View Full Version : Gun manufacturers parts sale poll

December 9, 2009, 05:04 PM
I was going to purchase a Springfield XD 45 but purchased a Glock 21 instead simply because the only parts Springfield will sell are the slide spring and magazines. Essentially everything else requires the gun to be shipped back to Springfield. When I mentioned this to the shop owner he said "I don't blame them, if I was a gun manufacturer I wouldn't sell parts either."
This got me to thinking. From a lawyer standpoint I can see why companies wouldn't want to sell parts. From a consumer standpoint it's not really an advantage, especially with parts that are drop in (firing pin, mainspring, etc).
How do you feel about manufacturers selling gun parts (other than the frame).

December 9, 2009, 05:10 PM
I think it would make life easier, but they make more $ this way, plus its a liability issue if some average joe does it, rather than their gunsmiths

December 9, 2009, 06:59 PM
Here's my stance: If you're really afraid of being sued by a customer who installs the part wrong (such as a trigger) require customers to fax a waiver and be able to purchase the part directly from you.

December 10, 2009, 01:44 PM
I voted for "Selling Some Parts".
My reason behind that are because any time a manufacturer sells a piece, part, or doo-dad it's WAY more expensive than what Brownells would sells it for. Ever buy Beretta parts from Beretta? They're 20+% cheaper now that Brownells became primary distributor. So, I opine that manuf's ought to use places that sell and re-sell items at fair market value.

December 10, 2009, 03:05 PM
I can see non critical parts being sold, such as a recoil spring.
But I do not blame Springfield’s decision.
I blame the lawyers.
If I bought a Chevy or a Glock and then did a modification on it, later resulting in an injury I can still sue the original manufacture. Fact.
I was a commercial loader. If someone bought my ammo, shot it and then reloaded it. I could be held as partly responsible in court. Courts very rarely put blame on one person. You might get 95% of the blame but that other 5% is going to cost the manufacture some money.
That is why my Insurance policy cost me as much as 65% of my sales.
After market sales on products are going to close doors and disappear. That is the reality if it.
Ask a Lawyer he will tell you.