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Gunsmiths, Rifles, Warriors, Salvation: The Brownells Story

June 24, 2024

Two firearms industry legends meet, as Gun Talk’s Tom Gresham sits down with Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells, to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the heralded family-owned firearms supply company.

The conversation covers the company's history, starting with Pete's grandfather, Bob Brownell, who founded it in 1939. Initially a home gunsmith and NRA writer, Bob responded to a growing demand for firearm parts and tools, significantly impacting the industry with his "Encyclopedia of Modern Firearms."

Brownells has grown from its humble beginnings to become a global leader, adhering to values of quality, customer service, and a deep understanding of gunsmithing needs. Pete emphasizes the company's culture of collaboration and personal relationships, reflecting their customer-first philosophy. Initiatives like "Back to the Lodge" foster a supportive community among employees.

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Pete also shares his own journey, working in the construction industry and Silicon Valley before joining Brownells. His experiences taught him leadership and modern business practices, which he brought back to the family business. He also talks about his passion for mountain climbing and an upcoming expedition to Kilimanjaro with veterans, aiming to inspire resilience and recovery.

Brownells has expanded into selling complete firearms, with a focus on their acclaimed BRN line. Looking ahead, Pete and his company plan to enhance the customer experience with better information and to explore new markets like preparedness and survival gear.

Throughout the interview, Pete's respect for his family's legacy and commitment to innovation and customer service are evident. The conversation highlights Brownells' evolution while maintaining its foundational values, ensuring its continued success and relevance in the firearms industry.

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