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From the Vault: John Rigby & Co Master Engraved Mauser Bolt Action Rifle
From the Vault: John Rigby & Co Master Engraved Mauser Bolt Action Rifle

From the Vault: John Rigby & Co Master Engraved Mauser Bolt Action Rifle

New Firearms Products: 1-14-2021
New Firearms Products: 1-14-2021

The fellow with a face so honest you'd buy a used car from him sight unseen - Brownells new product guru Paul Levy - is back to tell us about the new PF9SS 80% Single-Stack Pistol Frame from Polymer80. The PF9SS enables you to build your own custom, compact, every day carry / EDC pistol compatible with slides, barrels, and basically any components for the popular Glock 43®. Comfort and control upgrades on the PF9SS frame include grippy non-slip texturing on all FOUR sides of the grip, a palm swe

Quick Tip: End-of-Season Maintenance
Quick Tip: End-of-Season Maintenance

Hunting season is over, and the urge is to just put that rifle or shotgun away until next year. Or maybe you really mean to clean it, "When I have time." Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant are here to say "STOP! Give that gun a good cleaning and check NOW!" Make sure there are no obstructions in the bore, then give it a thorough cleaning, followed by a pass with an oiled patch. Mud and animal blood on metal are magnets for rust. Clean all of that off the outside and apply a light

Smyth Busters: Should I Store My AR-15 with the Hammer Down™
Smyth Busters: Should I Store My AR-15 with the Hammer Down™

Today, Brownells Gun Techs Steve and Caleb answer a question we hear a lot: Should you store your AR-15 with the hammer released, in the forward position, OR with the hammer back and the safety on™ The rationale behind hammer-forward storage is that it takes the tension off the hammer spring so it doesn't get weak and fail or lose the oomph to ignite the primer. Caleb reminds us that springs don't wear out from being compressed. They wear out from use - tens of thousands of compression-and-relea

From the Vault: Manceaux Percussion Pistols in Presentation Case
From the Vault: Manceaux Percussion Pistols in Presentation Case

Brownells Gun Techs Caleb Savant and Steve Ostrem are back at Rock Island Auction Company checking out an elaborate pair of presentation dueling pistols made by Jules Manceaux in 1843. As you might infer from his name, Manceaux was a French gun maker, the finest in the royal workshop at Tulle (near Paris), who produced these matching percussion pistols, heavily engraved and inlaid with gold. They were presented by the last King of France, Louis Philippe, to his friend, the English naval hero Cap

Quick Tip: Why Won't My AR-15's Bolt Close™
Quick Tip: Why Won't My AR-15's Bolt Close™

Our two favorite firearm info straight-shooters, Brownells Gun Techs Caleb Savant and Steve Ostrem, have some tips on why your AR-15's bolt won't close or, to use the technical term, "go into battery." It's a pretty common problem, and guess what™ There are multiple reasons why an AR bolt doesn't close. REASON #1: An overloaded magazine - 31 rounds in your 30-round mag. Just because you can shove an extra round into the magazine doesn't mean the bolt has enough oomph to overcome the mag spring's

Quick Tip: 3 Easy Fixes for Bolt Action Rifle Accuracy
Quick Tip: 3 Easy Fixes for Bolt Action Rifle Accuracy

Bolt action rifles are known for their excellent accuracy, but sometimes your bolt gun just doesn't seem to be hitting its full potential. Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant tells us about the three main causes of compromised accuracy with bolt actions. First, loose action screws: if that action is squirming around in the stock, accuracy can get downright squirrely. Action screws can work loose over time, or sometimes you take the rifle apart for a good cleaning and don't get them fully torqued do

Smyth Busters: Do I Have To "Download" My AR-15 Mags™
Smyth Busters: Do I Have To "Download" My AR-15 Mags™

It's a new year, and our intrepid "Smyth Busters," Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant are back to debunk the bunkum of the firearms world! Today, they take on the notion that you should underload or "download" your AR-15 magazines by 1 or 2 rounds. If your magazine has a good-quality tempered steel magazine spring, you won't damage the spring by leaving the mag fully loaded for long periods of time. A brand-new, stiff spring MIGHT produce so much pressure that you have trouble sea

From the Vault: MAC-10 Submachinegun
From the Vault: MAC-10 Submachinegun

Think of any 1980s-90s "B" action movie or "Miami Vice" episode: firearms come out, a shootout commences, and what gun is sure to be involved™ The Desert Eagle. Right - that, too. But odds are there's also a MAC-10 in the mix, usually wielded by the bad guys. Brownells Gun Techs Keith Ford and Caleb Savant are at the Rock Island Auction Company to show us a pristine example of the infamous MAC-10 machine pistol. Developed by Gordon Ingram working in conjunction with Mitch WerBell, who developed

New Firearms Products: 12-31-2020
New Firearms Products: 12-31-2020

Our new products guru Paul Levy rings out the Old Year with some New Gear, starting with Wilson Combat's WCP320 enhanced / upgraded grip module for the SIG Sauer P320. Those upgrades include carry cuts up front to aid in holstering, an undercut triggerguard and a beavertail to help you maintain a high grip, a thumb cutout to help you keep a firm hold, and well-thought-out texturing on the svelte, ergonomic grip. Magwell is beveled for fast mag changes, and the whole package just really helps the

Quick Tip: Top 3 Causes of AR-15 Malfunctions
Quick Tip: Top 3 Causes of AR-15 Malfunctions

The AR-15 has become America's Favorite Rifle, and with that distinction comes a lot of calls to our Gun Techs about problems with AR-15 operation. Fortunately, one of those intrepid techs, Caleb Savant, is here tell us about what causes the three most common AR-15 malfunctions. These problems are most common on homebuilt ARs, though they sometimes crop up on factory guns, too. First problem: Gas block misalignment. When the hole in the gas block is not lined up with the gas port in the barrel,

Smyth Busters: Do I Need Hearing Protection with a Suppressor™
Smyth Busters: Do I Need Hearing Protection with a Suppressor™

This one's for all you folks with sound suppressors (aka "silencers") on your guns. Brownells Gun Techs Steve and Caleb answer the big question: Do I need hearing protection when I'm shooting a suppressed gun™ This is another "it depends" answer. If you're shooting a few shots, say a quick plink session on the Back 40 or when you're out hunting, you don't need hearing protection. If you're at the range all day, or you work as a firearms instructor, you should wear protection to prevent hearing l