Figuring out NSN and part numbers

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Rustnot

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Hi all. First official post.

I am new to govplanet and buying military inventory. Trying to decode NSN numbers or figure out what certain parts go to. Is access to the NSN database (specs, costs, references) classified? Searching online usually brings me right back to govplanet. I thought about signing up with one of these gov suppliers to see if they would provide additional info.

Anyone have any source?

thank you.
 

Rustnot

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I have. but they do not give much info, including what it was used for. Sometimes you get some general info. Do you actually log in?
 

SCSG-G4

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First four digits tell you the Federal Supply Classification - 2320 is wheeled vehicles, 2330 is trailers, etc. You can look up the standard Federal Supply classifications here > http://everyspec.com/FSC-CODE/ Next two digits are where it is made (00 and 01 are USA) and the rest is a unique number that was originally a drawing number for the part. I think that last part went out the window 50 years ago.
 

Guyfang

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Well, yes and no. The part numbers for most power generation parts, things that can not be used on any other applications, are still the drawing number part. Parts bought off the shelf, not so. A good example would be a control panel door. Its not going to be used on any other thing but THAT gen set. So the part number will be the drawing number.
 

48cj2a

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Its really hit or miss with NSNs and what they belong to. We use FedLog and WebFLIS exclusively at work (USAF) and it does not always give you an end item application so I would not waste any money to join or get access to any of the online parts suppliers programs.
 

Guyfang

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There are some ways to "decode" the NSN. You need to get into the net and find out what the first 4 numbers mean. Like SCSG-G4 told you, the first 4 numbers 2320 means its a wheeled vehicles, 2330 is for trailers and I will add 6115 is for power generation. If you google NSN, there are some places that tell you the history of the part numbering system, and a list of what and how the first 4 number work.

And yes, like 48cj2a told you, its not worth the money to sign up for on line parts suppliers. And many parts suppliers provide the info for free anyway.
 

jeffhuey1n

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I use what is called WebFLIS. It contained every stock number still in use by the government. There are thousands of items listed. Here’s the link. You may need to provide some information before being allowed to use it. They’re looking for very basic stuff, name, email address, etc. Each item has various pieces of info. Some give you lots of info, some give you next to nothing.

 
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