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Smyth Busters: AR-15 Receiver Forging Marks
Smyth Busters: AR-15 Receiver Forging Marks

A keyhole or a square or an "M" shaped like diamond or...™ Today, our intrepid Smyth Busters, Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant tackle a major item of AR-15 Internet lore - that the quality of an AR-15 receiver is determined by the forging mark on it. The idea is that if it's the product of a certain forging house, it'll be better, and receivers with the same forge mark will be of the same quality. Nope. It IS true that most AR-15 receivers are built from raw forgings made by a s

New Firearms Products: 10-22-2020
New Firearms Products: 10-22-2020

Paul Levy, the sure and steady hand on the tiller of the Brownells new product ship, sets sail today with the Colt® LE6933EPR Complete M4 CCU upper receiver, outfitted with a Centurion Arms handguard that puts the "S" into Slimline! The M4 CCU's other mouth-watering features include a Colt® carbine-length, 1-7" twist, chrome-lined barrel capped with an A2 flash suppressor. The super lightweight Centurion Arms handguard has a full-length Picatinny rail on top, rows of M-LOK® slots at 3, 6, and 9

Smyth Busters: Is Match Ammo Better Than Standard Ammo™
Smyth Busters: Is Match Ammo Better Than Standard Ammo™

Brownells Gun Techs and Seekers of Truth Steve and Caleb are back to answer a critical question: Is match ammunition always better than standard ammo™ If your gun doesn't shoot good groups with standard ammo, switching to the match stuff probably won't make a big improvement - even though it costs more. Match ammunition isn't a "magic bullet" (ahem!) that'll solve your gun's accuracy problems. It IS manufactured to be more consistent from round to round to minimize ammunition-induced variations

New Firearms Products: 10-15-2020
New Firearms Products: 10-15-2020

Attention military rifle cloners! Brownells Chief of New Product Procurement Paul Levy has a public service announcement for you: the Daniel Defense M4A1 Upper Receiver is now available EXCLUSIVELY from Brownells! It's essentially identical to the upper on the M4A1 SOCOM Block II carbines Daniel Defense supplies to the DoD, with a forged 7075 aluminum receiver (minus charging handle and bolt / carrier group - you're going to customize those anyway, right™) and the SOCOM Picatinny handguard in Fl

Smyth Busters: Is It OK To Use the Slide Release™
Smyth Busters: Is It OK To Use the Slide Release™

Today our myth-slaying heroes, Brownells Gun Techs Caleb Savant and Steve Ostrem, respond to a viewer's request and take on one of the oldest myths in the gun world: You should not drop a pistol's slide by hitting the slide release lever (aka "slide stop") because it will damage the gun. Better, goes this line of reasoning, to use the "slingshot" method of pulling the slide back slightly with your support hand to release it. OK folks, here's the good news: the slide release lever is there to...

New Firearms Products: 10-8-2020
New Firearms Products: 10-8-2020

Our Man in the Know, Brownells new products manager Paul Levy, has a trio of exciting items to show us, starting with the Aero Precision / Superlative Arms M4E1 Complete Upper Receiver. Aero builds these AR-15 uppers around their own proprietary forged 7075 aluminum receiver fronted by their M4E1 handguard with a truly seamless, continuous Picatinny rail on top and full-coverage M-LOK® slots. But the real heart is the Superlative Arms gas piston operating system inside, with a bolt carrier speci

Smythbuster: AR-15 Factory Trigger Jobs
Smythbuster: AR-15 Factory Trigger Jobs

Our intrepid busters of Internet folklore and general firearm misinformation, Brownells Gun Techs Caleb Savant and Steve Ostrem, are back to debunk a myth so bad they're just doing a public service announcement: DON'T do a trigger job on a mil-spec AR-15 trigger. Unlike many other rifles and pistols, the interlocking design of the AR-15 trigger does not respond to traditional stoning and accurizing techniques. Remove material from one surface... and now you don't have enough metal left to make p

Smyth Busters: Does a Bullet Rise After Exiting the Barrel™
Smyth Busters: Does a Bullet Rise After Exiting the Barrel™

Brownells Gun Techs Caleb and Steve are back to bust another myth about firearms. Often, they give the myth a fair hearing before they pronounce judgement, but not today. The myth is that a bullet rises after it exits the muzzle. Or more specifically, it rises HIGHER than the AXIS of the bore... except, nope, sorry amateur ballisticians, it does not. A bullet in flight cannot rise higher than the axis of the bore. Its trajectory may APPEAR to do so, but that's because when the gun is fired the m

Daily Defense #25: An EDC Plan for the Whole Family
Daily Defense #25: An EDC Plan for the Whole Family

So far Jeff's told us a lot about EDC - every day carry of a firearm and other essentials for an individual's personal defense. What about the bigger picture, your family™

New Firearms Products: 9-24-2020
New Firearms Products: 9-24-2020

Our man with his finger on the pulse of the new product scene, Paul Levy, tells us about a Triple Threat from Midwest Industries - THREE innovative new items for popular guns. The ultra-slim Combat Handguard for AR-308 rifles has a Picatinny rail on top, rows of M-LOK® slots at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock - and a plethora of QD sling swivel sockets. You'll never find yourself complaining you can't find the perfect spot to attach your sling! It comes with its own barrel nut that has clever anti-rotation p

Daily Defense #24: First Aid & EDC
Daily Defense #24: First Aid & EDC

"Daily Defense" involves much more than just daily carry of a firearm. It includes being prepared to provide first aid in the event of an injury, up to and including a gunshot wound.

Daily Defense #23: Doing Dry Fire Practice Safely
Daily Defense #23: Doing Dry Fire Practice Safely

Jeff has mentioned dry fire practice in earlier videos. Now, he goes into depth and explains a safe dry fire protocol.