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Product Spotlight: Crimson Trace's RAD Pistol Optics
Product Spotlight: Crimson Trace's RAD Pistol Optics

You may know them for their Lasergrips and Laserguard laser sights. But did you know Crimson Trace also offers red dot sights for pistols™ Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant gives us a tour of CT's RAD sights. What makes these sights so RAD(ical)™ Crimson Trace's Rapid Aiming Dot, of course! RAD sights come in two sizes: the Standard model fits the Docter / Burris Fastfire mount footprint, and the Micro fits Shield RMS / JPoint mounts. The all-aluminum housings of both RAD models are extremely rob

Smyth Busters: Does Your AR-15 Really Need Backup Sights™
Smyth Busters: Does Your AR-15 Really Need Backup Sights™

You've probably heard it or read it on social media: folks saying you NEED backup sights on your AR-15. Really™ Steve and Caleb get on target with the truth about backup sights. Both guys put backup sights on their ARs, but it depends on the situation. A range fun / plinking gun doesn't need backup sights, but they're handy if your main optic's battery gives out and you forgot to bring a spare. Under some conditions, you can actually shoot better with a traditional "iron" sight. Install a set of

Product Spotlight: Sons of Liberty Garand Thumb Rifle
Product Spotlight: Sons of Liberty Garand Thumb Rifle

Caleb kicks off this video by startling Steve with his impression of popular YouTuber Garand Thumb. You can decide on your own if his impression deserves a thumb's up, but he's doing it to introduce the new Sons of Liberty Gun Works "Garand Thumb" AR-15. built to specs provided by Garand Thumb. It has a Bravo Company BCM Mod 0 pistol grip, plus Bravo Company's Mod 0 stock on SOLGW's own A5-length receiver extension (aka, buffer tube). The A5 is anchored by a Forward Controls Design castle nu

Product Spotlight: SOLGW / Forward Controls AR-15 Lower
Product Spotlight: SOLGW / Forward Controls AR-15 Lower

Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant gives us a "walkaround" of the new Sons of Liberty Gun Works AR-15 lower receiver developed in collaboration with Forward Controls Design. The clean exterior and flowing contours of the stripped receiver itself indicate that it is not your standard mil-spec receiver. The hardcoat anodizing is, however, is done to true U.S. military specifications for exceptional durability. The Forward Controls Design ambidextrous bolt release and ambi mag release have the tradem

Product Spotlight: Sons of Liberty M89 Handguard
Product Spotlight: Sons of Liberty M89 Handguard

The new M89 Drive Lock Rail handguard for AR-15 from Sons of Liberty Gun Works may well redefine the term "rock solid," and Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant shows us why. The aluminum M89 has a full-length M1913 Picatinny rail along the top, with rows of M-LOK® slots in the usual 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions PLUS pairs of M-LOK® slots at 45-degree angles between those standard rows. If you can't find the precisely perfect position for an accessory on this handguard, it doesn't exist! Anti-ro

Smyth Busters: Ex-Special Forces Members as Firearm Trainers
Smyth Busters: Ex-Special Forces Members as Firearm Trainers

"He's a retired Navy SEAL / Delta Force / Green Beret, so he's gotta be a great firearms instructor." That's a line of thinking some folks use when deciding on whose training class to take. If the instructor is a former Special Forces operator, he must be the best, right™ "Not so fast," say Caleb and Steve. Just because somebody has elite military experience on their resume doesn't mean they're the right teacher for civilians who want to build their marksmanship or self-defense skills. How l

Product Spotlight: Brownells BRN-4 Upper Receiver Kit
Product Spotlight: Brownells BRN-4 Upper Receiver Kit

Steve and Caleb are a little jazzed today because they're giving us a tour of the new HK416-compatible Brownells BRN-4 piston upper receiver kit. The BRN-4 is built to HK416 specs, so it'll work with any 416 components either original or aftermarket like the new ones Brownells will be releasing in the near future. More good news: the BRN-4 fits on a standard mil-spec AR-15 lower receiver, so you can build up an HK416-type rifle without encountering the scarcity and very high cost of original 416

Smyth Busters: Can You "Over-Clean" a Gun™
Smyth Busters: Can You "Over-Clean" a Gun™

Brownells Gun Techs™ Caleb and Steve are like superheroes, using the immense power of their knowledge and experience to dispel misinformation for the benefit of gun owners everywhere. Today, they take on the notion that "You cannot over-clean your gun." You can't wear out a gun with excessive cleaning it, but you'll hit a point where it's as clean as it's ever going to be. Trouble comes from taking the gun apart beyond field-stripping it. If you shoot a gun a whole LOT, you should completely dis

Product Spotlight: Law Tactical ARIC
Product Spotlight: Law Tactical ARIC

There have been rumors, even "beta test" examples, and now ARIC has finally arrived! The Law Tactical Gen M3 AR-15 Folding Stock Adapter has been extremely popular ever since its introduction. And since the beginning, users have been asking for a way to fire the gun with the stock FOLDED. Well, Law Tactical developed the AR Internal Carrier, or ARIC, to enable just that! The ARIC replaces the AR-15's buffer, buffer spring, and bolt-carrier group. It fits ENTIRELY within the upper receiver. I

Product Spotlight: Smith & Wesson Equalizer
Product Spotlight: Smith & Wesson Equalizer

Sometimes good things - very good things! - come in small blue boxes. Brownells Gun Techs™ Caleb Savant and Steve Ostrem give us a first look at the new Smith & Wesson Equalizer micro-compact pistol chambered in 9mm Luger (9x19). The name might be a callback to the 1980s TV series and its 2020s reboot - and two movies with Denzel Washington. As befits a self-defense pistol optimized for daily carry, the Equalizer comes with one 10-rd flush-fit magazine, plus extended 13- and 15-round mags. S

Smyth Busters: Should You Lubricate Your Ammunition™
Smyth Busters: Should You Lubricate Your Ammunition™

Today's topic could be a slippery slope! A viewer read on the Interwebs that you should lubricate your ammunition. Yep, just wipe it down with a little gun oil. But why™ Caleb's theory is that the "lubricators" are folks who are having feeding or extraction problems with their guns, and they think lubricating the ammo will solve that. If you have to lube your ammo to get your gun to function, you have a problem with the gun itself. And the solution is to FIX THE GUN because lubricating ammunitio

Product Spotlight: Aimpoint Duty RDS
Product Spotlight: Aimpoint Duty RDS

Cost wasn't on Caleb's mind when he first encountered the Aimpoint Duty RDS, but it turns out this red dot sight gives outstanding performance at a very affordable price. It looks like a slightly larger cousin of the popular Aimpoint Micro red dot series, and the Duty RDS's pressure-forged aluminum housing is exceptionally strong yet surprisingly lightweight. The Duty RDS fits the footprint of any mount for the Micro, so finding the perfect mount should not be a problem. It even comes with a MIL