Since I got rained out, I did something yesterday that I've been meaning to do for a long time. It took three steps:
1. I got on my word processor and created 3 documents. One for handguns, one for rifles and one for shotguns. I listed each gun that I own per category, with make, model #, serial #, where I bought it from, purchase price etc. If I couldn't remember exactly I'd just guess. I also noted any family history connected to the guns. Approximate number of rounds it had fired. I also described the case the gun was stored in, and where it is stored. Most, of course, are in my gun safe. I printed out a copy and have it stored in a secure place in my house, and a copy off-site, of course a copy is on my computer HD. So now I have a good inventory in case of fire or theft, along with some personal identity about my guns history for my family one day.
2. Each gun is either holstered, in it's original box, or in a padded case. Many of the padded cases are exactly alike so I used a marker and wrote a large number on the outside of the case so it would have a unique identity and easy to locate.
3. On the inside of the door of my gun safe I put up a small magnetic dry erase board. It's divided into the three categories of rifles, shotguns and handguns. Each gun is listed in under the appropriate category, and a note of whether it's stored in a box, holster or numbered padded case. For example if I need a certain rifle, I open the safe, look on the inside of the door at the dry erase board and find the particular rifle I need under the rifle category, note which case number it's in and I can easily find it. In the past I'd palpate the case and feel for the gun, and that was a pain.
So there you have it, I did some organizing and feel good about it. I'd be glad to list the number of guns I have, but I don't think I should, that would be like throwing fuel on the fire if my wife saw that number here, she was sort of pestering me to know the total number last night