Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem is back with our friend Bobby Tyler of Tyler Gun Works to talk about firearm engraving. Specifically: Why do it™ Does anybody still do it™ And can anybody still afford it™ To that Bobby adds: Why WOULDN'T you do it™ He starts by explaining the difference between laser engraving and traditional hand engraving. He has three different examples of hand-engraved guns, the first being a Ruger® single action with what Bobby calls his "Working Man / Executive Package," t
We've showed you some of Bobby Tyler's stunning custom guns in previous videos, but those guns looked much different when they arrived at Bobby's shop, Tyler Gun Works in Friona, Texas. Today, Bobby sits down with Steve Ostrem to tell us a little about how he and his team refinish worse-for-wear old guns to showroom-new condition. The first step is to determine if the wear actually forms part of the gun's value. If it's extremely rare or was owned by a famous person, "STOP!" says Bobby. The gun
When you see Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem with a brace of revolvers and cartridges on the table in front of him, you know you're in for a treat! Today, Uncle Steve takes us on a short tour of .45 caliber revolver cartridges. The two earliest rounds are the .45 Colt (aka .45 Long Colt), developed for the Colt Model 1873 Peacemaker, and the shorter .45 Schofield (aka .45 Smith & Wesson), developed for the Smith & Wesson Model 3 top-break revolver. The U.S. Army had both guns in service - with
Today, we have some sweet firearm eye candy - and some sage advice from a custom gun maker. Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem sits down with gunsmith Bobby Tyler to look at some custom revolvers and a 1911 from Bobby's shop, Tyler Gun Works in Friona, Texas. So what is a "custom" gun™ Bobby's definition is any gun configured to suit your fancy. You can go extreme or keep the changes simple, but a custom gun is basically the physical realization of what's in your heart. Bobby's approach is to get
Brownells Gun Tech™ Caleb Savant does a quick comparison of two magnum revolver cartridges: the Old School .357 Magnum and the relatively new kid on the block, the .327 Federal Magnum. The .357 Magnum throws a larger, heavier bullet at (usually) faster velocities than the .327 Magnum, BUT... you can fit an extra round of .327 Federal in the same-size cylinder, due to the cartridge's narrower diameter. That's SIX rounds of .327 in the space of a 5-shot .357 Magnum cylinder, and SEVEN rounds of .3
Brownells Gun Tech™ and resident H&K MP5 expert Keith Ford shows us how to install the Magpul® ESK selector on a Heckler & Koch MP5-pattern roller lock firearm. The Enhanced Safety Kit or "ESK" gives you ambidextrous control over the safety selector WITHOUT having to move your hand off the grip to operate it. You can install your ESK with a full enhanced lever, small lever, or even NO lever at all on the right-hand side. Keith starts by making sure his Zenith Z43P H&K clone is unloaded - visual
Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem has a confession to make: he's a big fan of .32 caliber handguns. He gives us a quick tour of his favorite .32 cartridges and a couple of .30s, too. Probably the most popular .32 nowadays is the .32 ACP, commonly found in small pocket pistols used for concealed carry. Also called the 7.65mm Browning Short, it was developed by John Browning in 1899 for his first semi-auto pistols. The more powerful .30 Luger (as it's called in the U.S.) or 7.65 Parabellum (Europe)
Thread-locker, most commonly known by the Loctite® brand name, is a lot like a Dremel® tool: if you have it, you feel an almost overpowering urge to use it - a lot. "But wait," say Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve, "go easy with the Loctite on your AR-15!" It should NOT be used where steel and aluminum parts are threaded together. The steel is hard and the Loctite, when compressed into the threads, is also hard. The softest material in this equation is the aluminum... and you run the risk of
Brownells Gun Tech™ Keith Ford shows us how to install the Magpul® SL Grip Module on two popular variants of the H&K MP5. The SL Grip Module gives you a more comfortable angle than the factory grip to make your MP5 easier to control and shoot. It fits a variety of Heckler & Koch MP5 variants and clones, including the SP5 and HK91/93/94 carbines, pistols, and Maschinenpistole. It will NOT fit the MP5K or clones. It WILL fit the Zenith Z5 family, except for the K models. Keith demos installation o
What's the difference between a gun collector and somebody who just owns a lot of guns™ Probably not much! Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem and gunsmith Bobby Tyler of Tyler Gun Works in Friona, Texas, delve into the psyche of the Gun Collector. Winchester lever action rifles, Colt Single Action Army revolvers, classic Smith & Wessons, Webley revolvers, Mauser rifles, and of course Lugers - ALL of these are typical collectible firearms. But these days, just about anything that shoots a bullet is
If you're one of the many shooters who like to load / reload their own ammunition, Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem has an important tip for you about shell holders. The shell holder positions the brass case in the reloading press so the various loading steps can be performed on it correctly. Make sure the shell holder you're using is made by the same company that made the dies you're using. The die / shell holder match can be particularly critical when resizing bottleneck rifle cartridges. Some
Changing the flash hider / compensator muzzle device on your BRN-180™ upper receiver is extremely easy. But the steps for the new BRN-180S™ Gen2 .300 Blackout model ARE different from all the 5.56/.223 variants. It's still dirt simple to do, and Brownells Gun Tech Caleb Savant walks us through those steps. Start by backing off the jam nut from the shoulder of the flash/comp, then unscrew the flash/comp from the barrel. Next, remove the jam nut - and you'll find a C-clip underneath it. The C-clip
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