Athlon Outdoors Giveaway List
We wrangled together four photos of some winners of our older giveaways in the lead photo above. Going counter-clockwise from top left: Alex D. from Kansas won our Ballistic Precision 2018 giveaway; Gerald S. from Georgia won our Free Gun Friday for December 2018; Derrick H. from Minnesota won our Henry Octagon giveaway from June 2017; and Robert T. from Tennessee won our Free Gun Friday from February 2019.

As you’ve probably noticed, since 2017 the giveaway list for the Athlon Outdoors network (,, and has gotten pretty big. Since we get so many questions about who wins, we decided to finally put everything in one place.

The Athlon Outdoors Giveaway List

The most common giveaways we run are “Free Gun Friday” on, the “Custom Challenge” on, and “Fully Loaded” on PersonalDefenseWorld. There are some one-off giveaways that we run here and there, but for the most part, those are the “big three.”

Also, in case you didn’t know, we write about our “Custom Challenge” in every issue of Ballistic Magazine and our “Fully Loaded’ package in most issues of Combat Handguns. Make sure you subscribe to each magazine at

So why did we make this list? For starters, we get asked about 100 times each week who won the last giveaway. Having everything in one place makes it easier on all of us. Then we also have the conspiracy theorists who call our giveaways “scams” because they don’t win. Apparently they’re not familiar with the way “odds” work. It’d be like us yelling that “Mega Millions” is a scam because we didn’t win despite buying 10 tickets.

Choosing Winners

Anyway, we’ve listed a bunch of winners below starting in July 2019 and onward. They’ve already been contacted and know they’ve won. We won’t list anyone here until they’ve been contacted and accepted the winnings, so no need to check here the second a giveaway ends — it takes a lot of time. Why does it take so long? Firstly, people need to respond to the email declaring them the winner. You’d be surprised at how many people don’t respond to our initial and miss out on winning a gun. Secondly, once confirmed, we have to collect FFL information and get the necessary paperwork, which we all know can take a while.

We’ll try to update this list as frequently as possible. We can’t post full names for legal reasons. We’d also love to post photos of the winners with their new guns, but not everyone sends photos back to us. However, a couple of people did. Here’s Ryan. W from Missouri, who won a DoubleStar ARP7 Pistol topped with an Axeon 3XRDS RGB Dot Sight as part of our July 2019 Free Gun Friday.

July 2019 Free Gun Friday winner

And then there’s Lindsey G. from South Carolina below. Lindsey won one of two custom Magnum Research Desert Eagles as a part of the “Custom Challenge” in the February/March 2020 issue of Ballistic Magazine.

Ballistic Custom Challenge Desert Eagle winner

There’s plenty more on the way, and we’ve got some new giveaways that are going to blow you away. Stay tuned! In the meantime, see our previous winners below. If you’re on your phone, you’ll have to scroll a little to the right to see the complete table, including the winner’s name and state.

Free Gun Friday

“Free Gun Friday” started in April 2018 and it’s our most popular giveaway. It’s very simple: We wanted to make Fridays better, so each month we give you the chance to win a new gun and gear. You can enter any day of the month, we just thought “Free Gun Friday” had a nice ring to it.

GiveawayMonthPrizesWinner NameWinner State
DoubleStar ARP7 PistolJuly 2019One (1) DoubleStar ARP7 Pistol; One (1) Axeon 3XRDS RGB Dot Sight; Five hundred (500) rounds of Black Hills 5.56 .69GR OTM Ammo.Ryan W.Missouri
Polymer80 Dual PistolsAugust 2019One (1) Polymer80 PFC9 Compact Complete Pistol; One (1) Polymer80 PFS9 Full Size Complete Pistol; Five hundred (500) rounds of Black Hills HoneyBadger 9mm Ammo.Craig D.Florida
Rock River BT-9 AR PistolSeptember 2019One (1) Rock River BT-9 AR Pistol; One (1) Mini Shot M-Spec LQD; Five hundred (500) rounds of Black Hills HoneyBadger 9mm Ammo.Matthew B. Tenneessee
SIG TREAD AR Pistol; SIG P226 Legion; Sportsman’s Warehouse PackageOctober 2019One (1) $1,000 Sportsman’s Warehouse Gift Card; One (1) SIG Sauer M400 TREAD AR Pistol; One (1) SIG Sauer 226 Legion Pistol; One (1) Sightmark Core Shot A-Spec LQD; Two hundred fifty (250) rounds of Black Hills HoneyBadger 9mm Ammo; Two hundred fifty (250) rounds of Black Hills .223 Ammo.Richard H.North Carolina
Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact FDENovember 2019One (1) Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact FDE Pistol; One (1) Sightmark Mini Shot M-Spec FMS – Dark Earth; Five hundred (500) rounds of Black Hills HoneyBadger 9mm Ammo.Clark W.Kentucky
Barrett MRADDecember 2019One (1) Barrett MRAD 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle; One (1) Sightmark Pinnacle 5-30×50 TMD Riflescope; One (1) SilencerCo Omega 36m Suppressor; One (1) Tax Stamp; Five hundred (500) rounds of Black Hills 6.5 CM – 147 Gr. Hornady ELD-M.Robert A.Indiana
Smith & Wesson M&P9 EZJanuary 2020One (1) Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield EZ Pistol; One (1) Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster; One (1) Alien Gear Cloak Mod OWB Paddle Holster; One (1) Alien Gear OWB Belt Slide Holster; Five hundred (500) rounds of Black Hills HoneyBadger 9mm Ammo.Mike W.Michigan
Auto-Ordnance M1 CarbineFebruary 2020One (1) Auto-Ordnance M1 Carbine, Matte Black Finish with 15-round Magazine.TBDTBD
North American Arms Pistol TrioMarch 2020One (1) North American Arms Pug Pistol; One (1) North American Arms Black Widow Pistol; One (1) North American Arms Mini-Master Pistol.Jim D.Florida
Christensen Arms RidgelineApril 2020One (1) Christensen Arms Ridgeline 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle; One (1) Leupold VX-5HD 3-15x44mm CDS-ZL2 Options; Five Hundred (500) Rounds of Black Hills 6.5 Creedmoor 120gr Hornady GMXZach S.Oregon
SIG CrossMay 2020One (1) SIG CROSS 6.5 Creedmoor Rifle; One (1) SIG BDX Combo Kit, KILO1000 and SIERRA3 4.5-14X44MM; Five Hundred (500) Rounds of SIG 6.5 Creedmoor, 130GR, Elite Hunter TippedArthur G.Alabama
Glock 44June 2020One (1) Glock 44 Pistol; One (1) LaserMax Lightning with Grip sense; One (1) Alien Gear ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster; One (1) Elite Survival Systems, Elite Range BagBrad F.Texas
Magnum Research BFRJuly 2020One (1) Magnum Research BFR Revolver; Two Hundred (200) Rounds of Black Hills Ammunition .45/70 HoneyBadger Ammo; One (1) Elite Survival Systems, Elite Range BagAndrew C.Nevada
Christensen Arms Modern Precision RifleAugust 2020One (1) Christensen Arms Modern Precision; One (1) Primary Arms SLx 3-18x50mm FFP Rifle Scope; Five Hundred (500) Rounds of Black Hills .308 Winchester Match 152 Gr. Ammo; One (1) Elite Survival Systems Covert Operations Discreet Carry Case Ignacio P.Texas
Beretta 92X GR CenturionSeptember 2020One (1) 92X GR Centurion Pistol; Five Hundred (500) Rounds of Black Hills 9mm 115gr. FMJ ammo; One (1) Elite Survival Systems Elite Range Bag Thomas O.Illinois
Weatherby VanguardOctober 2020One (1) Weatherby Vanguard High Country Rifle; One (1) Vortex Razor HD LHT 3-15×42 scope; Five Hundred (500) Rounds of Black Hills Gold 6.5 Creedmoor 120 Grain GMX ammo; One (1) Elite Survival Systems Elite Range Bag Danielle D.Texas
FN 509 Compact TacticalNovember 2020One (1) FN 509 Compact Tactical Pistol; Five Hundred (500) Rounds of Black Hills Gold 9mm Luger +P 100gr HoneyBadger ammo; One (1) Elite Survival Systems Elite Range Bag Tracy B.Kansas
3rd Gen Tactical PatriotDecember 2020One (1) 3rd Gen Patriot Combat Rifle; One (1) Primary Arms SLx 1-6x24mm FFP Rifle Scope – Illuminated ACSS-RAPTOR-5.56/.308; One (1) Primary Arms GLx 30mm Cantilever Scope Mount – 0 MOA; One (1) SilencerCo Omega 300 Suppressor; Five Hundred (500) Rounds of Black Hills Dual Performance 5.56 ammo; One (1) Elite Survival Systems Elite Range Bag Chase D.Texas
SIG Sauer P365 XL ROMEOZEROFebruary 2021One (1) SIG Sauer P365 XL Pistol With ROMEOZERO Red Dot; Five Hundred (500) Rounds of Sig Sauer 9mm, 124gr, Elite V-Crown, JHP Ammo James M.Texas
Performance Center M&P 9 Shield PlusMarch 2021One (1) Performance Center M&P 9 Shield Plus; One (1) Riton Optics X3 Tactix MPRD Red Dot; Five Hundred (500) rounds of Black Hills 9mm Luger +P 100gr HoneyBadger Ammo TBDTBD
Umarex Airgun PackageApril 2021One (1) Umarex Hammer .50 Caliber Air Rifle; One (1) Umarex Octane Elite .22 Air Rifle; One (1) Umarex AirSaber Arrow Air Rifle; One (1) Axeon Optics Dog Soldier Hunting Scope; One (1) Axeon Optics Air Archery Scope; One (1) Umarex ReadyAir Airgun Compressor; One (1) Exude OD25 Light TBDTBD

Ballistic Magazine’s Sweepstakes

Our Ballistic sweepstakes center on the “Custom Challenge.” In each issue we give the same gun to two different custom specialists, give them a theme, and then have them come up with their own version. Then, we give both guns away to two lucky winner on We’ve also done a couple of other giveaways over the years, like our POF-USA torture test that included a gun and 3,800 rounds of Hornady ammo. See below.

GiveawayIssuePrizesWinner NameWinner State
Torture Proven POFJune/July 2019(1) One POF-USA P415; (3,800) Thirty-eight hundred rounds of Hornady Frontier ammo; (1) One Magpul PMAG D-60; (1) One MagPump AR-15 Mag Loader; (5) Five 30-round Mission First Tactical magsRobert S.Texas
Custom Precision RiflePrecision 2019One (1) Alamo Precision Rifles, Custom 6.5 Creedmoor; One (1) Nightforce ATACR 4-16×42 F1; Altus Shooting Solutions 2-Day Precision Rifle Training Class Certificate; 200 rounds of Federal Premium Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing 6.5 Creedmoor AmmoJohn H.Ohio
Custom Challenge Springfield XD-M OSPOct/Nov 2019One (1) Custom Springfield Armory XD-M by Blowndeadline.Shawn S.Wyoming
Custom Challenge Springfield XD-M OSPOct/Nov 2019One (1) Custom Springfield Armory XD-M by Odin’s Workshop.James K.Wisconsin
Ballistic’s Best SurveyBallistic’s BestOne (1) Zev AR-15 Billet Rifle, .223 Wylde 16 Inch Carbon Fiber Barrel.Michael M.Georgia
Custom Magnum Research Desert EagleFeb/March 2020One (1) Custom .50 AE Desert Eagle by Outlaw Ordnance.Lindsey G.South Carolina
Custom Magnum Research Desert EagleFeb/March 2020One (1) Custom .50 AE Desert Eagle by Dark Alliance Customs.Jared R.Colorado
Custom Auto-Ordnance Trump Tommy GunApril/May 2020One (1) Custom Auto-Ordnance Trump Tommy Gun in .45 ACP.Michael R.Texas
Custom LeMat RevolverJune/July 2020One (1) Custom LeMat Revolver by Outlaw Ordnance.Hyler S.Wisconsin
Custom LeMat RevolverJune/July 2020One (1) Custom LeMat Revolver by Odin’s Workshop.Nicholas J.North Carolina
Mossberg 500 ATI Tactical ShotgunBallistic’s Best 2020One (1) Mossberg 500 ATI Tactical ShotgunMike W.Michigan
Custom Walther PPKFeb/March 2021One (1) Custom James Bond-Engraved Walther PPK by Outlaw OrdnanceForest M.Ohio
Custom Robocop Auto 9April/May 2021Custom “Robocop” Auto-9 (Taurus PT92) With Engravings by Outlaw OrdnanceTBDTBD
Custom Dirty Harry RevolverApril/May 2021Custom Smith & Wesson Model 29 Revolver With “Dirty Harry” Engravings by Outlaw OrdnanceTBDTBD

Personal Defense World “Fully Loaded”

Last on the list is our “Fully Loaded” sweepstakes, which can be found in Combat Handguns Magazine and on We’re big proponents of self-defense, so our “Fully Loaded” package usually involves a pistol, ammo, holster, and more!

GiveawayIssuePrizesWinner NameWinner State
SIG P320 X-CarryMay/June 2019One (1) SIG Sauer P320 X-Carry Pistol; One (1) SIG Sauer ROMEO1; One (1) BlackPoint Tactical 320C/CA OWB Holster; Two Hundred (200) rounds of SIG Sauer Elite Performance FMJs ammoRon R.Texas
Taurus TX22July/Aug 2019One (1) Taurus TX22 Pistol; One (1) Bear Swipe IV knife; One (1) Crossbreed Carry Kit Holster; One (1) Real Avid Handgun Smart Mat; One (1) Reald Avid handgun Master Cleaning Station; One (1) Real Avid Pistol Tool One (1); Real Avid Smart Brush; One (1) Truglo Tru-See Target; One (1) Walker’s Razor Slim Electronic MuffsJeffrey A.Pennsylvania
Remington Custom R1 CommanderSept/Oct 2019One (1) Custom Remington R1 Pistol; One (1) VersaCarry Handcrafted Compound Series Holster; One (1) Remington Squeeg-e handgun cleaning system; One (1) box of Remington’s Gold Saber Black Belt ammo; One (1) box of Barnes TAC-XPD ammoJustin C.Texas
Canik TP9 Elite SCNov/Dec 2019One (1) Canik TP9 Elite SC; One (1) Shield Relfex Mini Sight; One (1) Olight PL-Mini 2 Valkyrie; One (1) bullpack (300-rounds) of Aguila 9mm FMJKevin C.Iowa
SCCY CPX-3Jan/Feb 2020One (1) SCCY CPX-3 Pistol; One-hundred (100) rounds of Black Hills 100-Grain FMJs; One (1) Elite Survival Systems Four Gun Pistol Pack; One (1) Elite Survival Systems Hide-Away Security Wallet With Holster; One (1) Elite Survival Systems Large Marathon Gun PackEugene O.Missouri
Daniel Defense DDM4V7 PistolMarch/April 2020One (1) Daniel Defense DDM4V7 AR Pistol; One hundred (100) rounds of Federal Premium Fusion MSR Ammo; One (1) Riton RT-S Mod 3 optic; One (1) Blackhawk 30-inch Foundation Rifle Case; Three (3) Daniel Defense 32-round magazinesMichael B.Texas
North American Arms Pistol TrioMay/June 2020One (1) North American Arms Ranger II pistol in .22 WMR; One (1) NAA Pug pistol in .22 WMR; One (1) NAA Guardian pistol in .380 ACP; Two (2) boxes of Federal Premium Personal Defense Punch .380 ACP ammo; Two (2) boxes of CCI .22 WMR Maxi-Mag; One (1) CCI Ammo Pour Pack of .22 WMR ammoGregory W.Michigan
SAR USA K12 SportJuly/August 2020One (1) SAR USA K-12 Sport Pistol; One (1) Safariland Model 577 GLS Holster; One (1) Elite Survival Range bag; One (1) box of SIG Sauer Elite V-Crown ammoTBDTBD

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