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What spare parts should I keep on hand?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by BigStick, May 8, 2013.

  1. BigStick

    BigStick Sherwood, OR Well-Known Member

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    I recently bought my first AR-15 and am very pleased with it. But as I learn about all of the parts and internals of these guns I find myself wondering what spare parts I should keep in stock to make sure I can keep it running long-term. Kind of a prepping type idea. I want to have the most often replaced parts on hand in case for some reason something breaks and I can't just go online to buy another. (Or to make me less paranoid sounding, so I don't have to wait for the order to come through)

    Obviously it would be nice to just have a spare gun, but that's now quite what I had in mind. Any suggestions from people with experience wearing out parts on their ARs?
     
  2. ridnjon

    ridnjon vancouver wa Active Member

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    I would stock 2 sets of gas rings, 2 extractors with spring and oring. Also I would get a spring kit called "oh shoot" kit. All of the little springs, detents, and things that can get lost or go boing are in there. I think they are rock river kits.
     
  3. jordanka16

    jordanka16 Albany, OR Active Member

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    A whole extra bolt couldn't hurt either. And get an extra firing pin or two, and many of those little keepers that keep the firing pin in place, they are easy to lose.
     
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  4. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Yes on the little parts and the firing pin
    Double yes on the extra bolt


    (remember to get the first one available)
     
  5. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Just get the spare parts kit from Brownells. Has just about all the common break/loose parts.

    If you want to do an "ala carte" kit, gas rings (3 are enough, just replace as you use) a firing pin, cam pin, extractor/spring, and a hammer spring.

    If you want to make sure you are able to "get back in action" quickly, a complete bolt carrier group is nice. Just open the action remove the old, add the new, close and charge the weapon. Repair or clean the old BCG at your leisure.

    One thing to note. I have three AR's and a complete set of spares, all detents, springs, pins, etc. Have yet to go to the "kit" after thousands of rounds through each. Only broken part was a cam pin in the AR I bought "Used".
     
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  6. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Ummm having to many spare parts leads to something......

    All of a sudden you realize you have enough to build another AR... and then all your spare parts are gone lol
     
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  7. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    If you're going to get an extractor spring, ditch the o-ring crap...and get the heavy duty spring (green) and the black insert. You can get them from Specialized Armament Warehouse. Worth every penny and then some...

    Gas rings are good to have, along with a firing pin. Then pick up other firing group parts. Extra hammer and trigger pins and spring won't hurt either.
     
  8. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    That's how I ended up with "AR #3". All the spares and leftovers from "remodeling" #1 and #2 :cool:


    Of course that now means I have spares-------and I don't have to do any field repairs. Just pick up a different one and load up.
     
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    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    That happens too often . I had a spare lower sitting in the safe for a couple of years when all of the sudden I remembered I has a lower build kit so I put it together, Then I remembered I had a receiver extension now I am wondering since I have a complete bolt and charging handle do I need an upper to complete the lower? Well do I?
     
  10. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Cookie you know the answer to your question! DO IT! Then start over again....:cool:
     
  11. Spec.-K

    Spec.-K Longview, WA Active Member

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    Don't forget spare gas-keys and set screws! :)
    Most likely part to fail from what I've read.
     
  12. skydiver

    skydiver Sandy,OR Well-Known Member

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    Just buy another AR and you can use it for the spare parts. You never know which one you'll need. :cool:
     
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  13. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Yes, that's my dilemma. With back orders and front orders and spur of th moment in stock orders I have a couple of lpks that are feeling lonely. And never mind I can get two lowers for what I paid for one of the exact brand in February.....like the Chinese say: may you live in interesting times.

    Brutus out
     
  14. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    there is no such thing as too many spare parts, that's like saying there is no such thing as too much money! :thumbup:
     
  15. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six North Greenlake, Seattle New Member

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    A credit card.
     
  16. bballer182

    bballer182 Molalla Active Member

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    Yep. That's how I'm ending up with AR # 3, 4, 5, 6 ,and 7. Too many spare parts leads to another build. And a wife wondering where all these guns came from... :D
     
  17. Mdaniels80

    Mdaniels80 Lynnwood New Member

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    Hahaha yes, 1 ar with 3 spare parts sets turn into 4 ar's and no spare parts....damn looks like its time to hit up brownells again :lol:
     
  18. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    So this thread started 5/18/2013

    So here I am ordering parts here and there for spares, oh here is an upper with bbl for a good deal, ah and three lower kits, and oh thats a good deal on buttstocks...2 more complete AR's built and now im low on spare parts....again
    :funnypoint:
     
  19. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Magazines, lots if them.
    USGI and what ever plastic stuff you fancy.

    Spare spring and fcg pack
    BCG, pistol grip (a cheap A2 will do)
    A spare buttstock/tube, barrel..

    Awe heck, just another spare rifle. :)
     
  20. Straight Shooter

    Straight Shooter North Bend OR Active Member

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    The only extra parts I ever needed for my AR is spare bullets. Lots of good clean ammo is all I need to keep mine running for the rest of my life. I rarely break it down 100% so I'm a lot less likely to loose anything. I don't have spare parts for any other guns I own. Many of them have operated without breakage for 30 to 60 years.