In a move that surprises no one but delights everyone, Brownells has announced that they are now selling guns. They have been selling some items like AR-15 lower receivers and even OEM style “complete” AR-15s for years but this recent move represents a major entry into the firearm retail space.
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If you are one of those shooters that thinks FDE is the new black, I have good news. A limited edition FDE version of the Law Tactical Gen3-M Folding Stock Adapter is now available exclusively at Brownells. The even better news is that it is the same price as the black version and it’s on sale right now.
I have used my Gen 3 Folding Stock Adapter extensively and have really come to like it. They are great for making longer AR builds easier to transport and phenomenal on AR pistols.
Brownells has an interesting and exclusive new product from Battle Arms Development. The Architek Fixed Front Sight Clamp-On is a compact, lightweight clamp-on front sight for .750 diameter AR-15 barrels (can be attached on any part of the barrel that is between .735 and .750″ in diameter). The Architek Sight is machined from 7075-T6 aluminum and is skeletonized to reduce its weight to a scant 1.3 ounces.
This, almost AK-47 like, front sight tower creates some interesting possibilities for extending sight radius or even reducing weight on a Dissipator-ish AR-15 build. The front sight tower is thinner than a standard FSB and has the benefit of being fixed to the barrel instead of the handguard which can deflect from sling use, barricade contact, or other factors.
Check out the Architek Fixed Front Sight Clamp-On exclusively at Brownells.
Brownells is now offering the BCM AR-15 OEM RECCE Mid-Length Lightweight 16″ Rifle. This is an IEM rifle and “OEM” is becoming a marketing term for a carbine that comes complete and assembled but without a stock or hand guard. This allows the purchaser to configure these items as they see fit.
If you want a BCM AR-15 that is ready to be customized, this is it.
Over the weekend, I came across an infographic from Brownells that gelled a impression that I have had for a while now. Suppressors (or silencers) have more momentum now than ever and I can’t help but think their eventual removal from the NFA is inevitable or at least very likely.
The infographic that I mentioned above may not seem like a big deal but it shows a shift in the perception of suppressors from cool guy gear or military specific gear to functional safety equipment. Brownells, an industry giant, has taken on the mantle of educating the 200,000+ firearm owners who follow their Facebook page about the benefits of suppressor use. This is a big step toward mainstreaming them.
We even have a suppressor specific advocacy group in the ASA or American Suppressor Association. The group already has significant industry involvement and have already been working along side various groups to improve the legislative landscape for suppressors around the country. They supported the recent successes in Iowa and are currently working in other states in addition to introducing legislation at a nation level in the Hearing Protection Act.
One of the most important recent developments for suppressors came in the announcement of Ruger’s Silent-SR. Ruger’ entry into the suppressor market came and went without much fanfare. I think that many people missed the significance of the event. This is likely the very first time that a publicly traded company has produced a suppressor available for consumer purchase. That in and of itself is pretty amazing. Couple that with Ruger’s brand recognition in consumer groups that otherwise might not be interested in owning a can and their history of pumping millions of dollars into firearm advocacy and you have potentially earth shaking development.
There is no way of knowing how long it will take for suppressors to rightfully be removed from the NFA and made widely available but there is more momentum now than ever.