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bubbas4570

Required spare AR15 parts to have on hand?

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As the title says, what are the spare parts to have on hand for the AR15, and also the 308AR,  in order to keep the rifle functioning?

Complete lower parts kit?

Bolt?

Complete bolt carrier group?

Just a firing pin?

Opinions and knowledge respected and accepted.😎

I want to put together my on hand parts to keep for when necessary.

I am asking those who know the what's and "oh schitts" of what are the parts that break at inopportune times.

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35 minutes ago, bubbas4570 said:

As the title says, what are the spare parts to have on hand for the AR15, and also the 308AR,  in order to keep the rifle functioning?

Complete lower parts kit?

Bolt?

Complete bolt carrier group?

Just a firing pin?

Opinions and knowledge respected and accepted.😎

I want to put together my on hand parts to keep for when necessary.

I am asking those who know the what's and "oh schitts" of what are the parts that break at inopportune times.

Here is an thread I started on Full30 on keeping your rifle going long term.

https://forum.full30.com/t/keeping-spares-and-keeping-your-rifle-going-long-term/7373/108

Here is the article I based it of of 

https://brushbeater.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/running-spares-keeping-your-weapon-going/

 

I am aiming to get:

5 spare complete BCGs

3 spare bolts 

3 bolt rebuild kits

3 buffer springs

3 LPKs

3 complete spring kits

3 gas tubes

Then maybe get a few tackle organizers and make a couple organized kits. There are guys here a hell of alot more knowledgeable than myself though. Hopefully they chime in and edumacate us a little.

 

Edited by JF89

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Are we talking spare parts kits for range/hunting rifles, or are we at full-tilt TEOTWAWKI/WROL/[insert scourge here]-pocalypse?

Because 5 BCGs and 3 of just about everything else sounds like "they ain't makin' 'em no more, I gotta stock up!"

For my range/hunting rifles, I'm keeping 1-2 of most small parts in my "builder" tool bag. I'm not going to destroy a gas tube or BCG any time soon with what I'm doing...

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Are the KNS Firing pin retaining pins better than the cotter type, better enough to warrant the price difference?

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Not really.  Cotter pins ae going to last longer than a split pin.

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The split pins break on me pretty regular, maybe a little ham fisted inserting them. There is a reason they went to the cotter pin early on.

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I have a guy that sell USA made part kits.

USA made is the key.

The only parts that I am finicky about is extractor parts,I tend to buy the Colt stuff,their gold springs are some of the best

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Love my Armalite springs, never let me down. Everything in their spare parts kits is top shelf.

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1 hour ago, jtallen83 said:

Love my Armalite springs, never let me down. Everything in their spare parts kits is top shelf.

Truth. But I need to work on an AR15 spare kit. I am in good shape on the AR10s

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6 minutes ago, Sisco said:

Truth. But I need to work on an AR15 spare kit. I am in good shape on the AR10s

Armalite has those as well.

https://www.armalite.com/product/emk012-m15-field-repair-kit/

https://www.armalite.com/product/ek010-m15-spring-replacement-kit/

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3 hours ago, jtallen83 said:

Love my Armalite springs, never let me down. Everything in their spare parts kits is top shelf.

Yup. I raided Pat Raley when he sold off some kits. I got two parts kits and 4 field kits.

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On 1/29/2019 at 8:24 PM, Cunuckgaucho said:

Brother, you would freak if you saw my spare parts giant tackle box. I've posted pics of it here before - I think I even had a contest that anyone that could 100% identify everything in it - could have it.  :thumbup:

At any rate - cam pins.  I didn't see anyone mention cam pins yet.  Just one, per frame, will do (small frame AR15, bigger frame .308AR). Like others have said, gas rings, firing pin, firing pin retaining pin, ejector and extractor, with their pins and spring, a bolt (complete) - you break a bolt and you might have to the time to rebuild it right then, if it's a stripped bolt.  Even if you have all the stuff to rebuild it, which you should. A gas tube and roll pin for it. Trigger and hammer pin. 

If you have spare lower receiver pins and springs, the list of BCG sub-components listed above, a spare recoil system and gas system - you're good.  You need the things that will stop your rifle from functioning.

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18 minutes ago, 98Z5V said:

Brother, you would freak if you saw my spare parts giant tackle box. I've posted pics of it here before - I think I even had a contest that anyone that could 100% identify everything in it - could have it.  :thumbup:

At any rate - cam pins.  I didn't see anyone mention cam pins yet.  Just one, per frame, will do (small frame AR15, bigger frame .308AR). Like others have said, gas rings, firing pin, firing pin retaining pin, ejector and extractor, with their pins and spring, a bolt (complete) - you break a bolt and you might have to the time to rebuild it right then, if it's a stripped bolt.  Even if you have all the stuff to rebuild it, which you should. A gas tube and roll pin for it. Trigger and hammer pin. 

If you have spare lower receiver pins and springs, the list of BCG sub-components listed above, a spare recoil system and gas system - you're good.  You need the things that will stop your rifle from functioning.

I hear ya brother, there is a reason the only pictures I'll post of my benches is just after the build is finished same with drawers or storage containers initially loaded up.

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11 hours ago, 98Z5V said:

At any rate - cam pins.  I didn't see anyone mention cam pins yet.  Just one, per frame, will do (small frame AR15, bigger frame .308AR). Like others have said, gas rings, firing pin, firing pin retaining pin, ejector and extractor, with their pins and spring, a bolt (complete) - you break a bolt and you might have to the time to rebuild it right then, if it's a stripped bolt.  Even if you have all the stuff to rebuild it, which you should. A gas tube and roll pin for it. Trigger and hammer pin. 

If you have spare lower receiver pins and springs, the list of BCG sub-components listed above, a spare recoil system and gas system - you're good.  You need the things that will stop your rifle from functioning.

This is a good list to carry with the rifle/in the rifle buttstock, with more at home base.....at least in my mind.  .....save the gas tube and recoil system.....those should be in the vehicle, base, or wherever you call home.....

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A real good bro told me if you were limited on what you would have on you. Springs ....try and find one when they break. Just my 2 mags 

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