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New Firearms Products: 9-24-2020
New Firearms Products: 9-24-2020

Our man with his finger on the pulse of the new product scene, Paul Levy, tells us about a Triple Threat from Midwest Industries - THREE innovative new items for popular guns. The ultra-slim Combat Handguard for AR-308 rifles has a Picatinny rail on top, rows of M-LOK® slots at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock - and a plethora of QD sling swivel sockets. You'll never find yourself complaining you can't find the perfect spot to attach your sling! It comes with its own barrel nut that has clever anti-rotation p

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

Smyth Busters: Revolvers Don't Jam... Do They™
Smyth Busters: Revolvers Don't Jam... Do They™

"Six for sure beats an iffy 17." "There aren't many aftermarket parts for revolvers because they're built to work right in the first place." Many of the Revolver Fraternity's reasons for the continued relevance of their favorite platform in the 21st century revolve (ahem!) around its reliability - a revolver is less likely to jam than a semi-auto pistol. "Not so fast!" says the Smyth Busting Dynamic Duo of Caleb Savant and Steve Ostrem. Revolvers can and DO jam, usually due to ammunition problem

From the Vault: Ruger GP100 Revolver
From the Vault: Ruger GP100 Revolver

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

New Firearms Products: 9-17-2020
New Firearms Products: 9-17-2020

Brownells new product team leader Paul Levy is back from a short summer break to tell us about some of the awesome new gear that's come in recently.

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)

Smyth Busters: Does an AK-47 Need Lubrication™
Smyth Busters: Does an AK-47 Need Lubrication™

Our Seekers of Truth, Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant, bring their combined experience and wisdom to bear on a notion that's kicked around the gun world for years: The AK-47 is so robust you don't need to lubricate it. The answer is simple. There's no law saying you have to lubricate anything. But any time you have metal sliding on metal, you really should IF you want the device, in this case your Kalashnikov, to last. You need to get some oil on the exterior, says Caleb, to pr

From the Vault: Beretta M1951 Pistol
From the Vault: Beretta M1951 Pistol

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

Quick Tip: Where Should I Use Loctite on my AR-15™
Quick Tip: Where Should I Use Loctite on my AR-15™

Thread-locker, most commonly known by the Loctite® brand name, is a lot like a Dremel® tool: if you have it, you feel an almost overpowering urge to use it - a lot. "But wait," say Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve, "go easy with the Loctite on your AR-15!" It should NOT be used where steel and aluminum parts are threaded together. The steel is hard and the Loctite, when compressed into the threads, is also hard. The softest material in this equation is the aluminum... and you run the risk of

Quick Tip: How to Install the Magpul MP5 SL Grip
Quick Tip: How to Install the Magpul MP5 SL Grip

Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford shows us how to install the Magpul® SL Grip Module on two popular variants of the H&K MP5. The SL Grip Module gives you a more comfortable angle than the factory grip to make your MP5 easier to control and shoot. It fits a variety of Heckler & Koch MP5 variants and clones, including the SP5 and HK91/93/94 carbines, pistols, and Maschinenpistole. It will NOT fit the MP5K or clones. It WILL fit the Zenith Z5 family, except for the K models. Keith demos installation o

Smyth Busters: Is a Light Trigger Always Better™
Smyth Busters: Is a Light Trigger Always Better™

Received wisdom among a lot of shooters - and on Internet forums and social media groups - is that a lighter trigger pull is better. Not always, say Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant. Most of the time a lighter trigger is good: you have to exert less force to pull the trigger, reducing your chance of moving the gun off target. So for most of the time, a light trigger WILL help you extract the full accuracy potential from your gun. But a light trigger is NOT good on, for example,

From the Vault: The .41 Magnum Cartridge
From the Vault: The .41 Magnum Cartridge

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