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

Pretty & Accurate Barrel
Faxon Glock Barrels

Faxon Glock Barrels

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.

Best Latchless Charging Handle
Strike Industries Latchless Charging Handle

Strike Industries 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!

Best Precision Bipod
GG&G XDS-2 Tactical Bipod

GG&G XDS-2 Tactical Bipod

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!

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 Overall Laser Target
LaserLyte Steel Tyme

LaserLyte Steel Tyme

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 Trigger (Beginners, Home Defense)
Springfield XD Mod 2, Service

Springfield XD Mod 2, Service

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 BUIS
Magpul MBUS

Magpul MBUS

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.

Best Laser Equipped
Ruger LCR Revolver

Ruger LCR Revolver

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!

Best Bang for the Buck AR-15
Aero Precision AC-15M

Aero Precision AC-15M

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.

Most Lightweight Lower
F1 UDR-15 3G Style 2

F1 UDR-15 3G Style 2

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.

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

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.

Best Bang for Buck Carbon Fiber
BSF Barrels .223 Wylde Carbon Fiber 1/8 Twist

BSF Barrels .223 Wylde Carbon Fiber 1/8 Twist

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

Best for Hipsters
Opinel #8

Opinel #8

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 Hammerless .38 Revolver
Smith & Wesson M&P 340

Smith & Wesson M&P 340

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 Backup
Gloryfire Universal Gun Cleaning Kit

Gloryfire Universal Gun Cleaning Kit

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!

Best Folding Shotgun Stock
Fab Defense Folding Buttstock

Fab Defense Folding Buttstock

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!

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 9mm 1911
STI Trojan 9mm

STI Trojan 9mm

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.

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.

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 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 Bang-for-the-Buck Shooting Glove
Magpul Technical Gloves

Magpul Technical Gloves

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

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 Pen Light
ThruNite Ti4 CW

ThruNite Ti4 CW

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 Different
SeeAll Open Sight

SeeAll Open Sight

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!

Most Versatile
Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 FFP

Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 FFP

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 Value (Small Frame)
Ruger Model SP-101

Ruger Model SP-101

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.

Most Innovative Handgun
FN Five-seveN

FN Five-seveN

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!

Best Bang for Buck Charging Handle
Strike Industries Extended Latch

Strike Industries Extended Latch

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!

Best Do-It-All Bolt-Action
Tikka T3X Lite

Tikka T3X Lite

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.

The Original Upgrade Barrel
Lone Wolf Glock Barrel

Lone Wolf Glock Barrel

Prices accurate at time of writing

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.

Most Electrifying Non-Lethal EDC
TASER Pulse

TASER Pulse

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!

Best 5.56 XM193 55 gr
American Eagle XM193 55 gr

American Eagle 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.

Newst Generation Glock
Glock 17, Gen 5

Glock 17, Gen 5

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.

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.

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.

Best Polymer Glock Mag
Magpul - PMAG Glock Magazines

Magpul - PMAG Glock Magazines

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 for a Scoped AR-15
Aero Precision Ambidextrous Charging Handle

Aero Precision Ambidextrous Charging Handle

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!

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.

Carbon Fiber Goodness
Christensen Arms AR-15 Carbon Fiber Barrel

Christensen Arms AR-15 Carbon Fiber Barrel

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 .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 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 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.

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.

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 9mm Bare Bones Kit
Stag Arms 9mm Bones Kit

Stag Arms 9mm Bones Kit

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!

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 Two-Point Sling
Viking Tactics Sling

Viking Tactics 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.

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 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.

Best Value Over-Under Shotgun
Stoeger Condor

Stoeger Condor

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.

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.

Best High-End Semi-Auto
Benelli M4

Benelli M4

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.

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.

Most Dependable
Glock 19 9mm G5

Glock 19 9mm G5

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.

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.

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 Milspec
Strike Industries ARCH

Strike Industries ARCH

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 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 Illuminated Reticle Scope
Leupold Mark 8 3.5-25x56 M5B2 Illuminated Front Focal

Leupold Mark 8 3.5-25x56 M5B2 Illuminated Front Focal

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.

Smith & Wesson 642

Smith & Wesson 642

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!

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.

Precision Fluted Barrel
Faxon 18" Fluted, .223 Wylde, Rifle-Length

Faxon 18" Fluted, .223 Wylde, Rifle-Length

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.

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.

Best Light BCG
Rubber City Armory Titanium BCG

Rubber City Armory Titanium BCG

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.

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 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.

Best .223 Bang-for-the-Buck
Wolf Gold .223 55 gr

Wolf Gold .223 55 gr

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.

Best Standard Low Mass BCG
JP Enterprises BCG

JP Enterprises 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!

Writer's Favorite
Benchmade Mini Griptilian

Benchmade Mini Griptilian

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 Revolver for Smaller Hands
Smith & Wesson Model 66

Smith & Wesson Model 66

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.

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.

Editor's Pick Not-A-Shotgun
Mossberg 590 Shockwave

Mossberg 590 Shockwave

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.

Editor's Choice (Tactical Flashlight)
ThruNite TN12 2016 XP-L

ThruNite TN12 2016 XP-L

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.

Gold Standard Mil-Spec BCG
Bravo Company Mil-Spec BCG

Bravo Company Mil-Spec BCG

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 6.5 Creedmoor Hunting Ammo
Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor 129 gr SST Polymer Tip - 20 Rounds

Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor 129 gr SST Polymer Tip - 20 Rounds

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!

Heavy Duty Gun Belt
Daltech Bull Belt

Daltech Bull Belt

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 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.

Simply Outstanding
Savage 111 Long Range Hunter

Savage 111 Long Range Hunter

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!

Best 9mm Self-Defense (147 gr)
Federal HST 9mm 147 gr

Federal HST 9mm 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.

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 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.

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.

Best Bang-For-The-Buck Trigger
Apex Glock Trigger

Apex Glock Trigger

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 6.5 Creedmoor Match Ammo
Hornady Match 6.5 Creedmoor 120gn ELD Match - 20 Rounds

Hornady Match 6.5 Creedmoor 120gn ELD Match - 20 Rounds

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 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 Pistol Shotgun Grip
Shockwave Raptor Grip

Shockwave Raptor Grip

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 Magazine
Magpul 30 Round PMAG Gen M3 .223/5.56 Magazine

Magpul 30 Round PMAG Gen M3 .223/5.56 Magazine

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

Classicly Awesome
Heritage Rough Rider Revolvers

Heritage Rough Rider Revolvers

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brightest EDC Flashlight
Olight S2

Olight S2

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 Overall Upgrade
Grey Ghost Precision Glock Slides

Grey Ghost Precision Glock Slides

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.

Best Universal Mag Holster
Blue Force Gear Belt Mounted Ten-Speed Pistol Magazine Pouch

Blue Force Gear Belt Mounted Ten-Speed Pistol Magazine Pouch

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 Titanium BCG
V Seven AR-15 Titanium BCG

V Seven AR-15 Titanium BCG

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.

Dream 1911
Wilson Combat CQB Tactical LE

Wilson Combat CQB Tactical LE

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 Pocket Mag Holster
Desantis Mag-Pack

Desantis Mag-Pack

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!

Great Value (Sub-Compact)
Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield

Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield

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.

Best .380 Defensive Round
Hornady Custom Ammunition 90 Grain 380 ACP

Hornady Custom Ammunition 90 Grain 380 ACP

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.

Best Red Dot Under $200
Holosun HS403A

Holosun HS403A

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

Best 80% Glock Frame
Polymer80 Glock Frame Kit

Polymer80 Glock Frame Kit

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!

Best Nickel Boron
WMD Nickel Boron BCG

WMD Nickel Boron BCG

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!

Most Versatile
Sig Sauer P320 Compact

Sig Sauer P320 Compact

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.

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.

Best Budget .300 BLK Upper
PSA .300 Blackout Uppers

PSA .300 Blackout Uppers

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!

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.

Best Overall Glock Night Sights
Trijicon HD XR Night Sight Set

Trijicon HD XR Night Sight Set

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 Drawer Safe
SentrySafe Pistol Biometric Gun Safe

SentrySafe Pistol Biometric Gun Safe

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!

Smallest .380 Pistol
Kahr CW .380

Kahr CW .380

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

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.

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.

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 3x Magnifier
Vortex 3x Magnifier

Vortex 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 See-Through Glock Mag
Elite Tactical Systems - Glock Magazine

Elite Tactical Systems - Glock Magazine

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 Entry Level AR-10
PSA AR-10 Complete Rifle

PSA AR-10 Complete Rifle

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 .300 BLK Hunting Ammo
Barnes VOR-TX Tipped Triple-Shock X Hollow Point 110gn 300 BLK - 20 Rounds

Barnes VOR-TX Tipped Triple-Shock X Hollow Point 110gn 300 BLK - 20 Rounds

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!

Least Recoil Defensive Round
Liberty Civil Defense Handgun Ammunition .380 Auto 50 gr SCHP 1500 fps 20/ct

Liberty Civil Defense Handgun Ammunition .380 Auto 50 gr SCHP 1500 fps 20/ct

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.

Editor's Choice
Browning Buckmark Standard URX

Browning Buckmark Standard URX

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 .223 Self-Defense
Federal LE Hi-Shok 55 gr 500 Rounds

Federal LE Hi-Shok 55 gr 500 Rounds

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 Fully Built 9mm AR
Stag Arms 9mm Rifles

Stag Arms 9mm Rifles

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!

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.

Best Three-Point Sling
Specter Three Point Sling

Specter Three Point Sling

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 .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.

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.

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.

Best Bang for Buck .300 Blk Upper
Aero Precision M4E1 Assembled Upper Receiver .300 BLK

Aero Precision M4E1 Assembled Upper Receiver .300 BLK

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!

Best Trigger
Zev Fulcrum Ultimate Trigger

Zev Fulcrum Ultimate 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.

Most Interesting Combat Bullpup
Steyr AUG

Steyr AUG

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 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.

Editor's Pick
M-Pro 7 Cleaning Kit

M-Pro 7 Cleaning Kit

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 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.

Most Reliable
Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory

Smith & Wesson SW22 Victory

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!

Editor's Pick Bullpup Shotgun
Kel-Tec KSG

Kel-Tec KSG

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 Subsonic .300 BLK
Sellier & Bellot 200gn Subsonic 300 BLK - 500 Rounds

Sellier & Bellot 200gn Subsonic 300 BLK - 500 Rounds

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 Free Float Handguard AR-15
Daniel Defense DDM4 V7

Daniel Defense DDM4 V7

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.

Most Recoil Reducing
Blackhawk! Compstock Buttstock

Blackhawk! Compstock Buttstock

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 Pistol Caliber SBR
KRISS Vector SBR

KRISS Vector SBR

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.

Best Offset Sights
Ade Advanced Offset Sights

Ade Advanced Offset Sights

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 Pistol Red Dot
Trijicon RMR Type 2

Trijicon RMR Type 2

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

Best .38 Spl Training Ammo
American Eagle .38 Spl 130 Grain FMJ

American Eagle .38 Spl 130 Grain FMJ

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 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 Folding Pistol Caliber Carbine
Kel-Tec Sub-2000

Kel-Tec Sub-2000

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!

Best Pistol Light
SureFire X300 Ultra

SureFire X300 Ultra

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.

Best Bang-For-The-Buck Scope
Vortex 1-6x Strike Eagle

Vortex 1-6x Strike Eagle

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 Takedown .300 Blk Upper
DRD Tactical Quick Takedown

DRD Tactical Quick Takedown

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!

Most Affordable
Radians Revelation Protective Shooting Glasses

Radians Revelation Protective Shooting Glasses

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!

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.

Editor's Pick (Semi-Auto, Hunting)
Browning A5

Browning A5

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.

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 Handgun Cleaning Kit
Real Avid Gun Boss Handgun Cleaning Kit

Real Avid Gun Boss Handgun Cleaning Kit

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!

Editor's Pick (Forged)
Aero Precision Lower

Aero Precision Lower

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.

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 Looking .380
Sig Sauer P238

Sig Sauer P238

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.

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.

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 Suppressor Ready CH
Radian Raptor SD

Radian Raptor SD

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!

The Gold Standard
Aimpoint Micro H-1, 2 MOA

Aimpoint Micro H-1, 2 MOA

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 .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.

Most Accurate Carbon Fiber
Proof Research PR15 Carbon Fiber 223 Wylde Rifle Barrel

Proof Research PR15 Carbon Fiber 223 Wylde Rifle Barrel

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.

Editor's Choice (Laser Cartridge)
Laserlyte Cartridge

Laserlyte 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 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.

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.

Best .45 ACP Self-Defense
Federal .45 ACP 230 gr HST

Federal .45 ACP 230 gr HST

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.

Most Feature Packed
Smith & Wesson M&P AR15 Whisper

Smith & Wesson M&P AR15 Whisper

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!

Best Complete AR-15 on a Budget
Palmetto State Armory (PSA) Complete AR-15s

Palmetto State Armory (PSA) Complete AR-15s

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!

Runner-Up (Tactical Flashlight)
Fenix PD35 TAC

Fenix PD35 TAC

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.

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.

Best Handgun Safe
Fort Knox FTK-PB Handgun Safe

Fort Knox FTK-PB 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.

Best Workhorse
S&W SD9VE

S&W SD9VE

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.

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

F1 Firearms UDR-15-3G Upper Receiver

Prices accurate at time of writing

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 Innovative
Meprolight Night Sights

Meprolight Night Sights

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 Belly Band Holster
Brave Response Holster

Brave Response Holster

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.

The "Goldilocks" Red Dot
Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO)

Aimpoint Patrol Rifle Optic (PRO)

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.

Most Innovative Carbine
KRISS CRB

KRISS CRB

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.

Best Home/Self Defense .300 BLK
Fiocchi SST 125gn 300 BLK - 25 rounds

Fiocchi SST 125gn 300 BLK - 25 rounds

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!

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 6.5 Creedmoor Range Ammo
Sellier & Bellot 6.5 Creedmoor 140g FMJBT - 20 Rounds

Sellier & Bellot 6.5 Creedmoor 140g FMJBT - 20 Rounds

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.

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.

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 Big Game Handgun
Ruger Super Redhawk

Ruger Super Redhawk

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!

Best Bang for the Buck Bipod
Harris Engineering 1A2-BRM Solid Base 6-9-Inch BiPod

Harris Engineering 1A2-BRM Solid Base 6-9-Inch BiPod

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!

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 for Budget AR-9 Lower
PSA AR-9

PSA AR-9

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!

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.

Coolest Looking AR-15
LWRC DI 16"

LWRC DI 16"

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 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 Affordable
Anderson Lower Receiver

Anderson Lower Receiver

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.

Most Reliable .380
Glock 42

Glock 42

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 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.

Goldilocks Barrel
Faxon 16" Gunner, 5.56 NATO, Mid-Length

Faxon 16" Gunner, 5.56 NATO, Mid-Length

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 Lightweight Lower
Battle Arms Development Lightweight Lower

Battle Arms Development 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 Training .300Blk Ammo
Magtech First Defense 123gn 300 BLK - 500 rounds

Magtech First Defense 123gn 300 BLK - 500 rounds

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!

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 Range Toy Shotgun
Henry Lever Action .410 Shotgun

Henry Lever Action .410 Shotgun

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 Budget Electronic Ear Protection
Howard Leight Impact Sport

Howard Leight Impact Sport

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.

Best All-Around 6.8 SPC Hunting Ammo
Federal Fusion 115gr 6.8 SPC - 20 Rounds

Federal Fusion 115gr 6.8 SPC - 20 Rounds

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 Budget Bolt-Action
Savage Arms 12 FV

Savage Arms 12 FV

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.

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 Budget Semi-Auto (Hunting)
Stoeger m3500

Stoeger m3500

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.

Most Affordable (.45 ACP)
Springfield XD(M) .45

Springfield XD(M) .45

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.

Editor's Pick
Wiley X Saber Advanced Shooting Glasses

Wiley X Saber Advanced Shooting Glasses

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 Holographic Sight
EOTech EXPS 2-0

EOTech EXPS 2-0

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

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 Looking Long Range
Mossberg MVP LR Rifle

Mossberg MVP LR Rifle

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!

Editor's Choice (Lightweight Rail)
Midwest Industries LWMG3

Midwest Industries LWMG3

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 Retention (OWB)
Tagua Leather OWB Holster

Tagua Leather OWB Holster

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 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 Techy Safe
Vaultek Safes

Vaultek Safes

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

Editor's Premium Pick
Smith Optics 2015 Aegis Echo II Compact Elite Tactical Eyeshields

Smith Optics 2015 Aegis Echo II Compact Elite Tactical Eyeshields

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!

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.

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.

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 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.

Runner-Up (3x Magnifiers)
Primary Arms 3x Magnifier, Gen 4

Primary Arms 3x Magnifier, Gen 4

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.

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.

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.

Fastest Quick Access Safe
GunVault Speedvault Biometric

GunVault Speedvault Biometric

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!

High-Tech Dry-Firing
MantisX Firearm Training System

MantisX Firearm Training System

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 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 Mil-Spec AR-15
Bravo Company Mid-16 Mod 0

Bravo Company Mid-16 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 Large Frame Revolver
Smith & Wesson Model 627 Pro Series

Smith & Wesson Model 627 Pro Series

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 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.

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).

Most Worth It Holographic Sight
Holosun 510c

Holosun 510c

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.

Best Overall Upgrade
Magpul SGA Ambidextrous Butt Stock

Magpul SGA Ambidextrous Butt Stock

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!

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!

Best Lightweight Charging Handle
Radian Raptor LT

Radian Raptor LT

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!

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.

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 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.

Best CCW Belt
Relentless Tactical Belt

Relentless Tactical 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 Overall Electronic Hearing Protection
MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X

MSA Sordin Supreme Pro X

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.

Lightest Handguard
Brigand Arms Carbon Fiber Handguard

Brigand Arms Carbon Fiber 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.

Best 6.8 SPC Home Defense Ammo
Hornady Custom 120gr SST 6.8 SPC - 20 Rounds

Hornady Custom 120gr SST 6.8 SPC - 20 Rounds

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 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 Commander-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.

Best Beginner Bolt Action Rifle
Remington 700

Remington 700

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.

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 Passive Ear Protection
3M Shotgunner II

3M Shotgunner II

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.

Best Value Semi-Auto Shotgun
Mossberg SPX 930

Mossberg SPX 930

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

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.

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.