When the editors of American Rifleman magazine met to sift through the past year's coverage of firearms, optics and accessories, we were once again faced with the difficult task of selecting the industry's best products for the purpose of awarding them the NRA Publications Division's highest honor: the Golden Bullseye.
"The Golden Bullseye Award honors our winners for bringing to market products remarkable in their utility to shooters and hunters," said Joe H. Graham, executive director of NRA Publications. "The award, now in its seventh year, has become a symbol of excellence and innovation in firearms, accessories and related equipment. We are confident shooters and hunters will receive this year's winning products with enthusiasm, and we congratulate the winners."
NRA Publications will present the annual Golden Bullseye Awards and Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award at an invitation-only breakfast during the 2009 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, May 15-17, in Phoenix, Ariz. Following is a look at this year's American Rifleman Golden Bullseye Award winners.
"When pistol enthusiasts took the original Springfield XD in hand, they found a lot to love," stated Shooting Editor Glenn Gilbert in a feature that introduced readers to the new, totally revised XD(M) (September 2008, p. 64). "Once the XD was a mature platform, Springfield Armory felt like it was finally free to turn its attention toward improving the XD's ergonomics and mechanical accuracy."
And thus Gilbert explored the XD(M)'s many mechanical and ergonomic improvements: the Mega Capacity magazine, with 16 rounds of .40 S&W; its Maximum Reach magazine release button, and the Major Grasp slide serrations that diminish the hand's tendency to slip off the slide when racking it; the Mega Lock grip texture that improves purchase and helps shooters resist torquing of the gun in their hands under recoil; Mould-Tru backstraps, which allow customization of the pistol's grip size; the Minimal Reset trigger for reduced reach, quicker resets and shorter take-up; Main-Focus sights, in a choice of white, fiber-optic or tritium dots; and, finally, Minimal Error disassembly, which precludes having to pull the trigger to fieldstrip the pistol....