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Old 05-14-2010, 09:03 PM   #1
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With the economy being what it is , I would like to know of "popular" gun parts that are not available, metal or plastic that some of us with machining skills could manufacture on the side. America was once a leading manufacturing country and most of it all started in someone's garage. So if some of us are slow business wise in our shops this could be work for us to do. Aftermarket replacement parts. What think ye all? Legalities?? Thanks, rj

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Avoid copyright infringement (if applicable). Some parts have to be made due to age of firearm, closed manufacturer, etc... Sometimes the homemade part allows the firearm to "fit" better or function better. Making a firearm, changing a firearm to NFA, full auto parts without the proper papers is definitely a no-no.

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Making them is one thing. Making them to sell and doing it cheaply enough to make them sell and still make enough to keep doing it is another thing.

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Thanks for the comments guys. I was also thinking of consumable parts like buffers, firing pins, ejecters mainly "out of production" parts that if made would keep someones favorite gun going. rj

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Take a gander at e-gunparts.com. There are a lot of things that are no longer available. If you can get specs, then there may be a good market.

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Buttplates. Pure plastic injection molding, but an easily damaged part, and one that can be a buoger to find on older rifles. Not a regulated part like a receiver, no proof testing like a barrel- cheap to make, easy to market.

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Reliably working Colt .32 magazines. Lots of Colt 32 type 'looks-like' magazines being made and sold today, but none that actually work well in a Colt 32. Colt had a secret to making them, but the clone guys haven't learned the 'how-to' yet.

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Do you have a CNC shop?

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Years ago I had a .22 rifle that my grandpa gave me. a piece in the bolt broke and none were available. I would have paid a premium to someone like you who could have made me one.

I think this market must exist and I wish you luck.

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Default LC Smith fireing pin bushings?

One part that must be very rare is the fireing pin bushings for old LC Smiths. I have one that needs both but they are scarce. That would be a start but I don't know how you would determine the need to manufacture these--Just a thought--Hmmmmmmm.

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