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From The Vault : Egyptian Hakim Rifle
From The Vault : Egyptian Hakim Rifle

As the living embodiment of coolness itself, Brownells Gun Techs Keith and Caleb are the right guys to be at Rock Island Auction Company to show us a gun with a high Coolness Factor: the Egyptian Hakim service rifle. The semi-auto Hakim started life in Sweden as the AG-42 rifle (the Automatgevär m/42) designed for the Swedish army and manufactured 1942-45, before the tooling was sold to Egypt in the 1950s. Chambered in 8mm Mauser (aka 7.92x57mm Mauser), the Hakim served as Egypt's main battle ri

New Firearms Products: 6-17-2021
New Firearms Products: 6-17-2021

Brownells new product team leader Paul Levy has two mouth-watering new arrivals to show us, starting with an unboxing of the EL Range rangefinding binoculars from Swarovski Optik. The EL Range's laser will accurately read ranges from 50 to 2,000 meters with the help of its premium Swarovski glass, and it can share this data with the Swarovski ballistic app on your smartphone to help you dial in your shot for your specific rifle / ammo / scope combo. It even records the exact locations of you and

Manufacturer Spotlight: Modular Driven Technologies (MDT)
Manufacturer Spotlight: Modular Driven Technologies (MDT)

Even if you're not a precision rifle shooter, you've probably heard of MDT chassis systems. Modular Driven Technologies, or "MDT" for short, is responsible for a whole lot of innovation in precision rifle components. Paul Levy chats with MDT's Kyle van Ruitenburg about the company's origins, products, and mission. Modular Driven Technologies was founded in 2009 to produce machined aluminum chassis systems for precision bolt action rifles. A chassis provides better accuracy, improved ergonomics,

Smyth Busters: Does a Suppressor Increase Felt Recoil™
Smyth Busters: Does a Suppressor Increase Felt Recoil™

In a recent video, Brownells Gun Techs and avid Smyth Busters Caleb and Steve took on the notion that a sound suppressor makes your gun less accurate (it doesn't - if it's installed correctly). And today they tackle another idea often repeated on firearm forums and in YouTube comments: a suppressor will make felt recoil stronger. Actually, the opposite is true. The gas hitting the baffles inside the suppressor make it act like a muzzle brake. Coupled with the extra muzzle weight provided by the

From The Vault : Colt Model 1860 Army Thuer Conversion Revolver
From The Vault : Colt Model 1860 Army Thuer Conversion Revolver

We had no trouble persuading Brownells Gun Techs and resident firearm historians Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem to visit to Rock Island Auctions, so they could show us a Colt Model 1860 Army Thuer Conversion revolver. The Thuer Conversion turns the cap-and-ball 1860 Army into a front-loading metallic cartridge revolver. Why front-loading™ Because Smith & Wesson owned the patent on the revolver cylinder with bored-through chambers. The patent's original holder, gunsmith-inventor Rollin White, offere

New Firearms Products: 6-10-2021
New Firearms Products: 6-10-2021

The host who always has good news to share, Brownells new product team leader Paul Levy, walks us around the new Foxtrot Mike Products (or FM Products) AR-15 Build Kits. Each kit has a complete, fully assembled upper receiver with an M16-type bolt carrier group, lightweight Nitride-finished barrel, classic A2 flash suppressor up front, and a slim full-length M-LOK® handguard. The Picatinny rail on top of the handguard mates up neatly with the flattop receiver rail via a unique locking system, so

Quick Tip: Why You Need a .22
Quick Tip: Why You Need a .22

Do you really need a .22™ Just about everybody learns to shoot with a .22 rimfire rifle, and but that's kid stuff, right™ Once you grow up, you shoot guns in grownup calibers, and leave the .22 behind. Or do you™ Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve say, "No, you don't!" A rifle, pistol, or revolver chambered in the classic .22 Long Rifle cartridge is THE most versatile gun you can own. It's great for plinking, varmint hunting, inexpensive target practice, and learning the fundamentals of marksma

Smyth Busters: Does a Suppressor Reduce a Gun's Accuracy™
Smyth Busters: Does a Suppressor Reduce a Gun's Accuracy™

"Putting a suppressor on a gun makes it less accurate." That's the item of firearm lore our Smyth Busters, Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve, tackle today. Is it true™ Not exactly, says Caleb. Simply installing a sound suppressor on the gun WILL NOT affect the gun's accuracy. In fact, some suppressors, like Area419's Maverick, are made specifically for long-range precision rifles. If you had to thread a previously un-threaded barrel to mount the suppressor AND goofed up the thread job, then ye

From The Vault : Krieghoff FG42
From The Vault : Krieghoff FG42

It's time for Brownells Gun Techs Caleb Savant and Keith Ford to load up the jalopy and hit the road in search of rare, unusual, or valuable firearms (preferably all three!). Today, they're at Rock Island Auction Company to show us an excellent example of the FG 42 select-fire rifle. Built by Krieghoff, the Fallschirmjägergewehr 42 ("Paratrooper Rifle 42") may be the most futuristic German weapon of World War II that actually worked - and worked well, too! Chambered in the standard 8mm Mauser (7

Quick Tip: What Is "Blueprinting" an Action™
Quick Tip: What Is "Blueprinting" an Action™

Blueprinting a rifle action involves truing it up and tightening its tolerances to match those specified in its original design plans or, to use an old term, its blueprint. Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant gives us an overview of blueprinting an action using a Remington 700 as an example, but these principles apply to almost any rifle. The goal of blueprinting is to maximize the rifle's accuracy by making everything perfectly concentric to the bore itself. This involves truing up the shoulder an

Smyth Busters: Is Cold Blue as Good as Hot Blue™
Smyth Busters: Is Cold Blue as Good as Hot Blue™

Brownells Gun Techs and Firearm Myth Super Sleuths (aka "The Smyth Busters") Caleb Savant and Steve Ostrem tackle a tricky question: Is a cold blued finish as good as a traditional hot blued finish™ Actually, it's not a tricky question: the answer is NO. The ®290 deg. F. heat of the hot bluing process builds up a layer of black oxide on the surface of the metal that's really quite durable. Hot bluing requires expensive equipment and takes some time and experience to get it right. Cold bluing is

From The Vault – CZ 52
From The Vault – CZ 52

Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford has another Soviet Bloc classic to show us: the CZ 52 pistol. After World War II, the Czechoslovak military decided to replace its CZ 27 service pistol with something more modern. The first attempt, the CZ 50, didn't fill the bill, so the designers at Ceská zbrojovka literally went back to the drawing board. The result is the sleek, clean-lined CZ 52 (military designation vz. 52). It was designed for the 9mm Parabellum (aka 9mm Luger, 9x19mm) cartridge, but under p