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Throwback Thursday: 10 Things You Should Buy Right Now

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It’s no secret, things change fast in the firearms world. One minute you’re a law-abiding citizen, and the next you’re a felon. With the stroke of a pen, the government can outlaw your favorite parts, accessories, and firearms. In the past, the Assault Weapons Ban and Bump Stock Ban have demonstrated this.

With the growing change in the political climate, and general civil unrest, here are 10 firearm-related items you should buy today, because you may not be able to tomorrow.

1. Frames and Receivers

The first things you’ll want to buy while you still can are frames and receivers. The most obvious items to purchase are AR-15 lowers. However, with the recent BATFE attempt at reclassification, you may also want to grab some upper receivers.

Similarly, now would be a good time to get any 80 percent kits, chassis systems, and firing control units you’ve been eyeballing. Having a good stockpile of these will allow you to build the firearm whenever you want.

AR receiver set

2. Lover Parts Kits (LPK)

The BATFE is also trying to reclassify small parts such as AR-15 LPKs as controlled items, so this is another set of components you’ll want to stock up on. Whether it’s to build a new rifle or repair an old one, these small parts make your firearm function, so you’ll want to have them on hand. Springs break, parts wear, and if you cannot fix and maintain your rifle, it could become little more than a paperweight.

AR-15 lower parts kit

3. Triggers

If you have any upgrades or builds in the works, you’ll want to buy the triggers you’ll need. AR-15 trigger units — especially those that function like binary or echo triggers — are controversial.

Recently, the BATFE reclassified a Rare Breed trigger as a machine gun because the trigger’s sear forces the trigger to reset after you fire, allowing a faster rate of fire. Rare Breed is currently suing the BATFE over the decision. Similar to bump stocks, these hybrid triggers (and even standard replacement triggers) may be subject to new regulations in the near future.

CMC Trigger

4. Bolt Carrier Groups (BCG)

Bolt carrier groups are another recent point of contention with the BATFE. Having a couple spare BCGs is good insurance in case one of your AR-15 rifles goes down. The BCG is the part of your rifle that takes a beating each time the rifle fires, so having a backup will help keep your rifle running longer. If you are planning for the future, I’d have at least one spare BCG for each rifle in your collection.

Wilson Combat AR BCG

5. Stocks and Braces

There have been several recent attempts by the BATFE to restrict access to pistol stabilizing braces. It would like to reclassify popular braces as stocks, reclassifying AR pistols by making them subject to NFA regulations similar to how SBRs are regulated. This could easily turn legal gun owners into felons — unless they register their firearms. Additionally, the ATF’s past actions with SB Tactical have presented similar ramifications.

There have also been restrictions on collapsible stocks in the past. During the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, semi-automatic firearms that had a combination of at least two “military” features — like folding or telescoping stocks, pistol grips, threaded barrels, or bayonet mounts — were restricted. However, firearms with these features at the time the bill was enacted were grandfathered in and not subject to the regulation.

SBA3 Pistol Stabilizing Brace

6. “High-Capacity” Magazines

It is always a good time to stock up on “high-capacity” magazines, whether that be your 33-round Glock sticks, 30-round PMAGs, or similar extended mags. You should also pick up some drum magazines for your preferred firearms. Spare magazines for pistols that hold over 10 rounds are another item that may want to stock up on before they are targeted. Magazine springs will eventually wear out, so you want to ensure you have a good supply.

Pro Tip: Buying a few spare mags here and there doesn’t hurt the wallet and is good insurance for the future.

AR-15 Mags and Ammo

7. Ammunition

You should also stock up on ammunition for all of your firearms. Recent times have shown that the supply can dry up… Ammo could also be subject to increased taxes or legal processes to purchase. It is always good to have a healthy stockpile of ammunition on hand — especially if you’re preparing for a SHTF scenario.

Additionally, in the past, ammunition such as green tip M855 rounds and hollow points have been restricted. Recently, the Biden Administration has proposed denying new Form 6 submissions and warned it will deny all future renewals. Technically, this will not have an immediate effect, but the writing is on the wall as current Form 6 importation will expire over the next two years.

Pile of rifle ammo

8. ARs, AKs, and Other Semi-Auto Rifles

Some of the most obvious and talked about items to buy before a potential ban are semi-automatic rifles. AR-15s, AR-10s, AK-47s, and all other semi-auto rifles are heavily scrutinized. This is especially true if they accept a detachable magazine or incorporate other “military” features such as a pistol grip or adjustable stock.

This is even more likely with firearms manufactured in foreign countries, as the Biden Administration has proved with its recent ban on Russian firearms. They already must be imported in a restricted configuration and reconfigured in the U.S. to remain 922r compliant.

Studio shot of a Russian AK-47 in front of pelican cases, ready for travel.

9. Semi-Automatic Pistols and Shotguns

It’s not just rifles, semi-automatic pistols and shotguns are also under the magnifying glass. “High-capacity” semi-auto pistols such as SIG, HK, CZ, and Glock could be subject to future regulations.

Additionally, semi-auto shotguns with features dubbed “tactical” such as pistol grips, magazine tube extensions, and adjustable stocks may also be a target. So, if there’s a new firearm you’ve been considering, grab it before it’s gone.

SIG P226 with light on table with sunglasses, magazine and ammo

10. Scopes and Optics

Though not currently under the microscope, you may also want to buy optics for your firearms. Specifically, more tactical optics such as red dots and holographic sights may come under fire. They may not be banned outright, but they could face further restrictions and regulations, similar to suppressors in certain parts of the country. If you’re already covered on most of the other items on this list, or have your eye on a new optic, don’t wait, pick it up today.

EOTech Red Dot Optic

Final Thoughts

When you get into a politically-charged hobby such as firearms, the future is uncertain. As we’ve seen recently with the Biden Administration’s plan to ban the importation of firearms and ammunition from Russia, and the BATFE’s reclassification of certain accessories, availability can change overnight. Take advantage of what you can buy today, while you still can.

What are you stocking up on right now? Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in August of 2021. It has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and clarity.

About the Author:

Alex Cole

Alex is a relatively young firearms enthusiast who’s been shooting consistently for around seven years. Though he is fairly new to the industry, he loves consuming all information related to guns and is constantly trying to enhance his knowledge, understanding and use of firearms. Not a day goes by where he doesn’t do something firearms-related.

Alex tries to visit the range at least a couple of times a month to maintain and improve his shooting skills. He also enjoys disassembling and reassembling firearms to see how they work and to keep them properly cleaned and maintained. He installs most of the upgrades to his firearms himself, taking it as a chance to learn.

Additionally, he is very into buying, selling and trading guns to test different firearms and learn more about them. He is not only interested in modern handguns and rifles, he appreciates the classics for both historical value and real-world use.
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Comments (23)

  1. If you don’t have THOUSANDS of rounds you screwed up. I like to target shoot and plink so I stay stocked

  2. Giving away rights was unthinkable for many Americans , but we all gave up easily,
    we got unwillingly vaccinated , we allowed a national election fraud to remain as a president of a republic that is under domestic and foreign attack , will few resist confiscation?: maybe, but the majority won’t , the incoming election is simply an all in move to America, if freedom loses by any means, then forget about a few parts, you will need more than that to survive.My family endured hardship in a communist country for 23 years, 1st they denied being communist, then they confiscated all guns, then confiscated the land, houses , businesses and everything else,
    of course there was an eternal food shortage to keep your mind occupied, disinformation, and travel control were next , the communist government blamed America for all their mistakes, over the years we run out of almost everything, a simple wine glass when broken was irreplaceable,sooner or later you realize there are only 3 important things: god , family and freedom.

  3. Only makes sense parts would eventually be in their “sights”. Revolvers do not seem to have much need in this area, but in semi-auto pistols, extra springs, and other high wear/break items like extractors should be considered to keep spares. And for those who us AL-15s (Armalite Lefties), having a spare BCG, and possibly a stripped upper, on hand really is a good idea, as they can be almost impossible to find. Murphy says: If a BCG is going to break, there is a 100% probability it will be a Lefty BCG. :-(. Most springs and small wear parts are not that expensive, and even if you don’t end up using them, well maybe your grandkids will, so it is still a worthwhile investment.

  4. Good 10 points.

    Three more would be:

    bullets,casings, powder, and primers etc.

    Another would definitely be food and the storage of. You gotta eat

    Good pair of night vision binoculars

  5. Great advice…if you’re idea of the future is The Coming Zombie Apocalypse. This post is saying “Buy everything in our catalog and turn your home into a firearms warehouse because THEY could outlaw anything and everything at any time.”

    I notice that “Gun safes and lock boxes” failed to make your list.

  6. That’s just the beginning. We will be a member of the UN small arms treaty, meaning, if confiscation occurs, it won’t be by local law enforcement of national guard, It will be done by the boys in the blue helmets.

  7. If we don’t realize it now that we are screwd, wait until tomorrow as we will be even more screwd. Don’t wait until as it maybe too late all ready, buy everything that you can buy. Although, it maybe all ready too late. Remember the days when you could just walk into a sporting goods store and purchase a firearm without any effort, well those days are gone, now, you just about got to justify the need for owning one? A small group of individuals with mental stress problems and it is growing, we can thank and blame them for that? Sounds stupid, but sharp instruments or the great American Buck knife and folding survival knives are next? One day they too will be banned! and a thing of the free past? It is just a matter of time as the deadly assault crimes against the public grow with the use of knives, swords and other sharp instruments are utilized.

  8. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO OUR GUNS WHEN WE PASS ON ? WILL THE GOV. BE ABLE TO KNOW WHO GETS THEM OR SHOULD WE PASS THEM DOWN NOW BEFORE WE DIE ? I HOPE I DON’T IN THE NEAR FUTURE – BUT WE CAN’T EVER KNOW , I’LL BE 70 IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS AND I HAVE 1 FOR EACH OF MY 16 GRANDCHILDREN -,ALL DIFFERENT SIZES AND CALIBERS. THEY ASK ME ALL THE TIME AS TO WHICH ONE WILL BE THEIRS AND THEIR FROM 29 DOWN TO 12 YRS. OF AGE, OF COURSE THE OLDER ONES OWN THEIR OWN NOW AND MY SONS AND DAUGHTER AS WELL . MY DAD HAD A LUING SHOT OUT IN WW2 ,SO I DIDN’T COME UP WITH GUNS . I REGRET TO SAY I DID THE SAME WITH MY CHILDREN ,BUT NOW 3 OF THE 4 OWN AND SHOOT REG.AND THE THAT ONE THAT DOES’T HAS AN AUTISTIC SON THAT HE AND HIS WIFE WERE CONCERND AS TO WHAT HIS REACTIONS AT TIMES WOULD BE IF THERE WAS A FIREARM IN THE HOUSE .I THINK EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND FAMILY AND PROPERTY . WE WORK HARD FOR WHAT WE HAVE AND SHOULD NOT LET SOMEONE TRY AND TAKE IT FROM US . AS THE AUTISTIC GRANDSON HAS GOTTEN OLDER I HAVE GIVEN THAT SON A SHOTGUN ,THE BOY IS NOW 16 AND HAS GROWN OUT OF A LOT OF THE PROBLEMS HE HAD YOUNGER .
    GOD BLESS AMERICA

  9. I got most of this covered. I am working on spare parts now. 10k rounds of ammo should get me through the first week or two.

  10. Tell me about it. I have an Astra A-80 9mm and I cannot find any spare mags anywhere. They are simply not available from any source. Not a good situation.

  11. According to fbi: Dr prescribed prescription as of 2013 125,000 deaths per year has risen over 300 percent(375,000 per year)since 2016….firearms deaths 44000per year. Dr prescribed prescriptions kill over half million yearly….where is the outrage go and take their right to practice cause you WILL NOT take my right to carry….I nor my firearm have NEVER HARMED ANYONE!

  12. According to fbi: Dr prescribed prescription as of 2013 125,000 deaths per year has risen over 300 percent(375,000 per year)since 2016….firearms deaths 44000per year. Dr prescribed prescriptions kill over half million yearly….where is the outrage go and take their right to practice cause you WILL NOT take my right to carry….I nor my firearm have NEVER HARMED ANYONE!GFYS!

  13. I remember back in the Obama administration when primers became nearly impossible to find. When the supply increased, so did the price, so I bought a couple of bricks of large rifle primers and also large pistol primers. I wish I had bought more, but I really wish I had bought more small pistol primers back then. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been able to find a couple of bricks of large pistol primers to add to my supply. I’ve added a couple of new 9mm pistols to my collection this year and found that I had only very few hundred round sleeves small pistol primers on hand. Despite being at the door at opening time at my local gun stores, I’ve not been able to find too many small pistol primers locally. I tried substituting magnum small rifle primers for a hundred rounds, but only my older HiPower clone could reliably shoot them (“reliably” meaning <10% light strikes that required more than one ride in the chamber to go BANG.) The prices of primers of course, even when you can find them, is ridiculous, multiples of what it was before the pandemic. I've been able to get a decent supply of small pistol primers ordering online at SCANDALOUS prices. Fortunately, I had the foresight to stock up on enough factory ammo during the Trump years to irritate my long-suffering bride with the storage problems, but I prefer to shoot reloads, which are still more economical, though less so. Powder is harder to find nowadays too, causing me to have to experiment with what is available, rather than what I've been using for the last 40+years.

    If you shoot some of the less common rifle calibers that I so, such as 7×57, 6.5×55, .303 British, and now even the 8×57, etc., you almost have to reload to have ANY ammo. The same is true for some of the bigger rifle calibers like .375 H&H Mag or .458 WinMag; in the case of these bigger "African" game calibers, reloading is also still WAAAAAY cheaper than rarely available factory ammo. Where I live, you cannot legally shoot cheap steel-core ammo at anything in most areas due to the fire danger, or lead ammo at game due to growing bigotry against lead (lead really is nasty for your health).

    If you stock up on ammo and reloading supplies, make sure you have the means not only to store it, but to move it around. Buy ammo cans as well. Don't just randomly throw your stash in cans like I did without labelling the cans, either, unless you ENJOY scavenger hunts for things you KNOW you have but cannot find, or enjoy finding ammo you bought but forgot about!

  14. after near 30 years in USMC and USArmy i have never heard,seen or known of a BCG breaking. not that it might not happen with the multitude of parts groups but have to put it on the lowere end of emergency parts to have

  15. a spare bolt carrier group and charging handle is smart ,or the parts to fix bolt a broken extractor hunting is a trip ender without parts. My fishing tackle box has as many gun parts as parts to repair reals and lives under seat next to tool box

  16. Of the twenty-seven words contained in our Second Amendment of which our founding forefathers were absolutely magnificent and incredibly smart and didn’t write it in “lawyer-ease,” nowhere do I see any caveats allowing for the feral government, any government state or local the ability or responsibility to restrict my God given and constitutionally protected right of self preservation. There are no clauses allowing for background checks, waiting periods, psychological profiling, permitting, or the registration of any firearm to anyone! Along with the constitution were added the Militia Acts of 1792 which addressed the ammunition issue.

    Most of our elected politicians in Government don’t recognize the Clause “the right of the “people” to keep and bear (carry) arms ‘SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED’ or are aware of the Militia Ac ts of 1792. However, I do see plenty of elected officials who would just as soon try and TAKE our God given right by usurpative fiat while at the same time refusing to abide by their oaths of office.

    We go back to the simple question of “What part of “shall not be infringed” do these Leftopathic Corruptocratic Globalists not understand”? Any law restricting ownership of any firearm written since 1791 is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and therefore technically unenforceable ! Guns have but two enemies, RUST and Politicians!!!

    As for the NICS Universal background checks, They are the opposite of being effective and a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. It’s already a crime to sell a firearm to somebody who is not legally allowed to own a firearm, whether one goes through a background check or not, that is already a crime.

    The NICS background check database is “faulty” and “racially biased,” in that minorities are more likely to share a surname with someone else who may have a criminal record.
    Consider for decades now our Bill of rights has been under attack. Again I want to reference the Amendment that the framers intended to guarantee compliance of the other nine amendments, our second amendment, as does the regulation of Ammunition sales which in effect is a TAX on Law abiding citizens exercising their rights under the second Amendment and Militia acts of 1792!.

    I am curious to find out just how many politicians would be willing to place the same caveats as they have on our Second Amendment or any other amendment e.g. file a form and wait several days so one can exercise their first Amendment right to exercise free speech – file a form and wait several days to exercise their third amendment rights protecting us from unreasonable search and seizure. Or the ninth amendment that states that there are other rights that may exist aside from the ones explicitly mentioned, in the Bill of Rights even though they are not listed. Meaning they can be violated. The proverbial political foot is in the door, and APATHY from the American people is allowing the door to usurpation to be thrown WIDE open as if it wasn’t there.

    Regarding Red flag gun confiscation laws; they violate the Fourth Amendment.
    If the government takes somebody’s God-given rights because they think that a person might someday commit a crime, then we enter into the realm of dystopian science fiction movies. Whether one is an ardent defender of the Second Amendment or not, all of us should be concerned about the implications of the Fourth Amendment and due process. The fourth amendment is a foundation of our country.”

    Democrats don’t care about keeping people safe. For Democrats, this issue is about emotion. They’re appealing to emotion and not reason. If they were appealing to reason, they would know ways to keep people safe and that, to quote a book, ‘more guns equal less crime.’ But also for the Democrats, it’s about paying back their donors. Soros and Bloomberg are going to want to get what they paid for, and what they paid for is disarming our society.”

    No one but God can dictate policy to me and my family and I will do whatever it takes to secure my liberty and the liberty of my fellow patriots. Stand in my way try and usurp my rights or otherwise enslave me, you should be prepared to back your actions up with your life as I am prepared to do likewise!!
    There comes a time when you have to stand for the Constitution or die by legislation one usurpative bill at a time.

    I will offer this little but important lesson in history – The reason Americans should be aggressively fighting against gun control is because armed people will not willingly load themselves in boxcars or FEMA camps!

    “Those who fear your gun do so because they know they are guilty of things for which they should be shot”- Kevin B Shearer

    “Laws forbidding the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.” Thomas Jefferson quoting Cesare Beccaria

    If one refuses to fight for what one has then one shouldn’t cry over what they lost!!!

    Libertas est, non liber – mercedem mihi portionem substantiae sumptus
    Libertas inaestimabilis res est
    Celer Silens Mortalis
    Semper-Fidelis
    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛABE

    More people have been slain by politicians with pens than have been killed by the entire group of legal gun owners because politicians with pens in their lust for power, have created the spread of pandemics, mass murder, civil unrest, and war!!

  17. To add to this article, there has been a “grievance” that the left has had for a long time about “why do you pro-gun people have to own more than one gun ?- it is very threatening”. Sooooooo, I also have 15 Fishing Poles so that must make me more of a threat to the Fish ?? There is NOT one thing that “they” say that EVER makes a bit of sense.

  18. Take a look at the pending regulations the ATF is trying to push through right now. You won’t be able to find any gun parts or receivers in stock anywhere. Invest now why you can or don’t complain when you can’t find anything in stock. There’s a lot of news shooters that decided at the last minute to buy a gun or mag, only to find none in stock. The experience shooter knows this, but the newbies don’t.

  19. In other words we should be stocking up on everything gun related. This sounds more than a little self serving for C-T-D. There are some reasons to stock up on some items – ammo being one and now is not the time -3-4 years ago was the time when ammo was plentiful and relatively cheap. It will be again but it isn’t now. If you build ARs some of this may be prudent but a lot of us just buy one or two finished rifles and this isn’t necessary.

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