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Old 02-24-2013, 07:33 PM   #1
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What spare parts should I keep on hand for a semi automatic pistol? Thx in advance.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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What spare parts should I keep on hand for a semi automatic pistol? Thx in advance.
A Glock will run over 100,000 rds easy , so all you need is lots of ammo not parts .
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The most commonly replaced spring on a semi is the recoil spring, but it is not something that fails often enough for me to ever have kept one on hand, especially in a low recoiling pistol like a 22.

Ruger Marks, for instance, are all but indestructible. Have had some old ones that have been shot for fifty years and had umpteen thousand rounds and still shot just fine. With all the many old Marks i've owned, I've yet to see one that actually needed new springs, though I have replaced the recoil spring assembly on some old ones, just to be safe and because they're cheap.

Guns with more recoil, though, have the potential to go through recoil springs quicker. Even then, it varies from one model to the next. As TX said, Glocks rarely need them. On the other hand, a lot of 1911 users replace springs every few thousand rounds, just to be safe.

As to your question about keeping an extra spring on hand, well, it's not something I have ever done in forty years of shooting semi-auto pistols and I've never come up short needing one. In the rare instance that you'd actually need one, they're easy and cheap to get.
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I have some vinatage semi-autos and I have spare springs and extractors. But on something that is in current production I don't keep spare parts..............except for a few pins that tend to get lost. If you ever do want extra parts don't forget about getting extra springs, followers, and floor plates for the magazines too.
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It will depend on the gun. With the Colt .380s I would recommend having a firing pin and a recoil spring on hand. They can break the nose of the firing pin and they were hard to find when I needed one. I was unimpressed enough to sell my two off after replacing the pin.

As NCG said, some guns are hard on recoil springs. I do keep spares for the 1911 and Browning HP.
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I guess I was thinking about my SR9c when I started this thread. With the things the way they are right now, I thought maybe I should have a few parts on hand in case they become harder to come by in the future.
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I would consider a striker or main spring and recoil spring.
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I would consider a striker or main spring and recoil spring.
Ok, thx! I know if something breaks or flings into the unknown, I really don't want to wait a month or more for a part.
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Ok, thx! I know if something breaks or flings into the unknown, I really don't want to wait a month or more for a part.
I bought a military armorers kit for M16's. It contains a dozen each of the most common springs and pins. And I have a few extra pins and extractors for 1/022s and some miscellaneous parts for vintage firearms. Sometimes if a part costs $1 and shipping is $5 you might as well buy a dozen.
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I;ve always thought it was strange that guys worried about costs of guns and parts,. and then at least CLAIMED to fire many 1000's of rds per year. at 20c a rd, if you can afford to shoot that much, you can afford FINE guns, too.
Huh?
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Huh?
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+2 on the Huh
LL

I'm a firm believer that shoot happens & want to be prepared. LOLOLOLOL
It's my thread and I'll part if I want to.

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I'm a firm believer that shoot happens & want to be prepared. LOLOLOLOL
It's my thread and I'll part if I want to.
Big girls don't part.
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I;ve always thought it was strange that guys worried about costs of guns and parts,. and then at least CLAIMED to fire many 1000's of rds per year. at 20c a rd, if you can afford to shoot that much, you can afford FINE guns, too.
Rope made of licorice isn't very strong.
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it could probably be improved upon, tho, if is chemically treated. most things can be improved, it's just a question of cost and is it worth the cost? Can't see the obvious, eh? as in have a spare GUN so you dont have to put wear and fouling on the defense gun. u practicw with the "spare", and have it in case of loss of the "main" gun, thru fire, theft, car wreck, confiscation as evidence after u shoot somebody,etc.
Do you have any pics of you and your guns you have been beating your chest about ?

Where in the USA do you live in ?
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and what guns have i "beat my chest about,", hmm? Why don't you just admit that you don't have a clue, and ask "how to" and why questions, instead of being silly and trying to look like you know something?
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and what guns have I "beat my chest about,", hmm? why don't you just admit that you don't have a clue, and ask "how to" and why questions, instead of being silly and trying to look like you know something?
Why would anyone ask how to and why questions from someone who has no credibility?
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