We have journeyed all the way through winter, and made it into our 6th edition of the Reader’s Choice Awards! Normally we have a pretty specific topic we want you all to dive into, but for this month we are going to give you more liberty in your suggestions and switch it up a bit. For the month of April, we want you all to vote on the “BEST Overall Accessory for a Rifle, Shotgun or Pistol.” Your first thought might be Wow, if that isn’t incredibly vague, and you would be absolutely right! We want to see a barrage of Comments, arguments, and possibly compliments to people’s suggestions of what is the “BEST Overall Accessory for a Rifle, Shotgun or Pistol.”
This is the 6th installment for our Reader’s Choice Awards. Based on feedback from our Subject-Matter-Experts, which are all of our beloved readers, we play around with the selection criteria and nominations. Many of you comment every month that you felt certain products were missing and should have been included on past lists. So in general:
- Each month we are going to host a poll that you can vote on
- Each month will be a different category (Optics, Revolver, Bolt Action Rifle, Concealed Carry Pistol, etc)
- The list of entries will be curated from the top sales in the preceding six months. This is solely to introduce some objectivity into it; there must be some popularity if it tops the sales list (or is horrifically expensive)
- A random winner will be picked from voters and that winner will get some swag
- You can vote for your choice every day while the poll is running and you can earn an extra entry for telling us WHY you chose it (we will pick some of the most creative and highlight them during the results post)
- At the end of the month, we will post the winning choice (along with the other results) and the company will get some bragging rights (if they want them). They do not get a swag pack.
You, the readers, get to suggest items that should be part of this poll. Each day we will troll our own comments section and look for suggestions that have four (4) or more “upvotes,” and those will be added to the poll. Since you will be allowed to vote daily, there is always a chance that your suggestion could make it to the top! Even if you are late to the game in making a suggestion, we have already seen late entries gain momentum and make it very high in the voting!
To begin, we will attempt to establish a baseline for your suggestions and voting. When we state what is the “BEST Overall Accessory for a Rifle, Shotgun or Pistol” we mean that in a very open sense. Most months we have a much more niche or narrow-minded topic to debate and vote for, but for this month the sky is the limit! If you think a chainsaw bayonet is a MUST HAVE for any firearm owner, that is totally cool with us, but you need a good argument to back it up in the Comments (we are daring somebody to argue for that accessory now). Otherwise, your fellow readers will not “Upvote” your suggestion.
Like always, suggestions can run the gamut from dollar-store upgrades to you might need to sell a kidney to buy something. The only problem is you need a rational argument for how most other people could afford it or why they should save up for it. So cheap or expensive, household name brand or specialty company… we will take any and all suggestions for “BEST Overall Accessory for a Rifle, Shotgun or Pistol” as long as it can be found on the interwebs for others to look at and you have a half-way decent argument for it. Other than that, we as always are open to your suggestions through the Comments section. If you wholly believe something we did not mention is deserving of being on the list and winning… Let us know!
Once again, please Vote daily… provide us in the Comments with your own suggestions for the MANUFACTURER, MODEL NAME, and any other valuable information related to your suggestion so we all know what you are rooting for as the BEST Overall Accessory for a Rifle, Shotgun or Pistol… and entertain these products to start (in no specific order)…
FAB Defense AR-Podium Bi-Pod for an AR-15 [MSRP $99] – The AR-Podium enables the operator to install a steady and durable bi-pod platform without adding front-end weight and saving valuable rail space. The AR-Podium is easily deployed with the main shooting hand, without having to alter the grip on the weapon or lose sight of the target.
SB Tactical SBA3 Pistol Stabilizing Brace [MSRP $169] – Designed for all platforms capable of accepting a mil-spec carbine receiver extension, the SBA3 is 5-position adjustable, dramatically enhances versatility, and features a minimalist design with an integral, ambidextrous QD sling socket.
Streamlight TLR-1 Rail-Mounted Tactical Weapon Light [MSRP $219] – Intensely bright, virtually indestructible rail-mounted tactical light which attaches to almost any gun in seconds. Powered by two 3-volt CR123 lithium batteries with 10-year storage life, 300 lumens, and 2.5 hours regulated run time.
Trijicon RMR Type 2 (Ruggedized Miniature Reflex) Sight [MSRP $577 – $739] – The Trijicon RMR Type 2 is designed to be as durable as the legendary Trijicon ACOG, while also improving precision and accuracy with any style or caliber of firearm. A pistol mounted Trijicon RMR Type 2 allows you to shoot more accurately at longer distances by focusing your attention on the target, not the combination of your front post, rear post, and target.
Nordic Components 12 GA MXT Shotgun Magazine Extension Tube Kit & Nut [MSRP $73.98 – $93.93] – MXT shotgun magazine extension tube kit for increasing magazine capacity. Used in conjunction with the MXT extension tube nut, this tube kit will add the stated number of rounds (+1 to +9) to your existing magazine capacity. All capacities are measured using 2.75″ star-crimped shells; for use with 3″ or 3.5″, increase your selection by one or two rounds.
Quake CLAW Hunting Sling [MSRP $40.95] – The CLAW Sling System is widely known for having the best non-slip pad incorporated into a sling. The extremely durable and odor resistant pad is molded into the sling webbing to allow approximately 1/2” of stretch. This stretch spreads the weight of the firearm across the shoulder area greatly increasing your comfort.
Magpul PMAG 30 AR/M4 GEN M3 [MSRP $14.95] – The next-generation PMAG 30 GEN M3 is a 30-round 5.56×45 NATO (.223 Remington) polymer magazine for AR15/M4 compatible weapons. Along with expanded feature set and compatibility, the GEN M3 incorporates new material technology and manufacturing processes for enhanced strength, durability, and reliability to exceed rigorous military performance specifications.
SureFire X300 Ultra LED Weaponlight [MSRP $299] – This enhanced version of the best-selling SureFire X300 Ultra now delivers a stunning 1,000 lumens of LED-generated output focused by a precision TIR lens, creating a far-reaching high-intensity beam — with a larger center spot — that offers the power to positively identify threats at significant distances while temporarily impairing an adversary’s vision.
EO Tech 512 Holographic Weapon Sight [MSRP $479] – The Model 512 is EO Tech’s most popular holographic weapon sight. It’s ideal when you need the best in speed and versatility, without night vision compatibility. Available in Realtree™ APG and Mossy Oak® Obsession camo patterns, as well as black.
Yankee Hill Machine Turbo K 5.56 Silencer [MSRP $465] – The new Turbo K utilizes a tubeless design made from heat treated 17-4 stainless steel along with a heat treated 718 Inconel blast baffle. The combination of these materials allows the suppressor to be full auto rated and designed for rigorous use. The blast chamber of the Turbo K is threaded to the popular 1-3/8”-24 thread which allows it to utilize many available mounting options currently on the market.
This is one of the shortest introductory lists we have provided you to vote on so far because we are genuinely relying on you to curate an even better list of YOUR favorite accessories. Do you believe all of these products we mentioned deserve being in the discussion?… Does this initial list suck?… Or do you agree with it?… What are your suggestions?… In any case, vote, let us know your thoughts in the Comments below, and make your suggestions that you think would be appropriate!
If you want to see a different product added to the voting list, make sure to include the Manufacturer and Model of the product. Only entries with 4 or more “upvotes” will be included.