From The Vault : Colt Model 1860 Army Thuer Conversion Revolver
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
Paul Levy gives us a rundown on the latest innovations from the folks at Modular Driven Technologies. The XRS Chassis System is available for Remington 700, Savage, and Tikka bolt action rifles, and it has an aluminum bed that extends all the way back into the buttstock - talk about "rock solid"! More features: plenty of M-LOK® slots on the forend, sling swivel stud / bipod attachment point, barricade stop, two interchangeable pistol grips (angled and vertical) over-molded with non-slip rubber,
One of the advantages of the Super 42 AR-15 buffer from Geissele Automatics is that you can easily change the weights inside. It's easy IF you know the trick for doing it. And today Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant shows us how it's done. The Super 42 buffer usually comes from the factory as an H1 buffer, and by changing the weights inside you can turn it into an H2, H3, or even a standard 3 oz. carbine buffer. The steps: (1) Remove the buffer from the spring. (2) Ease out the roll pin that anch
We take a break from our regularly scheduled Smyth Busters episode for a public service announcement from Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve. Almost every new gun owner has asked this question at some point: Is it OK to lubricate my gun with WD-40™ The guys have a simple answer: No, NEVER! The main problem here is that WD-40 is not a lubricant. "Wait," you say, "That one time I used it, the action felt really smooth and slick." Caleb says that's because it's like squirting water into your gun.
Relax, you didn't lose count of the days. Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant is here, but it's not Smyth Buster Tuesday or Quick Tip Wednesday. It's FTV Friday, and he's here to show us around the Marlin Model 60 semi-auto, .22 LR, tubular magazine fed rifle. Introduced in 1960 (of course!), the Model 60 is an update on Marlin's Model 99, with different scope mounting provisions and a stock made of birch vs the Model 99's walnut. Over the years, Marlin made some changes, including upgrades to the
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