When Talking About Buying Gear, Let’s Not Forget Gun Parts


We are all so busy focusing on guns and ammo and trying to purchase as much as we can before who knows what happens next, that we forget a few other little important bits about what may be needed to keep our guns running so they work when we need them most.

Listen, I hate being all doom and gloom but our country is headed toward a potential financial problem and I'm taking the stance that it's better to have the stuff you'll need now before it gets too late.

I wrote an article that was a bit different for me not too long ago about making some essential preps so you're a bit more ready for anything that may come. I encourage you to read that article, here.

But outside of that stuff is something that nobody, including myself, has really spoken much about. At least, not to my knowledge, and that is keeping your guns running.

I think it's a good idea to have multiples of certain things that are known to wear out faster on your guns.

Recoil Spring:

For pistols, one of the first things to go, especially on the newer micro compacts like the Sig P365 is the recoil spring.

But it doesn't really matter which gun brand or specific pistol you're using because having extra recoil springs on hand is just a good idea.

Some manufacturers list out the life of this all-important spring, while others don't. It's a cheap-enough thing to have around that it more than makes up for it.

Other pistol parts:

Having extra springs is a good idea. So is having other parts that experience wear like your extractor and other parts that tend to rub on each other or other metal surfaces.


The magazine for any gun, pistol, rifle, or mag-fed shotgun — is almost always a weak point.

A lot of the times when a firearm is malfunctioning it's the fault of the magazine. This is another one of those things that you should be having a few extra of, anyway, but even more so if you might not be able to buy them in the future.

Magazines are an expensive, but totally necessary piece of gear for your gun to function right. And, if you've only got one or two mags and they both end up taking a dump on you, you'll have an inoperable gun.

Not good.

AR-15 Parts:

America's Rifle, the AR-15, also has some parts on it that will wear out faster than you'd want them to. It's just good forethought to have the following extra parts on hand, should you need them —

  • Extra springs
  • Pins
  • Bolt, BCG, and all parts, some assembled, some loose

In addition, having at least two or three of each part per rifle is a good idea.

Expanding on that last bullet point a bit is important. I find it's a good idea to have an assembled BCG for quick swaps if needed, as well as loose parts to fix individual items later on once the dust has settled.


I hate sounding all doom and gloom, but I look around and see bare shelves at the grocery stores, lots of other stuff just not being in stock, food rationing still taking place in many areas, all with winter coming.

To make matters worse, many people don't have jobs and the entire system is a domino with each sector at least somewhat dependent upon other sectors and industries to stay open.

To help combat all of this, make sure you've got all the stuff you need now while there is still some to be had.

A good place to start looking for some of these items are websites like Brownells.

About Joshua Gillem

Josh is a lifelong practitioner and student of the gun. He grew up shooting/hunting with his dad, and was given his first gun, a 12 gauge shotgun, when just a small boy. After high school, he joined the Marines where his love for firearms blossomed as he qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G. Josh has been writing about firearms and tactics for several years, owns the blog Gunners Den, is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and believes that each individual person has the right to self-defense by any means necessary. Currently residing in gun-friendly NC, he carries a concealed gun on a daily basis, even in his own house.

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