Review – My Gun Database
I was not asked to do this review. I just love this product so much that I feel compelled to tell you all about it. And since this is my first review of someone’s product that they worked their butt off on, hang in there, k? I’m doing my best.
I started this blog a while back and as I’ve tweeted my posts, I’ve gained some pretty cool followers, who also happen to be shooters of various disciplines. As a recreational & competitive shooter myself, I’ve wondered how they kept track of all their firearms and accessories. Personally, I’ve been looking for software to help me in that area. Alan, known professionally as @MyGunDB on Twitter, has answered that question.
My Gun Database is a revolutionary firearm inventory system not to be confused with a range log. This is for your inventory, even though Alan is working on a few updates and it looks like a range log may be coming at some time in the future.
This is one of the most detailed and easiest databases I’ve come across. The program is built on Adobe AIR® therefore it will run on Windows, Mac OS X v10.5+ and Linux. This database meets the ATF Digital Bound Book requirements.
Upon installing the program directly from the website and entering my registration code, I was prompted to update Adobe Air. I was pleasantly surprised by the interface as I was a little leery on how new user friendly it would be. I did not want to spend hours trying to figure out how to enter my data…I wanted to be able to manipulate the fields and not be locked out by the drop down lists like in other databases and spreadsheets. My fear was unfounded – just for the hell of it I typed in all the details for my Makarov. No errors, no stress = One happy shooter.
Everything on the right side of the above screen shot has been typed in by the user. The fields are self-explanatory: Importer, Identifier, Firearm Type, etc. you just select from the drop down or type it in yourself.
I love intuitive software. Whatever the buttons say they do, they do. If you type something in a field, it will add itself to the drop down list as long as one firearm is tied to it. Just click various fields in the database…you will love the options that pop up. There are sub categories under certain tabs. On the Accessory Tab for instance, there are 3 more options: Attached, Not Attached and Holsters.
Sure, you can use your old battered notebook with grease stains on the pages and risk a paper cut on your trigger finger the morning of a competition while looking up your most recent stats. You could even attempt to create an Excel Spreadsheet from scratch and transcribe that old notebook. But why do that when there is a database out there that will even create reports for you? AND allow you to add pictures of your own firearms to it? No more stock images. YOUR FIREARMS.
I really liked the fact that the accessory pictures you upload correspond to the firearm they belong to. There is enough space to type as much of a description about the accessory that you want. Heck…I might even upload a picture or two of my latest target because that’s how I roll.
As a recreational shooter (whether you are a weekender or a competitor), having a database where you can keep track of maintenance on your guns as well as the type of ammo you use is a timesaver. Do you reload? Check out this screen shot:
For the collector, regardless if you have less than 5 or more than 150 firearms, the ability to print a report of the total value of your firearms is a great feature for insurance purposes. Or even if you are just curious on how much money you have spent on this hobby.
As I stated earlier, this database meets the ATF requirements for a digital bound book which means FFL’s are already using it. I think that is pretty cool…being able to use something that the professionals use and in the same way. The features are the same. I see the potential for Security firms and Law Enforcement to start using this.
You keep your firearms safe in, well, a safe. Your database is password protected and you can even back up this database to your Dropbox account (one of a few options). Try the free version…you will appreciate the difference and I’m pretty sure that once you start using this database you will upgrade to the Full Version and you will not regret it.
There are so many features that I keep getting distracted from writing this review. I could sit here and list them all, but I’m not going to do that. I will tell you that Alan has worked very hard to make this database the best it can be and he is very approachable to his users as he is a shooter as well, not just a programmer hired by some company to create this database.
My Gun Database is very reasonably priced – $19.95 for a basic registration (disables some tabs and limits pics to three per firearm) and $39.95 for the full registration with all the features. The free version is limited to only 10 firearms. Right now, they are donating 5% of all sales to The Wounded Warrior Project.
If this post gets retweeted at least 10 times, those retweeters will be entered to win a free registration, courtesy of Maggie.