Thoughts on guns, ammo, spare parts

Loyal reader Lightning recently commented that it is better to have a few guns with lots of ammo than lots of guns with little ammo. I agree. For many of us and I include myself in this group we are gun nuts at heart. We “collect” guns and often use the excuse that we need them for our preparedness system and ignore funding ammunition stores as we should.

How about spare parts? How many of us have extra firing pins, buffer springs, and bolt carrier groups? We will spend $1000 on an AR and hundreds if not thousands on ammunition and zero on spare parts. This should not be the case.

Granted most of us will never see a worn buffer spring or bolt but the investment is minimal. As prepper’s we do not think of what most likely WON’T happen we consider the possibilities of what MIGHT happen. A broken firing pin will render a firearm useless.


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Choate, Machine, and Tool offers their AR-15 Essential Spare Parts Kit for $29.99. The kit comes with an Extractor, Extractor Pin, Two Extractor Spring Assembly, Ejector/Selector Detent Spring, Selector/Safety Detent, Takedown/Pivot Pin Detent, Takedown/Pivot Pin Detent Spring, Takedown Pin, Pivot Pin, Hammer/Trigger Pin and Three Bolt Gas Rings. These are the part most often lost or most often to fail on the AR platform.



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