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redrover3569 10-30-2010 04:00 AM

Which parts tend to wear out?
I recently purchased a Star SS .380 and a Llama 3A .380 both of which I did some google searching on and found they must be around 30 years old. I have found sites with available parts for both so I know I can still get parts. Both look to be in good working order. I need to know which parts I need to be looking at that may be worn and which spare parts I might want to buy when they are available so I can keep them in good working order for many more years.

gatopardo 10-30-2010 04:42 AM

Find a local gunsmith and have him/her inspect the weapon, firing pin, mags, bore size and condition, etc. He'll be able o tell you about the generalcondition of the weapon and the necessary remedies if needed.

Keep in mind, none sells a horse because such horse runs too fast;)

redrover3569 10-30-2010 05:13 AM

I could take to the gunsmith of course. But I would like to learn for myself as well. My desire goes further than owning and shooting. I want to know how they work and if I can make them work better.

General_lee 10-30-2010 01:22 PM

Check the Mags, bore, extractor, firing pin, recoil spring.
Make sure that when the hammer is cocked back, you cannot drop the hammer by simply trying to push the hammer forward.
There are other things that can wear out, or break, but this will give you a good start.

NGIB 10-30-2010 01:28 PM

For parts, I'd get extractors & springs for sure. Spare firing pins and mags would also be high on the list. There will come a day when no parts will be available so stock up accordingly...

redrover3569 10-30-2010 02:29 PM

Which springs? Or should I get all of them?

gatopardo 10-30-2010 09:18 PM


Originally Posted by redrover3569 (Post 377354)
Which springs? Or should I get all of them?

That is exactly my point

Don't worry, you'll learn alright. An you'll learn fast, semi autos are simple tools really, they're not airplanes.

Is just that somethings are only obvious only to the trained eye of a gunsmith, he'll tell you exactly what to look for, after that, you can own it.
You'll be pulling apart those guns more times than you want to for sure.

If you pull apart your weapon, put everything on a small trays or similar, keep handy a magnet for disappearing pieces. You'd be amazed how many people have "springs" leftover after they're done:eek:

redrover3569 10-30-2010 09:47 PM

I'm nowhere near ready to fully disassemble my own gun. So I'll be seeing the local gunsmith for now. However, being an older gun, parts are limited but usually inexpensive. I was simply looking for advice on which parts to buy if I were to buy them now and store them for a later need. The things that I may not need now but will need with regular use. The bones of the matter is that if the gunsmith needs to replace something in the future he may have to order the part . If I have the part to give him I can get back to shooting that much quicker.

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