Apex Gun Parts Surplus Warehouse Tour

Apex Gun Parts is a surplus importer and distributor based in Colorado Springs, that stocks a large amount of inventory for the surplus parts and parts kits manufacturing industries in the United States. The owner, Jeff Selvig was kind enough to give TFB a personal tour of the warehouse and some of the behind the scenes inventory that the company sells through its online presence, in addition as a wholesaler to various manufacturers and stores throughout the industry. Unlike other portions of the firearms industry, the surplus sector is very unique. For one, the collectors and shooters that make it up can be a very passionate group that pursue their historical tastes very thoroughly. Also unlike other parts of the industry, the surplus one is directly tied to the supply of parts and importation of them as well. When they dry up, there can be little hope of new ones entering the market. On the other hand, politics can greatly influence the market that take down importation bans.

This shelf shows an entire length of various rifle parts, primarily IMI Galils. There are numerous

Magazines upon magazines, the company had an entire aisle filled to the top with nothing but boxes of magazines. This was just their individual picks as it had entire conex boxes in the back filled with bulk magazines. 

These are DDR MPi-KM parts kits waiting to be sold.

Odd that a surplus company would have modern parts, but it does. Jeff mentioned that it was necessary to be able to sell modern components in order to make up for inevitable losses and shortfalls in the surplus market when times go dry on supply. 

This CETME Armorers kit was particularly unique, coming with an entire and complete issue of what an armorer in the field would have required to get a rifle back into working condition at that forward echelon of care.

 

Trench Art, mostly from the results of the break up of the former Yugoslavia. Apex has far too much to individually pick out, post on their website, and sell, but if you call them, you can ask to get something randomly.

Inert Landmines

Apex had something like several hundred inert Anti-Tank landmines imported from Europe. Most were just trainers that militaries had made for training purposes, but others were formerly actual landmines that were made safe and then into inerts. I thought this was so hilarious to have landmines for sale and such a novelty that I personally bought one and am thinking about turning it into some sort of floor piece. I think even funnier, would be bolting it to the concrete section of a future driveway so guests have to park right over it as they drive in…





Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Flyingchipmunk

    Landmines on the driveway. Genius. Definitely something you could get into some trouble with too though, even if they are inert

  • PK

    Partly thanks to Apex, that’s how my shop looks. Increasingly, it’s less of a shop and more of a warehouse…

    • Cyborg Fred

      What company do you own?

    • Samuel Millwright

      Trips to apex are the only reason i miss Colorado springs

      • PK

        Right? When I lived there it seemed like everyone I knew visited them for parts and kits. Mail order just isn’t the same.

      • Cal S.

        ONLY reason?! Bro, did you even live here?

        • Samuel Millwright

          Yes lol… Colorado springs and me had to part company, one of us was gonna end up dead.

          Beings as it’s bigger than me, i was pretty sure it was gonna be me.

          • Cal S.

            Some people, lol.

        • Samuel Millwright

          I mean dragon man was pretty fun sometimes and shooting up on gold camp road was fun before everyone kept dumping bodies up there and it got closed!

  • B. Young

    Got a few of those Balklands AK stocks covered with “Beverly Hills 90210” character stickers. I seriously doubt they knew what they were from??

    • iksnilol

      On the contrary, it’s just that the stickers came with bubble gum. And better to slap them on the stock than to throw them away.

      • Haulin’ Oats

        Soviet Com-Bloc nations didn’t know what it is or have access to bubble gum. It was a common first time discovery for a lot of East Germans who crossed over the wall to find bananas, gum, and all sorts of novelty treats which were unavailable in their former homeland.

        • iksnilol

          See, that’s where you’re wrong kiddo… since Yugoslavia wasn’t com-bloc.”

          Also, how stupid do you have to be to believe that there wasn’t bananas in the Soviet union? They had a tight relationship with both China and Vietnam (which both were indebted for a while to the USSR), and both of those produced and provided bananas to the Soviet Union.

    • Requiescat in pace

      Beverly Hills 90210 series was aired in Europe and the Balkans too.
      It was difficult to escape that show.

    • Haulin’ Oats

      American TV is rather common and easy to find in Europe. Ever hear of David Hasselhoff?

      • iksnilol

        A national treasure you lot don’t appreciate enough. For shame.

  • R3

    Bolt the landmine to the handicapped parking spot

  • Roguewriter

    I really want one of those CETME Armorer’s Kits.

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      Since I’ve built 2 CETME model C’s, I would too. And the parts kits came from Apex. They still have them and I’m thinking I might get a couple more.

  • Random Disabled Person

    More posts like this. Since we can’t wander their stock rooms & warehouses , like good old fashion hardware stores (lowes & home depot do not count), the images are the next best thing. The sheer amount of distraction and mental stimulation of building up that next gun by accessories or from parts kits is great therapy for the soul.

    Most of these places have Tardis like floor plan. The old video tour that is floating around on youtube compared to today’s view is a great comparison for all we have gain and lost for firearms parts and various models over the years. The once common by the barrel parts, are now a specialty item. A reminder to order spares now and extra magazines before the cycle out of inventory.

  • jcitizen

    APEX!! My FAVORITE store!!

  • Fleur de Leis on a stock mean it was used by elite sniper unit. So I’ve read.