Editor’s Picks: Guns & Gear

We support our readers with hundreds of hours of testing and research to help you buy the best guns and gear. Here’s our top picks along with links to their original article.

-Eric Hung & David Lane, Editors

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Best Bang-For-The-Buck Handguard
140 at Aero Precision

Prices accurate at time of writing

Our new favorite handguard due to its price, weight, and feel.  Check out the full review in Best AR-15 Handguards as well as it in action on the Aero M4E1 Upper Review.

Best Bullpup Air Rifle
660 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Bullpups form air rifle to make it extra compact and handy! Great for deep wood deer hunting or fitting into a pack. Find other great air rifles in our 5 Best Air Rifles!

Best Overall Upgrade
369 at Aero Precision

Prices accurate at time of writing

Not just the best looking Glock slide, but also one of the functionally best - from ultra tight tolerances to add-on options of an RMR cut and more, Grey Ghost delivers.

Precision Fluted Barrel
309 at Faxon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Heavy fluted for looks and rigidity...plus .223 Wylde for increased accuracy and rifle-length gas system for soft shooting.  See more of our favorites at Best AR-15 Barrels.

Newst Generation Glock

Glock started the polymer pistol crazy and continues to be one of the top names in the game, the Gen 5 is the latest and greatest iteration of their classic pistol.

Least Recoil Defensive Round
29 at Natchez Shooters Supplies

Prices accurate at time of writing

One of the big reasons why people like .380 over other calibers is the fact that it is less recoil - but maybe you need even less. This is the best ammo for you, the least recoil but still a respected defensive round.

Double-Trouble

Two eyes, two goggles. If you can handle the extra price these NVGs will give you an enhanced field of view when it matters most! Take a look at it and more in our Night Vision article!

Best Mil-Spec Upper

The gold standard in our eyes. Always works, comes in lots of colors, and the M4E1 varieties have some nice cosmetic features that make it look billet. See more in our Best Upper Receivers article.

Best Over $100
97 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Well-built, nice sized grip, and massive blade. This is our pick for the best EDC Knife over $100.

Editor's Pick (Semi-Auto, Hunting)

Our favorite for best overall hunting semi-automatic shotgun.  Old school looking but able to differentiate between light and heavy loads.  Check out its competition in Best Semi-Auto Shotguns.

Longest Range Light
80 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

This heftier light has a concentrated 1000 lumen output that can reach up to 1500 feet.  See the beam output as well as other options at our Best Tactical Flashlights.

Most Proven Brand

Trijicon has a long history of being in the right hands in the wrong places, from law enforcement to the military overseas - Trijicon is trusted to handle not only the most adverse physical conditions but also to be working perfectly when it counts most.

Best Range Toy Shotgun
799 at Cabelas

Prices accurate at time of writing

One of the best range toys we've ever played with! Amazing fit and finish, flawless function, stellar work all around - read all about it in our Henry Lever Action .410 Shotgun Review!

Best Bullpup Rifle

This Israeli bullpup has got it going on.  Reliable, short, and able to switch from 5.56 to 9mm with a kit.  Learn more at Best Bullpup Rifles & Shotguns.

Editor's Pick, Best Hunting .308

.308 or 7.62x51 is a classic round that has served our nation, NATO, and the world well for a long time. As viable and well fitting now as it was 50 years ago, this is our pick for best hunting ammo in .308! Read more about it in our Best .308 Win Ammo article!

Best Suppressor Ready CH

Suppressors have the annoying side effect of forcing gas back into the shooter's face, even with a well-tuned rifle it can happen. This will throw off your aim and be REALLY annoying. A good charging handle can mitigate that issue to a large degree - Radian Raptor SD is one such handle! Find all our of top charging handle picks in our 10 Best AR-15 Charging Handles review!

Best Training .300Blk Ammo
300 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

Great training/plinking ammo needs to be reliable, available, and a reasonable price. Magtech First Defense fit the bill perfectly when it comes to .300 BLK! Find ammo for all your .300 Blackout needs in our Best .300 Blackout Ammo review!

Bolt-action .22 LR Rifles tend to get a little forgotten in our semi-automatic world, but they serve a lot of helpful roles! Plink for cheap, practice your bolt-action fundamentals, hunt small game, and more! The CZ-455 American is hands down one of the best bolt-action .22 LR rifles on the market and it is our favorite. Read more in our Best .22 LR Rifles article!

Best Latchless Charging Handle

There aren't many latchless charging handles on the market right now, but Strike Industries was one of the first and is by far the best we've tried! Find more great charging handles in our  10 Best AR-15 Charging Handles review!

Big Game Hunting Air Rifle
1150 at Airgun Depot

Prices accurate at time of writing

Air rifles for big game hunting isn't common, but it is awesome! Quiet, effective, and no FFL fees. Find other great air rifles in our 5 Best Air Rifles!

Most Lightweight

Lightweight builds are really popular among AR-15 people and for good reason. But what good is an HD rifle without a light? That's where a lightweight white light comes in handy! Read more about it and our hands-on review in the Best AR-15 Flashlights article!

Best Recce Rifle

Looking for a recon (Recce) rifle? This BCM is our favorite. Learn what makes a rifle a Recce one and some of our other picks in Best Recce Rifles.

The Original Upgrade Barrel

The company that almost single handily built the Glock aftermarket, the original barrel upgrade. Still, as dependable and respected as the day it was introduced.

Hardest Steel Shooting Challenge
400 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

The dreaded spinner target. The bane of competitors the world over! But the only way to get good is to practice, a lot. Take this to your local range or perfect for a home range you're looking to build and you'll be able to get in all of the practice it takes to become the master of the spinner target! Check out this and more awesome steel targets in our Best AR500 Steel Shooting Targets!

EDITOR'S ADJUSTABLE STOCK PICK

The best option for adjustable stocks combining the best of most worlds in terms of cheek weld, adjustability, and weight. For a LOT more information and hands-on recommendations, take a look at our 12 Best AR-15 Stocks article!

Clearest 1-6x Glass

Want the clearest glass at low magnification that is perfect for competition?  The Razor HD Gen 2 is the perfect pick.

Best Adjustable Gas Block

Most AR-15s are over-gassed...which means more recoil.  Adjustable gas blocks restrict the amount of gas returning to your gun.  And this one can bleed it out instead of forcing it out the barrel.  Learn more in our full review.

Best 9mm Self-Defense (147 gr)

If you like the slower impulse of the heavier 147 gr in your 9mm...we recommend the Federal HST.  What we load in our 9mm handguns at home.  See more of our favorites at Best 9mm Ammo for Self-Defense & Range.

Editor's Pick

Clear sight, no frills, and strong! Not perfect but for the price these are outstanding. Check out more options in our 6 Best Shooting Glasses article!

Best Hunting & Self-Defense .30-30 Ammo

Lever-action action rifles went out of favor due to a number of reasons, one of the biggest was that you can't use a pointed bullet with a tube magazine. Hornady has solved that problem and taken lever-action ammo into the space-age with their LeverEvolution line! Take a look at more great lever-action rifle ammo in our Best .30-30 Ammo guide!

Best 9mm Self-Defense (124 gr)

Our favorite overall 9mm defensive round.  Passed the FBI-style ballistics gel test with flying colors.  Check out the results and more of our picks at Best 9mm Ammo for Self-Defense & Range.

Lightest Pistol Light

Under 2 oz and 200 lumens...this light is perfect for a compact pistol and its activation system is the best in class.  See its beam pattern and more at Best Pistol Lights.

Writer's Favorite
88 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Super sharp, easy to open/close, and great lockup. See why the Mini Griptilian is our writer's favorite in Best EDC Knives.

Best for a Scoped AR-15
79 at Aero Precision

Prices accurate at time of writing

Ambidextrous, extended latches, and built to Aero Precision requirements. What more can be said? We love this handle for pairing with a scope on an AR-15! Check out our other picks in our 10 Best AR-15 Charging Handles review!

Best Bang for Buck Carbon Fiber

Carbon Fiber barrels aren't cheap, BSF delivers a great barrel and at a decent price for innovative products. Check Out Our Full Review!

The Gold Standard

When you absolutely need your red dot to turn on, hold zero, and survive a literal bomb blast...you go Aimpoint.  The Micro keeps it compact.  Check out more picks in our Best AR-15 Optics & Scopes.

Best Laser Equipped
500 at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

A laser in the grip isn't for everyone, but it can be a respectable force-multiplier, especially when it comes built into the grip. For more .38 recommendations, take a look at our 7 Best CCW .38 Revolvers!

Fastest Quick Access Safe

The main reason to keep a nightstand gun is so that it is ready when you need it most. But you also want to keep your firearm safe from unauthorized users...such as kids. GunVault Speedvault is a great option that fits both needs! Find more options and our review of the Speedvault in our Best Safes review!

Best Drawer Safe
150 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Sometimes the best way to keep something safe is to keep it hidden, but when hiding fails - you also need something strong. SentrySafe has you covered with this little safe, small enough to hide in a desk drawer but large enough to keep a pistol in. Take a look at our Full Review!

Best Red Dot Under $200
170 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Our favorite red dot for under $200 that beat all its competitors in our grueling torture tests.  Check out the full red dot review here.

Best 9mm Range Ammo

Hands down the best deal with the manufacturer's 25% off rebate until the end of the year.  Always goes bang and the brass is easy to reload.  See more at Best 9mm Ammo for Self-Defense & Range.

Best Belly Band Holster
70 at Concealed Carry

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best belly band holster that also comes with space for 3 spare mags.  If you're looking for other belly band holsters, check out our Best Concealed Carry Holsters.

Best Classic Budget 1911

The 1911 GI model, like JMB intended. Before it was updated and refined, the 1911 served with honor in the largest and most brutal conflict the world has ever seen - World War One. The RIA G.I. stays true to that classic design. Read about it and more budget 1911s in our Best Affordable 1911s article!

Best Long-Range .300 Win Mag
47 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

At home on the long-range firing line, as it is in the brush, .300 Win Mag is still a favorite for long-range precision shooting. The best results will come from handloading, but if you're in a bind or just don't have the patience - Federal Gold Medal Match is our top pick for facture .300 Win Mag ammo!

Editor's Choice

Browning is well known for making amazing guns and the Buckmark lives up to that. Widely seen as one of the best options on the market, we've absolutely loved ours.

Best Nickel Boron
175 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Nickel Boron is a fantastic coating that reduces friction and makes cleaning SO much easier. The WMD Nickel Boron BCG is one of the best!

Editor's Pick Upper Receiver

A cool billet look with aggressive lines...but not at a normal billet price.  My current favorite for normal builds.  See more at Best Upper Receivers.

Best Bang for Buck .300 Blk Upper

Aero Precision once again proves to deliver outstanding value for the price! With the quality and reliability way outside their price point, Aero .300 BLK uppers are rock solid. Check out all of our favorites in our Best .300 Blackout Upper review!

Editor's Premium Pick
90 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Removable lenses mean that you have options depending on the weather and what you're doing, this is a major gain over most other glasses! These aren't cheap, but they last, work, and offer advantages over their lesser priced competition. See all of the pros and cons in out 6 Best Shooting Glasses review!

Editor's Pick

A clear "Buy once, cry once" option, this weapon light is reliable and bright. If your life depends on it, it is good to be able to trust your kit completely. Find more of our top picks for weapon mounted lights in our 5 Best AR-15 Flashlights article

Most Versatile
450 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

This is a lot of gun for the price, Novak sights, replaceable grip back straps to change the size/shape of the grip, and rock-solid dependability. There really isn't much more you can ask from a handgun than that and best of all this one doesn't come with a price tag that will make you faint.

Most Bang-For-Your-Buck

Respected, reliable, great shooting, and a reasonable price. A true Goldilocks compact 9mm.

Best Offset Sights
22 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Want near instantaneous access to a fixed magnification AND close quarters 1x?  Try the offset iron sights that only require you to tilt your rifle for close encounters.  Check out other AR-15 iron sights in our guide here.

Best Budget Survival Knife
53 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Gerber is a solid company when it comes to anything outdoors, especially if we're talking about knives and multitools. The StrongArm is a great survival knife that comes in at a very reasonable price. Take a look at the complete review and guide to the Best Survival Knives!

Best Animal Protection Revolver
970 at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

8 rounds of .357 Magnum in a 2 ¾ inch barrel that is perfect for big critter country.  See more revolvers in our Top .357 Magnum Revolvers.

Great Value (Sub-Compact)

The M&P9 Shield has a nice, smooth, shorter pull.  And is priced right.  A little larger than most subcompacts but still plenty concealable.  Check out the rest of Best Single Stack Sub-Compacts.

Runner-Up (Mil-Spec)

A little more in price, but delivers everything you can ask from a night vision optic. This is great kit and earns our title of editor's pick with flying colors. Read the review and more in our complete article on Night Vision!

Most Innovative Multitool
80 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Lots of multitools have screwdrivers build in, but the Center Drive is the only one that makes an effort to make that screwdriver easy and comfortable to use in the field. Read the complete review of this and more multitools in our 10 Best Multitool Guide!

Best Lightweight Stock
134 at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

When you need the lightest possible, here it is. Perfect for the ultimate light-weight AR-15 build! For a LOT more information and hands-on recommendations, take a look at our 12 Best AR-15 Stocks article!

Best Beginner Bolt Action Rifle

The go-to precision bolt rifle that shoots great out of the box...but can also be upgraded into a tack-driver.  See more at Best Sniper & Precision Rifles.

Best Passive Ear Protection
20 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Our favorite slim passive ear protection muffs that we've rocked for years.  Perfect cheekweld for rifles/shotguns and decent protection at 24db NRR.  Find out more of our favorites at Best Shooting Ear Protection.

EDITOR'S PICK: HARD RIFLE CASE
199 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you're looking to really secure your rifles, such as for a long trip or a flight, then Pelican is your answer. The most trusted name on the market for hard-sided cases of all kinds - Pelican isn't cheap, but it is the best. Period. Find all of our Best Rifle Bag recommendations!

Best Short Barrel

Gunner profile and long enough to increase dwell time for short barrels.  Check out more options at Best AR-15 Barrels.

Best Value Over-Under Shotgun

The best over-under shotgun for under $500.  Everything you need to dominate the clays and available in a variety of calibers.  Learn more in our in-depth review.

Dream 1911
3100 at Wilson Combat

Prices accurate at time of writing

What we would immediately order if we won the lottery.  For more affordable 1911 options, check out our Best 1911 for the Money guide.

Best Backup
12 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Cleaning kits are often kept at home and in a box - but that doesn't help when your gun gets gummed up at the range! Gloryfire Universal Gun Cleaning Kit is a perfect backup cleaning kit to keep in your range bag. See all of our Best Gun Cleaning Kit recommendations!

Most Innovative Handgun
1380 at Cabelas

Prices accurate at time of writing

Born out of the Cold War, this interesting space age pistol is a smooth shooting and high-capacity handgun that makes for an amazing range toy and a respectable defensive carry gun. Read all about it in our full review on the FN Five-seveN!

Editor's Pick
44 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

M-Pro 7 is a great cleaning and gun lube on its own, it is the go-to for most of our editors also! This kit gives you everything you need to keep your guns running smoothly. Take a look at our other Best Gun Cleaning Kit picks!

Best Value (Medium Frame)
500 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

A 7-shot medium framed .357 Magnum revolver that is super durable.  See more of its competition in Top .357 Magnum Revolvers.

Best Pistol Caliber SBR
1350 at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

SBRs require dealing with the NFA and paying for a tax stamp if you're going to go through the hoops - KRISS Vector SBR is one of the best! Read more in our KRISS Vector Overview.

Brightest EDC Flashlight
50 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

A blazing 950 lumens in a small package.  One button use and many modes...so you'll have to cycle through.  But one of our favorite EDC lights.  See more at Best EDC Flashlights.

Best 9mm Bare Bones Kit
914 at Stag Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Bare Bone kits let you pick the handguards, grips, and stocks that fit you best while taking advantage of the quality and reliability of a proven manufacturer. Stag Arms 9mm AR-15 is good to go! Read about it in our Stag Arms 9mm AR-15 Review!

Heavy Duty Gun Belt
35 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you need to attach A LOT of gear to your belt...but still need it to look normal?  This one is perfect for you.  For more dressy or light-duty options, check out Best Gun Belts.

Best Steel BCG
350 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

If saving ounces isn't what you need, then a full mass steel BCG is for you. These are heavy, strong, and are nearly impossible to destroy with normal use. A great choice when long-term reliability is the utmost importance, such as for an SHTF rifle.

Best Budget Plinking AK Ammo
6.25 at LuckyGunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

The AK-47 is a fantastic rifle and one of our favorite range plinkers, but to plink well you've got to do it on a budget! Brown Bear is solid ammo for a great low price. Read our top picks for all kinds of 7.62x39mm ammo in our Best AK-47 Ammo Choices!

Best Medium Frame Revolver

The GP-100 is a 6-shot .357 Magnum and is built like a TANK.  Check out the rest of our picks in Top .357 Magnum Revolvers.

Best Overall Rating
388 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Turkish made but don't let that stop you, this is a beast of a handgun in terms of reliability and durability. Not the ugliest gun, not the prettiest, but when you need something that won't kill your wallet and will perform every time you need it to - Canik is there.

Best budget friendly double-stack 1911
680 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

1911s in .45 ACP might be the classic design, but that doesn't mean the platform stopped innovation at that. Double-stack 9mm firearms are amazing weapons for self-defense, competition, and duty carry. The RIA 1911 double-stack 9mm is the best bang-for-your-buck you can get in this design. Read our in-depth review on it and more budget-friendly 1911s in our Best Affordable 1911s article!

Carbon Fiber Goodness

Ready for the next generation of AR-15 barrels?  Carbon fiber keeps it lighter, stronger, and cooler.  See more at Best Carbon Fiber Barrels.

Best Critical Trauma Bandage
8 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

The best critical trauma bandage on the market, no IFAK is complete without at least one! IFAKs give you the tools you need to keep yourself or another alive when everything goes wrong. Make sure you take a look at our complete IFAK article!

Best Pistol Light

The gold standard in pistol lights.  600 lumens of concentrated target differentiating power and trusted by professionals all over the world.  Check out our review of it and others at Best Pistol Lights.

EDITOR'S PICK: SOFT RIFLE BAG
55 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Gun cases aren't the most exciting thing about buying a rifle, but they are critical to protecting your investment. You don't want to ruin a multi-thousand rifle and optic set-up because you throw it in a Hefty bag! Savior Equipment Rifle Bags are outstanding in every way. From their stitching to their pockets, they deliver what you need to keep your rifle safe and help you carry all the extra stuff you need for a great day at the range! Find all of our Best Rifle Bag recommendations!

Editor's Choice (Laser Cartridge)

The most well-known brand for laser training cartridges.  My 9mm has been chugging past 5,000 dry-fire shots..  Check out more affordable options and targets in Best Laser Targets & Ammo.

Best Semi-Auto Precision Rifle
1490 at Aero Precision

Prices accurate at time of writing

The big brother to the AR-15...this AR-10 variant is chambered in .308 and kicks butt.  See the full review or also Best Sniper & Precision Rifles.

Most Feature Packed Thrower
360 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you're ready to take your clay throwing to new heights,  you'll need this thrower. Perfect for people that love trap and skeet, this thower does it all! Take a look at our complete review of the Best Clay Pigeon Throwers!

Best Commander-Size 9mm 1911

Colt was the first producer of the 1911 back in...1911. Being the oldest and most prolific producer of a handgun helps a lot in making you one of the best at doing it. If practice makes perfect, then Colt has a huge leg up on the competition.

Best All-Around 6.8 SPC Hunting Ammo
23 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

6.8 SPC is a great round for a lot of applications, one of the ones it can shine in is hunting! From deer to hog to coyote, 6.8 SPC can harvest it on the first shot. Take a look at our other 6.8 SPC Recommendations!

Best Long-Range AR-15 Budget Upper
499 at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

.224 is designed to reach out and touch something from a very, very, long distance away - and it does it amazingly! If you're looking to get into the long range game using an AR-15 lower, this is the caliber for you. Read the complete review of the PSA .224 Valkyrie Upper!

Best Lightweight Leatherman
60 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Lightweight, handy, and great to have around - everything you would want from a Leatherman plus some great modern innovations. Read the complete review of this and more multitools in our 10 Best Multitool Guide!

Editor's Choice

My personal favorite for the one revolver you should own.  7 shots of either .38 or .357 goodness with a balanced 4" barrel.  Good trigger that can be easily turned into a great trigger.  See the rest of our Best Handgun for Beginners and Home Defense.

Best Lightweight Charging Handle

Lightweight doesn't mean less-strong, it just means less weight. Radian Raptor LT is an outstanding example of getting this right! Hands down one of our top picks overall and by far our favorite for a lightweight build! Read more about it in our  10 Best AR-15 Charging Handles review!

Most Accurate Carbon Fiber

Proof Research is known for accurate and amazingly made barrels. Their Carbon Fiber iteration is no different! Absolutely lives up to the expectations we've come to have of Proof Research.

Best Holographic Sight

The battle-proven gold standard that has clear glass and tons of other features.  Check how it performs in Best Holographic Sights.

Cleanest Budget .308 Ammo
15.80 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

Clean shooting budget ammo is hard to find, but PMC delivers reliable and clean ammo at a great price. Want a complete review? Check out the Best .308 Win Ammo article!

Best .45 ACP Range Ammo

Best deal for the year with American Eagle's 25% manufacturer's rebate.  Shoots clean, always goes bang, and great brass.  See more at Best .45 ACP Ammo for Home Defense & Target Practice.

Best Long-Range .308
30 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

Long-range shooters love .308 because of it's great ballistics, ease of access to ammo, and impressive results. The best precision ammo will come from your hand-loads, but when it comes to factory ammo - Hornady is one of our favorites no matter what caliber it is. Read more about it and other .308 ammo in our Best .308 Win Ammo article!

Author's Choice
99 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Simple, durable, trusted. All of the best things you could want in a survival knife and none of the fluff. The ESEE-4 was our Author's choice and it's our choice too. Take a look at the complete review and guide to the Best Survival Knives!

Best .17 Caliber Rifle
888 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Ruger 10/22 is one our favorite rifles ever, Ruger knocks it out of the park again with their 77/17! Bolt-action, accurate, and well priced - the Ruger 77/17 was designed from the ground up for .17 Caliber cartridges and is available in .17 HMR, .17 WSM, and .17 Hornet! Find more .17 ammo and firearm recommendations and reviews in our .17 HMR Complete Guide!

Best Value (Small Frame)

Want a great small frame .357 Mag but want to save a little?  You can't go wrong with the SP-101.  Check out the history of revolvers in our Top .357 Magnum Revolvers article.

Goldilocks Barrel

Contains all the elements of what I think makes a perfect all-around barrel.  Check out more in our Best AR-15 Barrels article.

Best AR-10 Lower

Comes with an integral trigger guard, screw pin for the dreaded bolt catch, and set screw for the rear take-down pin.  No more using towel covered pliers or razor blades. See more of our favorites in Best AR-10 Lowers.

Editor's Choice (Beginners, Home Defense)

Who hasn't heard of Glock?  The full-size 9mm Glock 17 is ultra reliable, the Glock "Safe Action" trigger safety, and now comes with adjustable backstraps to better fit your hand.  Find out more at our Best Handgun for Beginners and Home Defense.

Most Functions
95 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

You get a bunch of different modes...but for the price you only get one target compared to LaserLyte versions.  But it does feel more quality.  More options at Best Laser Cartridges & Targets.

Best Entry Level AR-10
600 at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

A reliable, although basic, AR-10. It does everything you want from it, just with no frills - other than the great price.  Check out other picks in our Best AR-10s.

Best Folding Pistol Caliber Carbine
390 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Kel-Tec Sub-2000 is just a great shooter. Period. It might not be the prettiest gun in the safe, but it is dead on reliable, handy, has a strong aftermarket, and with the number of options in terms of caliber and magazine type you can choose from - there is a perfect Sub-2000 for everyone. Read our full hands-on review!

Most Corrosion Resistant/Best Suppressed
285 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you want to run a suppressor or if you're in a particularly corrosive environment, Zev barrels won't let you down.

Best Suppressor/RMR Height Sights
97 at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Designed for use with a suppressor or to co-witness with a red dot these sights are set higher than normal ones to allow for the extra space required. A great addition to either an RMR or a suppressor equipped Glock.

Best Pump Shotgun

Our favorite pump shotgun for home defense.  Slight edge over the Remington 870 because we like the position of the safety and bolt release better.  Check out our other picks for Best Tactical Shotguns.

Best 9mm 1911
1500 at STI

Prices accurate at time of writing

What we run for single stack competition in USPSA and the best 9mm 1911 in our opinion.  Silky smooth action and the lightest trigger pull of all our pistols.  See our other 1911 picks in Best 1911 for the Money.

Lightest BCG

The lightest BCG on the market.  But because it's made out of aluminum, there's going to be some wear issues down the line.  Learn more at Best Lightweight Bolt Carrier Groups.

Editor's Pick (Forged)

Better looking than the Anderson and my current go-to for builds.  Plus they have special editions like the "Pew Pew Pew" lower.  For more options check out our Best AR-15 Lowers article.

Best See-Through Glock Mag
19 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Reliable enough to be EDC but with a cool (and useful) twist to the idea, these are hands down the best see-through magazines on the market.

Best Budget .300 BLK Upper
300 at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Palmetto State Armory is almost always one of the best budget options when it comes to AR-15 anything. Well made, a little rough around the edges, durable, and ready to go. The PSA .300 Blackout uppers deliver a great shooting tool. Check out all of our favorites in our Best .300 Blackout Upper review!

Most Dexterous Shooting Glove
30 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Want the closest feeling to your handgun/rifle but still some protection against scrapes and bumps? Check out the Delta and others at Best Shooting Gloves.

Most Reliable
360 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Smith & Wesson really hit it out of the park with the SW22 Victory. Most .22 LR semi-autos have issues with reliability, but so far we've never had a problem with the SW22 when we fed it decent ammo. If you want to see all of our top picks, check out the Best .22LR Handguns review!

Lightest Upper Receiver
248 at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best 5.56 XM193 55 gr

Our favorite 5.56 XM193 ammo due to the manufacturer's 25% off rebate until the end of 2017.  Check out our other picks in Best AR-15 Ammo for Self-Defense & Range.

Best Entry Level Clay Thrower
120 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Trap and Skeet are a ton of fun, but having to go down to the range and pay someone to use the thrower is annoying - thankfully, getting your own is fairly cheap! Take a look at our complete review of the Best Clay Pigeon Throwers!

Cheapest .308 Ammo
11 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

Steel cased ammo gets a bad rap a lot of times, we talk about the pros and cons of it in our Truth About Brass Vs Steel article. But when it comes down to price, steel cased .308 is basically always the cheapest of the cheap. If you want to plink on a budget, Wolf is for you! Read about this and other .308 in the Best .308 Win Ammo

Best Titanium BCG
350 at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Titanium, just the name inspires confidence in the material. If you're unsure of using this less common metal, just look at the aircraft industry to see how great Titanium is. Light, strong, long-lasting. A BCG made from Titanium will deliver, every time.

Best Large Frame Revolver
950 at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

8 shots of .357 Magnum goodness.  You'll feel very little recoil with this heavy revolver...plus you can reload with moon clips.  See more at Top .357 Magnum Revolvers.

Best Light BCG
360 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

RCA brings its A-game with a titanium BCG that is light and won't have wear issues in your aluminum upper receiver.  What we run in our competition rifles.  See more pictures and stats at Best Lightweight Bolt Carrier Groups.

Best .224 Valk Bolt
133 at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Great for swapping in a 6.8 SPC BCG for your new .224 Valk build. Take a look at this and more in our Complete .224 Valkyrie Guide!

Best Workhorse
330 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Some people need a gun that works AND can win a beauty competition - the SD9VE is one of those. Hint: It isn't pretty. Reliable, accurate, durable, and there when you need it - this is a great workhorse of a gun. Perfect for training with, tinkering with, or just taking to the range to have a great time.

Most Wallet Friendly

For a handgun, on the cheaper end of the line. Still reliable and dependable - two things that are an absolute must for any CCW handgun.

Best 3x Magnifier

Our favorite 3x magnifier under $200.  Clear glass, good eye relief, ambidextrous, easy to use mount, and slim design.  See more in our Best 3x Magnifier article.

Best .223 Self-Defense
289 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

A law enforcement soft-point .223 round.  Our go-to for self-defense rounds since if it's good enough for first responders...it's good enough for us.  See more choices at Best AR-15 Ammo for Self-Defense & Range.

Best BUIS

Want to have a backup in case your main optic fails?  The Magpul BUIS (backup iron sites) are light, out of the way, and effective.  Check out other BUIS options in our guide here.

Editor's Pick Not-A-Shotgun
449 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Not legally a shotgun...the Shockwave is simply a "firearm."  And despite the weird looking grip...it shoots better than other traditional pistol grip shotguns.  Learn more in our full review.

Best Left Handed AR-15
965 at Stag Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Are you a south paw?  Not looking to get brass ejections into your face?  Stag Arms will help you lefties out with their Model 2L.

Best Value Semi-Auto (Competition)

The most popular competition shotgun that I've seen (and use personally).  Benelli has got it right with their inertia driven semi-auto 12 gauge.  See the rest at Best Semi-Auto Shotguns.

Best Bang for Buck Charging Handle
32 at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you want a good charging handle but you don't want to jump into the deep end of the budget, this is the handle for you. Read more about it in our 10 Best AR-15 Charging Handles review!

Classic 10mm 1911
1100 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

The gun that started it all, the Colt Delta Elite is one of the most respected firearms designed. A classic 1911 base reimagined for 10mm. Read about it and more in our Best 1911s in 10mm review!

Best Ruger 10/22

Ruger has more models of the 10/22 than you can shake a stick at and while all of them are worthy of the legendary Ruger name, the 10/22 Takedown in stainless steel is our favorite. A takedown model is perfect for a .22 LR rifle and the stainless steel looks amazing and increases the longevity of the rifle dramatically. Read more in our Best .22 LR Rifles article!

Most Beautiful .44 Mag Lever-Action Rifle

Lever-actions might be old fashioned, but they are some nice rifles! For plinking or hunting, the Henry Big Boy delivers - and when it is in .44 Magnum, it delivers a lot! Take a look at our complete review and guide to the .44 Magnum cartridge!

Best Two-Point Sling

Used by tons of US troops...the upgraded version of this sling is wider, more comfortable, and has stronger hardware.  Learn more at Best Rifle Sling for Your Purpose.

EDITOR'S PICK: SOFT PISTOL CASE

Nice and easy case, perfect for taking your pistol to the range. Enough room to store some extras, but none of the added bulk that some cases have. Find all of our Best Rifle Bag recommendations!

Best .380 Defensive Round

We're big fans of Hornady defensive ammo, several of our editors keep Hornady in their EDC. Reliable, tested, proven, you won't go wrong with it.

Author's Choice
40 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Kimber Pepper Blasting was our author's choice for best pepper spray after she used it to defend herself from an aggressive dog attack! Thankfully, this self-defense tool worked as intended and helped keep her safe. Take a look at our complete guide, review, and a full accounting of the author's use of this in our Best Pepper Spray for Self-Defense!

BEST MULTIPLE HANDGUN CASE
95 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you're like us, you tend to take a lot of pistols to the range when you go. All the better for having maximum fun! If that is the case then you'll need this case, it has tons of room for ammo, cleaning supplies, and to fit every pistol in your safe! Find all of our Best Rifle Bag recommendations!

Best Universal Mag Holster
70 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

A one-size-fit-all option for magazines, Blue Force Gear is well known for their wide range of products that can hold almost anything. Read more about it in our Best CCW Mag Holsters review!

Best Starter Air Rifle
225 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Great for teaching kids, hunting squirrels, or just quiet plinking. Find other great air rifles in our 5 Best Air Rifles!

Best .357 Mag Home/Self-Defense Ammo
25 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

Home or self-defense ammo needs to be reliable, good penetration, large expansion, and consistent. Remington HTP is a great choice and reasonably priced for .357 Mag.

Best Hunting .44 Mag Lever-Action Rifle

Just about anything Marlin makes is going to be a solid firearm and their production of the iconic 1894 pattern lever-action rifle is no exception. For hunting or home defense, you can trust a Marlin 1894. Take a look at our complete review and guide to the .44 Magnum cartridge!

Best Bang-For-Buck
1400 at Aero Precision

Prices accurate at time of writing

The complete package: Top tier manufacturing and quality control, impressive accuracy, reliable even in adverse conditions, and a comparatively low price.

Best CCW Belt

You can't tell the difference from the Relentless and a normal belt...except that it's much stiffer.  What I usually wear for CCW and even competition.  See more options at Best Gun Belts.

Best Big Game Handgun

Big game hunting with a handgun requires a big handgun. Ruger Super Redhawk is one such big handgun. Able to take down moose, bear, and elk - this big boy is ready for your next hunting trip. Read our Complete Review!

Most Affordable Light BCG

Want to dive into the lightweight BCG game...but don't want to spend too much?  Faxon has got you covered with their steel BCG that is lightened with cuts.  Learn more about other options at Best Lightweight Bolt Carrier Groups.

Best Plinking/Training .17 HMR
12.50 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

Training and plinking is important for a huge range of reasons, that's why you need reliable, accurate, and cheap ammo. Federal delivers on those needs with their V-Max Polymer Tipped .17 HMR ammo. Find more .17 ammo and firearm recommendations and reviews in our .17 HMR Complete Guide!

BEST BAG & MAT COMBO
56 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you're planning on doing some long-range shooting, chances are you'll be doing it prone. And if you are - then you'll need something to lay on, such as a shooting mat! Combining your rifle bag and shooting mat into one saves you on bulk, weight, and just makes things easier. The VISM  Rifle Case & Shooting Mat is by far the best one we've used. Find all of our Best Rifle Bag recommendations!

Most Affordable (.45 ACP)

The XD(M) is much easier to control than some of the other .45 calibers on the market, yet it still packs the same punch as bigger, bulkier pistols.  Plus it's priced right.  Check out the rest of our Best .45 ACP Handguns.

Best 6.5 Creedmoor Match Ammo
26 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

The best match ammo is the one you load yourself, but you don't always have time for that. Hornady ELD Match is there for you when that happens! Their 6.5 CM ammo can be trusted to be on target and ready to go for any kind of long-range shooting match.

Best Compact 9mm 1911
900 at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

Colt has more experience with making the 1911 than any other manufacture. From the first iteration of the design to today, Colt 1911s are highly respected for their reliability, look, fit, and feel. If you need a rock solid compact 1911, the Colt Defender is at the top.

Classicly Awesome
275 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

We love single-action revolvers, they might not be the most useful in these modern times but they are still just awesome to shoot. Heritage Rough Rider is hands down one of our favorite range toys and one of the go-to guns we pick when introducing new friends to shooting! If you want to see all of our top picks, check out the Best .22LR Handguns review!

Best Bullpup Rifle

The PS90 shoots the 5.7x28 round which is low-recoil, small, and super fast...which makes it deadly against body armor.  Check out our other picks in Best Bullpup Rifles & Shotguns.

Best for Hipsters
12 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Sharp blade, easy to sharpen, and comfortable in the hand. Plus...looks different and non-threatening. If you have a beard and plaid shirt...take notice. See more at Best EDC Knives.

Best Gel Spray
9 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Pepper spray is a great self-defense tool, this gel spray is best for making sure that it doesn't blow-back on you also! Take a look at our complete guide and review of the Best Pepper Spray for Self-Defense!

Best Competition AK Ammo
11 at Cabelas

Prices accurate at time of writing

While no one would call the AK a precision rifle, it does sometimes help to have precision ammo. If you're looking to take your AK to a 3- or 2-gun competition, you'll want to bring some ammo that is dead on reliable AND consistent shooting. Read our top picks for all kinds of 7.62x39mm ammo in our Best AK-47 Ammo Choices!

Simply Outstanding
1200 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Deceptively simple looking, the Savage 111 delivers on everything you need or want from a Long Range rifle! Check out our other top picks in our Best Sniper & Precision Rifle review!

Most Affordable .380 Pistol

One of the best bargains you can get...and reliable with a wide range of ammunition.  Check out our full review or other pocket rockets in our Top .380 Pistols.

EDITOR'S PICK RANGE BAG
39 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Range bags carry everything so you don't have too. Pack your ammo, ear protection, eye protection, cleaning supplies, first aid kit, snacks, and so much more in here so that you're prepared for every range trip! Look for more great recommendations in our Best Range Bags review!

Best Bang-For-The-Buck Trigger
99 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Not wanting to spend $200+ for a Glock trigger? This one is your best bet. Lowers the trigger pull, cleans up the grit, and looks sweet. See more at Best Aftermarket Glock Triggers.

BEST VALUE HARD CASE
70 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Hard side cases can be really pricey, but when you need more protection than what a soft-case offers - you need to step up your rifle case budget. Thankfully, Plano is perfect for a budget! While not the most durable case on the market, it does fill a great role. Find all of our Best Rifle Bag recommendations!

Best Handgun Safe

When you need quick access to your handgun...I only trust Simplex safes. No batteries and no dials. This is what I use and recommend. See the full review at Best Quick Access Gun Safes.

Editor's Choice (EDC Flashlight)
58 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

A simple compact light with several modes and a decent max brightness of 550 lumens.  Comes with a USB rechargeable battery and survived our drop and water immersion tests.  See more options at our Best EDC Flashlights.

Best Hunting .30-06 Ammo
39 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

Taking big game? You'll need a cartridge that can do the job! Barnes VOR-TX are some of the best on the market and in .30-06 will take anything in North America, no problem. Find all of our recommendations for .30-06 ammo in the complete Best .30-06 Ammo Guide!

Editor's Choice (Pistol Light)

My go-to pistol light that I recommend to my friends, and what lives on my home-defense handgun.  See beam patterns and more lights in our Best Pistol Lights article.

Best Pocket Mag Holster
20 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you carry a CCW then you should also carry extra ammo, just in case. Desantis Mag-Pack is the best pocket carry mag holster we've found, read about all of our picks for Best CCW Mag Holsters in our review!

Best Bang for the Buck Bipod
69 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

A classic option that is one of the most proven bipods on the market. For the money - one of the best options you can find! Read all about it in our Best Rifle Bipods review!

Best Precision Bullpup Rifle
4900 at Euro Optic

Prices accurate at time of writing

My favorite precision rifle.  My older generation model shoots under 1/2 MOA consistently and because of the bullpup design...it's well-balanced and shorter than an AR-15.  See more at Best Bullpup Rifles & Shotguns.

Best Basic Steel Target
39 at AR500 Armor

Prices accurate at time of writing

Shooting steel is fun and a great training aid. Most of all, no more having to paste paper targets! If you need a budget-friendly and simple target, you can't go wrong with this AR500 gong. Check out this and more awesome steel targets in our Best AR500 Steel Shooting Targets!

All-Around Barrel

What I'm shooting in my competition rifle...accurate, lightweight, and reasonably priced.  See more at Best AR-15 Barrels.

Most Readily Available
1000 at Cabelas

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Colt LE 6920 (law enforcement) is my main recommendation for an entry level AR-15 since you can find it almost any gun store.  It comes with a front sight block (FSB), carbine-length gas system, polymer handguards, and a flip-up rear sight.  Learn more about AR-15s in our Best AR-15 Guide

Most Affordable
300 at Hatsan

Prices accurate at time of writing

Want something reliable but yet super affordable?  The Hatsan Escort Aimguard is the way to go.

Best High Caliber Target Steel
176 at Shoot Steel

Prices accurate at time of writing

Say you have a .50 BMG (or some other mighty magnum cartridge) rifle you want to shoot. What do you shoot at with it? T-Rex isn't in season right now, punching holes in paper with .50 BMG would make John Browning's ghost mad at you, and there is likely a lack of Armored Personnel Carriers at your local range. So what do you shoot? ShootSteel .50 BMG Gong, that's what you shoot! Check out this and more awesome steel targets in our Best AR500 Steel Shooting Targets!

Best .38 Spl Home/Self-Defense Ammo
23.50 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

Hornady Critical Defense is a fantastic line of ammunition, period. A JHP with a polymer tip to increase ballistic coefficient and provide more velocity out of the same amount of recoil, this ammo performs when you need it most.

Runner-Up Best Pump Shotgun

Another favorite pump shotgun that narrowly misses our top pick since we prefer the Mossberg 590's safety and bolt release.  Check out our other top picks for Best Tactical Shotguns.

Editor's Choice (Tactical Flashlight)
40 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Well-rounded in everything from price to weight and lumen output.  1100 lumens at its max but also night-vision friendly with its .4 lumen "firefly" mode.  Check out more info at Best Tactical Flashlights.

Best Illuminated Reticle Scope

When it comes to an illuminated long range optic, Leupold really broke the mold on this. For low-light or even for when you just need a more defined reticle at those really long ranges, an illuminated optic has a major advantage.

Best Hunting .17 HMR
12.75 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

.17 HMR is great for varments, with the right ammo you can humanly and easily put down destructive pests, pelt game, and other unwanted critters. Find more .17 ammo and firearm recommendations and reviews in our .17 HMR Complete Guide!

Best Magazine

Our go-to for AR-15 magazines. Great feeding, lightweight, and reasonable pricing. See more options at Best AR-15 Magazines.

Best Revolver for Smaller Hands

Chambered in .38 Special, the Model 66 is reliable, simple to use, and great for smaller hands.  Check out the rest in our 7 Best Handguns for Women.

EDITOR'S PICK: DISCREET BAG
25 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Trying to blend in? Need to transport your rifle but don't want what you carry to scream "I'M HOLDING A RIFLE"? Guitar bag might be perfect for you! Find all of our Best Rifle Bag recommendations!

Editor's Pick (Semi-Auto, Home Defense)
1100 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

A super durable semi-auto shotgun that is as comfortable at a competition as it is ready to protect your family.  Check out the rest at Best Semi-Auto Shotguns.

Runner-Up (Tactical Flashlight)
83 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

The big brother to our favorite EDC light (PD25), this version is brighter at 1000 lumens, also rechargeable, and passed all our torture tests.  See the full details at our Best Tactical Flashlights.

Best One-Handed Multitool
65 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Using and opening a multitool with one hand is an innovation that came really late to the party, but now that it is here it is Really nice to have. SOG Power Assist was one of the best and so far the best to have! Read the complete review of this and more multitools in our 10 Best Multitool Guide!

Most Interesting Combat Bullpup
1900 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

By today's standards, the AUG might be a little behind the curve, but that doesn't mean it is outdated. Once one of the best combat rifles on the market, it is still a formidable bullpup rifle that can hold it's own in competition, self-defense, and on the battle field.

Best Looking .380

Want your concealed carry piece to be a looker?  Sig Sauer's P238 is your best bet.  The 1911-inspired .380 pistol is aluminum framed and comes with a safety lever.  Want to see more CCW guns?  Check out our Top .380 Pistols.

Most Proven AR-10
2900 at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

In use with US SOCOM, Daniel Defense rifles have literally been there and done that around the world. Good enough for SOCOM, good enough for all of us.

Best Techy Safe

Need more capabilities in your safe? The Vaultek has fingerprint, code, key, AND Bluetooth access options. Check out our full review for more.

Best .300 BLK Hunting Ammo
31.75 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

.300 Blackout is a very popular hog hunting round and becoming more common for other game too such as deer. However, the right hunting caliber requires the right hunting load. For hog or deer, our pick is the Barnes VOR-TX! Find ammo for all your .300 Blackout needs in our Best .300 Blackout Ammo review!

Most Innovative Carbine

KRISS Vector comes in a lot of flavors, this is our favorite since it gives you the most options for what you want to do with your carbine! KRISS Vector Overview.

Most Electrifying Non-Lethal EDC
277 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

You'll be "shocked" at how well this little guy works. We were sure "charged up" after reviewing it! Check out our "stunning" Review and Videos!

Lightest Handguard

When you've absolutely got to have the lightest handguard.  Premium priced, no rail space, but man...is it light.  Check out the rest of the competition in Lightest AR-15 Handguards.

Most Innovative

An interesting approach to an old problem. Not as good as having a real reflex sight on your pistol, but the closest you can get without having to do extensive modifications to the slide or having to get a whole new slide.

Best Complete LPK
65 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Simple, works, and has everything you need. From the little pins to the trigger assembly - this gets the job done. Take a look at more great AR-15 Lower Parts Kits in our Best AR-15 Lower Parts Kits article!

Best For Light-Duty
36 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Small, easy to carry, and easy to sharpen. Perfect if your normal use of a knife is opening Amazon packages. See more at Best EDC Knives.

Dirty Harry Approved

While it isn't the "Most Powerful Handgun in the World" and it won't "Blow Your Head Clear Off" the S&W Model 29 is a true classic American revolver. Take a look at our complete review and guide to the .44 Magnum cartridge!

Best Bare-Bones Upgrade

A bare-bones option that is an upgrade, but in the most classic way possible.

Best AR-10

Marketing makes the world turn, but how often does the product live up to the hype? This is one of the rare cases that the product exceeds the hype in every way. Hands down, one of the best AR-10s on the market today (and has the best name).

Best UV Dyed Pepper Spray
24 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Using a UV light dye makes your pepper spray help ID an attacker even hours after the attack took place. This is mighty handy for law enforcement and for personal protection! Take a look at our complete guide and review of the Best Pepper Spray for Self-Defense!

Gold Standard Mil-Spec BCG
169 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

The gold standard of mil-spec bolt carrier groups.  Check out more mil-spec and exotic lightweight ones in our Best BCG article.

Best Looking BCG
250 at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

TiN coating on a BCG isn't for everyone, but it does have a lot of advantages and is without question, by far the best looking coating for a BCG. A bright shiny gold might look out of place on your hunting rifle, but will look right at home on your competition rifle!

Best 5.56 XM855 (Green Tip)

Our favorite 5.56 XM855 "green tip" round with the steel penetrator.  Now with a 25% manufacturer's rebate until the end of the year.  Buy it cheap and stack it deep!  See more at Best AR-15 Ammo for Self-Defense & Range.

Best AR-15 .22 LR Conversion Kit
220 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best M4 Clone in .22 LR
382 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best Pistol Shotgun Grip
26 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Made popular by the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington Tac-14 - the Shockwave Raptor grip is a great pistol grip for a shotgun. Double check your laws though, make sure your overall length stays legal! Take a look at our Full Review for all of your Mossberg 500 shotgun stock needs!

Best Pistol Red Dot

Robust and easy to see...what lives on top of our pistols. Check out more at Best Pistol Red Dots.

Best for Budget AR-9 Lower
250 at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Palmetto State Armory is a made in the USA manufacturer with prices that are almost impossible to match. Their AR-9s are no different! We have a full review coming soon, until then check out our Glocked and Loaded: the Best AR-15 Carbines That Take Glock Mags review!

Gold Standard for "Do-It-All" .30-30

Found in basically every hunting shop, big box store, and bait shack in the land - Remington .30-30 is there when you need it! Cheap, drops deer and found everywhere. Take a look at more great lever-action rifle ammo in our Best .30-30 Ammo guide!

Best Selling

A little late to the game but still sells like hotcakes. See what we think of the Saint in our full review.

Best Lightweight Upper

If you value looks, weight, and reliability...the BAD Lighweight Upper is the way to go.  See more of our favorites at Best Upper Receivers.

Best Handgun Cleaning Kit
20 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Comes with everything you need to clean and shine your pistol or revolver. Take a look at all of our Best Gun Cleaning Kit recommendations!

Most Affordable 1911

Want a 1911 but don't want to spend too much?  But still want it reliable?  Look no further than the RIA 1911.  Check out our other picks in Best 1911 for the Money.

Best High-End Semi-Auto

The shotgun that accompanies US Marines across 6 continents.  This thing is built tough and uses a self-regulating gas system that runs cleaner compared to normal inertia systems.  See the rest at Best Semi-Auto Shotguns.

Smallest .380 Pistol

Size really matter?  The Kahr CW .380 is about as small as you can get while still retaining 6+1 rounds.

Operators Only
42500 at OpticsPlanet

Prices accurate at time of writing

These might require taking out a second mortgage, selling a kidney, or finding sunken treasure - but when you need the best, EOTech GPNVG is what you reach for. Take a look at more realistic options in our complete guide to Night Vision!

Best Range-Day Pants
45 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Built for taking a beating and providing you with lots of options to hold stuff, these pants are more at home in a 2-gun competition or for a rough carbine class than just standing around plinking. Find the rest of our top picks for awesome Tactical Pants!

Best Precision Bipod
178 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

A great precision bipod needs strength, rigidity, and durability. The GG&G XD-2 Tactical Bipod fits the bill perfectly! Read about it in our Best Rifle Bipods review!

Best Hammerless .38 Revolver
731 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Unbeatable reliability and function, S&W M&P 340 is flat out good to go. Find all of our .38 picks in our 7 Best CCW .38 Revolvers!

Best Overall Laser Target
110 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

The current best bang-for-the-buck reactive laser target from Laserlyte.  Makes a nice *ting* when you hit it.  More choices at Best Laser Target & Cartridges.

Best Value Semi-Auto Shotgun

Best combination of price and performance for a semi-auto shotgun.  Check out our other picks for Best Tactical Shotguns.

Best M1 Garand Ammo
25 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best ammo you can get for your M1! Clean, reliable, and most importantly - designed for the M1 to keep it running forever! Find all of our recommendations for .30-06 ammo in the complete Best .30-06 Ammo Guide!

Best .224 Valk BCG
129 at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Perfect for your next long-range AR-15 build! Take a look at this and more in our Complete .224 Valkyrie Guide!

Most innovative CCW gun [2018]

Sig Sauer has been leading the charge for innovation in firearms for decades - the P365 is just one iteration of that goal. Starting with a unique double stack magazine design, Sig then built a small, reliable, and handy CCW gun around it. Check out our complete review of the Sig Sauer P365!

Wallet Buster
200 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you want a knife that is as much status symbol as it is survival knife, the Benchmade Bushcrafter is for you. Sporting a heavy price tag, this is the Cadillac of survival knives. Take a look at the complete review and guide to the Best Survival Knives!

Best Budget Glock Sights

Simple, to the point, cheap. A major upgrade over OEM and at a price that won't break the bank.

Most Unique (IWB)
80 at Urban Carry

Prices accurate at time of writing

Take everything you know about holsters and throw it out the door.  The Urban Carry G2 relies on a unique system to pull out your CCW.  Check out the GIF in our Best Concealed Carry Holsters article.

Best Stungun
12 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

When you really need to deliver a shock, only a badass stungun  can do the job! Find all our recommendations for stunguns in the 4 Best Stun Guns article!

Most Popular

The more compact and most popular Glock out there.  Perfect for beginners, home defense, concealed carry, and women.  Check out its stiff competition in Best Handgun for Beginners and Home Defense.

Best Trigger (Beginners, Home Defense)

Another striker-fired reliable gun that got updated with more aggressive texturing and the favorite stock trigger in my opinion.  Check out the rest of the 9mm handguns that made our Best Handgun for Beginners and Home Defense.

Best Hunting 10mm 1911
1200 at Cabelas

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Remington R1 sports a longer slide and barrel than a normal 1911, this not only makes it look way cooler - but also adds velocity, accuracy, and reduced recoil to the firearm. Perfect for hunting! Read about it and more in our Best 1911s in 10mm review!

Best ACOG

Trijicon's ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) are magnified for hitting longer range targets.  Learn more about them in our Red Dot Sights article.

Best Survival .22 LR Rifle

Designed for the Air Force, the AR-7 is a truly dedicated survival rifle. Break it down, fold it up, and store it away - it's that easy. .22 LR won't be your goto rifle, but it is plenty for a decent survival rifle. Take a look at more great .22 LR Rifles in our Best .22 LR Rifles article!

Best Three-Point Sling
29 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Love it or hate it...this is our favorite three-point sling.  Learn more at Best Rifle Sling for Your Purpose.

Best 6.5 Creedmoor Hunting Ammo
33 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

6.5 CM is gathering a commanding following for all types of shooting from long-range to hunting. Hornady once again delivers some of the best ammo on the market with their 6.5 CM 129 gr SST!

Best Bang-for-Buck AK
559 at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

American AK-47s have a really bad reputation. However, the PSAK-47 is well on its way to single-handedly changing that! The Gen 2 version of this rifle was the first American AK to pass the AKOU 5k round test and the Gen 3 version is now even better using a forged front trunion. Read our complete review of the PSAK-47!

Best CQB ACOG

ACOGs come in many flavors and types, this one happens to be best for CQB due to its low magnification power. Perfect for in-door settings that require a wide field of view and quick target acquisition. It also sports BDC dots to help with longer shots! Read more about it and other ACOGs in our Best ACOG Scopes [The Ultimate Guide]!

Author's Pick
135 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Solid, stable, and ready for action. The Steel Holster keeps your handgun ready at all times while you're in the driver's seat, it also is strong enough to retain it in place in all kinds of traffic. Read about it and more car holsters in our Best Car Holsters review!

Best Build Saver
8 at Cabelas

Prices accurate at time of writing

Nothing sucks more than losing that tiny little spring and then having to wait a week for the mail to bring you a new one before finishing your new AR-15 build. Never had to worry about that again with the Anderson AR-15 Opps Kit! Take a look at more great AR-15 Lower Parts Kits in our Best AR-15 Lower Parts Kits article!

Very Compact (Single Stack)
450 at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

Looking for a very compact 9mm singlestack?  The P290RS is the one for you.  Comes with "Dual Action" trigger so you can press the trigger again if you think you had a light primer.  Check out the rest of our Best Single Stack Sub-Compacts.

Best Retention (OWB)

The perfect OWB (outside the waistband) holster that has a thumb break as extra built-in retention.  See our other holster choices at Best Concealed Carry Holsters.

Best Budget Car Holster
30 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Simple and cheap, these mounts are great for more than just the car - they are also great for under desks or other out of the way places where quick access to a firearm is needed. Read about it and more car holsters in our Best Car Holsters review!

Best Trigger

My current favorite Glock trigger if price is no object. Lighter trigger pull, adjustable pre-travel and over-travel, all the necessary springs, and a lightened striker. See more at Best Aftermarket Glock Triggers.

Best Under $50
49 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Nice grip, extremely durable, and easy to sharpen. Plus it's under $50 bucks. See more of the Tenacious plus others in Best EDC Knives.

Go-To AR-15 Pistol Brace
50 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

The go-to AR-15 pistol brace of the moment. Looks good, works well, and is affordably priced. Check out more options in Best AR-15 Pistol Braces.

Editor's Choice 10mm 1911
2100 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

An Editor's favorite - Dan Wesson is well known for making some of the best 1911s on the market and the Bruin is no exception. Tightly fitted, extended slide, and in Burnt Bronze - you'll sware this was a custom built gun. Read about it and more in our Best 1911s in 10mm review!

Best Folding Shotgun Stock
180 at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Durable, compact, length-of-pull adjusting, and a reasonable price. Fab Defense hits all the marks you can look for in a solid shotgun stock! Take a look at all of our favorite Mossberg 500 stocks!

Best Value (IWB)
100 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

One of our favorite hybrid (neoprene backer and Kydex shell) holsters for IWB (inside the waistband).  30-day trial run period and lifetime warranty from Alien Gear.  Check out our in-depth review here.

Best Looking Long Range

Mossberg makes some of our favorite guns, from shotguns to hunting rifles. The Mossberg MVP line is a great example of price and quality. Read all about some of our top picks in our Best Sniper & Precision Rifles!

New Military Standard

Good enough for the military, good enough for us! Lots of upgrade options in the Sig Sauer M17 plus the outstanding and proven reliability required from military issued firearms.

Best 80% Glock Frame

Looking for a custom Glock? Why not build it yourself! Polymer80 is a great place to start for a reliable Glock frame and a fun project. Take a look at Our Review and learn how to build your own custom Glock!

Most Lightweight Lower
230 at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

When you're going for the absolute lightest build at the possible expense of reliability in all conditions.  Check out the rest of our Best AR-15 Lowers.

Best Trigger-less LPK
50 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

The AR-15 is amazing on almost every front, except for that milspec trigger. Most of us look to replace that trigger as one of the first things we do and many of us never put one in to start with. The Geissele is perfect for that kind of build since it omits the milspec trigger and passes the savings on to you! Take a look at more great AR-15 Lower Parts Kits in our Best AR-15 Lower Parts Kits article!

Editor's Choice (Light/Laser Combo)

8 years and 5K+ rounds through this bad boy...this is why I love Streamlight.  This is my pick for a laser/light combo since it's held up through everything and the laser still keeps on target.  See more at Best Pistol Lights.

Best Mil-Spec AR-15
1100 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Want to go mil-spec with your AR-15?  Check out Bravo Company's M4 Mod 0 that comes with a polymer handguard.

Most Versatile

Although optics of this type are generally designed for long-range competition, there is no reason you can't do other things with them. In that vein, Vortex is often the most versatile. With a low-end magnification of only 4.5x and a high of 27x this scope gives you a lot of options.

Best Hunting AK Ammo

Reliable, great expansion, and perfect for your hunting needs. From hog to deer, you can trust federal Power-Shok. Read our top picks for all kinds of 7.62x39mm ammo in our Best AK-47 Ammo Choices!

Best Overall Glock Night Sights

The best overall, if you're looking for a general upgrade with no special requires other than being a great night sight - this is the one for you. Reliable, high visibility, and draws in the shooter's eyes, Trijicon makes a great set of sights.

Best Lightweight Lower

Best overall lightweight lower where you can shed a quarter pound in your lower alone.  BAD didn't go overboard and take out weight that might be necessary.  Plus it looks BAD-ass.  For more choices check out Best AR-15 Lowers.

Best Takedown .300 Blk Upper
695 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Takedown models are a popular feature in rifles that can make it happen, but more often than not it is more of a gimmick than a feature. DRD Tactical is one of the exceptions! Check out all of our favorites in our Best .300 Blackout Upper review!

Best Precision Stock

For precision shooting, you need a precision stock. Magpul PRS is one of the best with its adjustable cheekweld and adjustable length of pull. For a LOT more information and hands-on recommendations, take a look at our 12 Best AR-15 Stocks article!

Best Polymer Glock Mag
15 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

From a company that made their name on polymer AR-15 magazines comes their entry into the world of pistol magazines. Reliable, durable, and lighter weight.

Best Budget Electronic Ear Protection

The go-to for electronic ear protection that shuts out harmful gun sounds while letting in speech and range commands.  See more in our Best Shooting Ear Protection article.

Most Different

SeeAll Open Sight is a sighting system all its own. If you're looking to find something outside of the box, this is the optic for you. Read all about it in our in-depth review!

Best for Production Competition
715 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Perfect for home defense or USPSA...we cover how one of our writer's fully upgraded this all steel beast to dominate shooting competitions. Full review here.

Best CC Glock Sights

Designed for concealed carry these sights offer not only a great sight picture, in day or night, but also the added gain of designing the front post with rapid and reliable drawing in mind.

Best Small Frame Revolver

Our pick of favorite small frame revolver.  Stainless steel for good weight to help tame recoil.  Also great for concealed carry.  See more of our revolver picks in Top .357 Magnum Revolvers.

Best Budget 9mm Complete Upper
319 at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

The top half of the PSA PX-9, this is a great 9mm upper for any build! Read the complete review of the Palmetto State Armory PX-9!

BEST LARGE RANGE BAG

Need to take everything but the kitchen sink with you to the range? Well, so do we. The 5.11 Tactical Range Bag is simply perfect for fitting all your needed supplies into one place. Look for more great recommendations in our Best Range Bags review!

Smallest 9mm
349 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Smaller is often better when it comes to a CCW weapon and the CW9 is one of the smallest. Single stack, ultra-thin, but with everything that makes a good gun good. All of that at a price that is far below what most of the competition is sporting. If you need a single stack, 9mm, CCW semi-auto pistol on a budget - this is for you.

High-Tech Dry-Firing

Super-helpful device that attaches to your pistol rail that reads what you're doing wrong in both dry AND live fire.  Bluetooth to your phone with a nifty app.  Full review here.

Best Bang for the Buck AR-15

For the best overall value, I like Aero Precision's AC-15M.  Aero has a stellar reputation for build parts and their complete rifles are no exception.  Best Bang for the Buck since it comes with the softer shooting mid-length gas system.  Check out my review of one of their complete uppers.

Best Standard Low Mass BCG

No space-age materials in this BCG, just good engineering, and machining to deliver to you a great BCG that is lighter than the norm. A BCG you can trust and be proud of!

Editor's Pick (.45 ACP)
1100 at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

Looking for the best non-1911 .45 ACP handgun?  The HK45 is best in class for home defense and tactical operations.  Check out who it beat in Best .45 ACP Pistols.

Best Budget Barrel
125 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you're looking for an upgrade but don't want to kill your wallet, Brownell's Victory First Glock Barrels might be the perfect thing you've been looking for.

Best Single-Point Sling

Our favorite single-point sling that’s comfortable, durable, and easy to adjust.  Learn more at Best Rifle Sling for Your Purpose.

Best Bang-For-The-Buck Scope

Our favorite entry level scope that's perfect for close engagement and also reaching out to several hundred yards.  What we ran in on our competition rifle for years.  Check out more in Best AR-15 Optics & Scopes.

Best Buffer System

Hate the *sproing* of your buffer system?  Going with a lighter BCG?  Want your AR-15 to have less recoil?  Get this!  Learn more at Best Lightweight Bolt Carrier Groups.

Value to cost is often subjective, but we can speak from experience that this is a great gun at a great price. Fact is: one of our editors trust the S&W 642 so much that it is the CCW he bought his mother when she needed to switch to a revolver. Read all of our 38 picks in our 7 Best CCW .38 Revolvers!

Best Complete AR-15 on a Budget
499 at PSA

Prices accurate at time of writing

PSA might not look pretty all the time, but they make a solid workhorse of a rifle. Reliable, resonably accurate, and best of all - won't break the bank! We're very happy with all of the PSA rifles, uppers, and parts that we've used. Take a look at our Complete Review!

Most affordable
40 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Ugly, heavy, and not low-profile. But this light works and works well - and that's what matters most. It's also cheap, really cheap. Perfect for any budget or truck rifle. Find out more and our other picks in the 5 Best AR-15 Flashlights article!

Pretty & Accurate Barrel

What comes in lots of colors and is more accurate than stock? This barrel from Faxon. Check out all the other varieties and shooting groups in our full review.

The "Goldilocks" Red Dot

The PRO combines the robustness that made Aimpoint famous coupled with great battery life and a lower price point.  Check the full review or more scopes in Best AR-15 Optics & Scopes.

Best Fixed Magnification

Our pick for best fixed magnification optic.  The Vortex Spitfire gives you clear 3x magnification with a reticle that has drop-downs for up to 500 yards for 5.56 ammo.  See the rest of our Best AR-15 Optics & Scopes.

Best .223 Bang-for-the-Buck

Our favorite all-purpose .223 round.  Available for around 30 cents a round but not the greatest for reloading.  See more of our choices at Best AR-15 Ammo for Self-Defense & Range.

Cleanest and best shooting budget 1911
600 at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

The 1911 is an art form of a firearm. Designed to be hand fitted, the 1911 takes a craftsman to manufacture well. While a truly hand-built 1911 will run you thousands of dollars, PSA is able to deliver a 1911 that is smooth shooting, feels amazing in the hand, and is reliable as anything all for a low wallet-friendly price. Take a look at our Best Affordable 1911s for the in-depth review on it and more 1911s!

Runner-Up (3x Magnifiers)
100 at Primary Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Our more affordable pick for Best 3x Magnifier.  Clear glass, rubberized cover, and good eye relief.  But the heaviest, no included mount, and slightly less field of view than our favorite Vortex.

1911 Editor's Choice

Our favorite 1911 that combines everything we want...and at a reasonable price.  Check out our other picks at Best 1911 for the Money.

Editor's Pick Bullpup Shotgun
780 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

While there's not too much competition in the bullpup shotgun world...the KSG has got some things going for it.  Such as a super short length, and two tubes that allow a 7+7+1 ammo capacity.  Learn more at Best Bullpup Rifles & Shotguns.

Best Minimalist Tactical Pants
40 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Clean and simple design, perfect for heading out to eat after a range day! But still with all of the pockets and reinforcement you need from solid pants. Find the rest of our top picks for awesome Tactical Pants!

Best Tourniquet
17 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Tourniquets are NOT something to cheap out on, getting a cheap knockoff could mean it breaking when you need it most. Thankfully, CAT tourniquets are not only very well made but also inexpensive enough that you can keep one in every IFAK you have. IFAKs give you the tools you need to keep yourself or another alive when everything goes wrong. Make sure you take a look at our complete IFAK article!

Best Multi-Handgun Safe
525 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Got a lot of handguns? Don't want a full-sized safe yet? Vaultek MX Series might be the perfect fit for you! take a look at our complete hands-on review of the Vaultek MXi Safe!

Gets It Done (IWB)

Our favorite no-frills Kydex IWB holster.  Affordable, rugged, multiple attachment options, and pretty comfortable.  See the full review here.

Editor's Pick

The dark is not your friend, but with this by your side, you'll never have to fear the dark again. Check out the full review for all of our top Night Vision picks

Best Budget Bolt-Action
370 at Cabelas

Prices accurate at time of writing

Savage makes a solid rifle, period. If you're looking for budget and ready to go out of the box, look for further.

Closest to Classic
750 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Not exactly the look and design that Stoner first envisioned, but it still has that same flavor. A dependable and great shooting rifle all on its own and with a nod to the classic look.

Best Battery ACOG

Most ACOGs run off of tritium and fiber optics, but some run off batteries like this model. Offering better illumination and adjustable settings, battery ACOGs are optics you can trust - always. Find out more in our Best ACOG Scopes [The Ultimate Guide]

Best Budget Semi-Auto (Hunting)

Want to venture into the world of hunting semi-auto shotguns on a budget?  The Stoeger m3500 is what you're looking for.  Check out the rest of the Best Semi-Auto Shotguns.

Editor's Choice Shooting Glove
42 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Our favorite tactical shooting glove...fits snugly, built around the trigger finger, touch-screen enabled, and adequate protection.  See the rest of our picks at Best Shooting Gloves.

Best Overall Electronic Hearing Protection

Our favorite electronic ear protection that is super comfortable and has great cutoff and compression.  Check out why we love it in Best Shooting Ear Protection.

Most Affordable Red Dot

The perfect stepping stone for getting into red dots.  The TRS-25 stands up to abuse and still holds zero.  Be sure to get the right riser though.  Check out its specifications and more in our Best AR-15 Optics & Scopes guide.

Best .38 Spl Training Ammo
18.75 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

Use this in your .357 Mag handgun or your .38 Spl gun, either way, this is some great training ammo at a price that will allow you to keep on training. Nothing is more important than shot placement and the only way to get better at it is to keep doing it.

Best Fully Built 9mm AR
775 at Stag Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

We took this for a long test drive and loved it all, great looking, well built, impressive 9mm AR-15! Read all about it in our Stag Arms 9mm AR-15 Review!

Runner-Up (Beginners, Home Defense)

The newest version of the venerable M&P (military and police).  If there’s a list of best 9mm handguns, this usually makes the top 3.  Check out the rest at Best Handgun for Beginners and Home Defense.

Most Recoil Reducing
100 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Less recoil means you can shoot more rounds effectively, stay on target better, and get faster follow-up shots. Plus, it's just flat out more comfy! Blackhawk! took our prize for best recoil reducing Mossberg 500 Stock, read all about it in our review!

Best Free Float Handguard AR-15

Again from Daniel Defense...our favorite pick for a free-floating handguard AR-15.  This variant has the mid-length gas system and 16" barrel.  Want to learn more about how we made our choice?  Check out our Best AR-15 Guide.

Best Cheekweld

While not the best for precision shooting, the Magpul STR offered the best cheekweld - important for those mid-long range shots. For a LOT more information and hands-on recommendations, take a look at our 12 Best AR-15 Stocks article!

Most Modern 9mm 1911
800 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

The 1911 is a classic design and if you believe some people, its day has come and gone. But for those of us that want a full-size, all metal, work of art workhorse of a gun - a 1911 is a match made in heaven. Still, there are ways of improving on the classic design. Sporting an extended beavertail, fiber optic sights, and several other upgrades: Springfield has served up one of the most modern 1911s.

Best Mil-Spec .308
305 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

Mil-spec ammo, like Uncle Sam intended it to be. If you want the real deal stuff, this is perfect for you. Lake City supplies the vast majority of our armed forces with their ammo. Read more about it and other .308 in the Best .308 Win Ammo

Best Pen Light
20 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

The best EDC doesn't matter if you don't carry it.  This pen light is super slim and fits easily in your pocket or purse.  Decent output at 250 lumens and a steal at $20.  See our brighter options at Best EDC Flashlights.

Most Reliable .380

Reliability the number one concern in choosing a concealed carry gun?  The Glock 42 in .380 is small AND ready to fire whenever you are.

Best .300 Win Mag Hunting Ammo

.300 Win Mag can take any game in the world. Period. It's a beast of a cartridge looking for a bull moose, rutting elk, or charging elephant to take down. Read all about it and our top picks in our .300 Winchester Magnum article!

Best Hunting Scope

Looking for a great entry level hunting optic?  The Leupold 3-9x is great when you don't need much magnification nor clear 1x.

Best Glock Laser Trainer
250 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Pricey but great if you want to mimic the trigger and weight/feel of a Glock...while shooting visible lasers.  Check out more training options in our Best Laser Targets & Cartridges.

Editor's Choice (Lightweight Rail)
190 at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

My favorite rail for most builds.  Good bang-for-the-buck, comfortable in hand, and also very light.  Check it out vs other rails in our Lightest AR-15 Handguards and Best AR-15 Furniture articles.

Best AR-15 with a Front Sight Block (FSB)
1700 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Our favorite front sight block AR-15 which comes with the softer shooting mid-length gas system and the impeccable Daniel Defense name.  Check out how to choose your first AR in our Best AR-15 Guide.

Best Overall Upgrade
105 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

If you're looking for a simple and direct upgrade to your current stock, Magpul has you covered. This is better than your standard stock in every single way. Better ergonomics, better sling mount, stronger, lighter, better. Read more about it in our Best Mossberg 500 Shotgun Stocks Review!

Most Worth It Holographic Sight

Looking for a holographic reticle with a large ring and small center dot?  The 510C has that plus 50,000 hours of battery life.  Check it out and more at Best Holographic Sights.

Wildcard

Not a popular option, but every bit as reliable and durable as the more well-known names. FN makes great guns, period.

Best Subsonic .300 BLK
345 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

It can be hard to find subsonic ammo that is reliable and well-made. Sellier & Bellot is at the top of our list for quality and reliable ammo, in several different calibers too! Find ammo for all your .300 Blackout needs in our Best .300 Blackout Ammo review!

Best budget AR-9
549 at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

PSA does it again with an outstanding 9mm AR-15 style rifle. Amazing to shoot, reliable, and cost-friendly - this is one PCC that you need to have. Read the in-depth review of the Palmetto State Armory PX-9

Coolest Looking AR-15
1500 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

How about the coolest looking (and reliable) AR-15?  LWRC's DI (direct impingement) AR-15 even comes with a mid-length gas system, free floating rail, and handstop.

Best .45 ACP Self-Defense

We love Federal HST in 9mm and the same goes for .45 ACP.  This ammo dominated the FBI-style ballistics gel test for penetration and expansion.  See more choices at Best .45 ACP Ammo for Home Defense & Target Practice.

Highest Magnification

Starting at an impressive 15x and able to reach all the way out to 60x, this scope is not for small ranges. When your long range target is a truly long range, you'll need a scope that can keep up. Since the starting magnification of this scope is so high, this is clearly a long-range competition only scope.

Best Home/Self Defense .300 BLK

Designed for home defense, Fiocchi SST ammo is our editor's choice for .300 Blackout defensive ammo. Find ammo for all your .300 Blackout needs in our Best .300 Blackout Ammo review!

Most Affordable

Decent, protective, and cheap. If you're looking for zero frills and good to go, these are for you. Read more in our 6 Best Shooting Glasses review!

Most Dependable

Its a Glock. Kick it, drop it, beat it with a stick, almost nothing gets a Glock down. They changed the world with their design and they are still the most respected and dependable name in the business.

Mil-Spec

Sometimes "Mil-spec" means "made by the lowest bidder" but once in a while it means "Good kit that is built to take a beating and last forever", thankfully - these NVGs are the good kind of "Mil-spec"! Read about it and more in our article on Night Vision!

Editor's Pick (OWB)

No-nonsense OWB (outside the waistband) holster that attaches with a paddle.  Check out our other holster picks in Best Concealed Carry Holsters.

Best Bang-for-the-Buck Shooting Glove

Great fitting, touch-screen enabled, and $20...what more could you ask for?  Check out the rest of our picks at Best Shooting Gloves.

Best Do-It-All Bolt-Action

One of the PPT Editors uses a Tikka T3X Lite as his primary hunting rifle, it's hard to give a more robust recommendation than that! Built to outstanding standards and with a 1-MOA guarantee from Tikka, this rifle is comparable to others twice it's price.

Best 6.5 Creedmoor Range Ammo
15.50 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

6.5 CM is designed for long range and high quality, but you don't want to spend a fortune every time you want to take your rifle to the range. For plinking and training, Sellier & Bellot FMJBT is outstanding ammo at a reasonable price.

Official Knife of the USMC
74 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Standard issue of the United States Marine Corps since 1943, the Ka-Bar is a classic American tool and weapon. Trusted by thousands of servicemen and women across more than a dozen comflicts around the world, this knife has the record to back up the claim of being one of the best knives ever produced. Take a look at the complete review and guide to the Best Survival Knives!

Best EDC Multitool
175 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Not your everyday multitool, but by far the easiest to carry every day. Also - it's fashionable, sort of. Read the complete review of this and more multitools in our 10 Best Multitool Guide!

Most Feature Packed
790 at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

S&W M&P Whisper is loaded to the eyeballs in features, a gas system designed from the ground up for sub and supersonic loads, a suppressor ready Yankee Hill Phantom flash suppressor, BCG and charging handle included - this upper is ready to rock out of the box! Check out our review for all of our Best .300 Blackout Uppers!

Most Versatile

With a ton of variations and a long list of options, finding the perfect P320 for you is just a matter of time. No matter your needs or the options you want, there is a P320 that covers it.

White Phosphor
4499 at ATN Corp.

Prices accurate at time of writing

Looking to spend some cash on a truly kickass night vision set? This is for you. Amazing contrast and unbeatable design read all about it in our Night Vision article!

Best DMR ACOG

6x ACOGs are best suited for longer range targets, this would be at home on a DMR or hunting rifle - but not as good for an HD or CQB rifle. A literal bomb-proof optic, this is one of the kinds of kit that you can literally trust your life too - as many members of the USMC do every day. Read more about it and all the other flavors of ACOG on the market in our Best ACOG Scopes [The Ultimate Guide]!

Most Classic Multitool
30 at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Swiss Army Knife. Classic, durable, awesome. What more can be said? Read the complete review of this and more multitools in our 10 Best Multitool Guide!

Best 6.8 SPC Home Defense Ammo
22 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

6.8 SPC isn't the most common cartridge for home defense, but it is great in that role. Designed for CQB and still perform at range, the 6.8 SPC delivers when it counts. Hornady is a common name when it comes to quality home- and self-defense ammunition and their 120 gr SST 6.8 SPC rounds are once again our top pick. Find out more in our 6.8 SPC Review!

Best Double-Action Only
429 at Cabelas

Prices accurate at time of writing

A double-action only (DAO) gun where each trigger pull is long and heavy to bring some comfort from a safety perspective.  Little felt recoil and highly customizable for grip size.  Check out the rest of our Best Handguns for Women.

Best Milspec
22 at Optics Planet

Prices accurate at time of writing

Milspec loosely translates to "Made by the lowest bidder" - thankfully, we're not restricted by such things as a federal budget! Milspec, in this case, means built simple, built well, and functions like Stoner himself intended.  Find all of our favorite charging handles in our 10 Best AR-15 Charging Handles review!

Best Pick Pistol Caliber Carbine

One of our favorite pistol caliber carbines...the CZ Scorpion is easy to shoot, the 9mm ammo is affordable, and reliable.  The new perfect home defense rifle.  Learn more in our in-depth review.

Most Affordable

Super affordable and does what it needs to do.  Can't ask for anything more than that!  But if you're looking for more options, check out our Best AR-15 Lowers.

Best .357 Mag Training Ammo
24 at Lucky Gunner

Prices accurate at time of writing

Training ammo should be as close to your carry ammo as possible, but cheaper. Sellier & Bellot make a great choice for this since it is high-quality ammo but with a smaller price tag.

Best Hidden Gun Safe

Attach this to underneath your desk and you have a quick access hidden safe that holds a full-sized handgun. See more in our Best Hidden Gun Safes article.

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