I have had 2 stolen, most likely by my youngest brother. I keep a list with make, model, & serial number. One of the stolen guns was an old .32 auto that had some problems. I bought it from a friend extremely cheap with the idea that I would fix it or it would be a decoration. I threw it in the drawer of my loading/gun bench to work on later without recording the usual info. It disapeared out of that drawer, I don't even remember what make it was.
The taurus that was my house gun I had all info on and reported it as soon as it went missing last summer. The last week in Dec. the sherriffs dept called to see if it was still missing because the case was still open and they were still looking for it.
It is my understanding that as long as it not evidence in a crime if it turns up it will be returned to me.
As I said I am almost positive it was my youngest brother, but I can't get him to tell me what he did with them. He is in jail on other charges now and will probably be there for the foreseeable future. The sad part is Mom knows he is a thief, he has stolen alot of stuff from her and Dad, when he is jail she can relax because he has 3 hots and a cot and is not stealing from them while they are in AZ. for the winter.
Just for the record my middle brother is a doctor, so it was not a bad upbringing from Mom & Dad.