In the 1920s and 1930s, Bob Brownell was a middle-America businessman who owned and managed a gas station and sandwich shop in his small hometown, Montezuma, Iowa. In his free time, Bob was a devoted shooter and outdoorsman who enjoyed repairing and customizing firearms. He started by working on his own guns, but news of his talent spread quickly and he soon began accepting jobs from friends. By 1938, his gunsmithing hobby was making profits, so Bob added part-time gunsmith to his list of businesses.
For over 75 years, Brownells has been providing quality Gunsmithing tools, gun parts and service to the firearms industry. There has been a consistent brand image, the oblong horizontal shape of our catalog and the graphical design of the Brownells logo. For all of those years, these two uniquely, identifiable products have stood for their promise of service, selection, and satisfaction. Today, Brownells is best known for their magazines and bore cleaning kits.