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Smyth Busters: Can Left-Handed Shooters Shoot Right-Handed Guns™
Smyth Busters: Can Left-Handed Shooters Shoot Right-Handed Guns™

About 10-12% of the general population is left-handed, which probably holds true for shooters as well. A lot of pistols are now ambidextrous, but most rifles are still right-handed. Is that a handicap for left-handers™ Are lefties stuck shooting only left-hand rifles™ Brownells Gun Techs™ Steve and Caleb are here to set the record straight. Caleb shoots left-handed, and he's always shot "right-handed" rifles. He's never even owned a left-handed rifle! Famous shooters like Ian McCollum from Forgo

Product Spotlight: Brownells AR-15 Bolt-Carrier Groups
Product Spotlight: Brownells AR-15 Bolt-Carrier Groups

Paul Levy is back and bursting with stuff to tell us about the Brownells AR-15 bolt-carrier groups. These BCGs are sourced from top-level manufacturers and gotta meet strict requirements to wear the Brownells name. The standard BCG comes with a hard, slick, extremely durable Nitride finish and is available in AR-15 or M16 configuration (both work fine in a semi-auto AR). The mil-spec version has a Parkerized finish and chrome-lined interior. Looking for a finish even tougher than Nitride™ You ca

Smyth Busters: Is the Lever Action Rifle Obsolete™
Smyth Busters: Is the Lever Action Rifle Obsolete™

Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem says there's a pernicious myth going around that the lever action rifle is obsolete. What does his fellow Smyth Buster, Caleb Savant, say™ Is "The Gun that Won the West" really now only fit to serve as a range toy or wall-hanger™ Or does the lever gun still have a role in the 21st century™ As a practical, "working" gun in the rough country, a Winchester, Marlin, or Henry lever action rifle is still a darned handy tool to have. Its slim, compact profile makes it e

Product Spotlight: NEW .22 LR Colt Cobra Revolver
Product Spotlight: NEW .22 LR Colt Cobra Revolver

If you've watched some of our "From the Vault" videos, you know Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford loves wheelguns. Imagine how pumped he was when he visited the Colt booth at the 2022 NRA convention and discovered a new variant of the King Cobra chambered, not in .357 Magnum like other King Cobras, but .22 Long Rifle! It's the first new .22 LR Colt revolver since 1988, and it's also the first 10-SHOT revolver in Colt history. Keith is joined by Colt Vice-President Paul Spitale, who fills us in on t

Smyth Busters: Is It Safe To Store Your Home Defense Gun Loaded™
Smyth Busters: Is It Safe To Store Your Home Defense Gun Loaded™

Our intrepid Smyth Busters, Brownells Gun Techs™ Steve and Caleb, are always on duty, even on the floor of the 2022 NRA convention! They took a break during the event to answer a loaded question: Is it OK to store your home defense firearm loaded™ First, let's define "loaded." It could mean either a full magazine PLUS a round in the chamber OR a full mag with NO round in the chamber. Either way, it boils down to WHO has access to the gun. If you're the only occupant of your house, or it's just y

6.5 Day Special: The Story of 6.5mm Rifle Cartridges
6.5 Day Special: The Story of 6.5mm Rifle Cartridges

Happy 6.5 Day! This video is debuting on June 5 - "6/5" - so what better day for Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford to share his love for 6.5mm rifle cartridges™ He has seven Six-Fives to show us, starting with the 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser, adopted by the Swedish military in 1893. The 6.5 Swede's strong points are the sectional density, velocity, and ballistic coefficient of its bullet, which make it very accurate over long ranges AND give it a lot of knock-down power. The 6.5 Swede with a 140 grain

Product Spotlight: Reptilia AUS Scope Mount
Product Spotlight: Reptilia AUS Scope Mount

When you put a high-quality optic on your AR-15, like a Brownells MPO, you want to take full benefit of its performance capabilities by putting it on a rock-stable foundation.... like the Reptilia AUS Scope Mount. Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant tells us the AUS was designed for - and with input from - a "direct action group" that's known for being pretty tough on their firearms. So Reptilia designed the AUS to take a beating without going out of zero. Each AUS is fully machined from a single b

Smyth Busters: Is the .40 S&W Cartridge Obsolete™
Smyth Busters: Is the .40 S&W Cartridge Obsolete™

Even though the .40 S&W cartridge was introduced only in 1990, some folks are already declaring it obsolete - even though every major ammunition manufacturer offers .40 Smith & Wesson loads, and every major pistol maker offers a gun chambered for it. What's the real story™ Sounds like we need to call in Brownells Gun Techs™ Caleb and Steve to get to the bottom of this! Terminal ballistics of handgun cartridges have improved a lot in the last 30 years. The 9mm Luger (9x19mm), once thought a li

Product Spotlight: Steiner DBAL Night Vision Laser Sight
Product Spotlight: Steiner DBAL Night Vision Laser Sight

Steiner Optics describes their DBAL as an "intelligent dual beam aiming laser" that provides "extreme accuracy in low light and no light" conditions. Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant has DBALs to explain to us how the Dual Beam Aiming Laser system works. Steiner's flagship DBAL-A3 model has an IR (infrared) illuminator, a sort of infrared flashlight whose light beam is visible only when you're wearing night vision (NV) goggles. It's aiming laser has both IR and visible laser emitters. The visibl

Smyth Busters: Do You Have To Follow Torque Specs™
Smyth Busters: Do You Have To Follow Torque Specs™

You're assembling your latest AR-15 or installing that new scope, when you encounter the recommended torque settings for the AR's barrel nut or the scope rings. But you've read posts on Internet forums and social media by folks who say, "Nah, torque specs are just suggestions. You don't have to follow 'em!" Do you™ What happens if you don't™ Brownells Gun Techs™ Steve and Caleb point out that torque specs exist for a reason. Some torque specs, like those of the mil-spec AR-15 barrel nut, give yo

Daily Defense Season 3 EP 12: Out-of-State Travel With Firearms
Daily Defense Season 3 EP 12: Out-of-State Travel With Firearms

Now that you've studied up on your state's gun laws as Jeff outlined in our last episode, what about when you travel to a different state with a firearm™

Product Spotlight: AR-15 Forward Assist by Forward Control Designs
Product Spotlight: AR-15 Forward Assist by Forward Control Designs

At the risk of being a little too forward, Caleb wants to discuss the AR-15's often-derided forward assist. If you watched our earlier Smyth Busters video called "Does the AR-15 REALLY Need a Forward Assist™"