Ballistic’s Best 2018 was a serious undertaking. From the trailer above, readers can see what went into the entire process.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the premier issue of Ballistic’s Best hit shelves this past Tuesday, May 15.

Ballistic’s Best 2018

Our editors and expert content contributors spent an exorbitant about of time at the range testing and evaluating more than 70 of only the best new guns across nine firearms categories. The process was exhausting, but we did it.

When the dust settled, we recognized 33 winners based upon meeting the demanding criteria and testing protocols of our content creators and leading firearms experts.

The categories our content creators tested for included:

  • 1911
  • Compact Auto Handgun
  • Full-Sized Auto Handgun
  • Revolver
  • Bolt-Action Rifle
  • Lever & Pump Rifle
  • Semi-Automatic Rifle
  • Sporting Shotgun
  • Tactical/Defense Shotgun

There were also “Editor’s Choice” selections and the winners of our “Reader’s Choice” awards, which saw thousands of voters contribute.

During the evaluation process, several of our experts filmed their tests. Again, check it out in the trailer above.

For more, including all of our nominees and winners, grab your copy of Ballistic’s Best 2018 at

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