While every manufacturer that keeps an honest business tries to make parts that will last and be useful for as long as possible. But, some parts will always fail before others, and that is why we need to have spare parts for the maintenance of our tactical gear and accessories.When it comes to what can be considered spare parts, there are three categories that are the most frequent:
Hooks, lines, and rivets
The last two categories are generally larger and can usually be ordered from the manufacturer directly. The first category is problematic because they are small and need to be ordered wholesale.Thankfully, at least where it comes to tactical gear, most local hardware stores will have something that will serve as the needed parts. Rivets and hooks tend to break, often cost under a dollar in most stores.Those that are in the market to buy any type of tactical gear need to take into consideration what types of parts would they need and how much would it cost to exchange only that part without finding a whole new item for sale.
Exchangeable Ballistic Pads
When it comes to defensive gear, this is something that often comes to mind. Most operators that buy personal sets of armor will buy ballistic plates with the plate carrier and auxiliary armor. Those plates will last for half a decade, but will eventually need to be exchanged.This is also true for other types of ballistic inserts, including some that we might not use often, such as in auxiliary armor. Even if they are unused after five years, the panels need to be changed.Thankfully, new modular vests and plate carriers are meant to be used with different plates and soft armor, and there is usually an easily reachable pocket that holds these items. In that case, the only thing you need to do is order a new plate and slide it in the same pocket.Finally, all armor plates and pads are completely recyclable. There are specialized companies that work with manufacturers to buy off and break down ballistic armor and make raw materials that will create new armor.Recycling is a much better choice than letting old plates gather dust in the garage, or simply throw them in the trash. This way you can even make some money that will subsidize your new purchase.
Covers and Fasteners
Covers and fasteners are always on the outer part of your setup. Additionally, they get adjusted and touched often, even if there is no conflict involved with your mission. Because of regular handling, they are usually the first to fail.A good thing about covers and fasteners is that the product will usually be usable even if they are not in perfect condition. Something like the cover for your helmet will work even if shabby and as long as it serves its primary purpose you can continue wearing it.
Wholesale Spare Parts
On the opposite side of the covers, there are small parts that can’t be ordered individually but can be necessary for the proper functioning of the product. Hooks and rivets are small but essential and they are usually only bought in bulk.Thankfully, with online shopping, it is always possible to find these items at a low price. As they are used universally and even outside of the defense industry, they can be found in many civilian hardware shops.Regretfully, it is unlikely that spare parts for body armor would be in this group. But, other types of military equipment and other tools needed by the army for combat or maintenance should be available regularly.
Interchangeable Individual Parts
Finally, there are spare parts that can be considered interchangeable. Items like holsters, patches, and even the clothing apparel for armored clothing can fall into this category.Because new models are usually modular and consist of interchangeable parts, most of your ballistic protection can be removed and changed for something else.Armored clothing is probably the best example here. While you can have only a single ballistic panel to protect you, you might want to have multiple shirts, singlets, or hoodies that you will wear on different days.This not only helps with cleaning the shirts but also allows you to wear different colors and designs while keeping the same level of protection. The combination is significantly cheaper and easier to maintain than having a ballistic panel for each item.