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Smyth Busters: Does a Bullet Rise After Exiting the Barrel™
Smyth Busters: Does a Bullet Rise After Exiting the Barrel™

Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve are back to bust another myth about firearms. Often, they give the myth a fair hearing before they pronounce judgement, but not today. The myth is that a bullet rises after it exits the muzzle. Or more specifically, it rises HIGHER than the AXIS of the bore... except, nope, sorry amateur ballisticians, it does not. A bullet in flight cannot rise higher than the axis of the bore. Its trajectory may APPEAR to do so, but that's because when the gun is fired the m

From the Vault: Ruger Bearcat Revolver
From the Vault: Ruger Bearcat Revolver

Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem talks with gunsmith Bobby Tyler about three beautifully customized Ruger® Bearcat® revolvers from Bobby's shop, Tyler Gun Works of Friona, Texas. The Bearcat has actually been around since 1958, and it's a lightweight, smaller-framed version of Ruger's venerable Single Six® .22 Long Rifle single-action revolver. Unlike the Six, the 'Cat's grip frame and receiver are formed from a single piece of metal, which makes it a bit more challenging to customize. The Bearc

New Firearms Products: 9-24-2020
New Firearms Products: 9-24-2020

Our man with his finger on the pulse of the new product scene, Paul Levy, tells us about a Triple Threat from Midwest Industries - THREE innovative new items for popular guns. The ultra-slim Combat Handguard for AR-308 rifles has a Picatinny rail on top, rows of M-LOK® slots at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock - and a plethora of QD sling swivel sockets. You'll never find yourself complaining you can't find the perfect spot to attach your sling! It comes with its own barrel nut that has clever anti-rotation p

Quick Tip: How To Install the Magpul MP5 ESK Selector
Quick Tip: How To Install the Magpul MP5 ESK Selector

Brownells Gun Tech™ and resident H&K MP5 expert Keith Ford shows us how to install the Magpul® ESK selector on a Heckler & Koch MP5-pattern roller lock firearm. The Enhanced Safety Kit or "ESK" gives you ambidextrous control over the safety selector WITHOUT having to move your hand off the grip to operate it. You can install your ESK with a full enhanced lever, small lever, or even NO lever at all on the right-hand side. Keith starts by making sure his Zenith Z43P H&K clone is unloaded - visual

Smyth Busters: Revolvers Don't Jam... Do They™
Smyth Busters: Revolvers Don't Jam... Do They™

"Six for sure beats an iffy 17." "There aren't many aftermarket parts for revolvers because they're built to work right in the first place." Many of the Revolver Fraternity's reasons for the continued relevance of their favorite platform in the 21st century revolve (ahem!) around its reliability - a revolver is less likely to jam than a semi-auto pistol. "Not so fast!" says the Smyth Busting Dynamic Duo of Caleb Savant and Steve Ostrem. Revolvers can and DO jam, usually due to ammunition problem

Daily Defense #22: How To Reload a Revolver
Daily Defense #22: How To Reload a Revolver

What's the best way to load / reload a revolver™

Daily Defense #21: Shooting a Revolver
Daily Defense #21: Shooting a Revolver

A revolver is still a viable choice for your daily carry / EDC gun. But they do function differently from semi-auto pistols, which requires you to grip a revolver differently. Jeff demonstrates the correct revolver grip.

From the Vault: Ruger GP100 Revolver
From the Vault: Ruger GP100 Revolver

Brownells Gun Tech™ and resident Revolvermeister Steve Ostrem tells us about the innovative Ruger® GP100® revolver. "Wait... the GP100® is still in production and isn't old or historic or collectible," you say™ Maybe not now, but it will be! Introduced in the mid-1980s, the GP100® is a medium-frame double-action revolver designed around the .357 Magnum cartridge. Its cylinder locks at the rear AND the front, so when that cylinder is closed, it stays put. The GP100® is built to take full-power .3

New Firearms Products: 9-17-2020
New Firearms Products: 9-17-2020

Brownells new product team leader Paul Levy is back from a short summer break to tell us about some of the awesome new gear that's come in recently.

Quick Tip: What's the Best .32 Caliber Cartridge™
Quick Tip: What's the Best .32 Caliber Cartridge™

Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem has a confession to make: he's a big fan of .32 caliber handguns. He gives us a quick tour of his favorite .32 cartridges and a couple of .30s, too. Probably the most popular .32 nowadays is the .32 ACP, commonly found in small pocket pistols used for concealed carry. Also called the 7.65mm Browning Short, it was developed by John Browning in 1899 for his first semi-auto pistols. The more powerful .30 Luger (as it's called in the U.S.) or 7.65 Parabellum (Europe)

Smyth Busters: Does an AK-47 Need Lubrication™
Smyth Busters: Does an AK-47 Need Lubrication™

Our Seekers of Truth, Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant, bring their combined experience and wisdom to bear on a notion that's kicked around the gun world for years: The AK-47 is so robust you don't need to lubricate it. The answer is simple. There's no law saying you have to lubricate anything. But any time you have metal sliding on metal, you really should IF you want the device, in this case your Kalashnikov, to last. You need to get some oil on the exterior, says Caleb, to pr

From the Vault: Beretta M1951 Pistol
From the Vault: Beretta M1951 Pistol

Today, Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford go to "Area 51".... No, not that Area 51, but rather a special zone occupied by the Beretta M1951 9mm pistol, sometimes referred to simply as the "Beretta 51" or its U.S. import name, the Brigadier. The M1951 is special because it was Beretta's first locked-breech pistol. Before that, all Berettas were simple blowback designs, and in fact the Model 1934 was the mainstay of the Italian military in World War II. The 51 was specifically develop