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 & Matt Collins, Editors

Most Affordable .380 Pistol
Ruger LCP II .380

Ruger LCP II .380

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.

Best AR-10 Lower
Aero Precision M5 Stripped Lower Receiver

Aero Precision M5 Stripped Lower Receiver

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.

Techiest Training Solution
MantisX

MantisX

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.  Combine this with our Safe & Effective Dry Fire Training.

Best Left Handed AR-15
Stag Arms Model 2L

Stag Arms Model 2L

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 9mm Self-Defense (124 gr)
Federal HST 9mm 124 gr

Federal HST 9mm 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.

Best Short Barrel
Faxon 11.5" Gunner, 5.56, Mid-Length

Faxon 11.5" Gunner, 5.56, Mid-Length

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

Best Double-Action Only
Sig Sauer P250

Sig Sauer P250

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 .357 Mag Home/Self-Defense Ammo
Remington HTP .357 Magnum 110 Grain SJHP

Remington HTP .357 Magnum 110 Grain SJHP

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 Semi-Auto Precision Rifle
Aero Precision M5E1 .308

Aero Precision M5E1 .308

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.

Best Suppressor/RMR Height Sights
Night Fision Sights

Night Fision Sights

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 Pistol Red Dot
Trijicon RMR Type 2

Trijicon RMR Type 2

Prices accurate at time of writing

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

Go-To AR-15 Pistol Brace
Shockwave Blade

Shockwave Blade

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.

Best Steel BCG
JP Enterprises Full Mass Bolt Carrier Group

JP Enterprises Full Mass Bolt Carrier Group

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.

Very Compact (Single Stack)
Sig Sauer P290RS

Sig Sauer P290RS

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 .38 Spl Home/Self-Defense Ammo
Hornady Critical Defense .38 Special +P 110 Grain JHP FTX.

Hornady Critical Defense .38 Special +P 110 Grain JHP FTX.

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.

Best Value (IWB)
Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0

Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0

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.

Most Bang-For-Your-Buck
Springfield Armory 9mm XDM Compact

Springfield Armory 9mm XDM Compact

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

Best Holographic Sight
EOTech XPS-2

EOTech XPS-2

The gold standard and EOTech's smallest holographic sight.  The 65-MOA outside circle combined with the center dot gives you the best of both worlds...close quarters speed and long-distance accuracy.  Check out red dots and scopes in our Best AR-15 Optics & Scopes article.

Best Selling
Springfield Saint AR-15

Springfield Saint AR-15

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

Editor's Pick (OWB)
Safariland OWB Holsters

Safariland OWB Holsters

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

Most Affordable
Hatsan Escort Aimguard

Hatsan Escort Aimguard

Prices accurate at time of writing

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

Best Value Semi-Auto (Competition)
Benelli M2 Tactical

Benelli M2 Tactical

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.

Most Readily Available
Colt LE6920

Colt LE6920

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 Proven Brand
Trijicon Night Sights

Trijicon Night Sights

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 Single-Point Sling
Magpul MS4 Sling

Magpul MS4 Sling

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

Most Proven AR-10
Daniel Defense DD5V2

Daniel Defense DD5V2

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 Medium Frame Revolver
Ruger GP-100

Ruger GP-100

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.

Clearest 1-6x Glass
Vortex 1-6x Razor HD Gen 2

Vortex 1-6x Razor HD Gen 2

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

Best .357 Mag Training Ammo
Sellier & Bellot .357 Mag 158 Grain FMJ

Sellier & Bellot .357 Mag 158 Grain FMJ

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.

Most Unique (IWB)
Urban Carry G2

Urban Carry G2

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 Mil-Spec AR-15
Bravo Company M4 Mod 0

Bravo Company M4 Mod 0

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.

Best Over $100
Cold Steel Recon 1

Cold Steel Recon 1

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.

Best Compact 9mm 1911
Colt Defender

Colt Defender

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.

Best Glock Laser Trainer
SIRT Pistol

SIRT Pistol

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.

Best 5.56 XM855 (Green Tip)
American Eagle XM855 62 gr (90 Rounds)

American Eagle XM855 62 gr (90 Rounds)

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.

Editor's Choice (EDC Flashlight)
Fenix PD25

Fenix PD25

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.

1911 Editor's Choice
Springfield Loaded Operator

Springfield Loaded Operator

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

Runner-Up (Beginners, Home Defense)
Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0

Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0

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.

Best Budget Barrel
Victory First - Brownell

Victory First - Brownell's Edition Glock Barrel

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 For Light-Duty
Kershaw Leek

Kershaw Leek

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.

Highest Magnification
Vortex Golden Eagle HD 15-60x52

Vortex Golden Eagle HD 15-60x52

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 Value (Medium Frame)
Taurus Model 66SS4

Taurus Model 66SS4

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 Adjustable Gas Block
Superlative Arms Adjustable Gas Block

Superlative Arms 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 Bullpup Rifle
Tavor SAR Flattop B16

Tavor SAR Flattop B16

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 Choice (Light/Laser Combo)
Streamlight TLR-2

Streamlight TLR-2

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 Budget Glock Sights
GL-433 Hackathorn Set by Ameriglo

GL-433 Hackathorn Set by Ameriglo

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

Best Buffer System
JP Captured Spring

JP Captured Spring

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.

Best Hunting Scope
Leupold 3-9x VX-1

Leupold 3-9x VX-1

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 Lightweight Upper
Battle Arms Development Lightweight Upper

Battle Arms Development 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.

Smallest 9mm
Kahr CW9

Kahr CW9

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.

Editor's Choice (Pistol Light)
Streamlight TLR-1

Streamlight TLR-1

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 Hidden Gun Safe
GunVault SpeedVault SV500

GunVault SpeedVault SV500

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.

Most Wallet Friendly
Ruger SR9c 9mm

Ruger SR9c 9mm

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.

Most Modern 9mm 1911
Springfield Range Officer Compact

Springfield Range Officer Compact

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 Pump Shotgun
Mossberg 590A1

Mossberg 590A1

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.

Runner-Up Best Pump Shotgun
Remington 870

Remington 870

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.

Best CC Glock Sights
DXT Big Dot by XS Sights

DXT Big Dot by XS 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.

Editor's Choice Shooting Glove
SKD PIG FDT Alpha Gloves

SKD PIG FDT Alpha Gloves

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.

All-Around Barrel
Ballistic Advantage 16" Hanson, .223 Wylde, Mid-Length

Ballistic Advantage 16" Hanson, .223 Wylde, Mid-Length

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

Best Bang-For-Buck
Aero M5E1 Complete Rifle

Aero M5E1 Complete Rifle

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 Fixed Magnification
Vortex Spitfire 3x

Vortex Spitfire 3x

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.

Wildcard
FN 509

FN 509

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

Best Small Frame Revolver
Smith & Wesson Model 60

Smith & Wesson Model 60

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.

Editor's Choice (Beginners, Home Defense)
Glock 17, Gen 4

Glock 17, Gen 4

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.

Best Recce Rifle
BCM RECCE 16 KMR-A

BCM RECCE 16 KMR-A

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.

Editor's Pick (.45 ACP)
Heckler & Koch HK45

Heckler & Koch HK45

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 Animal Protection Revolver
Model 5033 Ruger Redhawk .357 Magnum

Model 5033 Ruger Redhawk .357 Magnum

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.

Best Mil-Spec Upper
Aero Stripped Upper Receiver

Aero Stripped Upper Receiver

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 Pick Pistol Caliber Carbine
CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Carbine

CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 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.

Best ACOG
ACOG TA31F 4x32

ACOG TA31F 4x32

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

Most Versatile
Ruger American

Ruger American

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.

Best AR-15 with a Front Sight Block (FSB)
Daniel Defense DDM4 V3

Daniel Defense DDM4 V3

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 for Production Competition
CZ 75 SP-01

CZ 75 SP-01

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.

Most Dexterous Shooting Glove
SKD PIG FDT Delta Gloves

SKD PIG FDT Delta Gloves

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 Popular
Glock 19, Gen 4

Glock 19, Gen 4

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.

Most Affordable Light BCG
Faxon Lightweight BCG

Faxon Lightweight 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 Under $50
Syderco Tenacious

Syderco Tenacious

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.

Editor's Choice
Smith & Wesson Model 686+

Smith & Wesson Model 686+

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 9mm Range Ammo
American Eagle 9mm 115 gr

American Eagle 9mm 115 gr

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.

Most Corrosion Resistant/Best Suppressed
Zev g17/g19 Glock Barrel

Zev g17/g19 Glock Barrel

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 Bullpup Rifle
FN PS90

FN PS90

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.

Closest to Classic
DPMS Oracle .308

DPMS Oracle .308

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.

Lightest BCG
JP Enterprises Ultra Low Mass BCG

JP Enterprises Ultra Low Mass 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.

Best AR-10
LWRCI REPR MKII 7.62 Rifle

LWRCI REPR MKII 7.62 Rifle

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 Precision Bullpup Rifle
Desert Tech SRS A1

Desert Tech SRS A1

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.

Most Affordable 1911
Rock Island Armory 1911

Rock Island Armory 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.

Longest Range Light
Nitecore MH25GT

Nitecore MH25GT

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.

Best Bang-For-The-Buck Handguard
Aero Precision ATLAS M-LOK Handguard

Aero Precision ATLAS M-LOK Handguard

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 Overall Rating
CANIK - TP9SA

CANIK - TP9SA

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 .45 ACP Range Ammo
American Eagle .45 ACP 230 gr

American Eagle .45 ACP 230 gr

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 Looking BCG
F1 TiN BCG

F1 TiN BCG

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!

Lightest Pistol Light
Inforce APLc

Inforce APLc

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.

Editor's Pick (Semi-Auto, Home Defense)
FNH SLP Mark I

FNH SLP Mark I

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.

Lightest Upper Receiver
F1 Firearms UDR-15-3G Upper Receiver

F1 Firearms UDR-15-3G Upper Receiver

Prices accurate at time of writing

Most Functions
Laser Ammo PET

Laser Ammo PET

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 Bare-Bones Upgrade
AlphaWolf Glock Slide

AlphaWolf Glock Slide

Prices accurate at time of writing

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

Editor's Pick Upper Receiver
Aero M4E1 Stripped Upper Receiver

Aero M4E1 Stripped 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.

Most Affordable Red Dot
TRS-25 AR Optics

TRS-25 AR Optics

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 Full-Size 9mm 1911
Colt Combat Commander

Colt Combat Commander

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.

Gets It Done (IWB)
Concealment Express Holsters

Concealment Express Holsters

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