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Quick Tip: Caleb's Wild About Wildcat Cartridges
Quick Tip: Caleb's Wild About Wildcat Cartridges

Caleb's been getting funny looks from people.... when he mentions wildcats or "wildcatting." No, he's not going into the oil drilling business, nor is he talking about cougars, panthers, or mountain lions. A wildcat cartridge is any cartridge that's not mass produced by a commercial ammunition manufacturer. They're not obsolete cartridges, those that WERE mass-produced but have since fallen out of production. Handloaders develop wildcat cartridges to fill a need that's not covered by an existing

Smyth Busters: Can You Fix Your AR-15's Headspace™
Smyth Busters: Can You Fix Your AR-15's Headspace™

In our last Smyth Busters episode, about mixing and matching AR-15 bolt-carrier groups, Steve and Caleb talked about checking the headspace to make sure it's OK after making a swap. What happens if you pull out your headspace gauge and get a "no-go" result™ Can you fix / correct /adjust an AR-15's headspace™ Some folks say, "Yes." But the AR-15's unique setup combining a rotating bolt with a barrel extension behind the chamber makes that difficult. You're pretty much stuck with the headspace you

From the Vault: M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)
From the Vault: M1918 BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)

Brownells Gun Techs™ and resident firearm history geeks Keith Ford and Caleb Savant are back at Rock Island Auction Co., where they've found a pristine example of an early U.S. M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle. We usually associate the BAR with its extensive deployment during World War II, where it served as a precursor of the modern Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). Developed during World War I, it was intended to be deployed differently with a "walking fire" tactic. Being an early gun actually built

How To Assemble MOLLE Gear by Spiritus Systems
How To Assemble MOLLE Gear by Spiritus Systems

We'll refrain from making the customary "good golly MOLLE" jokes and get right down to business! Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant is again joined by Fred from Spiritus Systems, who walks us through the process of assembling MOLLE components using Spiritus's modular accessories. The U.S. military introduced the MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment system, "MOLLE" for short, in 1997 to enable soldiers to QUICKLY swap items on and off their plate carriers and packs as needed for specific mis

Quick Tip: Why Your AR-15 Has a Dust Cover
Quick Tip: Why Your AR-15 Has a Dust Cover

Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant gives up a little love for one of the least-understood parts of the AR-15 rifle. No, he's already explained the forward assist.... We're talking about the DUST COVER over the ejection port! The dust cover is there to prevent dirt, debris, and dust from getting into the firearm's action while you're carrying it or transporting it. When you're actually shooting the rifle, the force of the ejection gases will keep dust and dirt out of the action. The military needs

Smyth Busters: Can You Mix & Match Bolt-Carrier Groups™
Smyth Busters: Can You Mix & Match Bolt-Carrier Groups™

One of the great things about the AR-15 platform is its interchangeability of parts. This includes the ease of swapping a different bolt-carrier group into your rifle, which takes all of about 20 seconds. But some folks out on the Internet say, "Don't mix and match AR-15 bolt-carrier groups!" Why not™ Let's ask Steve and Caleb.... who say AR-15s are all manufactured to the same specs, so a new bolt-carrier is almost certain to fit in your rifle. Just whip out the headspace gauges and check the h

From the Vault: Han Solo's DL44 Heavy Blaster Pistol
From the Vault: Han Solo's DL44 Heavy Blaster Pistol

Some of the most famous guns never really existed or existed only as movie props. Keith, Steve, and Caleb are at Rock Island Auction Co. to show us one of the.... scratch that, THE most famous laser guns of all time, Han Solo's DL44 Heavy Blaster Pistol from Star Wars. It somehow found its way to Rock Island through a temporary anomaly in the space-time continuum. Caleb fills us in on the Blaster's history. They were manufactured by a company called BlasTech during the Republic era, but the E

Quick Tip: The RIGHT Way To Use the Forward Assist
Quick Tip: The RIGHT Way To Use the Forward Assist

Today, Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant gives us an assist in understanding how to properly use the AR-15's forward assist. Most AR-15s still come with one, but judging from the comments on some of our previous videos, the forward assist may be the most hated feature of this rifle platform. But it's actually on the gun to get you out of a jam. Literally. If your AR-15 fails to go into battery, DO NOT immediately smack the forward assist but follow the immediate-action procedure called "SPORTS

Smyth Busters: Will a Worn-Out Barrel Explode™
Smyth Busters: Will a Worn-Out Barrel Explode™

So many crazy ideas, so little time to debunk them all! Our Smyth Busters' work is never done. Caleb has been out on Internet forums again, where he's been informed that a worn-out barrel will explode. By "worn out" we assume the purveyors of this theory mean a worn bore. Steve tries to think of a scenario where this could be true, but he's stumped. As the bore wears, it gets bigger, so there's less resistance to the bullet as is passes through, meaning lower pressures inside the barrel. There w

From the Vault: The Pedersen Device
From the Vault: The Pedersen Device

Is that a stick magazine protruding from the top of that Springfield M1903 rifle™ Why yes, it is, say Steve and Caleb, who are back at Rock Island Auction Co. to show us a rare example of the what the U.S. Army officially designated the "U.S. Automatic Pistol, Caliber .30, Model of 1918," more commonly called the Pedersen Device. It was developed in secret by John Pedersen, a designer at Remington, during World War I for the 1919 Spring Offensive, which of course didn't happen. Of the 65,000 Ped

Caleb's Picks: Top 5 Upgrades for Your AR-15
Caleb's Picks: Top 5 Upgrades for Your AR-15

Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant tells us his picks for the Top 5 upgrades to get better performance from your AR-15. These tips are geared toward the new AR-15 owner, but there may be some nuggets for the old hands as well. There are plenty more upgrades you can make, but these are the top five that'll give you the most noticeable performance improvements. Good news: these upgrades require little-to-no gunsmithing. (1) SIGHTS / OPTIC: If you're on a tight budget, start with just a set of fli

From the Vault: Devel Smith & Wesson Model 59 Conversion
From the Vault: Devel Smith & Wesson Model 59 Conversion

Caleb and Steve piled into the Brownells minivan and made a junket to Rock Island Auction Co., where Steve found a unique Smith & Wesson that tickled his fancy. No, it's not a revolver! It's a Model 59 that's been heavily modified by Devel Customs into a sweet concealed carry gun. The Smith & Wesson Model 59 was a double-stack pistol chambered in 9mm Luger, with a 14-round magazine. Designed by gunsmith Charles Kelsey, the Devel conversion includes a shortened grip (lowering mag capacity to 10 r