If you ever have questions about what markings need to be recorded in your A&D bound book, just consider the purpose of the A&D record. Accuracy in your A&D records isn’t just about compliance. You are doing your part to help the government identify a firearm. The Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) was created to make it easier to trace firearms used in crime. The markings make any firearm uniquely identifiable and traceable. When you accurately record these markings you are helping law enforcement officials to solve crimes.

Here are some tips to follow when recording firearms in your acquisition and disposition book.

  1. Record the serial number that is on the frame of the receiver. Other parts of the firearm, such as the slide or barrel, may be marked with a part of model number which is different from the serial number.
  2. For firearms newer than 1968, record model, caliber or gauge, name and location of the manufacturer, and importer (if applicable) that are marked on the frame, receiver, or barrel.
  3. Record all information from the markings on the firearm. If the firearm is marked with multiple manufacturers or importers, you should record each in the A&D record.

Easy Bound Book™ is electronic A&D software than can help you accurately record firearms markings. To see how easily you can enter information into your ATF bound book, watch this video to learn how electronic A&D recordkeeping is better than paper.