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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

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

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

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

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

New Firearms Products: 12-24-2020
New Firearms Products: 12-24-2020

We'd call this the "Special Christmas Eve Edition" of our weekly new product video, but every time Brownells new product team leader Paul Levy steps in front of the camera is special! You may have heard about the new long-range 6mm ARC (Advanced Rifle Cartridge) from Hornady that is short enough to fit in the standard AR-15 platform. Now, it can't get any easier to turn an ordinary AR into a long-range rifle with the Aero Precision Complete 6mm ARC Upper Receiver Group. Aero's URG has an Atlas R

Smyth Busters: Is It Necessary to Lap Scope Rings™
Smyth Busters: Is It Necessary to Lap Scope Rings™

Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant, our two roving Brownells Gun Techs who aren't afraid to topple a few Sacred Cows, tackle a question that faces long-range rifle shooters: Should you lap scope rings™ The answer is the classic "It depends." In some cases, you can get an excellent fit between the rings and scope without lapping. Other times, you'll have to lap if you want a precise, consistent fit between the scope and rings. Lapping involves removing material from inside the rings so they align perf

New Firearms Products: 12-17-2020
New Firearms Products: 12-17-2020

Tornado. Flood. Hurricane. Forest fire. Earthquake. You're waiting for aid to arrive in the aftermath of a natural (or otherwise) disaster. The power grid is down. You've got only so much gas for the generator. There may be extensive damage to the transportation network, further delaying the arrival of aid. In the meantime, what are you going to eat™ The U.S. Military's answer is MREs - "Meals, Ready-to-Eat". Today, Brownells new products chief Paul Levy does an "unboxing" of the latest addition

Smyth Busters: Is Motor Oil a Good Substitute for Gun Oil™
Smyth Busters: Is Motor Oil a Good Substitute for Gun Oil™

Just when you think Brownells Gun Techs Steve and Caleb, aka "The Smyth Busters," may be running out of Internet gun lore to debunk - nope, not yet! Today, they take on the notion that motor oil is a good substitute for gun oil. Motor oil actually IS a good lubricant, BUT it does not have the corrosion inhibitors that good-quality gun oil has. So motor oil will keep the action operating smoothly, but when your gun is sitting in storage , or if you forgot to clean it after your last Louisiana duc

New Firearms Products: 12-10-2020
New Firearms Products: 12-10-2020

Master of new products Paul Levy is thrilled to introduce us to THRiL, a new brand in the Brownells lineup. THRiL, whose name stands for "Tactical, Hunting, Recreation, Loyalty," has minimalist yet "feature rich" AR-15 carbine buttstock with a functional but non-intrusive cheek rest, QD sling swivel sockets at the front AND rear, a handy non-slip recoil pad, and a low-profile release lever. THRiL's AR-15 pistol grip sits at a more vertical angle than the A2, which many tactical and competition s

Smyth Busters: Is a Tight AR-15 an Accurate AR-15™
Smyth Busters: Is a Tight AR-15 an Accurate AR-15™

Will these guys ever run out of firearm myths to put through their Truth Tester™ Not yet! Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant are back to test the notion that an AR-15 has to have a tight fit between the upper and lower receivers in order to be accurate. Caleb says having too much slop between the upper and lower CAN lead to problems with proper functioning of your rifle, but the source of "tighter is more accurate" theory is companies that sell little receiver inserts that elimina

Daily Defense #35: Gun Cleaning & Maintenance
Daily Defense #35: Gun Cleaning & Maintenance

A gun is like a car: if you want it to serve you well and not fail you at a critical moment, you need to do regular maintenance.