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    Counting rounds

    Okay, I’m not going to plead ignorance, but I will confess to be uninformed on counting the number of rounds fired by each weapon. I read all the time folks stating they have fired 500, 1,000 or even 5,000 rounds through one on their handguns or rifles and I wonder do they really keep track of that or are they just guessing. Do they keep it in their heads or do they keep a ledger on each weapon?

    So I will ask, is it important to keep track of the number of rounds fired by each weapon?

    I don’t keep track. Each time I go to the range I simple fire as many rounds as needed to practice accuracy, draw & fire, close in shooting without sight aiming or whatever I need to that day. When I get home I clean my guns and store them except the one I will CC.

    So I’m asking if someone would kindly inform me if I’m making a mistake by not counting. Thank you.

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    I'm guilty also. If it's for carry, I keep track of the first 500 rnds or so in my head.

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    Probably not important, but I’m one of those that do it. I make notations each time if there is an issue with a particular firearm, and what I might have done to correct it. Or if a particular ammo was sub par. Things like that. Takes a minute. But no, I don’t consider it that important, just something I like to do. And yes, I can tell you just how many rounds I have fired in my firearms.
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    I do keep track in my short term memory. When I get home from range, I say wow I went thru X number of boxes! Guess I'll keep a look out for next sale to get some more! Then it starts up again after next trip. Maybe I'm having a memory problem...wait what was I saying?

    Actually, I try and do like you and as long as it works every time, I don't care round count.
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    What was the question again? How many gallons of gas, including octane rating, ethanol content, place of purchase that I run through my vehicle. No, I don’t keep up with all that. I do keep maintenance records on my vehicles, though, for future trade or sell options.

    For ammo, I take a quick look at my safe contents and replace used portions as indicated.
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    I really only have an idea on my PT 1911 SS because I used it to compete in USPSA. I knew the approximate rounds fired each month and also for practice. The rest of them get out of the safe when I feel it's been a while since they've seen daylight. I really need to get out more...
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    I can make a ballpark estimate based on how much I reload of that caliber and how often I shoot the gun in question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlr110 View Post
    Okay, I’m not going to plead ignorance, but I will confess to be uninformed on counting the number of rounds fired by each weapon. I read all the time folks stating they have fired 500, 1,000 or even 5,000 rounds through one on their handguns or rifles and I wonder do they really keep track of that or are they just guessing. Do they keep it in their heads or do they keep a ledger on each weapon?

    So I will ask, is it important to keep track of the number of rounds fired by each weapon?

    I don’t keep track. Each time I go to the range I simple fire as many rounds as needed to practice accuracy, draw & fire, close in shooting without sight aiming or whatever I need to that day. When I get home I clean my guns and store them except the one I will CC.

    So I’m asking if someone would kindly inform me if I’m making a mistake by not counting. Thank you.
    IMHO the bolded part is usually the most important thing. As for myself I only consider the issue of counting important if there's some reason for it, like it's a new gun and you are trying to test it out to detirmine reliability. (like my last pistol purchase, a PT111 G2) The way I was able to tell generally is that most of the 9mm ammo I was using came in 50 round boxes. Therefore when I ran through ten boxes I knew I had 500 rounds thru it. If I would've had a problem I would've known for example that it broke at 100 rds or something. (which a couple of Glock owners told me would happen ) I have not counted all the small amounts of ammo I tested (like 6 rounds or 12 rounds of some HP ammo the neighbor gave me to see if it would jam) but if I did it would prob. amount to another hundred on the total count. He is a Glock fan and was saying "Oh sure, a Taurus will function with ball ammo, but what about this? What about real defensive ammo?" Plus I had a little defensive type ammo left over from the last time I had a 9mm pistol. If you are going to use a pistol defensively this could be a bigger issue than merely putting X number of ball rounds thru a pistol and declaring it reliable. I've shot just about every type of 9X19 ammo in the G2 except for steel case and +P+ and it functioned just fine, from 50 to 147 grain bullet types.
    So based on 50 round boxes alone, my Taurus has 1700 rounds of 9mm ball ammo thru it, plus whatever HP ammo I've fired thru it.

    Another way you can tell is how many loaded magazines you shot in that session, if you wanted to keep track.

    One other thing. Before I got my own range and had to use other gun ranges a couple of those ranges actually required you to estimate how many rounds you fired that day. Why IDK.
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    I've known people who have detailed logs for each gun. They can tell you when/where/how much/from whom/local weather/what they were wearing for each gun they bought, as well as the stuff most of us keep up with, such as mods, repairs, etc. Yes, they can tell you they have fired 2472.6 rounds from their Megablaster 3000, of which 1862.2 were low-velocity target rounds, 266.8 were standard-velocity hollow points (of which 162.4 had six notches around the cavity and 102.4 had eight notches), and 343.6 were +P hollow points, all of which had six notches.

    I'm more of the generalized mindset -- a couple of boxes through this one, a BUNCH through that one, so on.

    It would probably be better for some things to be precise in record keeping -- I'd probably do better to keep better track than I do -- but it's not the way I've ever been with guns and I'm not likely to start now.
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    The type gun and what it is used for determines how close I keep count. For example with some rifles chambered in barrel burning/throat eroding rounds I keep an exact count and watch throat. For a 22 rimfire plinker it doesn't matter. For a carry gun I keep up with round count. At a certain point depending on type gun it gets a detailed take down and inspection. For match/target type guns the same but for different reasons. Most hunting guns exact round count is no longer an issue. Round count is sort of like mileage on a vehicle. A friend changes oil when dirty, I change by mileage, whatever works for you.

 

 
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