December 1999

GT’s 1999 Guns of the Year: Your Can’t-Miss Firearms Buys

This annual recap of top-ranked revolvers, pistols, hunting and competition rifles, and field and sport shotguns offers up what we would buy—or have already bought—for ourselves.

The year of 1999 saw a great deal of innovation in all areas of fireams development, including the use of a high-tech metal (titanium) in revolvers, the broadening use of plastic (also called polymer) in semiauto handguns and shotguns, and the codification of benchrest manufacturing techniques in rifles (including aluminum bedding blocks in riflestocks). As we tracked these trends and tested products in the critical head-to-head format found only in Gun Tests, we gave you our best advice on what guns we thought deserved your money in their respective classes. When we get to the end of the year, we’re able to look back over the previous 12 months and see what guns broke the mold in terms of p...

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