The ability to do simple repairs

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    The ability to do simple repairs

    Tonight I am doing one of the most relaxing activities I know of, cleaning guns and drinking beer. As I am reassembling the trigger assembly of my wife’s M1 carbine I notice that the hammer pin is cracked. I do not have a replacement hammer pin, I can buy one for less than $3.00 but have to spend up to $10.00 shipping for a little 0.5 oz pin, that can be put in an envelope for $0.44.

    Okay enough of my griping, the point is that I pride myself on preparedness, and I do not have this simple part to fix my wife’s rifle. I can replace the pin and it will still fire (it might break and damage the trigger housing) or use her rifle as parts to repair mine, but to lack such a small and easily repairable part irks me. I now will try to acquire several of these assorted pins and other small parts.

    I hope that at least some of you will think about keeping some replacement parts on hand for your defensive weapons and maybe learn how to do simple field repairs on your weapons.
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    I find lots of parts at the local hardware store actually

    Also used a ball point ink pen spring for a sear spring in a 10/22 before, as well as with an H&R 410 shotgun. Increased the trigger pull by a bit, but worked perfectly, and still is in both cases, years later.
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    A valid point. This is something I have neglected for too long, although lately whenever I order something from brownells, I add some extra springs or other random small parts for one of my weapons to the order. That way the shipping charges aren't really an issue, and I start building up a supply of "most likely to fail parts" for my weapons.
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    Good post pgrass and a great reminder.

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    I got a lathe and a mill that I build rifles and stuff on.
    That pretty well takes care of the off the wall stuff, like pins and stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Carry Glocks, take the Glock Armorer Course...solve all your own problems.
    Owning a Glock and knowing how to fix it, still will not help you if you do not have the parts required to repair it.

    If I had access to a machine shop (and a machinist) I wouldn't worry about it, but I don't.

    So now I am going to stock up on parts.
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