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AR-15 Spare Parts Organization for the Obsessive Compulsive

By Bryan Black

AR-15 Spare Parts Organization

My name is Bryan and I have a problem. I’m addicted to organization and it’s starting to consume me. All kidding aside, I do like to keep things organized, including all my spare parts floating around for my AR builds.

I was inspired a few months back by a photo Stickman put up showing how he organized his parts and I’ve been looking for a way to store even more. I wanted something that literally had a spot for every part to keep an AR running. While it certainly doesn’t take all the parts shown here to do that, I like to be prepared and have enough to keep everyone’s guns around me running too.

My other requirement for a case was to have something that was easy to transport, preferably with a handle. I finally found all my requirements in the Akro-Mils 6318 Case, available here from Amazon for around $25.

AR-15 Spare Parts Organization

What I really like about this case is the awesome top section that has 42 individual small compartments and the bottom section has another 20 compartments. To open the case  you flip open the tabs, yet the top section is still secure, again which I like. The top section is also secure enough compartment to compartment where small parts don’t roll to another compartment and get mixed around.

AR-15 Spare Parts Organization

AR-15 Spare Parts Organization

The top and bottom section dividers are removable and customizable, so by trimming off a divider, you can create larger compartments. As you’ll see, I’ve done on the bottom to hold longer items like the Action Springs.

AR-15 Spare Parts Organization

If you’re interested in sourcing each of these parts, I buy my individual parts from Brownells. They’re great about backorders too. They ship what’s in stock to you immediately and the backordered items ship individually as they receive them. I know this costs them on shipping, but it’s something I admire about the way Brownells does business. I also pick up what I can at Bravo Company USA and I really like their MPI’d Bolt Assemblies. As you’ll see, it’s one thing I’m missing from my parts, that’s what comes from being the guy that has parts to share though.

If you guys are interested in a full on inventory list of what I have here, let me know and I can put something together with direct links to where you can pick them up. Brownells has a really good search engine now on their site and things are fairly easy to find now. It used to be impossible to search for anything on there.

You can also take a look at our DIY AR-15 Build Series for tips on parts to purchase and of course how to build your own complete AR-15 from a stripped lower receiver.

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Discussion

  • Jose J. Soto

    The only cure is more rifles to put together. In different colors to match your environment.

  • Chase

    Looks great! Now for the hard part: finding any spare parts to put in the new organizer….

  • I’m curious what this kit took to build.

  • Jason Michel

    “If you guys are interested in a full on inventory list of what I have here, let me know and I can put something together with direct links to where you can pick them up”

    I love to have something like that! I like your organization and have thought about doing this for awhile now. I would greatly appreciate being able to benefit from your experience putting this together.

    Thanks!

    • Michael

      Please do! I am very interested!

    • Tyde

      I’m interested as well! Thanks!

  • JORDAN CORDOVA

    I would buy this kit if you sold it

  • williaty

    I’d like to see a list of what’s in there. Actually, what’d be really helpful for new AR-15 shooters like me would be if you could sort of group the list into “These are spares you REALLY need to have”, “These are spares you’ll only need when you refresh the gun at X-thousand rounds”, “These are things you’ll probably never need but better safe than sorry”, etc.

    Thanks!

    • greg

      me too!
      i would really like to get this list!!!

  • Chris

    Awesome. Can you post a diagram of how you set it up by compartment? No sense reinventing the wheel! Thanks.

  • Michael Benedict

    Bryan: Thanks for sharing. Excellent work. I started something similar but on a much smaller scale. This really takes it to the next level! Any chance of getting a diagram or parts list?

  • Nate man

    My OCD wonders where are the bolt carriers

  • collander

    Pretty freaking rad.

    Now to get a schematic on the lid.

  • casey

    Amazing. Another vote for a parts list or diagram.

  • Matt Disano

    I would definitely appreciate an inventory list.

  • Geo

    Dont feel bad, I have the exact same thing in my stash of AR parts, even used a label maker, whats worse is mine also has spare glock parts for all my glocks lol

  • Logan Anderson

    I like the dust cover that you can see in the first few pictures.

  • Lively

    The inventory list would be very helpful

  • Rick

    “’d like to see a list of what’s in there. Actually, what’d be really helpful for new AR-15 shooters like me would be if you could sort of group the list into “These are spares you REALLY need to have”, “These are spares you’ll only need when you refresh the gun at X-thousand rounds”, “These are things you’ll probably never need but better safe than sorry”, etc.”

    This, also I would love to see a diagram of how you labeled the individual bays so that I can recreate this masterpiece.

    • collander

      I agree with you, Rick. It would be great to see a critical parts list of items that are most likely to fail.

  • Steve Donges

    Would love to see the list

  • Jeff

    Brownells has a great AR15 Master Parts Checklist here:

    http://www.brownells.com/UserDocs/Miscellaneous/ARCLform.pdf

  • Jeff

    And for those of you in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Meyer has this item on sale for $24.99 and no shipping fees (Amazon was quoting $11.32 for shipping).

  • JeffCren

    Yes, would definitely like to see specifics on the parts in there!

  • Chris

    Bryan,
    Follow up request for a schematic. Would make a lot of people happy!
    Thanks.

  • Nathan Shonts

    Please make a list, it would be very helpful.

  • ShooterMedic816

    I know this is an old article but….. I would love to see a list/layout as well! I’m currently in the middle of my first AR build so anything you guys would share would be awesome!!!

  • Dustin

    Seriously….put these kits together and sell them!!! Hell just buy a bunch of the boxes, label them and sell them without parts in them I would be a buyer  TODAY no questions asked . This would helo someone like me out a hell of a lot thats new to the AR

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