THIS IS JUST FOR INFORMATION
No slam against GPC or their products. I am just posting this for information only so folks know about parts packaging and being careful about identifying ahead of time if ordering many parts at the same time.
Normally I buy the majority of my gun parts from Brownells or Midway. Depending on the part AND (big "and" here) How easy it is to find on their website. Brownells is better in some regards Midway in others. I usually don't buy parts from Numrich Gun Parts Corp unless I just can't find it anywhere else and normally I am not buying a bunch of different parts.
Recently I was cleaning my S&W model 60 Pro and managed to drop the little center pin spring and lord knows where it bounced to.
I went online to look for another and found that Brownells had the spring so I put in in the shopping cart. I then noticed that there were a lot of S&W revolver springs that were not available and not backorderable (is that even a word?). This kind of put me in a little panic mode so I began searching elsewhere for other springs that I didn't even need but wanted to have on hand in case springs for S&W revolvers became scarce or non-existent. Between Brownells and Gun Parts Corp I found nearly all the springs I thought I might need someday should I ever lose or break an S&W revolver spring.
Side note: Brownells had nearly every spring I needed for my J frame revolvers and GPC had nearly every spring for my K frame revolvers but Brownells did have some K and N frame springs GPC didn't. This ordering process took me quite a while.
Problem is there are different springs for different models within frame sizes. For example the center pin, bolt plunger, locking bolt and sear springs for a model 17 are different from a model 10 or 19.
So the Brownells packaging lists the part number and part name on each spring. Gun Parts Corp DOES NOT. So if you are ordering many parts for many guns be careful on how you track these parts BEFOREHAND if ordering from GPC. Luckily I wrote all these parts and what they are for in my log book but even still there may come a time when I have to determine which spring is the right spring at the time when I may need it. Another thing I found was Brownells prices per part were better than GPC and they were packaged with a part number and a part name on each individual packet.
Also, another side note. Many springs that will fit a K frame revolver will fit L and N frame revolvers as well.
I attached some photos to demonstrate. These are just a sampling of the springs I ordered. You can see how the GPC order might cause me some trepidation later on.