In yesterday’s post on consistency, one of the topics that came up was the value of keeping a gun/match log book to track how many rounds you’ve fired over the course of the year, malfunctions with your gun, etc. If you click this link, it will show you a sample of a very basic log book for matches/practice. The linked log book shows what I consider to be the most basic information for your log book – date, type of shooting, round count, malfunctions, and gun used.
My personal log actually has more detail – I keep track of when I’ve cleaned my guns, if there are any known issues with a gun (such as the magazines on my Para P16-40), as well as what parts I’ve replaced with aftermarket parts (like all the Beretta factory parts I installed on the Taurus PT92), which then allows me to track any kind of serious breakage or time to install any new parts.
I’m a huge fan of record keeping – I believe that meticulous records will help you be a better shooter, as you can analyze practice sessions, matches, you name it. I have seen one online log book where the maker linked his “match type” to video footage of him shooting the match so he could view his performance and break it down on film, much like NFL teams do.