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Quick Tip: How to Care for a Custom Gun
Quick Tip: How to Care for a Custom Gun

You saved up for years and finally amassed the moolah to have that custom gun built just for you. Now.... how do you take care of this precious firearm™ Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem poses this question to Bobby Tyler, proprietor of Tyler Gun Works in Friona, Texas. Bobby's answer: Care for it just like any other gun. Enjoy it to the fullest and SHOOT IT, says Bobby, because that's what it's made for! When you get back from the range, pull out that jug of Hoppe's No. 9 and CLEAN IT. Put a lig

Quick Tip: How To Identify AR-15 Trigger Springs
Quick Tip: How To Identify AR-15 Trigger Springs

Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant answers a question that trips up even seasoned AR-15 builders and shooters: How do you tell the disconnector spring from the bolt catch spring™ You don't realize how much they look alike until you've got them out of the gun... and now you can't remember which is which. They are NOT interchangeable! The disconnector spring has one end that's flared out to a wider diameter than the other end. That flared end goes in the trigger itself. It fits tight, so when you ti

Quick Tip: Get Your Gun Ready for Hunting Season
Quick Tip: Get Your Gun Ready for Hunting Season

By mid-November, a number of hunting seasons have kicked off or are about to, so now is a good time for Caleb and Steve to talk about preparing your hunting gun for The Season. Caleb's Rule #1: Don't just grab the gun out of the safe on the morning of the hunt and expect everything to go great! Stuff to check on RIFLES and HANDGUNS a week or several before you go hunting: Make sure the gun is UNLOADED. Check the bore for obstructions, mud dauber nests, etc. Run a patch or two down the bore. Make

Quick Tip: How to Make a Revolver More Accurate
Quick Tip: How to Make a Revolver More Accurate

Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem talks with our friend Bobby Tyler of Tyler Gun Works about revolver accuracy. Bobby's shop does a lot of revolver accurizing, so the question is: How do you make a revolver more accurate™ Most important is to tune the action - the hammer, trigger, cylinder, and the timing. You need a clean hammer break, the trigger should not have too much overtravel, and when the cylinder is in the locked position, the chamber should line up perfectly with the forcing cone and t

Quick Tip: Installing an Elftmann Pro Lock Trigger
Quick Tip: Installing an Elftmann Pro Lock Trigger

Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant shows us how to install an Elftmann ELF Pro-Lock AR-15 trigger. These triggers are available as self-contained drop-in trigger modules or as component triggers, both with a twist. Instead of traditional pins, they are retained by screws that thread into the sealed hammer and trigger bearings. The "Factory Method" of installation employs a flat washer AND a split washer under the screw head on the outside of the receiver. This is a bit bulkier than Caleb likes, so

Quick Tip: Should I Get My Gun Engraved™
Quick Tip: Should I Get My Gun Engraved™

Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem is back with our friend Bobby Tyler of Tyler Gun Works to talk about firearm engraving. Specifically: Why do it™ Does anybody still do it™ And can anybody still afford it™ To that Bobby adds: Why WOULDN'T you do it™ He starts by explaining the difference between laser engraving and traditional hand engraving. He has three different examples of hand-engraved guns, the first being a Ruger® single action with what Bobby calls his "Working Man / Executive Package," t

Quick Tip: The Art of Refinishing Old Guns
Quick Tip: The Art of Refinishing Old Guns

We've showed you some of Bobby Tyler's stunning custom guns in previous videos, but those guns looked much different when they arrived at Bobby's shop, Tyler Gun Works in Friona, Texas. Today, Bobby sits down with Steve Ostrem to tell us a little about how he and his team refinish worse-for-wear old guns to showroom-new condition. The first step is to determine if the wear actually forms part of the gun's value. If it's extremely rare or was owned by a famous person, "STOP!" says Bobby. The gun

Quick Tip: .45 Caliber Revolver Cartridges
Quick Tip: .45 Caliber Revolver Cartridges

When you see Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem with a brace of revolvers and cartridges on the table in front of him, you know you're in for a treat! Today, Uncle Steve takes us on a short tour of .45 caliber revolver cartridges. The two earliest rounds are the .45 Colt (aka .45 Long Colt), developed for the Colt Model 1873 Peacemaker, and the shorter .45 Schofield (aka .45 Smith & Wesson), developed for the Smith & Wesson Model 3 top-break revolver. The U.S. Army had both guns in service - with

Custom Gun Show & Tell with Bobby Tyler
Custom Gun Show & Tell with Bobby Tyler

Today, we have some sweet firearm eye candy - and some sage advice from a custom gun maker. Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem sits down with gunsmith Bobby Tyler to look at some custom revolvers and a 1911 from Bobby's shop, Tyler Gun Works in Friona, Texas. So what is a "custom" gun™ Bobby's definition is any gun configured to suit your fancy. You can go extreme or keep the changes simple, but a custom gun is basically the physical realization of what's in your heart. Bobby's approach is to get

Quick Tip: .327 Federal Magnum vs .357 Magnum
Quick Tip: .327 Federal Magnum vs .357 Magnum

Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant does a quick comparison of two magnum revolver cartridges: the Old School .357 Magnum and the relatively new kid on the block, the .327 Federal Magnum. The .357 Magnum throws a larger, heavier bullet at (usually) faster velocities than the .327 Magnum, BUT... you can fit an extra round of .327 Federal in the same-size cylinder, due to the cartridge's narrower diameter. That's SIX rounds of .327 in the space of a 5-shot .357 Magnum cylinder, and SEVEN rounds of .3

Quick Tip: How To Install the Magpul MP5 ESK Selector
Quick Tip: How To Install the Magpul MP5 ESK Selector

Brownells Gun Tech™ and resident H&K MP5 expert Keith Ford shows us how to install the Magpul® ESK selector on a Heckler & Koch MP5-pattern roller lock firearm. The Enhanced Safety Kit or "ESK" gives you ambidextrous control over the safety selector WITHOUT having to move your hand off the grip to operate it. You can install your ESK with a full enhanced lever, small lever, or even NO lever at all on the right-hand side. Keith starts by making sure his Zenith Z43P H&K clone is unloaded - visual

Quick Tip: What's the Best .32 Caliber Cartridge™
Quick Tip: What's the Best .32 Caliber Cartridge™

Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem has a confession to make: he's a big fan of .32 caliber handguns. He gives us a quick tour of his favorite .32 cartridges and a couple of .30s, too. Probably the most popular .32 nowadays is the .32 ACP, commonly found in small pocket pistols used for concealed carry. Also called the 7.65mm Browning Short, it was developed by John Browning in 1899 for his first semi-auto pistols. The more powerful .30 Luger (as it's called in the U.S.) or 7.65 Parabellum (Europe)