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From the Vault: Smith & Wesson “Baby” Aircrewman Revolver
From the Vault: Smith & Wesson “Baby” Aircrewman Revolver

It’s a “holy grail” item in the revolver collecting fraternity, and it’s pretty much unobtainium for even the most well-heeled collector. It’s the Smith & Wesson “Baby” Aircrewman revolver, and Brownells Gun Techs™ Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem show us one recently offered by Rock Island Auction Co. Smith made the Aircrewman for the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s to serve as a lightweight sidearm for pilots and other crewmembers of combat aircraft. This J-frame is chambered in .38 Special, with the f

Quick Tip: Installing the KNS AR / MCX Picatinny Stock Adapter
Quick Tip: Installing the KNS AR / MCX Picatinny Stock Adapter

A growing number of AR-15 type uppers have a self-contained recoil system that doesn’t need the traditional buffer assembly / receiver extension on the lower receiver. This opens up even more “stock options” for these guns. The KNS Precision AR / MCX Stock Adapter makes it easy to install an M1913 Picatinny-mount stock on a standard mil-spec AR-15 lower receiver. Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant walks us through the installation steps. The KNS AR / MCX adapter kit includes a threaded plug that s

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

From the Vault: Wild Bill Hickok's Colt 1851 Navy
From the Vault: Wild Bill Hickok's Colt 1851 Navy

Get ready for a History Rush, folks! Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford is at Rock Island Auction Co. to give us a long look at a Colt 1851 Navy revolver attributed to Old West legend James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok. While the gun's provenance isn't perfect, Rock Island's Joel Colander points to several factors that indicate it WAS Wild Bill's Colt. It is one of a pair of matching ivory-gripped, heavily engraved 1851s only 17 serial number apart, formerly owned by the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wy

Quick Tip: Get the RIGHT Screwdriver To Do the Job Right!
Quick Tip: Get the RIGHT Screwdriver To Do the Job Right!

If you do even a small amount of maintenance on guns, eventually you're going to need to loosen, tighten, replace, or otherwise work with screws. And for that, says Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant, you need a high-quality, properly fitting set of gunsmithing screwdrivers. The problem with a screwdriver that's too large is obvious, but a screwdriver bit that's TOO SMALL for the screw slot can slip and damage the firearm's finish or mangle up the slot. A "properly fitting" screwdriver bit is thic

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

Quick Tip: Using the SAC Modular Action Wrench
Quick Tip: Using the SAC Modular Action Wrench

The folks at Short Action Customs have developed a strong, reliable, easy-to-use, Modular Action Wrench for bolt action rifles. Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant shares with us a few tricks to using it effectively. Before SAC came along, you had to have a dedicated action wrench for each type of rifle you worked on. SAC simplified that by offering a universal wrench body and interchangeable wrench heads. Once you acquire the body, you buy wrench heads ONLY for the rifles you work on. Maybe right

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