Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Sign Things Are Getting Better?

So, look what showed up yesterday?


No, that is not an illusion. That is not one but two lower parts kits for the AR-15 platform. And a MA-compliant (i.e. non-folding or adjustable) stock with stock kit. I placed this order back in  January or early February in the vain hope that it might be available (yeah, I know, hope can be a fickle mistress), figuring that if it did ever show up someday it'd be good to have extras.

Anyone else have any luck with parts? 

That is all.

12 comments:

Dave H said...

I haven't actually bought any in a couple of months, but when I've gone looking I've noticed that AR parts are available. Maybe not as common as last year, but they don't seem to have dried up like .22 ammo.

Old NFO said...

Yep, parts are coming back, slowly... Now if some ammo would just show up...

Mopar said...

That's because the entire state of CT was just banned from buying parts. Our loss is your gain.

JFT said...

Between Bravo Company and Midway, I've been able to get everything to put my new lower together except for a Magpul trigger guard. As of yesterday, BCM even had a midlength upper in stock, I'm kinda wishing I'd have just ordered it with the rest of it.

Anonymous said...

I haven't ordered parts lately, but I've noted that 223, 45, and even some 9mm loads are available again, but at rather high prices. $0.80 to $1.00 ea for 223 ball is kinda ridiculous. I know the days of $0.25/rd are long gone, but a return to $0.40 would be welcome. 22lr is still unobtainium.

GreyLocke said...

Question about the Non-adjustable stock. Would a stock that is adjustable by the removal of a locking screw that requires a tool to remove, so it can be adjusted for smaller or larger shooters be allowed? IOW it would require partial disassembly to adjust. If so someone could make a killing by creating the conversion kit for adjustable stocks.

Anonymous said...

greylocke:
If you had the tool,it would still be adjustable,just not as easy.Maybe if were dealer only,but someone would make a tool for it eventually.I"ll make them if it were to happen!

Dave H said...

GreyLocke: I think a case could be made that "adjustable with a tool" is still adjustable - it was designed to be adjusted; no modification of the original design is required.

Daniel in Brookline said...

I dunno, Jay. I placed an order with CMMG for a .22LR upper for my AR, almost two months ago, and it's still on backorder with no ETA.

I placed an order with CTD for an AR .22 conversion kit (bolt + mag), as soon as I saw they had one, and it apparently sold out in the time it took me to place the order. (They do have others in stock, but they come with more-than-ten-round mags, meaning they can't be shipped to Massachusetts. (I suggested that they send me the bolt without the mag; they're not willing to do that. Nor can they send one to a non-Massachusetts address, given that I'm paying with a Massachusetts credit card. Sheesh.)

I keep checking back at ammotogo.com, but they're out of .45, out of 9mm, out of .22LR. They don't even have much in .38 Special. I visited my brother in Ohio last week, and we tried to go shopping; the store had FOUR boxes of 9mm left. (Only one to a customer. My brother and I took 50% of their supply.)

I keep telling myself that, with the ammo companies trying to meet the new demand, sooner or later there'll be a glut on the market. But I've seen no sign of it yet, more's the pity.


Dave H said...

Daniel: Have you seen Gunbot? It checks a number of online vendors' stock in near real time for many popular calibers. Right now it shows that Natchez has 9mm for about $18 a box, .45 ACP for $32 a box, and Ammunition to Go has .38 Spl for $23 a box. .22lr is still really hard to find unless you're willing to pay 30 cents or more per round, but if you watch Gunbot on weekdays occasionally you'll see Cabela's list it for $9 for 100 rounds. I've done that twice in the past couple of months.

Anonymous said...

Keepshooting has a very good house brand parts kit.
Cabelas still has CMMG kits in stock.

Daniel in Brookline said...

DaveH! Many thanks! I didn't know about Gunbot. It looks like a great resource. I suspect most good deals I see there won't ship to MA, but hey, it doesn't hurt to ask.

I checked out keepshooting.com and cabelas.com... if they still have .22lr AR conversion kits (bolts or uppers), I didn't find them. I'll keep looking; thanks!