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If a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event occurs, we will have to exist and survive with what we have on hand. Currently there is a buying rush for firearms and ammo in fear that they may not be available in the future due to government laws or restrictions. Whether a firearm owner plans to use their firearms for food or protection or both, a firearm will do you little good if the firearm is not working or not maintained.

 
Thankfully, most modern firearms are very durable and don’t usually break under normal use. But in a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event, you will have to know how to get your firearm back in working order if it breaks and this means you will need to have a few basic parts on hand and some knowledge on your firearm.

 
Repair Kits

There are too many firearms to talk about each one and what parts are most likely to fail. There are several parts that seem to wear out on most firearms. Number one for semi-auto firearms is recoil springs. In fact springs in general are the parts that seem to wear out first. My suggestion is to get a replacement set of springs for every firearm you own. Buy 2 or 3 extra recoil springs for every firearm you own.

 
Next would be an extra set of pins and small parts. In many cases the small parts don’t wear out but they are easily lost when stripping or cleaning your firearm. Spring Cups come to mind for a Glock and Detents come to mind for an AR-15. It would be sad to have a firearm out of service because you don’t have a $1 part.

 
There are a lot of quality handguns on the market. One of the reasons I like Glocks is that they only have 35 parts. Only 32 replaceable parts if you don’t including the receiver, slide and barrel. You can buy all of those 32 parts for around $100. Take away the firing pin and locking block which almost never wear out and the other 30 parts can be purchased for about $60. This fact alone make a Glock the perfect SHTF handgun in my opinion.

 
Based on my experience as a Glock armorer, I’ve put together two Glock parts repair kits. One kit is a basic kit with just the essentials and the other kit is a basic parts kit on steroids.

 
Basic Parts Kit
• 6. EXTRACTOR DEP PLUNGER SPRING
• 8. FIRING PIN SAFETY
• 9. FIRING PIN SAFETY SPRING
• 31. FIRING PIN SPACER SLEEVE
• 10. FIRING PIN SPRING 24N SILVER
• 34. LOCKING BLOCK PIN
• 25. RECOIL SPRING (Buy 2 or 3)
• 27. SLIDE COVER PLATE
• 28. SLIDE LOCK
• 29. SLIDE LOCK SPRING
• 30. SLIDE STOP LEVER W/SPRING
• 33. SPRING LOADED BEARING LCI
• 32. SPRING CUPS
• 34. TRIGGER HOUSING PIN
• 14. TRIGGER PIN
• 37. TRIGGER SPRING

The number in front of each part name corresponds with the schematic below. This kit currently costs around $25 at wholesale prices. Make sure you purchase the correct parts for your model of pistol.

 

Basic Parts Kit on Steroids
Add the following parts to the basic kit:
• 3. 5 POUND CONNECTOR
• 5. EXTRACTOR DEP PLUNGER
• 4. EXTRACTOR
• 18. MAGAZINE CATCH
• 19. MAGAZINE CATCH SPRING
• 35. TRIGGER HOUSING W/EJECTOR
• 38. TRIGGER W/TRIGGER BAR

This kit currently costs around $50 at wholesale prices. Make sure you purchase the correct parts for your model of pistol.

 

It goes without saying that if you are going to be able to do repairs on your own firearms, you need to learn how to completely strip and reassemble your firearms. There are many good videos from gunvideo.com, americangunsmith.com. There are also some free videos on youtube.com. The two links below are okay.  The commercial ones at gunvideo.com and americangunsmith.com are better.

 

http://www.youtube.com/embed/f0_TSiYxXn4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2Ah-Gj4MDs

 

If you have any questions about the disassembling or reassembling of your firearm talk to a professional armorer or gunsmith.

 

Ed Rogers
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