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From The Vault - U.S. Remington Army Model 1871 Rolling Block Pistol
From The Vault - U.S. Remington Army Model 1871 Rolling Block Pistol

From The Vault - U.S. Remington Army Model 1871 Rolling Block Pistol

Product Spotlight: SilencerCo SCO15 Upper Receiver
Product Spotlight: SilencerCo SCO15 Upper Receiver

Caleb's found an AR-15 upper that combines the robustness and unique looks of a billet upper with the compatibility of a standard forged upper - the BEST of both worlds. Most of us associate the SilencerCo name with silencers, but their SCO15 Upper Receiver is the proverbial "game changer." It's machined-from-billet, so it does not look like your standard forged AR upper, not only because of its unique contours but for the impressive quality of its hard-anodized finish. Sure, an AR-15 upper rece

Quick Tip: How To Shoot With Offset Sights
Quick Tip: How To Shoot With Offset Sights

Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant recently extolled the benefits of offset sights, either as backups or to supplement your main optic for addressing close-range targets. (Check out our earlier Quick Tip episode, "Setting Up Offset Sights on Your AR-15".) Today, he heads to the range to show us the basics of using offset sights. For demonstration purposes, Caleb's installed a Leupold DeltaPoint red dot on his AR-15 using an Arisaka offset mount. Everything he says applies to BOTH red dot sights an

Smyth Busters: Is Dry Firing Bad for Your Guns™
Smyth Busters: Is Dry Firing Bad for Your Guns™

Today's myth runs like this: It's bad for your firearms to dry fire them. So don't do it. Ever. For any reason. Period. But is that really true™ Caleb and Steve give us the straight dope on dry firing, and the answer is..... It depends on the gun and its manufacturer's recommendation. Some older guns have barrels made of relatively soft steel and long firing pins with unrestricted travel. Dry firing CAN damage the mouth of the chamber IF you don't use a snap cap. That is case with pretty much an

Law Tactical ARIC - How To Fit the Cup Properly
Law Tactical ARIC - How To Fit the Cup Properly

The Law Tactical ARIC or "AR Internal Carrier" for the AR-15 is easy to install. But there are a few tricks to properly fitting the cup that retains the ARIC's end plate. Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant explains them to us. The ARIC is designed to work with Law Tactical's Gen 3-M Folding Stock Adapter. When installing the cup, make sure the solid, flat end faces the rear of the receiver and the flange on top faces up. Hit the Gen 3-M's release button and slide the cup in. If it binds, inspect t

Practical Upgrades for Your Revolver
Practical Upgrades for Your Revolver

Steve and Caleb welcome back popular guest Bobby Tyler from Fiona, Texas, where he operates his custom shop, Tyler Gun Works. Revolvers may no longer be cutting-edge firearms, but there's still a gazillion (at least!) of them out there. For many folks, a revolver is still their favorite working gun. In these difficult economic times, improving a gun you already have is a cost-effective alternative to laying out the greenbacks for a whole new firearm. Don't undercut the benefits of your perfe

Product Spotlight: Radian Ramjet & Afterburner
Product Spotlight: Radian Ramjet & Afterburner

No, we're not talking about aerospace products today, despite what you might assume from this episode's title. Caleb gives us a tour of the Ramjet match-grade pistol barrel and Afterburner compensator, both from Radian Weapons. The very compact Afterburner reduces muzzle rise by as much as 44% with standard 9mm Luger 115 gr FMJ ammo. That gives you a huge improvement in control of your pistol and your ability to keep the sights planted on the target through multiple shots. Your pistol will be a

Quick Tip: Caleb & Steve Explain Choke Tubes
Quick Tip: Caleb & Steve Explain Choke Tubes

Cylinder™ Full™ Improved Modified™ Shotgun choke tubes can be confusing, so Brownells Gun Techs™ Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant explain some choke tube basics for us. From narrowest to most open, the common chokes are Full, Improved Modified, Modified, Improved Cylinder, and Cylinder. There are others, like specialized choke tubes for hunting turkey, but these are the closest to standardized constrictions. There is no Official Choke Tube Authority that sets standards, so tubes tend to be manufact

Tax Time: Top Rifle Scopes
Tax Time: Top Rifle Scopes

The IRS designated January 23, 2023, as the start of "tax season" this year. If you're lucky enough to be getting a refund this Tax Time, what are you going to do with that extra cash™ How about getting a new rifle scope™ C'mon, it's time to replace that old Weaver K-4 on your favorite rifle. Steve and Caleb have some recommendations to help. If your refund isn't going to be very big this year, fear not! The Swampfox Arrowhead series of very affordably priced scopes don't skimp on quality. T

Product Spotlight: SureFire Flashlights
Product Spotlight: SureFire Flashlights

"All flashlights are pretty much the same, aren't they™" The answer is a resounding "NO!" when the lights are by SureFire. Special guest Andrew Wright from SureFire joins Caleb to give us the inside scoop on makes his company's flashlights different. SureFire's handheld light lineup is extensive because there are many different types of situations where folks need light. So the first step in choosing a SureFire flashlight is to determine what TASK you plan to use it for. Then consider the type o

From the Vault: Bittner Manual Repeating Pistol
From the Vault: Bittner Manual Repeating Pistol

Despite its Steampunk looks, the Bittner Model 1893 Repeating Pistol is not a prop from the "Firefly" TV series or some other retro-futuristic production. Steve and Keith found this rarity on their latest visit to Rock Island Auction Co. When Gustav Bittner introduced his MANUAL pistol in 1893, the Mauser "Broomhandle" pistol hadn't hit the streets, Georg Luger hadn't turned the awkward Borchardt C93 into the iconic pistol named after him, and John Browning was just beginning work on his M1900.

Product Spotlight: Mk3 Device Lite AR-15 Receiver Fixture
Product Spotlight: Mk3 Device Lite AR-15 Receiver Fixture

If you have a beverage handy, take a sip every time Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant says "The Device" as gives us this tour of the Mk 3 Device Lite from The Device Mfg. If you regularly work on AR-15s, the Device Lite is a must-have tool! It's a two-piece receiver block that holds an AR-15 upper receiver securely in your bench vise while you work on it. The receiver fits over the base of The Device, and the insert slides into the back of the receiver as a stand-in for the bolt-carrier group and