December 2006

Gun Tests Guns Of The Year 2006

Which firearms offer can’t-miss combinations of performance and value? We look back at the previous 11 months of Gun Tests and tell you what we would buy.

Every December I survey the work Ray Ordorica, Roger Eckstine, Ralph Winingham, Jennifer Pearsall, Ben Brooks, Joe Syczylo, and Kevin Winkle have done in Gun Tests, with an eye toward selecting guns the magazine’s staffers have endorsed wholeheartedly. From these evaluations I pick the best from a full year’s worth of tests and distill summary recommendations for readers, who often use them as year-end shopping guides.

These "best of" choices are a mixture of our original tests and other information I’ve compiled during the year. After the magazine’s product coordination editors sell high-rated test products to readers, I try to keep track of how those guns do over time, and if the firearms continue performing well, then I have confidence including them in this wrap-up. Also, beginning in 2005, we began naming the "best-in-class" firearms.

All guns in this roundup are worth your consideration, but the BEST IN CLASS ‘06 guns include products we bought for ourselves.  

Winners 2006 Best In Class