One of the most often asked questions from gunsmiths online involves locating parts for firearms that need repair. Based on the questions I see people asking on Facebook both on the American Gunsmith site as well as the others I’ve been in, most people new to gunsmithing have no idea where to go for parts or tools.
Some days I spend more time chasing parts for guns I have in the shop to repair than I do actually repairing guns. That seems to be a common problem for many of us and I finally decided to put together a list of the suppliers I use on a regular basis. Here are some of the most useful sources I use.
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If you have a firearm that is still in production the most obvious place to search for parts is the manufacturer. Even if the model is no longer in production the factory might have parts or can sometimes tell you who can supply those parts for the firearm. This is a list of some of the major firearms manufacturer’s websites. Some sell parts directly others, may simply direct you to suppliers that sell their parts. Even if the model is no longer in production the factory can sometimes tell you who can supply parts for the firearm.
Factory Parts Contacts
Here are factory contact sites that can help with current production firearms.
Armalite (Armalite.com, 623/780-1050).
Armi Sport di Chiappa (ChiappaFirearms.com/parts.php, 937/835.5000).
Barrett Firearms (store.Barrett.net).
Benelli USA (ShopBenelli.com/parts.html).
Beretta Corp. USA (Beretta.com/en-us/spare-parts-1).
Browning Arms Co. (Browning.com/support/parts-service.html).
Charles Daly (CharlesDaly.com/parts.php).
Colt’s Manufacturing (Colt.com).
Cooper Firearms (CooperFirearms.com/pages/options-and-accessories).
Glock Inc. (store.teamglock.com/gun-parts).
Heckler & Koch (us.hkwebshop.com/hkstorefront/?site=hk).
Hi-Point Firearms (Hi-Pointfirearms.com).
Ithaca Gun Co. (IthacaGun.com/internal-parts).
Kimber Mfg. Inc. (store.KimberAmerica.com).
Marlin Firearms (MarlinFirearms.com).
O.F. Mossberg & Sons (Mossberg.com/store/parts.html).
Pedersoli Davide & C snc (shop.Davide-Pedersoli.com/en/14-spare-parts)
Perazzi Inc. USA (Perazzi.it/en/perazzi-usa.php).
Remington Arms Co. (RemArms.com).
Ruger Firearms (Ruger.com/service/partsService.html).
Savage Arms Inc. (SavageArms.com).
SIG Sauer Inc. (SigSauer.com/parts.html).
Smith & Wesson (store.smith-wesson.com/parts-and-magazines)
Taylors Firearms (TaylorsFirearms.com/accessories/parts.html).
Thompson Center Arms Co. (Tcarms.com).
Traditions Performance Firearms (TraditionsFirearms.com/support/product-schematics).
Walther Arms (WaltherArms.com/parts).
Weatherby Inc. Weatherby.com/shop-home/gun-parts).
Winchester Repeating Arms (WinchesterGuns.com/support/parts-service/parts.html).
The sources I use to look for firearms parts for guns that are no longer in production, aftermarket custom parts, and gunsmithing tools are listed below. This is may not a complete list of every possible parts suppliers in existence, however, this my personal list of the supply sources have had consistent good results from over the years and can recommend.
Apex Gun Parts. They are a good source of rifle and pistol parts, including some current firearms and many older military arms. (719/481-2050, ApexGunParts.com, email@example.com).
Bob’s Gun Shop Inc. They have parts for many out of production firearms. (PO Box 200, Royal AR 71968. Fax orders or phone 501/767-2750. firstname.lastname@example.org).
Brownells Inc. The obvious place for gunsmithing tools and supplies, they also stock many recent and current production factory new parts as well as aftermarket parts. (3006 Brownells Parkway, Grinnell IA 50112, 800/741-0015, Brownells.com).
eBay.com. Fellow author RK Campbell once made a reference to this popular and long-time online site as a pirate site. Well, not in the sense of being illegal but it can feel that way. eBay is a multinational e-commerce site that has facilitates consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales through its website since 1995. While obviously not just a gun parts site, many shop owners, companies, and individuals with parts often use the site to sell and trade used gun parts at auction.
Jack First Gun Parts. One of the “name” gun parts supply houses, they have a large selection of parts for various firearms. (605/343-8481, JackFirstInc.com).
Numrich Gun Parts Corporation. Another big name in used gun parts. (226 Williams Ln., Kingston NY 12401, 866/686-7424, GunPartscorp.com).
GunBroker.com. An auction site similar to eBay that focuses on firearms, including gun parts. (GunBroker.com).
John Gunderson Antique Militaria. A source of original parts for antique and historic firearms. (518/668-2221, GundersonMilitaria.com).
Homestead Parts. Arizona-based parts house specializing in older (pre-64) Winchester Rifles and parts for Cowboy Action Shooters but with plenty of other parts and information options. (HomesteadParts.com, 520/303-3030)
International Military Antiques. As you can guess, they handle mostly antique guns and accessories with an emphasis on collectibles, including some parts stripped from old guns. (908/903-1200, IMA-USA.com).
Midway USA. Probably best known for its retail sales, Midway also stocks aftermarket parts for modern firearms and gunsmithing tools. (800/243-3220, MidwayUSA.com).
Popperts Gun Parts. Popperts has a large selection of parts for modern firearms. (1 Limeklin Pike, Glenside PA 19038, 215/887-2391, PoppertsGunParts.com).
S&S Firearms. S&S stocks parts for original and reproduction antique firearms, including uniforms and reenactor supplies and accessories. (74-11 Myrtle Ave, Glendale NY 11385, 718/497-1100, SSFirearms.com).
Pecatonica River Long Rifle Supply. Known for their selection of single shot and antique repeater stocks and muzzle loading guns and parts. (PO Box 2791, Rockford IL 61132, 815/968-1995, LongRifles-PR.com).
Richards Microfit Stocks Inc. Richards stocks gunstocks for most modern rifles from classic to wild. (800/895-7420, Rifle-Stocks.com).
Track of the Wolf, Inc. Muzzloading parts, stocks, barrels, and kits. (18308 Joplin St NW, Elk River MN 55330, 763/633-2500, TrackOfTheWolf.com).
Treebone Carving. Treebone has a great selection of parts for Winchester and Marlin lever guns, rolling block action rifles, Ruger #1 and #3, and Trapdoor and Sharps stocks. (PO Box 496, Wellington NV 89444, 775/465-1080, TreeBoneCarving.com).
Wisner’s, Inc. A great source for more modern gun parts that might not be carried by the original manufacturer. (PO Box 58, Adna, WA 98522, 360/748-4590, WisnersInc.com).
Wolff Gunsprings. Wolff makes replacement springs for most modern firearms. (PO Box 458, Newtown Square PA 19073, 800/545-0077, GunSprings.com).
Womacks Rolling Block Parts. As the name implies, they stock original Remington Rolling Block parts. (7343 Annette Ave., Fallon NV 89406, 775/423-0810, RollingBlockParts.com).
As mentioned above, I make no claim that this is a complete list but I have often found that if a part I need can be had, these sources are most likely to have it. Of course, that’s been my experience for my projects. If you are still unable to locate the part you need you’ll need to look further.
Some tips for searching. Use more than one search engine. Google.com is the most popular and obvious but far from the only one. Others worth using are DuckDuckGo.com (which emphasizes user privacy), Luxxle.com (which emphasizes being unbiased), FreeSpoke.com (also emphasizes unbiased/uncensored results), SwissCows.com (user anonymity), Bing.com, Yahoo.com, AOL.com, Ask.com, Excite.com, and Lycos.com. While all search engines index publicly-available websites, the approach each company takes in indexing and presenting search queries differs which can lead to different results during a given search. If your first search comes up dry, try using different search engines.
Vary your search terms. A good way to begin is by typing in the manufacturer name, model number, and any other part names or any particulars you know. For example, a search for Remington 700 parts for sale should get you a number of listings of parts sellers. You can then refine that by modifying keywords, such as replacing parts for more specific part names and variations. Look up the manufacturer’s schematic and/or owner’s manual to know the exact name the maker used to call their part.
Understand common search engine syntax. Adding a “+” in front of words that must be in the search result. Surrounding a phrase in quotation marks similarly prioritizes results having that exact word or phrase. For example, a search for “Remington 700” +parts will be more specific with results having an exact match to the specific phrase “Remington 700” that also includes the word parts somewhere in the result. This is different from “Remington 700 parts” requiring that exact phrase together. Dropping the quotation marks indicates a search for results that have these words or numbers anywhere in the result and not necessarily together, which may or may not be what you want.
Exclude results by adding a “-” to a word or phrase. For example, Remington is also a brand name of electric razors and shavers. So, a search of Remington -shave would exclude any results having Remington that also has the word shave in it.
Searches can specify an OR operator. Separating search words with OR (it must be capitalized) or a pipe (typed as “|”) includes results that have any of the keywords. Consider the part that moves a shotshell from the level of the tube magazine up to be chambered. They can be referred to as lifters, carriers, or elevators depending on the make and manufacturer. Your search phrase could be shotgun lifter OR carrier OR elevator which could also be typed as shotgun lifter | carrier | elevator.
In a similar vein but to be more particular, searches can include an AND (capitalized) to require a search that includes all the words in the search but not necessarily together.
As with mathematical order of operations, parentheses can order search term groupings. The above example of shotgun parts may be better written as “shotgun (lifter OR carrier OR elevator)” This search specifies that the result must contain an exact match for shotgun lifter or shotgun carrier or shotgun elevator. This is different than “shotgun lifter OR carrier OR elevator” which would result in an exact match for shotgun lifter or carrier or elevator. The last two would include any type of carrier (aircraft?) or elevator (building?).
Searches can also be confined to a specific site, replacing http: with site: as the protocol. If you’re only interested in results from GunBlabForum.com, try typing site:GunBlabForum.com Remington into the address bar of your browser to find pages, posts, or comments with the word Remington limited to that specific site.
To search only for a topic that is the main subject of a page or result, use intitle. To search for news or web articles focused on Remington, try intitle:Remington. This will limit results to where Remington appeared in the title of the article or page and not just anywhere in the document. To limit this to a specific filetype, use filetype. A search of intitle:Remington filetype:pdf will only include results that are links to PDF files that have Remington in the title.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help in an online forum but be smart about it. Before posting a question, search on your own and then include what you searched for, how you went about it, what the results were, and what you’re looking for but haven’t found. Before asking on a particular site or forum, do a site-specific search on that forum ( site:ForumName.com ) to double-check your question or something similar hasn’t already been asked and answered. Include the fact you did this to show that you were thorough in searching on your own before asking for help. This is part of learning how to ask questions the smart way.
As I said, for some projects the search for needed parts can take as long as the repair itself. Knowing some great supply places and how to search further on your own can help make finding what you need a little easier.
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