It's time to kick back and see what Keith and Steve have found for us at Rock Island Auction Company.... Today it's a pair of "trapper" carbines from the two gunmakers synonymous with lever action rifles, Winchester and Marlin. Despite the name, these stubby-barreled rifles weren't used only by trappers. Anybody who needed a handy, compact, lightweight rifle might carry one, and because they were heavily used "working" guns, originals in good condition are quite rare. The National Firearms Act o
A gun vise is super handy when cleaning or working on a gun.... but it typically takes up a LOT of your workbench space. Wouldn't it be great if the vise could stand on its own two (actually, four) legs™ Brownells new product guru Paul Levy shows us the Tipton Standing Ultra Gun Vise. Its sturdy folding steel legs that let you set it on the floor to hold a gun securely, at the right height, while you work on it AND keep your workbench free for other stuff! Tons of adjustability, plus convenient
We've assembled the Triple Threat of Brownells Gun Techs - Caleb, Keith and Steve - to tell us about their favorite cartridges and handloads for them. Caleb favors the 9mm Luger (9mm Parabellum, 9x19mm) loaded with a 124 grain Federal Hydra-Shok bullet. His rifle round of choice is the 6.5 Grendel with a 123 grain Hornady SST bullet motivated by Reloder 10x. The Grendel fits the standard .223/5.56 AR-15 platform, yet outperforms 7.62x51 NATO in certain circumstances! Keith's favorites: the .300
If you thumb through the 1911 section of the Brownells catalog, you'll see a lot of references to "Series 70" and "Series 80" parts. What does that mean™ Brownells Gun Tech Caleb Savant is here to explain. A Series 80 1911 has a firing pin safety in the slide that prevents the firing pin from going forward unless the trigger is pulled. On the frame, to the right of the disconnector, there's an arm that protrudes up when you pull the trigger to release that firing pin safety. Series 70 pistols la
Single-action wheelgun fanciers rejoice - this one's for you! It took no persuasion at all to get Keith and Steve to head back to Rock Island Auction Company so they could check out this rare Colt Bisley Flattop Target revolver. The Bisley is the late 19th Century's equivalent of the tricked-out Colt 1911 Gold Cup. It's the target variant of the Single Action Army, named after the famous Bisley shooting range in Surrey, England. Less than 1,000 of these Flattop target Bisleys were made, and this
If you subscribe to Brownells e-mails (you DO, don't you™), you've probably heard a lot about the Brownells BRN-180™ and BRN-180S™ complete AR-15 upper receivers. Maybe you're wondering what's the difference between the two™ Caleb is here to 'splain to us the difference that "S" makes. The BRN-180™ is a carbine upper, available with a 16" or (for that extra smidge of velocity) an 18" barrel. It comes with two interchangeable pairs of piston cups, one for suppressed and the other for unsuppressed
With their unbeatable combination of wisdom, experience, and charm, Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant debunk some myths about cleaning .22 LR barrels. One myth is that cleaning will ruin a .22 barrel and it'll never shoot accurately again. Caleb thinks this myth is the result of people cleaning a barrel from the muzzle and damaging the muzzle crown, which CAN diminish accuracy. If it's done right, cleaning won't damage the bore, but..... Steve's message to the OCD contingent is l
Our intrepid Gun Techs Keith and Steve have returned to Rock Island Auction Co. where they've uncovered a very rare Mauser 1912/14 prototype pistol. It's the Model 1910 (.25 ACP) and Model 1914 (.32 ACP or "7.65 Browning" to Europeans) pocket pistol platform scaled up to service pistol size so it could shoot the 9mm Parabellum (aka 9mm Luger or 9x19mm) cartridge. The Rock Island gun is No. 31 of the Model 1912/14 prototypes and one of only 8 or 9 total (!) imported into the United States. Keith
This week Paul Levy, captain of the Brownells new product team, has special news for H&K fans. It's the Magpul line of upgrade components for the Heckler & Koch MP5 / SP5 / HK94 platform. Available variously in Maschinenpistole, semi-auto pistol, and carbine forms, the MP5 is the epitome of German engineering. And yet.... the design crew at Magpul has figured out ways to improve ergonomics, shooter comfort, and control. Magpul's SL Hand Guard is available in two lengths, for the standard MP5 and
We've all been there: we're watching an action/adventure movie involving firearms with friends or family, when one character on screen shouts, "I'm outta ammo, gimme another clip!" Whereupon, somebody in the room with you shouts back at the screen, "It's a magazine, NOT a clip!" If you're new to guns and shooting, you're probably wondering what's the difference™ We brought out the Brownells "big guns," techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant, to settle that age-old question once and for all. A clip
Chassis systems have become increasingly common on rifles for PRS and other target shooting disciplines. So what is the difference between a chassis and the good ol' traditional wood rifle stock™ Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant lays it out for us. Chassis are (yep, it's spelled the same whether singular or plural!) precision machined to maintain a relationship between the barreled action and the chassis that isn't affected by humidity, flexing, or other factors that can exert pressure on the ba
Brownells Gun Techs Keith and Steve are on another excellent adventure at Rock Island Auction Company, this time to show us a Winchester prototype .410 bore pump action shotgun from the 1920s. Available evidence suggests it was a forerunner of Winchester's Model 42, one of the best pump shotguns ever made. It would have been used to work out the details of balance, weight, and operation to get a reliable gun ready for mass production.... except the final production Model 42 is quite different, m
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