NRA Publications 20th Anniversary Golden Bullseye Awards

posted on December 21, 2021
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NRA Publications has announced the winners of the 2022 Golden Bullseye Awards naming the top products voted on by the staff of four of NRA Publications’ award-winning brands in up to seven different categories.

“We are pleased to announce the winners of the 20th Anniversary Golden Bullseye Awards,” said Doug Hamlin, executive director of NRA Publications. “These awards, started 20 years ago, are individually selected by the veteran and respected editors of the NRA Publications Division and confirmed by our management team through rigorous a selection process,” said Hamlin “When it comes to the NRA Golden Bullseye Awards bestowed by American Rifleman, American Hunter, Shooting Illustrated and, they epitomize what NRA members seek in their shooting and hunting equipment—outstanding performance, innovation and value,” Hamlin continued. “These are the industry’s best new products, representative of the top products introduced by the firearm industry for NRA members—in a time of COVID as well as when demand has surpassed record levels—and I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the winners.”

To qualify for consideration for a Golden Bullseye Award, the product must have been:

  • Recently introduced and available to consumers prior to the selection of the Golden Bullseye Awards
  • Used/tested by a staff member or regular contributor to the magazine and/or affiliated media
  • Reliable in the field, meeting or exceeding the evaluator’s expectations
  • Innovative in design and function
  • Readily perceived as a value to the purchaser
  • Styled in a manner befitting the shooting and hunting industry and, perhaps more importantly, its enthusiasts.

Whereas the Golden Bullseye Award acknowledges the finest products available in the shooting sports, the Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award specifically honors outstanding personal achievement. The Pioneer Award spotlights the exemplary achievement and cumulative body of work of an individual, or members of a family, team or partnership, responsible for the development and introduction of shooting equipment that has made a profound, positive and enduring impact on the way Americans shoot and hunt.

The 2022 Golden Bullseye Awards will be presented in person at an invitation-only event during the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas, and will include recognition of Dennis Reese, CEO-owner of Springfield Armory. Reese was named the Golden Bullseye Awards Pioneer recipient in 2021, but has not been able to receive the honor in person in the wake of the cancellation of the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits.

2022 NRA Golden Bullseye Award Winners

American Rifleman

Rifle Of The Year

Ruger Left Hand 10/22 Competition

Shotgun Of The Year

Smith & Wesson M&P12

Handgun Of The Year

Springfield SA-35

Tactical Gun Of The Year

Kel-Tec P50

Optic Of The Year

Crimson Trace Brushline Pro 4-16X

Ammunition Product Of The Year

Hornady Subsonic

Accessory Of The Year

Mantis Blackbeard


American Hunter

Rifle of the Year

Savage Impulse

Shotgun of the Year

Benelli SBE3 20-gauge

Handgun of the Year

Colt Anaconda

Muzzleloader of the Year

CVA Paramount HTR .40-caliber

Ammunition Product of the Year

Winchester Ammunition 6.8 Western

Optic of the Year

ATN Thor 4 Thermal Riflescope


FORLOH AllClima Softshell clothing w/RECCO


Shooting Illustrated

Handgun Of The Year

Kimber R7 Mako

Rifle of the Year

Rock River Arms RBG

Shotgun of the Year

EAA Churchill (entire line)

Optic of the Year

Trijicon RMRcc

Ammunition Product of the Year

Federal Force X2 buckshot

Accessory of the Year

Axil GS Extreme earbuds


NRA Women

Handgun of the Year

Walther PDP Compact

Gear of the Year

Federal Premium Punch 22LR

Industry Woman of the Year

Heidi Rao


NRA Pioneer Award Winner

Honoring Dennis Reese (2021 Golden Bullseye recipient)


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