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New Firearms Products: 5-13-2021
New Firearms Products: 5-13-2021

Brownells new product sensei Paul Levy is back with a quartet of cool items! Lone Wolf's Freedom Wolf 80% pistol frame is sized to the Glock® 19, so your finished pistol will fit any G19 holster - AND you can mate it to a Glock® 19, 23, 32 or 38 slide, barrel, and internal parts. Paul demos how the unique the front / rear guide rails are installed to produce a smooth, seamless frame exterior. Other goodies: interchangeable flat and curved backstraps, a magwell, extended beavertail, undercut trig

Quick Tip: Correct Scope Height - AR-15 vs Conventional Rifles
Quick Tip: Correct Scope Height - AR-15 vs Conventional Rifles

How low can you go™ That's the question Brownells Gun Techs Caleb Savant and Steve Ostrem answer today - in the context of mounting a rifle scope on your AR-15. The old rule of thumb is that you should get the scope as close to the centerline of the bore as you can. So mount that scope really LOW on your AR, right™ The guys say "Nope!" The top of a flattop AR-15 receiver is pretty close to being in line with the top of the stock. If you mount a scope that low, you won't be able to get your head

Smyth Busters: Does "Mil-Spec" Mean "Low Quality"™
Smyth Busters: Does "Mil-Spec" Mean "Low Quality"™

"Your equipment was made by the lowest bidder." We've all heard that line, even folks who haven't served in the military. So that must mean "mil-spec" is the lowest quality, right™ "Not so," say Brownells Gun Techs and Firearm Myth Super Sleuths Caleb and Steve. Actually, a mil-spec part is built to a standardized size and/or to very precise quality specifications. Think "mil-spec" AR-15 parts. Technically, "mil-spec" means a part manufactured FOR the military, TO the military's specifications,

From the Vault: The Makarov Pistol
From the Vault: The Makarov Pistol

Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford tells us about a Russian gun almost as "iconic" as the AK-47 - the Makarov pistol. The Soviet Army made do with the Tokarev TT-33 pistol and obsolete Nagant M1895 revolver as their standard-issue sidearms in World War II. Post-war trials seeking a new service pistol eventually led to the adoption of the "Pistolét Makárova". Nikolai Fyodorovich Makarov's design borrows from the Walther PP, but it's chambered in its own cartridge, the 9x18mm Makarov, a round similar

New Firearms Products: 5-6-2021
New Firearms Products: 5-6-2021

Why settle for nubby, hard-to-acquire sights on your compact concealed carry pistol, when you can have the speed and intuitiveness of a red dot sight™ The Brownells RMRcc-Cut Slides for Glock® 43, 43X and 48 pistols have built-in mounting slots for Trijicon's ultra-compact RMRcc sight. Nicely machined from billet stainless steel with a durable black Nitride finish, crisply chamfered top edges, rear AND front cocking serrations. If you sometimes want to go RMRcc-less on your G43 / G43X / G48, the

Smyth Busters: A Heavy Caliber AR-15 Requires a Heavier Buffer
Smyth Busters: A Heavy Caliber AR-15 Requires a Heavier Buffer

Brownells Gun Techs and debunkers of misguided firearm myths Caleb and Steve usually keep things light. But today they delve into a heavy topic: the common belief that an AR-15 chambered for a "heavy" caliber - .300 Blackout, .350 Legend, .450 Bushmaster, etc. - requires a heavier buffer. Heavy caliber = heavy buffer.... Seems logical, right™ Actually, NO. The AR-15 bolt / carrier system is designed to handle a certain amount of gas pressure, and the gas port up front on the barrel is drilled to

Quick Tip: The Dangers of Undercharging a Case
Quick Tip: The Dangers of Undercharging a Case

If you're an experienced reloader, a beginner, or even if you've just read a reloading manual, you know that overcharging a case - putting too much powder in it - is very dangerous. Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant warns us about a lesser-known problem. Undercharging - not putting enough powder in - is just as dangerous. When the powder is spread out inside the case, its surface area is unusually large, and the primer can ignite ALL of it at once, rather than burning more slowly from back to fro

From The Vault - Smith and Wesson 22-32 Gun Kit
From The Vault - Smith and Wesson 22-32 Gun Kit

Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford hasn't found the bottom of his gun safe yet: today he shows us his Smith & Wesson 22/32 Kit Gun. The origins of this handy little .22 LR revolver go back to 1911, when S&W introduced a rimfire target revolver built on their .32 caliber I-frame, called the 22/32 Heavy-Frame Target model. In 1934, Smith brought out the shorter barreled 22/32 Kit Gun, so named because its was compact enough to put in your fishing kit, trapping it, or any "kit" you wanted to equip with

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