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New Firearms Products: 6-17-2021
New Firearms Products: 6-17-2021

Brownells new product team leader Paul Levy has two mouth-watering new arrivals to show us, starting with an unboxing of the EL Range rangefinding binoculars from Swarovski Optik. The EL Range's laser will accurately read ranges from 50 to 2,000 meters with the help of its premium Swarovski glass, and it can share this data with the Swarovski ballistic app on your smartphone to help you dial in your shot for your specific rifle / ammo / scope combo. It even records the exact locations of you and

Manufacturer Spotlight: Modular Driven Technologies (MDT)
Manufacturer Spotlight: Modular Driven Technologies (MDT)

Even if you're not a precision rifle shooter, you've probably heard of MDT chassis systems. Modular Driven Technologies, or "MDT" for short, is responsible for a whole lot of innovation in precision rifle components. Paul Levy chats with MDT's Kyle van Ruitenburg about the company's origins, products, and mission. Modular Driven Technologies was founded in 2009 to produce machined aluminum chassis systems for precision bolt action rifles. A chassis provides better accuracy, improved ergonomics,

Smyth Busters: Does a Suppressor Increase Felt Recoil™
Smyth Busters: Does a Suppressor Increase Felt Recoil™

In a recent video, Brownells Gun Techs and avid Smyth Busters Caleb and Steve took on the notion that a sound suppressor makes your gun less accurate (it doesn't - if it's installed correctly). And today they tackle another idea often repeated on firearm forums and in YouTube comments: a suppressor will make felt recoil stronger. Actually, the opposite is true. The gas hitting the baffles inside the suppressor make it act like a muzzle brake. Coupled with the extra muzzle weight provided by the

New Firearms Products: 6-10-2021
New Firearms Products: 6-10-2021

The host who always has good news to share, Brownells new product team leader Paul Levy, walks us around the new Foxtrot Mike Products (or FM Products) AR-15 Build Kits. Each kit has a complete, fully assembled upper receiver with an M16-type bolt carrier group, lightweight Nitride-finished barrel, classic A2 flash suppressor up front, and a slim full-length M-LOK® handguard. The Picatinny rail on top of the handguard mates up neatly with the flattop receiver rail via a unique locking system, so

Smyth Busters: Does a Suppressor Reduce a Gun's Accuracy™
Smyth Busters: Does a Suppressor Reduce a Gun's Accuracy™

"Putting a suppressor on a gun makes it less accurate." That's the item of firearm lore our Smyth Busters, Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve, tackle today. Is it true™ Not exactly, says Caleb. Simply installing a sound suppressor on the gun WILL NOT affect the gun's accuracy. In fact, some suppressors, like Area419's Maverick, are made specifically for long-range precision rifles. If you had to thread a previously un-threaded barrel to mount the suppressor AND goofed up the thread job, then ye

Smyth Busters: Is Cold Blue as Good as Hot Blue™
Smyth Busters: Is Cold Blue as Good as Hot Blue™

Brownells Gun Techs and Firearm Myth Super Sleuths (aka "The Smyth Busters") Caleb Savant and Steve Ostrem tackle a tricky question: Is a cold blued finish as good as a traditional hot blued finish™ Actually, it's not a tricky question: the answer is NO. The ®290 deg. F. heat of the hot bluing process builds up a layer of black oxide on the surface of the metal that's really quite durable. Hot bluing requires expensive equipment and takes some time and experience to get it right. Cold bluing is

New Firearms Products: 5-27-2021
New Firearms Products: 5-27-2021

Paul Levy gives us a rundown on the latest innovations from the folks at Modular Driven Technologies. The XRS Chassis System is available for Remington 700, Savage, and Tikka bolt action rifles, and it has an aluminum bed that extends all the way back into the buttstock - talk about "rock solid"! More features: plenty of M-LOK® slots on the forend, sling swivel stud / bipod attachment point, barricade stop, two interchangeable pistol grips (angled and vertical) over-molded with non-slip rubber,

Smyth Busters: Is WD-40 a Good Lubricant for Guns™
Smyth Busters: Is WD-40 a Good Lubricant for Guns™

We take a break from our regularly scheduled Smyth Busters episode for a public service announcement from Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve. Almost every new gun owner has asked this question at some point: Is it OK to lubricate my gun with WD-40™ The guys have a simple answer: No, NEVER! The main problem here is that WD-40 is not a lubricant. "Wait," you say, "That one time I used it, the action felt really smooth and slick." Caleb says that's because it's like squirting water into your gun.

Product Spotlight: Midwest Industries AR-15 Armorer's Wrench
Product Spotlight: Midwest Industries AR-15 Armorer's Wrench

Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant has something that'll make a lot of AR builders and owners very happy: the AR-15 / AR-308 Professional Armorer's Wrench from Midwest Industries. Armorer's wrenches tend to be a lot alike, but MI has added some features that get even veteran AR-15 mechanics like Caleb pretty stoked: (1) Barrel nut wrench that'll work on any standard AR-15 or AR-308 barrel nut, including encapsulated and pin types. (2) Rifle receiver extension (buffer tube) wrench. (3) Flash hider

Smyth Busters: AR-10 vs AR-308 - What's the Difference™
Smyth Busters: AR-10 vs AR-308 - What's the Difference™

Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve are sharp as new thumb tacks and even more adept at bursting balloons of firearm misinformation. Today they tackle the notion that any AR-type rifle chambered in 7.62 NATO or .308 Winchester is an AR-10. Many people who think they own an "AR-10" actually have what's generically called an "AR-308". The AR-10® is a specific rifle made by the Armalite® company, which owns the AR-10® name as a registered trademark. So ONLY that Armalite rifle can be legitimately c

New Firearms Products: 5-13-2021
New Firearms Products: 5-13-2021

Brownells new product sensei Paul Levy is back with a quartet of cool items! Lone Wolf's Freedom Wolf 80% pistol frame is sized to the Glock® 19, so your finished pistol will fit any G19 holster - AND you can mate it to a Glock® 19, 23, 32 or 38 slide, barrel, and internal parts. Paul demos how the unique the front / rear guide rails are installed to produce a smooth, seamless frame exterior. Other goodies: interchangeable flat and curved backstraps, a magwell, extended beavertail, undercut trig

Smyth Busters: Does "Mil-Spec" Mean "Low Quality"™
Smyth Busters: Does "Mil-Spec" Mean "Low Quality"™

"Your equipment was made by the lowest bidder." We've all heard that line, even folks who haven't served in the military. So that must mean "mil-spec" is the lowest quality, right™ "Not so," say Brownells Gun Techs and Firearm Myth Super Sleuths Caleb and Steve. Actually, a mil-spec part is built to a standardized size and/or to very precise quality specifications. Think "mil-spec" AR-15 parts. Technically, "mil-spec" means a part manufactured FOR the military, TO the military's specifications,