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Smyth Busters: Will Steel Cased Ammo Damage My Gun™
Smyth Busters: Will Steel Cased Ammo Damage My Gun™

If you run steel through your gun, it'll ruin the chamber." "If it doesn't run steel, it doesn't deserve brass." The debate over steel-cased ammunition seems never-ending. Or is it™ Brownells Gun Techs Steve and Caleb are here to explain why steel-cased ammo WILL NOT ruin your gun! Steel cases are used mostly in inexpensive ammo imported from Russia and former Soviet Bloc countries, which may be the source of the "Steel is Bad" myth. Early imported steel-cased ammo had corrosive primers, which D

Firearm Basics: How Do I Buy My First Gun™
Firearm Basics: How Do I Buy My First Gun™

Once you decide to become a gun owner, the next step is actually going to the gun store to buy one. Our guest host, competitive shooter Tes Salb, follows up on her earlier video with some tips on navigating your first trip to a gun store. To help you choose the RIGHT gun for YOU, the staff at a good gun store will ask you some questions: What do you want to use the gun for™ Who else will be trained to use it™ Will the gun stay in the house all the time™ Or will you be getting a concealed carry w

Smyth Busters: Can an AR-15 Fire Full Auto with an M16 Carrier™
Smyth Busters: Can an AR-15 Fire Full Auto with an M16 Carrier™

Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve are back for a "fact or fiction" discussion about full-auto AR-15 parts, specifically the bolt / carrier group (BCG). The guys explain the difference between a full-auto M16-type BCG and a semi-auto one: the full-auto has a longer shroud on the underside to trip the auto sear. If you drop an M16 bolt / carrier group into your semi-auto AR, it'll shoot full auto, right™ NOPE! It doesn't have any of the other internal components needed to operate full auto. (Int

New Firearms Products: 7-23-2020
New Firearms Products: 7-23-2020

The captain of the Brownells new product ship, Paul Levy, is back to show us fresh cargo, starting with the MDT (Modular Driven Technologies) Composite Carbine Stock. The CCS fits any precision rifle chassis that attaches its stock via an AR-15 buffer tube. There's an adjustable-height cheek rest, a recoil pad spacer system to customize the length-of-pull, and an M-LOK® slot on the underside for attaching a monopod. (One caution: the Composite Carbine Stock's "buffer tube" is solid aluminum, so

New Firearms Products: 7-16-2020
New Firearms Products: 7-16-2020

Paul Levy, el jefe of the Brownells new product team, shows the new Colt® AR-15 upper receivers. You can get them complete or semi-complete, ready for the bolt / carrier group, charging handle, and rear sight of your choice - a great way to build your next AR with a genuine Colt® upper, yet still customize it to your needs. There's an M4 model with an 11.5" barrel, perfect for a pistol or SBR, plus a carbine upper with the USGI-length 14.5" M4 barrel. Many more Colt® uppers on the Brownells webs

New Firearms Products: 7-9-2020
New Firearms Products: 7-9-2020

Paul Levy, captain of the Brownells new products crew, shows us the aptly named DeathGrip Tripod from Bog Gear. Once the DeathGrip's adjustable jaws grab your precision rifle's stock, it isn't going anywhere. The head assembly has 25-deg. front/rear tilt and 360-deg. swivel. And the jaws' non-slip, rubberized padding won't scratch that stock. The legs snap open to three pre-set hard stops, and there's plenty of length extension. Easily switch between rubber feet and steel spikes without removing

Smyth Busters: AR-15 Bolt / Carrier Lubrication
Smyth Busters: AR-15 Bolt / Carrier Lubrication

Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant are back to help us separate fact from fiction. Or should we say "friction"™ Today's topic is the PROPER way to lubricate an AR-15 bolt / carrier assembly. Turns out the Army Way isn't always right. When our guys were in basic training (a few years apart), what the Army told them to do was wrong. Well, Steve has theory that it served a purpose, but keeping the rifle running reliably wasn't it. Caleb shows us the metal-on-metal friction points whe

New Firearms Products: 7-2-2020
New Firearms Products: 7-2-2020

A gun vise is super handy when cleaning or working on a gun.... but it typically takes up a LOT of your workbench space. Wouldn't it be great if the vise could stand on its own two (actually, four) legs™ Brownells new product guru Paul Levy shows us the Tipton Standing Ultra Gun Vise. Its sturdy folding steel legs that let you set it on the floor to hold a gun securely, at the right height, while you work on it AND keep your workbench free for other stuff! Tons of adjustability, plus convenient

Smyth Busters: Cleaning .22 Rimfire Barrels
Smyth Busters: Cleaning .22 Rimfire Barrels

With their unbeatable combination of wisdom, experience, and charm, Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant debunk some myths about cleaning .22 LR barrels. One myth is that cleaning will ruin a .22 barrel and it'll never shoot accurately again. Caleb thinks this myth is the result of people cleaning a barrel from the muzzle and damaging the muzzle crown, which CAN diminish accuracy. If it's done right, cleaning won't damage the bore, but..... Steve's message to the OCD contingent is l

New Firearms Products: 6-18-2020
New Firearms Products: 6-18-2020

This week Paul Levy, captain of the Brownells new product team, has special news for H&K fans. It's the Magpul line of upgrade components for the Heckler & Koch MP5 / SP5 / HK94 platform. Available variously in Maschinenpistole, semi-auto pistol, and carbine forms, the MP5 is the epitome of German engineering. And yet.... the design crew at Magpul has figured out ways to improve ergonomics, shooter comfort, and control. Magpul's SL Hand Guard is available in two lengths, for the standard MP5 and

Daily Defense #15: How To Load a Pistol Magazine
Daily Defense #15: How To Load a Pistol Magazine

In this video, Jeff explains the basic components of a semi-auto pistol magazine, how it functions, AND how to load it easily and quickly.

Daily Defense #14: Loading & Unloading a Pistol
Daily Defense #14: Loading & Unloading a Pistol

You've got your home-defense / EDC / daily carry gun, you've selected your ammo, you're getting ready to take a shooting class or hit the range, and.... wait, "How do I load the gun™"