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From The Vault - British Sten Gun Progression
From The Vault - British Sten Gun Progression

From The Vault - British Sten Gun Progression

Product Spotlight: Nighthawk Drop-In 1911 Trigger System
Product Spotlight: Nighthawk Drop-In 1911 Trigger System

Self-contained drop-in trigger modules have long been available for the AR-15 platform, bolt action rifles, and some pistols, too. But a trigger upgrade for a Colt 1911 pistol has remained a task for an experienced gunsmith - until recently. Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem gives us a little show-and-tell on the Nighthawk Custom Drop-In Trigger System for 1911 pistols. Nighthawk's self-contained assembly includes the hammer, disconnector, and sear. It also comes with a replacement sear spring. Y

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

Smyth Busters: AR-15 Dents Primers - Is It Broken™
Smyth Busters: AR-15 Dents Primers - Is It Broken™

The quest to separate fact from fiction never ends for Brownells Gun Techs™ Steve and Caleb, and today they tackle a worry that's been circulating since the AR-15 / M16 platform was brand-new. Scenario: a new AR-15 owner unloads their rifle and ejects an unfired round from the chamber, only to discover.... the primer on the unfired cartridge has been dented by the firing pin. That can't be right. Surely the firing pin should not touch the cartridge until you actually fire a shot™ There MUST be s

From the Vault: "1 of 100" Winchester Model 1876
From the Vault: "1 of 100" Winchester Model 1876

Hey, fans of lever guns of the Old West, Brownells Gun Techs™ and resident firearm historians Keith and Steve have a treat for us. They're back at Rock Island Auction Co. to show us a Winchester Model 1876 rifle. The Model 1876 is essentially a Model 1873 stretched and beefed up to handle a more powerful big game cartridge, the .45-75 Winchester. It was a fairly short-lived variant, superseded by the Model 1886 designed by John Browning. But the Rock Island gun is rare for another reason: it's t

Product Spotlight: Midwest Industries Extruded Folding Stock
Product Spotlight: Midwest Industries Extruded Folding Stock

Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant tells us about the new Picatinny-mount folding stock from Midwest Industries. Called the "Side-Folding Extruded Stock" (to distinguish it from MI's machined aluminum folders) or the "Side-Folding Fixed Stock" ("fixed" because it does not telescope), whatever you call it, this stock is designed to fit rifles with a MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny stock mount at the rear of the receiver. These include the Brownells BRN-180™ / BRN-180M™ lower receivers, as well as certain AK

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!

Smyth Busters: Will Shooting Jacketed Ammo Clean My Barrel™
Smyth Busters: Will Shooting Jacketed Ammo Clean My Barrel™

How long have we been doing Smyth Busters™ And still our intrepid Seekers of Firearm Truth, Brownells Gun Techs™ Caleb and Steve, aren't even close to running out of myths to debunk OR validate. Today's topic: the persistent notion that you can clean lead fouling out of a gun's bore by simply shooting a full metal jacket (FMJ) bullet through it. Wow, that sounds easy! But is it true™ If you're shooting a lot of cast lead bullets, an FMJ bullet down the bore will clean out loose powder and bullet

From The Vault - WWII Liberator Pistol
From The Vault - WWII Liberator Pistol

We've featured a lot of beautiful guns on FTV, and even more that represent the pinnacle of firearm design and the custom gunsmith's craft. Today's gun is nothing like those! Brownells Gun Techs™ Keith and Steve are back at Rock Island Auction Co. to give us a close look at the frumpy, stumpy, crude FP-45 Liberator pistol, a product of America's clandestine war effort in World War II. "FP" stands for "flare pistol," which was part of a misdirection campaign to conceal the Liberator's true purpos

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

Smyth Busters: How Often Do You Have To Clean a Gun (Really)™
Smyth Busters: How Often Do You Have To Clean a Gun (Really)™

"You've gotta clean that gun after EVERY time you shoot it!" Your mother may not have said that, but chances are some trusted mentor in your early days as a shooter did. Sure, cleaning a really gunky gun is important, but in these days of smokeless powder, highly corrosion-resistant gun finishes, and climate-controlled homes, do you really have to clean a gun THAT often™ Brownells Gun Techs™ Caleb and Steve say, in a nutshell..... no. Both admit to being typical gunsmiths with a bunch of dirty g

From the Vault: John Linebaugh Custom Revolver
From the Vault: John Linebaugh Custom Revolver

Keith and Steve are back at Rock Island Auction Co. because they got a line on a remarkable custom revolver. It has the power of a .45-70 rifle in a single action revolver you can carry in your belt holster all day. It's an original revolver by John Linebaugh Custom Firearms of Cody, Wyoming, chambered in, of course, .500 Linebaugh. This is one powerful wheelgun, and though it weighs LESS than a .44 Magnum, it will propel a 440-grain bullet at 1,300-1,400 fps. The gun is built on a Ruger® Blackh