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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.

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

Smyth Busters: Is a Light Trigger Always Better™
Smyth Busters: Is a Light Trigger Always Better™

Received wisdom among a lot of shooters - and on Internet forums and social media groups - is that a lighter trigger pull is better. Not always, say Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant. Most of the time a lighter trigger is good: you have to exert less force to pull the trigger, reducing your chance of moving the gun off target. So for most of the time, a light trigger WILL help you extract the full accuracy potential from your gun. But a light trigger is NOT good on, for example,

Smyth Busters: Are Gas Piston AR-15s Inaccurate™
Smyth Busters: Are Gas Piston AR-15s Inaccurate™

Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve are back to separate fact from fiction and myth from honest truth about gas piston AR-15s. The "received wisdom" is that gas piston operated ARs are inaccurate, or at least less accurate than the standard direct-impingement AR. This one has been kicking around the Internet forums and blogs for a long time. In fact, it's so old it pre-dates the Internet. But wait... Some of the most accurate competition rifles over many years have been the M1 Garand and M1A civ

Smyth Busters: Does an AR-15 Castle Nut Have To Be Staked™
Smyth Busters: Does an AR-15 Castle Nut Have To Be Staked™

To stake or not to stake™ No, that isn't the title of an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Instead, Brownells Gun Techs Steve and Caleb tackle a long-standing debate among AR-15 folks: Should you stake the castle nut to the endplate on the receiver extension tube™ Some folks say you should always stake it, while others say, "Nah, never." Caleb is in the "stake it, stake it good" camp - and he explains the practical experience that got him there. If an AR-15 is used a lot, the castle nut WILL

New Firearms Products: 8-20-2020
New Firearms Products: 8-20-2020

Paul Levy tells us about one of the many new products to arrive at Brownells this week: Apex Tactical's Action Enhancement Trigger for the Springfield Armory® Hellcat™. For a small daily carry / EDC pistol, the Hellcat™ comes from the factory with a surprisingly good trigger. But anything good can be made great. If you're familiar with Apex's other trigger upgrade kits, you've already guessed what this one does. It gives you a much smoother trigger pull of 5 to 5.5 lbs., with a crisp, clean brea

Smyth Busters: Does an AR-15 Piston Need Cleaning™
Smyth Busters: Does an AR-15 Piston Need Cleaning™

Brownells Gun Techs and living repositories of a vast breadth of firearm knowledge, Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant separate fact from fiction about gas piston AR-15s. There is a persistent line of reasoning on various Internet forums and blogs that you don't need to clean the piston system. The look on Steve's face is all you need to know about that rumor. Newsflash: The self-cleaning gun has not yet been invented! As long as guns burn powder, there will be fouling, and it has to go somewhere. Th

New Firearms Products: 8-13-2020
New Firearms Products: 8-13-2020

Brownells new product guru Paul Levy maintains a low profile today... and shows us the new Bullet Proof® Adjustable Lo-Profile AR-15 Gas System from Wilson Combat. The system consists of a low-profile gas block machined from 4140 steel with a stainless steel gas tube already installed. A slot-head screw on the front of the gas block lets you adjust the gas flow through 16 positive-click tactile settings, so you can "dial up" the perfect gas flow for whatever ammunition you're shooting. The gas b

Smyth Busters: Dropping a 1911 Slide on an Empty Chamber
Smyth Busters: Dropping a 1911 Slide on an Empty Chamber

Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve are back to answer one of the most controversial questions of all time: Is it OK to drop the slide of a 1911 on an empty chamber™ The critical factor is the effect on sear engagement. Simple military-style 1911s have heavy triggers with a lot of sear engagement and can probably handle a reasonable amount of slide slamming with no adverse effect. Finely tuned match guns with light sear engagement are not so forgiving. A properly tuned gun with a good "range" tr

Brownells BRN-180™ Gen2 - An Introduction
Brownells BRN-180™ Gen2 - An Introduction

What happens after you start the "ARevolution" with a new gas piston AR-15 upper receiver™ You improve on it, of course! Brownells new products team leader Paul Levy introduces the new BRN-180™ Gen2 upper receiver. Everybody who has a "Gen1" can relax: the original BRN-180™ is an outstanding upper. It's just been made even better. The original BRN-180™ short-stroke gas piston system remains unchanged, except now ALL Gen2 uppers come with the BRN-180S™ adjustable gas block. The handguard attachme

Brownells BRN-180™ Gen2 - How to Field Strip
Brownells BRN-180™ Gen2 - How to Field Strip

Brownells new product team leader Paul Levy strips for us... field strips a new BRN-180™ Gen2 upper receiver, that is. Field stripping the BRN-180™ Gen2 is similar to the original "Gen1" - but there are some differences, especially with the BRN-180S™ .300 Blackout model. First, make sure there isn't a round in the chamber, and remove the upper from the lower receiver. Follow Paul's trick for retaining the recoil assembly while removing it, then slide out the charging handle and bolt carrier grou

Firearm Basics: I Bought My First Gun - What's Next™
Firearm Basics: I Bought My First Gun - What's Next™

You thought it through, did your research, watched Brownells videos - and you bought your first gun. You've joined the 100+ million Americans who own firearms. But now... what's next™ Our guest host, competition shooter Tes Salb, says one thing you should NOT do is put that gun away in a gun safe and leave it there. A firearm is a tool, and like any tool, you need to learn how to use it properly and safely. The best way to do that is to take a class with a professional firearm instructor. The Na