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What's up with the shortage of AR parts?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by PiratePast40, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Seems like mid range AR parts like barrels, uppers, and BCGs are in short supply. This is my first AR build so don't know if this is normal or not. Can find barrels over $200, but chrome lined mid length seem out of stock in most places. Is this a normal cycle?
     
  2. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Seriously! Im in thr same boat looking for what I thought were common parts.. But many places are flat sold out. :confused:
     
  3. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Most guns sold in US history last December. Demand probably outstripping supply
     
  4. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    GC rhetoric ramped up after San Bernardino coupled with an election year and tax return time is my guess.

    Just picked up an ACT LPK from Aim for $110 which is $30 more than the last one I bought.
     
  5. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The greatest salesman on earth has gun parts flying off the shelves.
     
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  6. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I'm sitting on 500 barrels I got for $20/ea and can't source a barrel wrench.
















    just kidding.. seems like more than one person bought themselves a barrel wrench.
    lol
     
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  7. SOrez

    SOrez SOR Active Member

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    I bought 2 complete uppers for $275 each a couple of months ago.
     
  8. lucifermonkey

    lucifermonkey Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Parts are still available online, just keep checking if they are sold out.
    Seems like a lot of people buying right now with the election year and all. :eek:
    Prices do seem to be on the rise though.
     
  9. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    There are parts out there
    Depends on what you want and how much you're willing to pay.
    My AR-308 build is close to being ready to assemble.
    A little here and there when it becomes available for what I'm willing to pay.
     
  10. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've noticed real issues getting decent LPK's. Every website I went to was sold out. I finally found 2 on Ebay, but I don't think they're the best. I just finished assembling my very first lower and will be completing a rifle soon - my first ever build. The trigger doesn't feel like it's going to be the best, but it's getting me going, for now. Even since I bought these, I'm not seeing many LPK's in stock. Must be a lot of folks either building or buying up parts for future builds.

    I imagine, depending on how the elections progress this year, should the unthinkable happen and we end up with anti's in the White House and on the SCOTUS, those parts are going to start becoming like .22lr - scarce, over priced and hoarded.
     
  11. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    A couple months ago I bought 4 LPKs for $25 each.
    Nice kits are smooth, no rough edges. These are nice.
    Make a list of what you want and start tracking prices.
    When you see it jump on it.
    Or post your list and let others help source your parts.

    February has been the month for .22 for me
    Between Cabelas, Gander Mtn and Bimart, I bought 2900 rounds for $181 total
    Bought 1400 from Cabelas, 750 from Gander Mtn, 750 at Bimart.
     
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  12. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Sounds like we saw the same sales ;)
     
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    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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  14. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  15. BlindedByScience

    BlindedByScience Vancouver WA Well-Known Member

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  16. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    Few stripped uppers.

    Barrels of different flavors.

    Some "samples" of different BCGs.

    Parts are still there. They've gone up a bit, still affordable though.
     
  17. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Lots of good links, really appreciate the help. My intent was to build a mid-quality gun as my first AR. So far, I've picked up an Aero stripped lower, ALG Advanced Combat Trigger, PSA LPK, and the parts for the buffer assembly at Brownells. Decided on the Hogue grip and stock.

    Wanted to take my time and spread the spending out a ways. Obviously blew my plan of limiting it to $100 per month :D!

    That Wilson Combat BCG linked above looks to be excellent quality at a really good price so I ordered one a few minutes ago. From everything I've read, the BCG and barrel make the biggest difference in accuracy so really being critical there. Want to go with chrome lined barrel with all the MIL-Spec QA. Looking hard at 16"w/mid length gas block. Possibly .223 Wylde, but they seem pretty spendy with the pedigree.

    Still debating on the sight system. Because of my, uhm.... mature vision, looking at red dots. Possibly add a magnifier to make this a more versatile rifle.

    ARPC gun show in a few weeks should help firm up my final plans if not lighten my wallet a bit!
     
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    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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  19. Boboclown

    Boboclown North Carolina Well-Known Member

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    This. No reason not to get a full auto BCG.

    Personally, I find a 1-4x scope is more versatile. YMMV. You might like the magnifier red dot combo better.
     
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  20. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    there are barrels receivers and bolt carrier groups listed on the classified boards here