What should be in an AR spare parts kit?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by JTJ, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Should I just buy an lpk or would I be better off with specific parts? I have a DPMS A4 that has been flawless but I am not a heavy shooter. Around 2k rounds so far. I will shoot about 100-200 rounds on a range trip.
     
  2. AgentTikki

    AgentTikki New Member

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    Firing pin. Bolt, extractor with pin and spring. Detents and springs.
     

  3. fsted2a

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    I change my gas rings out every trip to the range. I would say add that to Tikki's list and be done. Keep your favorite lube on hand.
     
  4. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Does any one put out a repair kit or do I just order the parts and make my own kit?
     
  5. JonM

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    I keep an entire lower parts kit in a baggy and a complete bcg on hand.
     
  6. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Pretty much what I've got. I have an extra LPK and a pair of extra BCGs. If you have a commercial grade AR15 BCG, it might not be a bad idea to upgrade it to M16 for $150, and then tuck the stock one away as a spare (the stock BCG may not be SHTF tacticool, but chances are it's a stout and reliable part).

    If you contract BRD, you'll accumilate a healthy supply of extra parts whether you intend to or not.
     
  7. fsted2a

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    Contrary to what some will tell you, most parts in your AR will last until a couple years past doomsday. There are kits out there that have every spring and pin from the flash hider through the end of the buttstock; only a few of those parts will have significant wear after many thousands of rounds fired. The springs in your LPK will last until the second coming, so will your buffer spring. I have never heard of a takedown pin or spring wearing out. None of the parts in your rear iron sights will need to be replaced. Your front sight post will occasionally get bent.
     
  8. purehavoc

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    I keep a couple extra parts kits on hand, Gas rings and a spare complete bolt.
    I have found that its just best to keep a couple extra ARs around its much easier than changing out a part ;)
     
  9. AgentTikki

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    Good call, but seriously every trip??? wow. I mean its a cheap and easy thing to replace but....I wait to change them every 3k rounds or so. My friend hasn't changed his in over 5k no issues so far.

    but ya, gas rings are a must. Get them in bulk for cheap, I think brownell's has em for a good price...
     
  10. AgentTikki

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    show off :p
     
  11. AgentTikki

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    TBH, most of my spare parts have transmogrophied into spare rifles.......dunno how it happened.... :confused:
     
  12. Quentin

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    Same here... every time I get an extra BCG or lower it turns in to another rifle. Three ARs and one AK, lots of magazines, thousands of rounds - that should do it! :p
     
  13. armsmaster270

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    Here is some of my spares Also have bolt, carrier, stock & handguard.

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  14. fsted2a

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    Yeah, when I last bought them, Brownells had them for about 33 cents each if you bought 5 sets, so I bought 50 bucks worth. A small price to make sure your gun is ready to roll every time. Takes a few seconds to change out. Peace of mind is priceless.
     
  15. ZeusEcho

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    Not related to spare parts but good advice non the less :D