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missiontrails
10-06-2009, 9:34 AM
How hard should it be to stock parts to service AR's? I work around the corner from SoCal Gun, and this is my third attempt to find a simple part there, and they just don't care to stock anything. This time I was just Looking for a castle nut, called them, and the answer was "no, we have a few kits, but we don't stock parts.". Weak. I don't know about you guys, but when I walk into gun stores for small things, I usually see something else I want, and I buy it also, maybe ammo, an accessory, cleaning supplies etc.

Phil3
10-06-2009, 9:37 AM
If selling AR stuff, there is no excuse for not stocking the really cheap, easily lost lower parts kit stuff. Those things are items one wants right away if in the middle of a build and a spring or part gets launched into orbit. A shop that comes to the rescue would create a lot of good will.

- Phil

1811
10-06-2009, 9:38 AM
The best shop for this in SD is Quatico Tactical in Oceanside...

sirnonz
10-06-2009, 10:06 AM
lucky irvington arms in norcal stocks all those bits and pieces.

missiondude
10-06-2009, 10:08 AM
Give Don Gussler a call, I have bought individual parts from him in the past.

missiontrails
10-06-2009, 10:09 AM
lucky irvington arms in norcal stocks all those bits and pieces.

Yep, and any that don't should be ashamed of themselves. I could not imagine what it would be like if the Acura dealership I work for stopped selling parts for the cars we sell. A shop could put together a parts box for about $200, and then just maintain it. For me, I will end up paying $8-$10 shipping for a $5 part. No excuse. Hell, since I'm paying $8 shipping, I think I will add a complete VLTOR Modstock kit and a receiver endplate sling mount also, obviously since nobody around here cares enough to stock these items either.

fuegoslow
10-06-2009, 10:12 AM
I know what you mean, I was looking for simple chamber brushes and no one seems to carry them. Only bore brushes in cleaning kits. Gun shows have them for a dime a dozen. Oddly enough, ebay has them!

Phil3
10-06-2009, 10:30 AM
lucky irvington arms in norcal stocks all those bits and pieces.

+1 Yes, they are good in this respect. Lots of drawers of little parts.

SuperSet
10-06-2009, 10:36 AM
Unless you're doing a parts kit, I imagine the profit margin has to be tiny on those things.

Merc1138
10-06-2009, 10:40 AM
Unless you're doing a parts kit, I imagine the profit margin has to be tiny on those things.

It doesn't have to have more than a negligible profit margin. It's something that causes repeat customers.

If I leave near 2 places, and suddenly on the middle of a saturday I need a replacement spring, only 1 place stocks it, I'm probably more apt to go back to the same place that was able to sell me a $2 spring when I want to buy a $600 pistol.

It's courtesy, the extra mile, the thing that makes a shop stand out above others, etc. Why would I want to keep shopping somewhere that can't stock small items I need, when I can give my business to the place that does?

missiontrails
10-06-2009, 10:47 AM
It doesn't have to have more than a negligible profit margin. It's something that causes repeat customers.

If I leave near 2 places, and suddenly on the middle of a saturday I need a replacement spring, only 1 place stocks it, I'm probably more apt to go back to the same place that was able to sell me a $2 spring when I want to buy a $600 pistol.

It's courtesy, the extra mile, the thing that makes a shop stand out above others, etc. Why would I want to keep shopping somewhere that can't stock small items I need, when I can give my business to the place that does?

:iagree: There is no "GO TO" shop here in San Diego. Between buying and selling over the past 8 months, I have spent about $12,000, and about 95% of that mail order. If you go to AZ, the shops there actually stock things like stocks, parts, sights etc. Nobody here GETS IT. Business 101. The shops here can just continue to cater to beginners and Cowboys for all I care.

technique
10-06-2009, 10:53 AM
Yup...Those little pieces are a good thing to have. I ordered 50 LPKs from Highstandard once and in that particular lot every single trigger and hammer pin was out of spec...so we just put all the rest of the parts in our little tackle box of spare parts we already had.

HS ended up replacing the pins with good ones, we tossed those in the box too. Its amazing how many people loose a part or two. We would be someones hero everyday for having that stuff on hand.

technique
10-06-2009, 10:55 AM
Oh, and yesterday (since all my stuff hasn't made it to Idaho yet) I needed a few mag release springs and buttons....I was able to find them 5min from my house.......

He was my hero of the day. :)

missiontrails
10-06-2009, 11:08 AM
You know, gun stops should learn from casinos- the more time you spend in a casino, the chances are greater that the casino will take more of your money.

chaled
10-06-2009, 12:03 PM
The best shop for this in SD is Quatico Tactical in Oceanside...

^for real. Quantico Arms is the way to go.

missiontrails
10-06-2009, 12:15 PM
^for real. Quantico Arms is the way to go.

I have bought 4 GG&G uppers and one LMT upper from their website. Problem is, even though I'm in San Diego, it's about a 1 1/2 hour round trip for me to drive there.

johnrunner89
10-06-2009, 12:15 PM
I recently needed some LPK pieces but didin't want to buy another kit, so I stopped by Rifle gear and I was out the door in less than 5 min with parts in hand and a smile on my face. But seeing your location is in SD I sugguest you order online from their website. Also Midwayusa has just about every part you'll need too.

Rukus
10-06-2009, 2:32 PM
IMO a lot of the shops in San Diego hopped on the EBR bandwagon very recently. Its good in the sense that I can walk into several local stores and purchase a stripped lower, but like the OP stated there's not much else to go with them. You might find an overpriced LPK or Stock here and there but for the most part everything else is still few and far between.

I usually end up spending money through an online vendor or hop in the car and take a drive north to a store where I tend to pick up what I was looking for and more just to make it worthwhile. I really wish I could do this locally.

I feel your pain MissionTrails.

repoman1984
10-06-2009, 3:15 PM
Dunno about you guys but when I'm putting in the detent springs I put the entire reciver in a clear plastic bag cause thos elittle buggers can move and you'll never find them ever again in a garage full of parts. If you sell AR uppers and lower you really should have a stock of tiny part ready to go for customers.

swerv512
10-06-2009, 3:26 PM
my experience with one local shop is that they'd rather have you buy their over-priced LPK for that one detent you need, instead of making small parts available. if it's a money issue, ships could probably make a quick buck or two by opening up some of those LPKs and selling off parts...

Flogger23m
10-06-2009, 3:29 PM
lucky irvington arms in norcal stocks all those bits and pieces.


Do you know if they carry AK pistol grips (normal cheap ones), and ambidextrous AR-15 safeties?

missiontrails
10-06-2009, 3:40 PM
Here's what I don't get... How can there not be one VLTOR stock in San Diego on a retail shelf? How can there not be any small parts? How can there not be any BUIS's? Slings? Geeze?

SoCalRandy
10-06-2009, 4:05 PM
I've thought about this same thing over the past few months. I bent my firing pin retaining pin (little cotter pin) a couple of weeks ago and I called every store I could think of (SoCal Gun, Discount Gun Mart, Project 2K, California Police Equipment and Duncan's!) Duncan's was the only one who had it and they wanted $5 for it. Nobody else even regularly stocks those small parts :mad: I ended up calling Gussler and he had a whole tray of parts... I ended up getting three of 'em for about 2 bucks. Everyboy knows you can get these small parts from Brownell's or Midway but who wants to pay like $10 shipping for a $2 part???

L4D
10-06-2009, 4:06 PM
try sempr fi depot on Miramar road. they have tons of EBR parts.
i dont know if they would carry a single castle nut and stuff like that but its the only placed ive walked into that has tons of accesorries.

PIRATE14
10-06-2009, 4:10 PM
Too bad you guys live too far away..........we've got all that stuff hangin around....:chris:

PolishMike
10-06-2009, 4:12 PM
Discount gun probably has it down the street.

missiontrails
10-06-2009, 4:30 PM
Discount gun probably has it down the street.

Last time I went to DGM for some pins, they told me they can order them Brownells. My response was "so can I."

PolishMike
10-06-2009, 4:36 PM
Last time I went to DGM for some pins, they told me they can order them Brownells. My response was "so can I."


when was this?

When I was there they had several LPK's worth of parts you could buy individually.

missiontrails
10-06-2009, 4:44 PM
when was this?

When I was there they had several LPK's worth of parts you could buy individually.

3 months ago, needed a takedown pin and a crush washer, they did not have either.

Bobotheclown
10-06-2009, 4:47 PM
That's why I go to riflegear for all my AR needs.

missiontrails
10-06-2009, 4:50 PM
Have you ever noticed how some online vendors use UPS to ship small parts? Found a castle nut in stock for $7, shipping would have been $9. WITF can't these guys take a $1 pouch and use USPS for the extra $2.50 and just ship the crap? Not alot of profit in it for them, but it gives me the warm fuzzy feeling and brings me back for more.

Rukus
10-06-2009, 7:21 PM
Again, the issue is Profits v.s. Service

Why should they care about stocking little parts that don't have a huge profit margin and that aren't regular (quick) sellers. All they see is the $$ in the stripped lowers or lpk's that can be marked up readily and some fool will pay it.

Any store that would go the extra mile to help with the little parts would get my $ and my time.

Seesm
10-06-2009, 8:11 PM
Yeah heck I have alot of parts "simple" stuff like most fo us do... A true shop should in fact have all that as well.