From the Vault: Ruger Blackhawk 1877 Custom Build
We've featured lot of showpiece guns in FTV, but today Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant takes a look at a workhorse that put a LOT of meals on tables over the years, the Winchester Model 12 pump action shotgun. Introduced in 1912, more than 2 million Model 12s were manufactured over 51 years in a vast array of gauges, grades, and configurations. Many of them were takedown guns, as is Caleb's, mostly for convenience in transporting them - and it's a lot easier to clean the barrel on a takedown sh
Brownells Gun Tech™ and resident firearm historian Keith Ford shows us a little chunk of wheelgun awesomeness: the Russian Nagant M1895 revolver. At first glance, it looks like a typical gnarly old revolver of its period (cough! - Webley - cough!), but there are two unique things about the Nagant: the whole cylinder actually moves FORWARD tight against the forcing cone, and the bullet is recessed entirely within the cartridge case, which is shaped to form a tight gas seal against the forcing con
Outside of his day job as a Brownells Gun Tech™ and reassuring presence in these videos, Steve Ostrem is also an accomplished gunsmith. Today, he reaches into his own vault to show us a custom 1911 Commander he built as a carry gun. It has a Nighthawk stainless steel frame and a Caspian slide with an Ed Brown drop-in barrel. The gun is very tight and shoots extremely well. But since Steve has access to the "world's largest" source of gun parts, he added some other goodies: Novak sights, Ed Brown
Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem talks with gunsmith Bobby Tyler about three beautifully customized Ruger® Bearcat® revolvers from Bobby's shop, Tyler Gun Works of Friona, Texas. The Bearcat has actually been around since 1958, and it's a lightweight, smaller-framed version of Ruger's venerable Single Six® .22 Long Rifle single-action revolver. Unlike the Six, the 'Cat's grip frame and receiver are formed from a single piece of metal, which makes it a bit more challenging to customize. The Bearc
Brownells Gun Tech™ and resident Revolvermeister Steve Ostrem tells us about the innovative Ruger® GP100® revolver. "Wait... the GP100® is still in production and isn't old or historic or collectible," you say™ Maybe not now, but it will be! Introduced in the mid-1980s, the GP100® is a medium-frame double-action revolver designed around the .357 Magnum cartridge. Its cylinder locks at the rear AND the front, so when that cylinder is closed, it stays put. The GP100® is built to take full-power .3
Today, Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford go to "Area 51".... No, not that Area 51, but rather a special zone occupied by the Beretta M1951 9mm pistol, sometimes referred to simply as the "Beretta 51" or its U.S. import name, the Brigadier. The M1951 is special because it was Beretta's first locked-breech pistol. Before that, all Berettas were simple blowback designs, and in fact the Model 1934 was the mainstay of the Italian military in World War II. The 51 was specifically develop
Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem takes us on a little detour from our usual FTV fare of historic / classic firearms and instead discusses the "middle child" of magnum revolver cartridges - the .41 Magnum. It was developed in the early 1960s by two famous gun writers and great cartridge developers, Elmer Keith and Bill Jordan. Jordan wanted a medium-power load with a bigger bullet than the .357 Magnum for law enforcement use, a ".41 Special" that lobbed a 200 grain bullet at 900 fps. Keith envisi
We've been doing From the Vault for a while, but we've never had a "classic" firearm quite like this one! Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant takes us on a walkaround of an AT4 shoulder-launched anti-tank weapon. Originally developed by Saab Bofors Dynamics in Sweden, it was adopted into U.S. service in 1987 as the M136 AT4 and is manufactured by ATK. The U.S. military uses various versions of AT4, the most common firing a 440-gram high-explosive projectile that is NOT good news for armored vehicle
Brownells Gun Tech™ and all-around reassuring presence Steve Ostrem shows us his Colt Police Positive. A beautiful little revolver introduced in 1907, the Police Positive is built on the Colt D frame, same as the Detective Special. Steve's gun is chambered in .38 Smith & Wesson - oops! Colt called the cartridge the ".38 Colt New Police" because who wants to give their arch-competitor free advertising™ The Police Positive was much loved by professional constabulary and private citizens alike beca
Brownells Public Relations Specialist Roy Hill is here to tell us about his "new" Chilean Model 1935 Mauser rifle. Roy had recently acquired a few hundred rounds of 7mm Mauser ammo and needed a rifle to go with them, when he discovered this rifle in the Brownells Retail Store. He quickly identified it as the quite rare "Modelo 1935" variant of the venerable Mauser 98, made for the Carabineros de Chile, a paramilitary police organization that's kind of the Chilean analog to the Italian Carabinier
Today, Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem shows us a unique revolver: a snub-nosed Smith & Wesson Model 17. The Model 17 is S&W's long-running .22 LR K-frame target revolver, which usually comes from the factory with a 6" or 8-3/8" barrel. Steve transplanted a .38 Special Model 15 snubbie barrel and installed a .22 rimfire liner. He got the idea from a gun he saw in a museum. Built by Smith & Wesson for the Air Force, it was a prototype for a .22 caliber training variant of the aluminum alloy snub
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