AR-15 Spare Parts Organization for the Obsessive Compulsive

by February 19, 2013 02/19/13

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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ShooterMedic816
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!!!

Tyde
Tyde

I'm interested as well! Thanks!

Nathan Shonts
Nathan Shonts

Please make a list, it would be very helpful.

Chris
Chris

Bryan,

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

Thanks.

Chris
Chris

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

JeffCren
JeffCren

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

Jeff
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).

greg
greg

me too!

i would really like to get this list!!!

collander
collander

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

Rick
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.

Rick
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.

Lively
Lively

The inventory list would be very helpful

Logan Anderson
Logan Anderson

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

Geo
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

Matt Disano
Matt Disano

I would definitely appreciate an inventory list.

casey
casey

Amazing. Another vote for a parts list or diagram.

collander
collander

Pretty freaking rad.

Now to get a schematic on the lid.

collander
collander

Pretty freaking rad. Now to get a schematic on the lid.

Nate man
Nate man

My OCD wonders where are the bolt carriers

Michael Benedict
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?

Chris
Chris

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

williaty
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!

williaty
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!

Jason Michel
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!

Jason Michel
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!

Matt Koyak
Matt Koyak

I'm curious what this kit took to build.

Chase
Chase

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

Jose J. Soto
Jose J. Soto

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

greg
greg

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

Michael
Michael

Please do! I am very interested!

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