June 10th, 2016

Brownells Opens First-Ever Retail Store on June 11, 2016

Brownells retail store Grinnell Iowa IA

The Grand Opening of the new Brownells retail gun store (in Grinnell, IA) will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. At 8:45 am Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, and Grinnell Mayor Gordon Canfield will deliver comments before company owners Frank and Pete Brownell cut the ceremonial ribbon.

The new store is located at 3006 Brownells Parkway, just off I-80 exit 182, in Grinnell, Iowa. To learn more about Brownells’ new retail store call 641-236-0001 or visit www.Brownells.com/retail.

Brownells grand opening Grinnell Iowa

“We’re very excited for our grand opening celebration,” said Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells. “There will be lots of great deals, prizes and things to do for the entire family”. There will also be a food truck on-site selling BBQ and other treats.

Retail Store Linked to Brownells Warehouse
The new retail location will showcase 1,200 new and used firearms, plus a large selection of ammunition, optics, parts and accessories. The new 7,000 square-foot retail store is attached to the 245,000 square-foot Brownells Distribution Center. Brownells promises that any of the nearly 100,000 firearms-related items will be delivered from warehouse to store in minutes.

Brownells retail store grinnell iowa ia

Factory Reps Will Answer Product Questions
An impressive “brain trust” of gun industry experts will be on hand at the Saturday Grand Opening. Answering customer questions will be representatives from many leading manufacturers: Benelli, Beretta, H&K, Hornady, Leupold,Streamlight, Surefire, Trijicon and more.

Prizes, Swag, and Great Deals
To celebrate the Grand Opening, Brownells will offer valuable give-aways. Prizes up for grabs include a $2,500 Daniel Defense AR-platform rifle, a $450 Glock 43 pistol, and a $200 Brownells Gift Card.

Customers will enjoy special sale pricing on firearms from Ruger, Weatherby, Smith & Wesson, Glock, and Bushmaster. Sale-priced ammunition will be offered from Wolf, Federal and Remington, including limited-quantity .22 LR ammo priced at just $74.99 for an ammo box with 1,300 rounds. That works out to just $5.76 per hundred rounds — a great deal by any measure.

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April 17th, 2016

Brownells Opens First-Ever Retail Store

Brownells retail store Grinnell Iowa IA

Brownells Inc., the 77-year-old, Iowa-based catalog/estore gun parts vendor is opening its first-ever retail store. The new retail outlet will operate in Grinnell, Iowa, adjacent to the Brownells’s large distribution center. The Grinnell retail store, the company’s first brick and mortar location, will sell firearms as well as a vast inventory of gun parts, reloading equipment, and shooting accessories. A grand opening event for the retail store is planned for Saturday, June 11, 2016. To learn more about Brownells’ new retail store call 641-236-0001 or visit www.Brownells.com/retail.

Brownells retail store grinnell iowa ia

The new 7,000 square-foot retail store is attached to the 245,000 square-foot Brownells Distribution Center at 3006 Brownells Parkway in Grinnell, Iowa (just off I-80 at Mile Marker 182). The new retail shop will supplement the thriving Brownells.com webstore and mail-order catalog operations.

The new retail location will showcase 1,200 new and used firearms, plus a large selection of ammunition, optics, parts and accessories. The guns and gear will be presented in an upscale retail setting with wood accents and a taxidermy collection. Notably, customers who can’t find what they’re looking for on the shelves can easily order from the warehouse next door. Brownells promises that any of the nearly 100,000 firearms-related items will be delivered from warehouse to 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.”

Pete Brownell

“One thing about Brownells that sets it apart from any other organization inside or outside the firearms industry is our return policy. Here’s how it is… it’s guaranteed forever. What this means is, if you buy [a product] from Brownells… whatever it is, it’s guaranteed forever. Not just lifetime, but forever.”

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March 24th, 2014

Brownells 8th Annual Gunsmith Career Fair Runs April 1-2, 2014

Brownells’ 8th Annual Gunsmith Career Fair will be held at the Des Moines Marriot Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa, April 1-2, 2014. The Brownells Gunsmith Conference & Career Fair is expected to draw hundreds of attendees along with representatives from three dozen potential employers. As in past years, the Career Fair will include gunsmithing seminars along with opportunities for individuals to interview for jobs with arms-makers and government agencies.

Brownells job far.Gunsmith CareerFair.com.

In addition to industry and government representatives, many trade schools and colleges offering gunsmithing programs will be exhibiting at the 2014 Gunsmith fair. Past exhibitors have included:

Colorado School of Trades
1575 Hoyt Street
Lakewood, CO 80215
www.SchoolofTrades.com

Montgomery Community College
1011 Page Street
Troy, NC 27371
www.Montgomery.edu

Murray State College
One Murray Campus
Tishomingo, OK 73460
www.MSCok.edu

Pine Technical College
900 Fourth St. SE
Pine City, MN 55063
www.Pinetech.edu

Pennsylvania Gunsmith School
812 Ohio River Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
www.PaGunsmith.edu

Trinidad State Junior College
600 Prospect Street
Trinidad, CO 81082
www.trinidadstate.edu

Wabash Valley College
2200 College Drive
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
www.iecc.edu

Story tip by EdLongrange. Reader Submissions are welcome.
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March 25th, 2012

2012 Gunsmith Fair to Be Held in Des Moines April 27-28

Brownells’ 6th Annual Gunsmith Career Fair will be held at the Des Moines Marriot Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa, April 27-28, 2012. The Sixth Annual Gunsmith Career Fair is expected to draw hundreds of attendees along with representatives from three dozen potential employers. As in past years, the Career Fair will include gunsmithing seminars along with opportunities for individuals to interview for jobs with arms-makers and government agencies.

Brownells job far.Gunsmith CareerFair.com.

In addition to industry and government representatives, many trade schools and colleges offering gunsmithing programs will be exhibiting at the 2012 Gunsmith fair. These include:

Colorado School of Trades
1575 Hoyt Street
Lakewood, CO 80215
www.SchoolofTrades.com

Montgomery Community College
1011 Page Street
Troy, NC 27371
www.Montgomery.edu

Murray State College
One Murray Campus
Tishomingo, OK 73460
www.MSCok.edu

Pine Technical College
900 Fourth St. SE
Pine City, MN 55063
www.Pinetech.edu

Pennsylvania Gunsmith School
812 Ohio River Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
www.PaGunsmith.edu

Trinidad State Junior College
600 Prospect Street
Trinidad, CO 81082
www.trinidadstate.edu

Wabash Valley College
2200 College Drive
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
www.iecc.edu

Story tip by EdLongrange. Reader Submissions are welcome.
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March 22nd, 2011

Brownells Announces Annual Gunsmith Career Fair Seminars

Brownells' Gunsmith Career FairThe 5th Annual Brownells Gunsmith Career Fair will feature some of the biggest names in the gun trade. These experts will share their knowledge to help budding gunsmiths learn new skills and grow their businesses. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) representatives will also be on hand to answer questions. The Gunsmith Career Fair runs April 15 and 16, 2011, at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. The event is FREE to gunsmiths and exhibitors.

Wide Range of Scheduled Seminars
Seminars range from advancing your career in the gunsmithing profession to starting or expanding a gunsmithing business. View the full seminar schedule at gunsmithcareerfair.com. Scheduled Seminars are listed below:

    Seminar Title and Seminar Leader
  • Am I Gunsmithing or Manufacturing — ATF Technology Branch (4/15)
  • Alternative Careers in the Industry — Bill Gravatt, Sinclair Int’l (4/15)
  • Essential Components of a Business Plan — Tom Shay (4/15)
  • Creating Your Niche in Life — Doug Turnbull (4/15)
  • Marking Variances & When are They Required — ATF Technology Branch (4/15)
  • Finding Your Specialty in the Industry — Sharon Dressel (4/15)
  • Small Businesses Don’t Die; They Commit Suicide — Tom Shay (4/15)
  • Responsible, Professional Gunsmith Opportunities (Keynote Address) — Ron Power (4/15)
  • Professional Techniques on Gunsmithing Guns — Ron Power (4/16)
  • Creating a Great Customer Experience — Bart Miller (4/16)
  • Understanding Ballistics — Paul Dressel (4/16)
  • Communicating with the Public — Reid Coffield (4/16)

It’s Not Too Late to Register
There’s still time to register to attend or exhibit, just go to gunsmithcareerfair.com or call 641-623-5401 and ask for Stacy or Jill. Attendees and exhibitors are urged to book hotel rooms and flights early.

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April 4th, 2010

4th Annual Gunsmith Career Fair Runs April 23-24

Brownells career fairBrownells’ 4th Annual Gunsmith Career Fair takes place on April 23 and 24, 2010, at Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa. The event, free to gunsmiths and exhibitors, is designed to help new gunsmiths find work and otherwise advance their careers and businesses. Expert gunsmiths and gun industry leaders will be on hand to share their experience and lead seminars. Scheduled Seminars include:

- Time = Money (The Cold, Hard Facts)
– Financing your Business
– Gunsmithing Tax
– Increasing your Revenue through Engraving
– Gunsmithing for a ‘Big Box’ Retailer
– Merchandising Tips

In addition, Tom Shay (Profit Plus) will outline the essential components of a business plan and BATF Reps will host two seminars on Federal rules and regulations pertaining to gunsmithing.

Brownells career fair

Frank Brownell told us, “I’m delighted to see the seminars growing. Our goal is to make the Career Fair much more than just a place to find a job.” There’s still time to register to attend or exhibit. Sign up now at gunsmithcareerfair.com or call Stacy or Jill at (641) 623-5401. NOTE: Attendees and exhibitors should book hotel rooms and flights early as other major events are scheduled in Des Moines that same weekend. CLICK HERE to watch Gunsmith Career Fair VIDEO (Recommended).

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August 3rd, 2009

Capt. Dave Funk Runs for Congress

Veteran pilot, rifle shooter, hunter, and AccurateShooter forum member Dave Funk is running as a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Iowa. Dave Funk, known as ‘Captain Dave’ by many, served as Co-chair of Iowa Sportsmen for McCain-Palin and has been active in conservative political circles for most of his adult life. He recently serviced as co-chair of the Iowa Sportsmen for McCain-Palin. He is also is the current President of the Iowa Chapter of Safari Club International.

Dave Funk for CongressNow working as an aviation security consultant, Dave served for nearly ten years as an attack helicopter pilot with the Iowa Army National Guard. He has over three decades of aviation experience, most recently as a Boeing 757 Captain for Northwest Airlines.

Why does a family man, living in rural Iowa with his wife and children, want to go to Washington? Dave Funk, a “tried and true conservative”, believes the country is at a crossroads and basic American values and freedoms are being challenged.

Dave explained: “Last fall, in the President’s Message in the Safari Club International’s Iowa Chapter quarterly newsletter, I wrote the following regarding the then-pending election: ‘As a nation we are at a fork in the road, one turn, towards the left, is in a direction much like our European allies have gone, to more government intrusion, higher taxes, fewer individual rights, and unrelenting attacks on our traditions as hunters and, to top it all off… stagnant economies. The other turn is toward the right, to freedom and liberty, lower taxes, [and] a vibrant economy.'”

Dave continued: “The ‘hope’ and ‘change’ thing sold to the American people last fall is not really working out. Democrats took control of Congress… and through a series of legislative missteps have increased the costs of doing business for all of us through higher taxes, excessive spending and massive federal intrusion into the private sector — including taking over banks and manufacturing companies.

I don’t want to face my son 20 years from now when he asks me, ‘Dad, in 2010, when there was still time to save this country, why didn’t you do something?’ It’s time that real Americans step up… before it’s too late. That’s why I’m running for Congress.” To learn more about Dave Funk and his campaign visit www.FunkforCongress.com, or call (515) 966-2066.

Dave Funk for Congress

EDITOR’S NOTE: Whatever your political leanings, you have to admire Dave for undertaking this campaign. We applaud the fact that a fellow shooter is making the effort to get involved in the national politics. It is easy to sit back and complain about the state of affairs in the nation. It takes courage and commitment to do what Dave is doing.

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