Brownells has traditionally been a gunsmithing and parts destination for a number of decades but at SHOT 2017 the company has come out with offering full firearms for sale through their dealer network. We reported on this back in November and the company is in full swing of offering all manner of firearms to the public. At present time the company has over 3,000 models of firearms for sale and that number is expected to go up as well. In addition to the generic firearms for sale, the company has been putting together a few of their own. Most interestingly is the complete reproduction M16A1 that the company is going to be offering in various parts kits, so customers can purchase all the correct parts to complete their own A1 retro build. Much ado has been made about Colt’s repo M16, and although Brownell’s parts entry doesn’t appear to be as completely matching as the Colt one, I doubt very few gun owners who aren’t dedicated Colt collectors will notice or necessarily care about the minute details.
However what really surprised me at the Brownells booth was the amount of modern firearms on display. The company has usually taken a very traditional and conservative approach to parts and accessories, appealing to older designs in existence. But with the newer items such as Agency Glocks, Fight Lite MCRs, and V Seven ARs it appears that the company is committed to taking a step in appealing to a younger generation of shooters who are much more fascinated by the latest developments in the shooting industry.