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Flag-Saving FedEx Guy Joins Brownells at NRAAM

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

GRINNELL, Iowa (April 21, 2017) – Brownells proudly supports American patriots who wear uniforms of all types – sometimes even those who wear a package delivery uniform.

When footage of Matt Uhrin, an Iowa City-area package delivery man, appeared on national media showing him bravely saving an American flag from being burned by a group of protestors, Brownells knew they had to thank their fellow Iowan.

An NRA member and U.S. Army combat veteran, Mr. Uhrin, also known as the “FedEx Guy” will attend several events with the Brownells team at the upcoming 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, GA.

These events include the open-to-the-public Brownells Social Media Meetup taking place in the Omni Hotel South Tower Lobby on Friday, April 28, at 6:30 PM. In addition to Mr. Uhrin’s presence, Brownells will host Eric & Chad from IraqVet8888, Mr. Guns ‘N Gear, LeaSpeed6, Janna Reeves, RapidFire Rachel and other industry social media personalities.

Mr. Uhrin will also be honored during a special presentation in the Brownells booth (#1713) at 1:45 PM (EDT) on Saturday, April 29.

“I am extremely excited and honored to be given this opportunity to go to 146th NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits with the great people from Brownells,” said Uhrin. “It is extremely humbling to be given an opportunity like this.”

“It’s a privilege to honor Matt at this year’s NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits,” added Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells. “This annual gathering is not only a celebration of our Second Amendment and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, it’s also a place to acknowledge real people who do the right thing. I can’t think of a better place to thank Matt for his service to our country and the heroism he displayed while protecting our Nation’s flag and all it stands for.”

The USGI 30 rd Magazine Go/NoGo Gauge

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

I know it seems like I’m pimping the heck out of it, but the 82nd Abn Div Small Arms Master Gunner Facebook page continues to share accurate and relevant content on the use of the M4/M16. Take for instance the info they recently shared on the USGI 30 rd Magazine Go/NoGo Gauge.

The Small Arms Master Gunner writes:

According to Maintenance Information Message #16-039, the Enhanced Performance Magazine is meant to replace the existing approved magazine (with a Tan follower) in the Army’s inventory as the old magazines become unserviceable. This does not include all the magazines that have black and green followers that are still out there from the M16 that should be turned into DRMO, not issued. But how do we know when our approved magazines are unserviceable?

PS Magazine from March of 2011 gives us the answer. There is a Magazine Go/NoGo gauge available to let you know if the feed lips are out of tolerance, and therefore likely to cause feed issues.

Picture two shows the article discussing its use and the NSN. If you have magazines that do not pass the test with the Go/NoGo gauge, they are supposed to be replaced as per PSMagazine.

The NSN for this gauge is 5120-01-574-0036. If you cannot get it through supply channels, Brownell’s also has it for sale where it is known as the AR-15/M16 MAGAZINE FEED LIP GAUGE. Picture three shows it on their website. Brownell’s also has GSA pricing, so it is possible for GPC purchase of this item.

There should at least be one of these per Arms room. Ideally, there should be one of these per Platoon, as then soldiers can diagnose their magazines as a part of their weekly PMCS. And as their magazines fail to meet the spec of the gauge, they can be turned in, and replacements ordered. This is a way around the supply NCO issuing out bad magazines. Any magazines that are turned into the supply NCO that are bad need to be marked in some way so as to leave no doubt in that supply NCO’s mind that these magazines are broken and should not be reissued.

So to sum up: Any magazine that does not look like the magazine on the left in picture 1 or a Magpul Gen3 magazine is a NOGO and should not be used, as they will cause damage to the M4 or M16 with the M855A1 EPR. Existing approved magazines should be checked for spec with the Go/NoGo Gauge regularly, and if they do not meet the spec, they should be turned into the supply sergeant for a new magazine.

I didn’t realize there was even a gauge, let alone what it looked like. These guys went a step further and shared photos to help you understand how it’s used.

Some people had questions from the feed lips tool post as to how much of a difference there was between a go and nogo. I’ve got one of the prototype tools present ton give you an example of its use.

If you look in picture one, you will see the tool on the back side of a tan follower USGI magazine.

As you can see, the nogo side is the top side, if it stops before reaching the nogo side, the feed lips are within tolerance. There is a considerable difference between go and nogo.

Law Tactical LLC Gen3-M Folding Stock Adapter Available From Brownells

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

The limited edition Gen3-M Folding Stock Adapter from Law Tactical LLC is now available from Brownells.

What’s more, it’s on sale!

Brownells Offers New, Exclusive AR-15 Front Sight From Battle Arms Development

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016


Grinnell, Iowa – Brownells proudly offers a new AR-15 front sight, the Battle Arms Development ARCHITEK™, #100-019-664. Available exclusively from Brownells, the sight retails for $89.99.

Designed for shooters who prefer using iron sights, the ARCHITEK™ simply clamps onto a standard AR-15 barrel between .735″ and .750″ in diameter, and extends the sight radius to the maximum length possible. It works on rifles without the traditional front sight tower gas block.

It also compensates for any variances in free-float handguard design or installation, or flexing due to firing or sling pressure that could cause imperfect sight alignment. Precision machined from billet aluminum, the ARCHITEK™ is strong but weighs only 1.3 oz. to help keep the rifle balanced and fast-handling.

“We are very pleased to offer our latest product, the ARCHITECK, exclusively through Brownells,” said George Huang, President/CEO of Battle Arms Development. “There is a long working history with Brownells since the early days of Battle Arms Development, and we are honored to be involved in this project.”

The front sight post is thinner than the typical A2-style post and won’t obstruct targets at long ranges. Modeled after the AK-47 front post, the ARCHITEK™ front post allows adjustments with a set of standard pliers, or an AK-47 front sight tool.

Merchandise Manager Paul Levy demonstrated the ARCHITEK™ in a video filmed at the Big Springs range complex.

Customers can order an ARCHITEK™ front sight from, or call 800-741-0015.

Brownells Catalog #69 Now Available

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

GRINNELL, Iowa (August 26, 2016) – Brownells has released the 69th edition of its famous “Big Book” catalog that features nearly every item imaginable to repair, customize or build a firearm. Known unofficially as the gun industry’s “Bible,” this year’s catalog spans 608 pages and thousands of products.

Catalog #69 is laid out in Brownells’ signature horizontal format and its color-coded product categories make specific items easy to find.

More than 1,300 new products are featured in the catalog, including the following popular items:

— Brownells AR-15 Armorer’s Wrench, #080-001-208. Versatile wrench works with both peg-style and encapsulated barrel nuts, both M4-style and A2 receiver extensions, flash hiders and other muzzle devices. Carbine buttstock wrench has four teeth that fully engage all notches on the castle nut.

— Brownells Magna-Tip Adjustable Torque Wrench, #080-001-294. Precision torque drivers adjusts from 15 to 70 in-lbs. in 1 lb. increments and accepts any ¼” Brownells Magna-Tip bit.

— Brownells Universal Pistol Armorer’s Block, #080-001-261. Tough PVC block has cuts to accommodate slides from 1911s, S&W M&P® and Glock® pistols. Pin holes ease removal and installation of various parts.

“Getting the next Big Book out is always a really big deal for us,” said Frank Brownell, Chairman of Brownells. “It’s full of the all the best stuff we’ve carried for years, plus a whole whale of a lot of brand new stuff our team has found since the last one. We write the Big Book so it can used as a reference book to what’s available, plus it’s a great way to find the tools, parts and gear folks need.”

The cover features Brownells Senior Gun Tech Steve Ostrem, with the company for 14 years. Steve is an experienced, knowledgeable gunsmith, and appears in several videos hosted on the Brownells YouTube Channel.

Customers can request their own copy by visiting the catalog section of, or by calling 800-741-0015.

SOWW Charity Rifle Raffle

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Matt “Axe” Axelson Tribute Rifle raffle raises funds for Special Operations Wounded Warriors, a 501(c)3 charity which benefits wounded Veterans with various outdoor activities throughout the year.


The following is an overview of the technical specifications of the Axelson Tactical “AXE” Special Purpose Rifle. Each rifle has special engraving and has been Cerakoted with a 3 color camouflage pattern which was done by hand to provide each rifle a slightly different and unique look. Cerakote has been provided by PD Warehouse in Chandler, Arizona. All rifles are hand-fitted and checked by SIONICS Weapon Systems and inspected by a Master Armorer.

-Upper Receiver Half: The upper receiver half is built around the SWS 18” Special Purpose Rifle (SPR) barrel. The upper receiver is a standard M4 styled flat top upper receiver with M4 feed cuts made from a 7075 T6 aluminum forging.
-Barrel, SIONICS Weapon Systems: stainless 18” SPR barrel. The twist of the barrel is 1/8. This barrel is chambered in .223 Wylde, uses a .0995 gas port and features an M4 barrel extension. It uses a standard .750 gas block manufactured by Geissele Automatics. The muzzle device is a Battle Comp 1.0 manufactured by Battle Comp Enterprises.
-Rail System, Geissele Automatics: MKII SMR 15” free-floating rail system.
-Bolt Carrier Group: Bolt carrier is an M16 profile made from 8620 tool steel and features an NP3 coating. The carrier key uses (2) grade 8 fasteners and is staked to prevent loosening. The bolt is made from Carpenter 158 steel and meets standard MILSPEC requirements.
-Sights, Magpul MBUS PRO: front and rear sights.
-Charging Handle, Vltor/Bravo Company Gunfighter: MOD 4 handle.
-Lower Receiver Half: Standard M4 style made from a 7075 T6 aluminum forging. It features an enhanced aluminum trigger guard from B5 Systems.
-Lower Receiver Extension: Vltor MILSPEC dimension A5 lower receiver extension. It features a rifle action spring and the Vltor A5 5.33 oz. buffer.
-Trigger Group, Geissele Automatics: SSA-E trigger.
-Selector Lever, Battle Arms Development: Ambidextrous Selector Lever.
-Butt Stock, B5 Systems: Enhanced SOPMOD stock.
-Front Pivot Pin and Rear Take Down Pins, Battle Arms Development: Enhanced Pin Set.
-Pistol Grip, Bravo Company Manufacturing: Gunfighter MOD 0 grip.
-All other components are standard MILSPEC parts.

Brownells & Magpul Partner in Memorial Day Promotion to Benefit Wounded Special Operators

Friday, May 27th, 2016

GRINNELL, Iowa (May 27, 2016) – Brownells announced Friday that it will donate five percent of its total sales this Memorial Day Weekend to Special Operations Wounded Warriors (SOWW), a non-profit organization that provides outdoor recreational events and other support for Purple Heart recipients of the U.S. Special Forces Community.

Magpul will match Brownells’ five percent donation by also donating five percent of its Memorial Day Weekend product sales sold at Brownells.

“We are incredibly thankful for the partnership with Brownells and Magpul,” said Joel Pellicci, Vice President of SOWW. “We are a small but growing organization that puts 93% of donations directly toward benefitting wounded Special Operators. This support means we’ll be able to assist more injured operators with the ultimate goal of helping them return a more normal life.”

Donations will be made from both Brownells and Magpul for sales made from Friday, May 27, 2016 at 12:00 AM (CDT) through Monday, May 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM (CDT).

Customers may learn more about the promotion specifically by visiting the Brownells/SOWW page or by visiting the Magpul/SOWW page directly.

Brownells Features Dream Guns, Rifle Giveaway, Celebrity Appearances at NRA Show

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Grinnell, Iowa – Brownells will make its 68th consecutive “NRA Show” appearance at the upcoming 145th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, May 20 – 22, 2016. Brownells will welcome visitors at Booth #3401, located next to the NRA’s booth, at the main entrance.

At the booth, attendees will have an opportunity to handle 10 of Brownells’ newest Dream Guns® – highly-customized firearms designed to showcase Brownells’ product line and to inspire customers to personalize their firearms.

Additionally, booth visitors can register for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to Brownells in Grinnell, Iowa, for a range day with Brownells-sponsored professional 3-Gun shooter Janna Reeves on July 26. The winner will also receive an identical copy of Janna’s famous red competition AR-15, nicknamed “Scarlett.” The entire prize package is valued at $3,000. Janna will be in the Brownells booth daily during the show, from 2:00 until 2:45 pm, greeting fans and signing autographs.

Eric and Chad from the Iraqveteran8888 YouTube channel will also appear in the Brownells booth on Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 until 10:45 am.

“For people into guns and who value freedom, there is nothing else quite like the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits,” said Pete Brownell, Brownells CEO and 1st Vice President of the NRA. “Louisville is a great city, and is putting out a fantastic welcome for both the NRA and all the attendees.You owe it to yourself to attend at least one NRA Show, and this is the year to do it. It’s the one of the best chances to make personal contact with people in the firearms industry, as well as mix and mingle with thousands of other freedom-minded individuals. It’s a wonderful experience in many ways. Be sure to come by the Brownells booth and meet some of our great people, and register for a chance to win an awesome rifle.”

Brownells social media team will be posting constant updates from the Annual Meetings on the Brownells Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Admission to the event is free, and open to all NRA members. NRA Memberships can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits Homepage.

Brownell’s – Suppressing A Few Myths About Suppressors

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016


Brownells Opens Retail Store in Grinnell, Iowa

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Grinnell, Iowa (April 12, 2016) – The 77-year-old, Iowa-based firearm industry giant Brownells, Inc. has opened its first ever retail store location in Grinnell, Iowa. Known worldwide for its all-things-firearms website – – and their enormous catalogs, the Grinnell retail store marks the company’s first brick and mortar location.

The 7,000 sq. ft. retail store, attached to Brownells’ new 245,000 sq. ft. distribution center, is located at 3006 Brownells Parkway in Grinnell, Iowa, just a few yards off Interstate 80 at the 182 mile marker.

Visitors to the new retail location will experience one of the nicest and most unique gun stores they’ve ever visited. They’ll be greeted by nearly 1,200 new and used firearms, plus a large selection of ammunition, optics, parts and accessories, all set against an outdoorsy backdrop with rich wood accents and a world-class taxidermy collection. If customers don’t find what they’re looking for on the shelves, they’re invited to order from the warehouse where any of the nearly 100,000 firearms-related items will be delivered to the store in minutes.

“Our company has been family-owned and Iowa-based for 77 years,” said third-generation owner and CEO, Pete Brownell. “We’ve done business nationally and internationally for decades, but we’re excited to have an Iowa focus now with our retail store. What’s most unique about this store is that it’s located in the same walls as our distribution center. This equates to a fantastic customer experience and the best of both worlds; a beautiful retail store to transact and access to a huge selection of products unrivaled anywhere in the world.”

Brownells retail store hours are as follows:

Monday: 9AM – 6PM
Tuesday: 9AM – 6 PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 6PM
Thursday: 9AM – 8PM
Friday: 9AM – 8PM
Saturday: 9AM – 6PM
Sunday: Closed

A grand opening for the retail store is being planned for Saturday, June 11, 2016.

For more information about Brownells’ new retail store, or to get in touch with Brownells retail, call 641-236-0001 or visit