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Quick Tip: An Electrician's Screwdriver Speeds Up Gun Work
Quick Tip: An Electrician's Screwdriver Speeds Up Gun Work

Whether you work on guns for fun as a gun owner or for profit as a pro gunsmith, Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem has a time-saving tip for you. Once you pop the gun screws loose with your Brownells Magna-Tip® gunsmithing screwdriver, use an electrician's screwdriver with the rotating end cap on the handle to back the screws out the rest of the way. The end cap lets you apply pressure with your palm to engage the bit of the 'driver with the screw while rotating the body of the screwdriver with y

Quick Tip: Springfield Armory SA-35 Walkaround
Quick Tip: Springfield Armory SA-35 Walkaround

Springfield Armory has generated a lot of buzz in the handgun world with the SA-35, their take on the final gun design by John Moses Browning, the Hi-Power. Introduced in 1935, the Hi-Power is also called the "P35" or "GP35" - hence Springfield's "SA-35" moniker (GP = "grande puissance" or, in a not-quite-literal translation from French, "high capacity"). We suspect Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant was not afraid of "compare and contrast" test questions in school because he walks us through a co

Quick Tip: Benefits of an A5 Buffer in Your AR-15
Quick Tip: Benefits of an A5 Buffer in Your AR-15

Sometimes we all need a buffer from life's problems, and today Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem talks to Mike Mihalski, founder and owner of Sons of Liberty Gun Works (SOLGW), about how an A5 buffer system can solve functional problems on an AR-15 carbine. The A5 does for the rear of the AR-15's operating system what the mid-length gas system did for the front end. As Mike explains it, the original M16 with a 20" barrel was a balanced "algebra equation" in the form of a smooth-operating rifle. O

Quick Tip: Easy-To-Remove Ammo Box Labels
Quick Tip: Easy-To-Remove Ammo Box Labels

A lot of handloaders use those brightly colored plastic ammo boxes from MTM Case-Gard to store their loaded rounds. The boxes are just the right size, stackable, neatly divided into individual compartments for each round - and they come with stick-on paper labels so you can document your loads. But what happens when you CHANGE a load™ Peel off the old label and get out the Goo-Gone®™ Stick a new one over it™ Cover it with Wite-Out®™ Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem shares a handy tip on how to l

Quick Tip: Make Your Midwest Folding Stock Fold the OTHER Way
Quick Tip: Make Your Midwest Folding Stock Fold the OTHER Way

Midwest Industries offers a marvelous line of folding stocks that easily install on rifles, carbines, and SBRs with MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny stock mounts on their receivers. We really like these stocks on a gun with a Brownells BRN-180™ upper mated to a BRN-180™ or 17 Design lower receiver. Aside from their folding stocks being sturdy and solid and extremely supportive, Midwest built another handy feature into them: You can change the DIRECTION the stock folds. Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant sho

FM-15 Gen 2 Picatinny Rail Adapter
FM-15 Gen 2 Picatinny Rail Adapter

Installation Instructions on FM-15 Gen 2 Picatinny Rail Adapter

Quick Tip: What's "Good Enough" for a Self-Defense Pistol™
Quick Tip: What's "Good Enough" for a Self-Defense Pistol™

Almost everybody who owns a gun, especially a handgun, says that at least one reason for owning it is self-defense. But what constitutes a "good" self-defense gun™ Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant is joined by special guest Hank Strange to talk about deciding what kind of daily carry / self-defense gun is right for you. With a daily carry gun, the size of the gun itself, the kind of holster you choose, and how you dress for your daily activities are all mission-critical considerations. This gun

Quick Tip: AR-15 Gas Block Diameter Explained
Quick Tip: AR-15 Gas Block Diameter Explained

Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant is here to explain what AR-15 gas block "diameter" means. The AR-15's gas block is the part that fits around the barrel and directs a small amount of combustion gas from the inside of the barrel to the gas tube, which then sends the gas back to the receiver to cycle the bolt/carrier group. Since the gas block fits OVER the outside of the barrel, and since AR-15 barrels come in different outside diameters (OD), you need a gas block with the correct diameter to fit

Quick Tip: Accuracy vs Precision - Is There a Difference™
Quick Tip: Accuracy vs Precision - Is There a Difference™

We all want a rifle that's both accurate and precise, right™ But aren't those two capabilities the same™ Nope, says Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant, accuracy and precision are indeed different. ACCURACY is how close the bullet's point of impact (POI) is to your point of aim (POA). PRECISION is how close together the shots in a group are. Which is more important in a rifle, accuracy or precision™ Caleb's answer may surprise you!

Quick Tip: Custom Guns - Pretty vs Performance™ Or Both™
Quick Tip: Custom Guns - Pretty vs Performance™ Or Both™

Master pistolsmith Bobby Tyler of Tyler Gun Works in Friona, Texas, sits down with Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem to map out his views on what makes a great custom firearm. If a gun is good-looking but doesn't shoot well, says Bobby, what's the point™ With his custom revolvers, he starts by tuning the action - and that doesn't mean just smoothing up the hammer and the trigger alone. There's a lot going on inside the frame. All the parts involved have to work together like a Swiss watch. It's a

Quick Tip: Buying a Used Gun in 2021 & Beyond
Quick Tip: Buying a Used Gun in 2021 & Beyond

We know 2021 was the year the used car market went crazy, due to a shortage of new cars caused by a shortage of microprocessors. But what about the used firearm market™ Gun sales hit all-time record highs in 2020 and 2021. Like cars, new guns are still in short supply. Does the used gun market offer any relief for buyers™ Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem gets some tips from master pistolsmith Bobby Tyler, of Tyler Gun Works, on how to buy a used gun in the present market. Buy from a reputable de

Quick Tip: Shooting a BRN-180 With a .30 Caliber Suppressor
Quick Tip: Shooting a BRN-180 With a .30 Caliber Suppressor

One of the many benefits of the Brownells BRN-180™ Gen2 AR-15 upper receiver is how easily it works with a sound suppressor. Simply flip the lever on the adjustable gas block to switch between suppressed an unsuppressed fire. BUT what if you want to run a .30 caliber can on your .223/5.56 BRN-180™ The problem with the .30-cal suppressor is that its larger-diameter exit hole lets some of the gas escape around the bullet and out the muzzle. As a result, there might not be enough back-pressure to e