December 2017

2017 Guns & Gear Top Picks

Which pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, accessories, and ammunition were the picks of our testers in the past year? We look back at the previous 12 months to highlight the winners.

2017 Guns & Gear Top Picks

Rock Island Armory Tactical 2011 w/TruDot Night Sights 45 ACP, $590

Toward the end of each year, I survey the work R.K. Campbell, Roger Eckstine, Austin Miller, Robert Sadowski, David Tannahill, Tracey Taylor, John Taylor, and Ralph Winingham have done in Gun Tests, with an eye toward selecting guns, accessories, and ammunition the magazine’s testers have endorsed. From these evaluations I pick the best from a full year’s worth of tests and distill recommendations for readers, who often use them as shopping guides. These choices are a mixture of our original tests and other information I’ve compiled during the year. After we roll high-rated test products into long-term testing, I keep tabs on how those guns do, and if the firearms and accessories continue performing well, then I have confidence including them in this wrap-up.

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