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New Firearms Products: 4-29-2021
New Firearms Products: 4-29-2021

Brownells new product team leader Paul Levy has a pile of new items from Geissele Automatics, starting with the latest variant of the Super Duty AR-15 rifle sporting a Nitride-treated barrel. Nitriding produces a super-hard, extremely corrosion-resistant finish. The long list of other upgrades include Geissele's Super Modular Rail M-LOK® handguard with a marvelously rock-solid attachment system. The "bomb-proof" low-profile gas block is retained by a coiled roll pin, not setscrews, which can wor

Quick Tip: How To Align a Gas Block on an AR-15 Barrel
Quick Tip: How To Align a Gas Block on an AR-15 Barrel

Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant has a really helpful tip for anybody installing a low-profile gas block on an AR-15. Two questions: (1) Are there setscrews on the underside of your gas block to anchor it to the barrel™ (2) Does your barrel have a "dimple" on it 180-degrees opposite the gas port™ If your answer is "yes" to both questions, Caleb's tip is for you. (Hint: Gas block manufacturers use that rear setscrew hole to align the drill that makes the hole in gas block for sending gas from the

Smyth Busters: Why 50 Shades of FDE™
Smyth Busters: Why 50 Shades of FDE™

Not so much a myth today as some clarity on one of life's big unanswered questions. If you've assembled an AR-15 with components in Flat Dark Earth (FDE), you've probably wondered, "Will the true FDE please stand up™" That's because there are a lot of variations in Flat Dark Earth. Why can't manufacturers agree on ONE shade of FDE instead of 50™ According to Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve, any color will look different on different materials. A molded polymer stock in FDE will have a differ

From the Vault: VZ61
From the Vault: VZ61

From the Vault: VZ61

New Firearms Products: 4-22-2021
New Firearms Products: 4-22-2021

Paul Levy is back with AR-15 pistol braces from Magpul! If any company has revolutionized AR-15 stock design, it's Magpul - and now they're in the pistol brace game. As we've come to expect, there's some innovation going on with their sleek, slim BTR and BSL Arm Braces. The BTR is styled like the CTR carbine buttstock, the BSL like the MOE-SL stock. Both fit a standard mil-spec (1.14" O.D.) carbine receiver extension (aka buffer tube), so no special pistol tube is needed. A simple, robust, sprin

Quick Tip: How To Start Developing a Load
Quick Tip: How To Start Developing a Load

Loading / reloading your own ammunition isn't just a matter of dumping powder in a case, seating a bullet, and heading off to the range! Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve have some tips on how to develop SAFE loads that will do what you want them to do. The key is a good reloading manual. In fact, if you're starting out, get the manual (or manuals) even before you buy your reloading equipment. The loads in the manual were developed under laboratory conditions to help ensure they don't produce

Smyth Busters: What Makes Somebody a "Firearms Expert"™
Smyth Busters: What Makes Somebody a "Firearms Expert"™

Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve are champing at the bit to tackle today's myth/non-myth topic: Just because somebody works with, around, or ON certain firearms, they are an expert on ALL guns. And the corollary to that: They can freely give their advice, whether somebody asks for it or not, on any gun. A law enforcement officer or member of a combat arm of the military who works with firearms - or somebody who's assembled an AR-15 - certainly has some experience with guns but is not an exper

From the Vault: Arisaka Type 38 Carbine
From the Vault: Arisaka Type 38 Carbine

Today, we bring out the Big Guns - Brownells Gun Techs Steve and Keith - to do some show-and-tell on a neat little gun from World War II. The Japanese Arisaka Type 38 Cavalry Carbine is much shorter and lighter than the full-length Type 38 or Type 99 infantry rifles. Type 38 carbines were issued not only to cavalry troops but also engineers, quartermasters, and other rear-echelon personnel. It might've also been an excellent "jungle carbine" for troops schlepping through the jungle all day, but

New Firearms Products: 4-15-2021
New Firearms Products: 4-15-2021

Our man in the know with the new products, Paul Levy, has something that'll to appeal to folks who are looking for the latest in a micro-compact concealed carry / EDC gun. Smith & Wesson has introduced the latest iteration of their popular M&P® series - the M&P® Shield Plus™ in 9mm Luger (And that "Plus" isn't just marketing hype! This Shield variant has a double-stack magazine with the capacity upped to a full 13 rounds. Or 10 rounds if you use the included mag with the flush-fit base plate - w

Quick Tip: How To Install a Midwest Industries AR-15 Handguard
Quick Tip: How To Install a Midwest Industries AR-15 Handguard

Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant shows us step-by-step how to install a Midwest Industries G4 M-LOK® AR-15 handguard. Good news: it's an easy process. The G4 typically comes out of the box with the barrel nut, spacer, and screws installed. You'll have to remove them before you put it on the rifle. Is the barrel nut stuck in the handguard™ Watch Caleb's simple trick for extricating it. Now, install the barrel into the upper receiver. Don't forget the lube! (Caleb's using Brownells Action Lube Plu

Smyth Busters: M-LOK vs. KeyMod - Which is Better™
Smyth Busters: M-LOK vs. KeyMod - Which is Better™

It's a debate almost as heated as Ford vs Chevy or Colt vs Smith & Wesson. Some folks say M-LOK® is superior to KeyMod™. Others say KeyMod is way better than M-LOK. Today the Smyth Busters, Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve, take it on. Which really is better, KeyMod or M-LOK™ Both are systems for attaching accessories to firearms, typically AR-15 handguards. M-LOK employs a clamp that latches into an elongated slot with two screws. KeyMod operates similarly, but the slot looks like a keyhole.

Daily Defense Season 2 EP 12: The Right Way To Grip Your Pistol
Daily Defense Season 2 EP 12: The Right Way To Grip Your Pistol

Shooting a pistol successfully starts with maintaining a proper grip on it at all times.