Brownells 75th Anniversary - A Shooting Heritage

Brownells is serious about firearms. We have been since 1939. We are the world's leading source for guns, gun parts and accessories, ammunition, gunsmithing tools and survival gear. With a large selection of both common and hard-to-find items, and an extensive collection of videos, articles, and gun schematics, Brownells is the expert for everything shooting-related. Committed to maintaining our great traditions, Brownells has more, does more and knows more – and guarantees it all, Guaranteed. Forever.®

What Brownells Does

Brownells offers a huge selection of guns and gun-related products, serving everyone in the firearms community from the novice first-time gun owner to the seasoned professional gunsmith. In addition, Brownells gives free, first-rate technical support through its famous Gun Techs™ and produces informative content to help customers make the best choices and stay informed on the latest developments in the firearms industry.

A retail sales associate helping a customer
A retail sales associate helping a customer.
Behind the scenes at a Brownells video shoot
Behind the scenes at a Brownells video shoot.

Brownells History

Brownells began in Montezuma, Iowa, in 1939, when Bob Brownell's passion for guns, shooting, gunsmithing and gun bluing turned into a business. Family owned and operated in Iowa ever since, Brownells serves everyone involved in the unique American gun culture, as well as firearms industry customers all over the world. In 2012, Brownells broke ground for a new facility in nearby Grinnell, Iowa, and shipped its first packages from that location in 2014.

The old Brownells building in Montezuma, IA
Brownells building in Montezuma, IA in 1972.
The new Brownells headquarters in Griennell, IA
Brownells building in Grinnell, IA built in 2014.

Our Culture and Values

Firmly established on the bedrock values of Respect, Integrity, Courage, and Honesty. Brownells strives to serve all those who participate in gun culture – the shooters, collectors, competitors, hunters, gunsmiths, hobbyists, and armed professionals including military and law enforcement.

We believe that owning a firearm is a basic human right that carries with it great responsibility. We believe proper maintenance and care of a firearm is an important part of that responsibility, and that commitment our customers' safety and satisfaction is paramount.

We empower the spirit of independence and adventure. We are passionate about the lifestyle we've chosen. We're forever connected to the outdoors, and we're committed to our industry. At Brownells, we're serious about firearms.

Clayton Whipple, Lou Furigno and Frank Brownell
Clayton Whipple, Lou Furigno and Frank Brownell.
Frank Brownell presenting at an all company meeting.
Frank Brownell presenting at an employee anniversary.

Brownells, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic or status protected by law.

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