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Old 05-11-2019, 07:12 AM   #1
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Buying a gun as separate parts

NAA has a parts list, with numbers and prices, for each gun. Just for fun, I totaled up the Guardian 32 prices, and the entire list would be $ 370. This does not include the takedown button, which is factory only, or the slide, and the frame/barrel assembly. So, say maybe $ 650 for the whole gun? It lists for $ 409, I paid $ 335 for mine, so I'd guess wholesale is about $ 275. Less than half the "parts price".

I remember doing the same with a Ruger one time, back when they had numbers and prices to read. Came out about the same percentage. I wonder which gun company has the worst part prices?

Still better than car prices. Probably 200K for a 20K car in pieces. I remember there were a few cars sold in crates, and you put them together yourself. Cheaper that way, then.

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Old 05-11-2019, 03:14 PM   #2
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Try pricing out a Japanese motorcycle with parts.
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I know, I've had two Hondas. A '78 400 Hawk and a '72 CB-175. I actually got the '78 in '79, and bought the '72 in '96 with 600 actual miles. It needed mufflers, and I clearly remember $110 each. I only paid $500 for the whole bike. At least otherwise it was like new.
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A friend of mine bought a carburetor for a Jap bike. The bike wasn't worth what the carb costs. The Japs flooded the British market with bikes at cost. It destroyed British bike manufactures. Once the Japs took over the bike market, they raised prices on bikes and parts. They tried that in the US but loyal Harley owners fought back and won for a long time. Now it seems a great percentage of Harley riders are getting too old to ride, and the younger ones can't afford one. Doesn't look good for Harley. There should soon be a great used market for one. I hope I did not hijack your gun part thread.....sorry.
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No hijack, parts are parts. I would guess that most companies use similar formulas for parts, wholesale, and other pricing. Some of the "prestige" brands seem to jack up everything across the board so you pay more for the name. Like Mercedes or Rolex. I've got some NOS Seiko watches I paid $ 40 for, and list was $ 180. I'm sure they made money at $ 40. Just wondered if any gun companies are particularly outrageous on parts.
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The new Sigs are modular with a fire control unit and that is the serial numbered part of the firearm. The caliber change kits are listed at $399 which is a slide, bbl, guide rod and captured spring, grip module and one mag. You just pull the FCU and put it in the grip module and you can go from 9MM to .40 S&W, etc, change size. Seems expensive. I paid $550 for a new P320.
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Sum of the parts ain't cheaper than the whole

Last year I assembled a Thompson Center .50 caliber Hawken after I had gotten a 'deal' on the barrel and stock from a kit sans all else.
I invested, after judicious shopping, just under $ 400.
Right about break even for having bought one.
The 'thrill' of the build was well worth it!
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