permission to keep his books via a computer rather than a bound book. Not trusting computers any farther than a can throw them - I manage security for a network - I take a picture of the weapon and then a close-up of the serial number and include them with the receipt in a fireproof document safe.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 6:44:52 AM EDT
Between the FBI's carnivore and the ATF's Brady database, do you really need your own? There is software out there like [url]http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=1455&title=GUN+TRACKER+V2.2[/url]
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 6:47:47 AM EDT
I'm in the same boat Paul, I do Network Admin. He's not an FFL, just wants any easier way to find the details on his items. I keep pictures of the weapon too, but hadn't thought of a close-up of the serial #. Good idea! Michael
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 6:48:59 AM EDT
i take pics and record serial numbers, i keep the hard copies at my parent's house, i keep digital copies on my computer and hidden on a remote webpage somewhere
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 6:54:46 AM EDT
mona bought me a copy of Guntracker last year. I'd HIGHLY reccomend it for a collection. It allows you to setup you collection with description, pics, accesories. tracks relative value, maintains reports for location, value and scheduling of cleaning and routine maintance. It also inclused the BLUEBOOK of gun values to give you a base idea of values. I use it frequently. I REALLY like it. SHop around before you buy. I have seen it online from 19.99 to 75.00. mike
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 7:00:23 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/14/2003 7:04:08 AM EDT
There is a very good program called NM Gun Collector Software. I believe it is available through AimSurplus.com. The price is very reasonable and it allows the importation of photos and all types of verifying and supportive information as to value, receipts, etc. Works on WIN 95, 98, NT (SP 4), 2000, ME and XP. It is very popular with the Milsurp collectors since it allows so much info to be kept in a very accessible way. Will work for any type of firearm.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 7:13:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2003 7:36:43 AM EDT by jrzy]
[url]http://search-desc.ebay.com/search/search.dll?query=GUNTRACKER&sosortproperty=1&ht=1&from=R10&sotextsearched=2&BasicSearch=[/url] Thanks for reminding me, I am going to buy the $12.00 right now and do the online download for a buck extra. [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3644175180&category=36258[/url]
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 9:26:59 AM EDT
I just use Excel Name Serial Number Cost Date of Purchase Who/where I purchased it from A winter time project is going to be a new digital photo of every gun photoshop the serial number onto the file and burn them to CD.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 9:52:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Phil_in_Seattle: I just use Excel Name Serial Number Cost Date of Purchase Who/where I purchased it from A winter time project is going to be a new digital photo of every gun photoshop the serial number onto the file and burn them to CD.
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I agree, excel is great for that purpose. maybe someone can share a data file that we could all use?
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 10:01:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jrzy: [url]http://search-desc.ebay.com/search/search.dll?query=GUNTRACKER&sosortproperty=1&ht=1&from=R10&sotextsearched=2&BasicSearch=[/url] Thanks for reminding me, I am going to buy the $12.00 right now and do the online download for a buck extra. [url]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3644175180&category=36258[/url]
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I think using that ebay program as a guide something just as good or maybe even better can be made using MS ACCESS or Excel
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 12:18:52 PM EDT
Excel will be fine, you can even put pictures in there with it.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 12:24:03 PM EDT
Good info, I've been looking for this!
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 2:31:40 PM EDT
I have the demo version of Guntracker. Only looked at it a few times last year. I believe the demo limitation is the # of guns you can have in your collection. That is a decent prices on ebay so I believe I will get a copy too.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 2:41:21 PM EDT
This makes me think... I need some money right now but I love programming. If I were to write a quality program for tracking guns, do you think many people would pay 5 to 6 dollars for it?
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 2:47:39 PM EDT
Sunset04. If the price is that cheap I'm sure people would buy it. Any more like around 20 dollars or so and people then think about pirating software. Maybe customize a program more towards black rifles and such weapons. Instead of having it written for bolt action weapons. Just a thought. Include the option of having photos attached for proof of serial # and what the weapon looks like.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 2:53:53 PM EDT
Yeah, I could even have it attempt to search for images of specified models on Google or something. Anyways, I think I'm going to give it a try. It will be a fun project.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 2:56:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2003 2:56:54 PM EDT by Wolfpack]
Originally Posted By Sunset04: This makes me think... I need some money right now but I love programming. If I were to write a quality program for tracking guns, do you think many people would pay 5 to 6 dollars for it?
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Hell yes BUT it has to have a place for a pic or 2, how the gun was acquired (trade or bought), price paid or what it was traded for, current value, date purchased and from who, and a bunch of other stuff.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 2:59:30 PM EDT
Hell yes BUT it has to have a place for a pic or 2, how the gun was acquired (trade or bought), price paid or what it was traded for, current value, date purchased and from who, and a bunch of other stuff.
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Good thinking. Y'all please give me anymore ideas you've got.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 3:10:41 PM EDT
If I were gonna do this (which I can't so I'll ramble here) I'd have it so that it would be like a spredsheet at first then if you wanted detail on a gun you could double click it and a new page would pop up. The page would have a 2x2 inch pic of so of the gun in the corner with up to 4 thumbnails under it and they could be clicked to replace the default pic until the page is closed. All of the info would be easy to read and not hard to find. If the gun was traded for some gun I used to have and that gun is still in the database it would allow me to click and see what I traded for it right away. Also for target rifles it would be nice to have a place where info could be put such as best grouping, yards at that grouping, grain of bullet, brand of bullet, temp that day, wind, what range it was done and on what day also a place for a pic of the target.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 3:21:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/14/2003 3:23:58 PM EDT by MC_Man]
I was using Excel, but then I found a program called Arsenal 3.0. You can put in any info you want, including images, web links, etc. You can even use multiple databases to keep track of other collections. The DB behind it is Access and works pretty good. Well, just went to their website [url]http://www.penguinsoftwareworks.com/index.jsp[/url] and found out that they're not going to sell it anymore. Oh well.
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 8:33:37 PM EDT
Check out NM Gun Collector SW. Clay Pryor is a collector and developed it for those of us who like to log our collections (or have to because we have C&R FFLs). [url]http://www.nmcollector.net/[/url] Some nice info and pics of what it can do are on GunBroker at: [url]http://www.gunbroker.com/auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=14357531[/url] Clay has offered them a few times at $5 each, not sure if he's doing it now or not.
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