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New Firearms Products: 12-2-2021
New Firearms Products: 12-2-2021

With the rise in popularity of sound suppressors, as well as pistol and SBR configurations, an adjustable gas block has become a common fixture on many AR-15s. It's also a necessity if you shoot a lot of different types of ammo - the AR-15 being sensitive to differences in gas flow generated by different ammo. Riflespeed's Gas Controls adjustable gas block makes it easy to change the gas flow in few seconds. This low-profile gas block slips over the barrel and snugs down over the gas port via a

Product Spotlight: SOLGW Sage Dynamics AR-15 Upper
Product Spotlight: SOLGW Sage Dynamics AR-15 Upper

You're about to build a serious, hard-use, tactical AR-15 pistol or SBR..... What's the right upper receiver for such a gun™ Maybe the Sons of Liberty Gun Works Sage Dynamics 12.5" complete upper! Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford is joined by special guest Mike Mihalski, founder and owner of SOLGW, to give us a run-down on this marvelously compact, maneuverable upper. Designed with input from Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics (firearms training), this upper comes with just a thread protector on the muz

Smyth Busters: Can You Shoot Ammo That's Gotten Wet™
Smyth Busters: Can You Shoot Ammo That's Gotten Wet™

"Do not shoot ammunition that's been wet!" insist Internet keyboard jockeys and similar gun experts. But is it true™ Once ammo has gotten wet, can you still shoot it™ Brownells Gun Techs™ Steve and Caleb sort it all out for us. They define "wet" as contact with water up to and including being submerged under water. Military ammo has a sealer around the primer and where the bullet goes into the case. It can be dunked under water for an extended period of time, and it will fire. Commercial ammo is

Product Spotlight: SOLGW / Geissele 13.7" AR-15 Upper
Product Spotlight: SOLGW / Geissele 13.7" AR-15 Upper

Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford is joined by special guest Mike Mihalski, founder and owner of Sons of Liberty Gun Works, to give us a run-down on the SOLGW / Geissele 13.7" upper receiver. This complete AR-15 upper is a ONE-time production run by SOLGW, available only from Brownells. A SOLGW 13.7" barrel, bolt-carrier group, gas block, gas tube, charging handle (made for SOLGW by Radian), and NOX muzzle device are housed inside a Geissele Automatics Super Duty upper receiver and a special produc

Smyth Busters: Is It Safe To Carry With a Round in the Chamber™
Smyth Busters: Is It Safe To Carry With a Round in the Chamber™

Is it OK to carry a handgun with a round in the chamber™ A lotta folks on the Interwebs are sayin', "No, never, that's a terrible thing to do!" But is it™ Brownells Gun Techs™ Caleb and Steve have donned their Kevlar gear today because they're tackling this hotly debated topic. A good-quality modern semi-auto pistol such as a Glock®, SIG, M&P, or even a double action revolver, CAN be carried with a round in the chamber. Even the old Walther P38 and the venerable Colt 1911 were designed to allow

New Products: Foxtrot Mike FM-15 Gen2 Upper Receiver
New Products: Foxtrot Mike FM-15 Gen2 Upper Receiver

After a short absence, our new product team chief Paul Levy is back to show us a Brownells-exclusive item: the Foxtrot Mike FM-15 Gen2 upper receiver. This is the top half of Foxtrot Mike's new FM-15 Zhukov rifle, and it is VERY different from the standard AR-15 upper. The Nitride-finished 16" barrel with .223 Wylde chamber and mid-length gas system are probably the most ordinary parts of the FM-15 Gen2. The extended M-LOK® handguard integrates neatly with the receiver to provide a vast, monolit

Smyth Busters: AR-15 Small Parts Kits Are NOT All the Same
Smyth Busters: AR-15 Small Parts Kits Are NOT All the Same

There's an old saying, "Part is parts." So all AR-15 small parts kits are pretty much the same, right™ That's the notion going around on the Internet. But is it true™ Let's get some truth today from Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem and Mike Mihalski, founder and owner of Sons of Liberty Gun Works (SOLGW), a guy who knows a LOT about AR-15 parts. AR-15s rarely break down because a major component fails. Stoppages are usually the result of a little $2 spring breaking and bringing the whole rifle t

Manufacturer Spotlight: Sons of Liberty Gun Works
Manufacturer Spotlight: Sons of Liberty Gun Works

The name and logo are awesome, but what's the story behind Sons of Liberty Gun Works™ Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford is joined by Mike Mihalski, founder and owner of SOLGW, to find out what this premier AR-15 maker and AR-15 parts purveyor is all about. Mike started out as a serious, hardcore AR-15 shooter who came to really understand the difference between a "good enough" duty-grade AR and a rifle built to take full advantage of what the AR-15 platform is capable of. After building guns for fr

Product Spotlight: How To Install the SB22 Takedown Chassis
Product Spotlight: How To Install the SB22 Takedown Chassis

In a recent video, Caleb introduced us to the SB Tactical SB22 chassis for the Ruger® 10/22® platform and showed us how to install it. Now, Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford shows us how to install the SB22 Takedown Kit, the version for a Ruger® Charger or 10/22 Takedown®. After making sure the gun is unloaded, Keith separates the two halves, removes the forend from the barrel assembly, and removes the receiver from the old stock. He drops the receiver into the SB22 chassis and installs the SB22 ha

Smyth Busters: M16® M4® What's the M Stand For™
Smyth Busters: M16® M4® What's the M Stand For™

The AR-15 is America's favorite rifle, and of course it's a semi-auto, civilian version of the U.S. military's M16 rifle and M4 carbine. So some folks make a leap and assume the "M" in those designations means "military." Not so fast, say Brownells Gun Techs™ Caleb and Steve! It is a common misconception, fueled in some corners of the Interwebs by gun control proponents. The "M" in American military rifle designations actually means..... "model". Yes, M16 simply means essentially Model No. 16. P

Product Spotlight: SB Tactical SB22 Chassis Features & Install
Product Spotlight: SB Tactical SB22 Chassis Features & Install

The SB22 Chassis by SB Tactical is a drop-in upgrade that turns your Ruger® 10/22®, into a marvelously compact, lightweight, easy-to-stow truck gun or "pack gun" for hikers to carry in their backpacks. Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant walks us through the benefits you get from putting your 10/22's barreled action in the SB22 chassis, AND he demonstrates the installation step by step. The chassis itself is made of reinforced hard polymer, with an integral metal block in the rear to anchor the rec

Smyth Busters: Is It a "Silencer" or a "Suppressor"™
Smyth Busters: Is It a "Silencer" or a "Suppressor"™

Today, a topic that brings out heated debate in firearm circles.... well, more heated than usual: Is the muzzle device that greatly reduces the sound of a gunshot a "silencer" or a "suppressor"™ Internet keyboard jockeys will insist it's a suppressor and scold you vigorously for calling it a "silencer," but Brownells Gun Techs™ Caleb and Steve disagree. The original patent documents filed in 1909 by Hiram Percy Maxim call his device a "silencer" - and the folks at Area419, Gemtech, SilencerCo, a