The Ruger 10/22 remains America’s most popular rimfire rifle, with millions having been sold since its inception. Utilizing a simple blowback design and a 10-round rotary magazine, the standard 10/22 is a reliable and accurate rifle that is cheap to operate and easy to maintain. With the ability to easily mount optics, along with a massive aftermarket, the 10/22 is possibly the most accessible plinking rifle on the market.
The Glock 20 brings the heavy-hitting 10mm cartridge into an easy-to-control and affordable handgun. The 4.61-inch barrel, combined with the low bore axis, helps provide a comfortable shooting experience, even when using high-powered loads. Whether it is for hiking, hunting, or target shooting, the Glock 20 will deliver great accuracy while maintaining the legendary reliability that Glock is known for.
The Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Metal builds on the previous M&P line with the addition of a lightweight, rigid metal frame that pushes the performance of that platform. A 4.25-inch barrel and 17-round capacity make for a balanced pistol that distributes the weight well for a low-recoil shooting experience. Excellent ergonomics and a good flat-faced trigger help shooters reach the accuracy and speed potential of the gun.
“The METE SFT by Canik offers another striker-fired, polymer 9mm pistol in an already crowded market. But priced just over $500 and with a bunch of extras, I think it offers a nice choice for those that want to carry without spending a ton of money. The SFT would make a decent addition to any concealed carry setup.” – Johnny B.
“The METE SFX series by Canik introduces another striker-fired, polymer 9mm pistol into an already crowded market. But priced just over $500 and with a bunch of extras, I think the METE SFX is a clear winner. The gun performed well at the range, shot accurately, and feels great.” – Johnny B
The Taurus GX4XL builds on the standard GX4 micro-compact by adding length to the slide, providing a longer sight radius and increased velocity. Features include a DLC-coated barrel, flat-faced trigger, 11 or 13-round (extended) capacity, and a 3.7-inch barrel. At only one inch wide, the GX4XL combines capacity, accuracy, reliability, and concealability to make for a great EDC pistol.
The IWI Masada is a 9mm polymer, striker-fired pistol that provides a low bore axis, improved and adaptable ergonomics, fully ambidextrous controls, and an optics-ready slide, all at a reasonable price point. Its 4.1-inch button-rifled barrel and 17-round capacity make it an ideal size for those seeking a reliable duty weapon.
“Named after an ancient fortification, the Masada is everything you would expect from a modern carry/duty firearm. Roughly the same size profile as the Glock 19, this gun is good to go right from the box.” – David Lane
The Mossberg 500 has withstood the test of time and is the gold standard when it comes to pump-action shotguns for the everyman. They are reliable, easy to maintain, versatile, have a huge aftermarket, and are extremely affordable. It is likely the most popular shotgun in the United States, and for a good reason.
The PSA Dagger is a striker-fired handgun that is designed for self-defense and concealed carry. It features a 3.8-inch barrel and a 15-round capacity, and is available in 9mm. The Dagger has a smooth trigger pull and a comfortable grip, and best part about this gun works with standard Glock parts. It is also highly affordable (just under $300), making it an excellent choice for those on a budget. Overall, the PSA Dagger is a solid entry into the crowded market of polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols, with a number of features that make it stand out from the competition.