Looking for some generally easy to find firearm parts that you can swap out or use to give your favorite guns a quick upgrade? If for some reason, your groups are suffering, your trigger is losing its crispness, or your action’s just not cycling as fluidly as it once did, you might be able to rectify the problem with some of these firearm parts.
1.A new barrel
For guns with rifled barrels, every time you pull the trigger and send a bullet downrange, you’re carrying away just a little bit from the interior of the bore’s rifling. It takes thousands to tens of thousands of rounds to even notice a difference in accuracy, but over time, you will notice that rifled barrels wear out and can’t achieve the accuracy that they once could. Replacing an aging barrel is one of the first steps you should take to improving or restoring the accuracy of an old gun.
Smoothbores don’t experience the same exact issues, but sometimes they need to have their barrels replaced too. A barrel with a bulge or a dent is downright dangerous to shoot and can experience a catastrophic mechanical failure - these guns need new barrels too.
2.A new trigger
There are so many reasons why you might want to replace the trigger in your gun. Maybe your gun came with a mushy trigger that is simply a nightmare to use. Maybe your trigger isn’t downright terrible, but you’d still like to be able to switch it out for one that’s more adjustable; trigger weight makes a big difference in the shooting experience, and it does affect accuracy.
If you want to see your confidence behind the trigger take off, perhaps it is the trigger itself that you would do well to replace.
3.A new stock
You might think of a stock as cosmetic, and there are many beautiful walnut stocks out there that really are beautiful - but their visually appealing nature is secondary to their function. The stock must support both the shooter and the barrel. Wooden stocks can experience dry rot over time or trap moisture that can harm the barrel. These must be replaced.
But you should also swap out stocks for modern, adjustable models that will better fit your length of pull, comb height and other dimensions. A gun must fit you if you expect to develop proficiency with it.
4.A new bolt or bolt carrier group
Your firearm’s bolt or bolt carrier group contains a lot of sensitive internals that serve as the heart of the gun. Some of these we will individually address below, but sometimes the best case is simply to replace the bolt, especially if parts or springs are broken or missing.
For modern sporting rifles that contain a bolt carrier group, swapping out a bolt carrier for a model that has a modern coating like titanium nitride or nickel boron for permanent dry lubricity may shorten cycling time and improve performance. It can also diminish wear and tear on the action.
5.A new handguard
If your favorite rifle is a sporter with a handguard, swapping out the handguard can also vastly improve your shooting experience. For one, replacing the handguard can actually make it more physically comfortable to fire the gun or even improve your grip.
For another, a new handguard can expand your real estate for attachments, giving you added room for new grips, more comfortable rail covers, lights, lasers, optics and more.
6.A muzzle brake (or even a suppressor)
Muzzle brakes and suppressors can be highly valuable, albeit for different reasons. They’re also subject to varying legislation so be aware of local laws and ordinances.
Attaching a suppressor to your firearm can help save your hearing, especially if you fire off thousands of rounds at the range in training. It can also help diminish muzzle jump just a little bit.
On the topic of muzzle jump, if you hate that (or recoil) get a muzzle brake. Just make sure you use really good hearing protection. A muzzle brake will slash felt recoil and muzzle rise, but it will seriously boost the report from the muzzle.
7.A new firing pin
Here’s an easy fix if your gun won’t fire: make sure that the firing pin is intact. Just like barrels wear out over time, firing pins will break with hard use. If they do, they need to be replaced to restore the basic functionality of your firearm.
8.New ejectors or extractors
Another component of the bolt or bolt carrier, extractors and ejectors (where present) make it possible for your action to work as intended. In the case of semi-automatics, failed extractors or ejectors will cripple the feeding action of the gun. These issues need to be identified and remedied with the proper firearm parts as the issues arise.
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In addition to these high quality firearm parts, we have countless other parts, accessories and attachments for historically significant, antique and even modern firearms, including sporting rifles and handguns. If you need an expert’s help to make a repair or upgrade to your firearm, get in touch with us here at 610-250-3960 or come visit us in our store in Easton, Pennsylvania. Our firearms experts will connect you with the parts you need to fix the issue, whatever it turns out to be.