If you’re looking for a new firearm, then reading reviews is often the best way to find the gun that’s right for you. At Guns.com, we pride ourselves on providing unbiased reviews with all the information you need to make an informed purchase. We published a ton of reviews in 2020, and below you’ll find our top 10 reviews this year.
We’re looking forward to getting you more great reviews in 2021!
9. First 100 Rounds: A Look at the S&W M&P Subcompact
Following the trend of first-look reviews, the number nine review on our list is the initial look at the new M&P 2.0 Subcompact. We put 100 rounds downrange to get a nice first impression of the updated M&P. While 100 rounds aren't enough to prove whether the gun is an ideal carry option, it does give a nice sense of the firearm.
Smith & Wesson was already building on a great platform in the M&P lineup, and the 2.0 didn’t disappoint in its improvements.
8. Is the Ruger SR9c a Good Gun for Concealed Carry?
We don’t always review the latest and greatest guns. Sometimes we like to throw it back to older models to see how they stack up in today’s world. The Ruger SR9c is one such pistol. We were curious to see why this gun was a top seller on Guns.com but received little fanfare around the internet. So we dove into a full review of two models we had in the Guns.com vault.
While Ruger has moved on from the SR9c in favor of the Security 9, the gun still has potential as a great defensive firearm. The affordability of the SR9c makes it a great option for those looking for a first defensive pistol.
Some reviews come together as both a review of the gun and a history lesson. This review happened to look at one of the most popular pistols of the past couple of years: the P365. When the P365 burst onto the scene in 2018, it was instantly hailed as a game changer. The ability to have a higher round count than its single-stack brethren in a smaller package made this an instant concealed carry darling.
In this review, we examine how Sig Sauer came to make this special gun. The author also touches on the many different models of the P365 and how they compare to the competition.
6. First 100 Rounds: A Look at the Springfield Armory Hellcat
It’s been said that a good first impression can work wonders. So it’s no wonder our first look at the Springfield Armory Hellcat comes in at number six. The Hellcat entered Shot Show 2020 with a ton of hype around it and hasn’t disappointed. Said to rival the Sig P365 in terms of size and capacity, the gun was hailed as another game changer.
We took it to the range and ran 100 rounds through it to give our readers a first impression of the gun. While there were certain qualities of the gun we liked, there were also others that left something to be desired.
The Ruger Mini-14 is a gun that has gained an almost cult-like following. So it’s no wonder that it shows up at number five for us. While the gun gained mystique due to its use in the popular 70s show “The A-Team,” it has garnered a reputation for being reliable and soft recoiling. There are many different variants of the Mini-14, but the Ranch model with the side folding stock is among the most sought after.
We break down the appeal of the Mini-14 and why it continues to be a hot seller.
Red dots are another one of the big trends lately in the concealed carry and competition shooting communities. This is evident in the number of optics-ready pistols being released. We took four of the latest and greatest red dots for a test drive on the range to give you the down low.
While you can’t go wrong with any of the brands we reviewed, there were a couple of clear winners when it came to ruggedness and affordability.
Here’s another example of reaching back into the archives to review an older gun. While there's nothing new about the P938, this review clearly demonstrates the fan base supporting this little pistol. With a 6+1 capacity, there are certainly higher capacity guns to carry in a similar size, but the P938 has staying power. The small size combined with the safety of the gun makes it an ideal backup firearm for those looking for added firepower.
Just like other Sig Sauer guns, the P938 has a number of different variants. Ours came with additional rubber grips and a branded Sig laser to make the shooting experience more enjoyable.
Another new pistol and another initial look make up the number two review. The FN 503 was one of the few guns to make a debut later in 2020. FN released the gun in March, much to the delight of FN fans everywhere. This small pistol has a similar look and construction to the popular FN 509 pistol lineup but in a much smaller package.
Ideal for concealed carry or as a backup to the 509, this little pistol is described by FN as its first entry into the slim 9mm pistol market.
1. Going 2,200 Rounds With the New Glock G44 in .22 LR
While the G44 was announced in 2019, most people didn’t get their hands on it until 2020. One of the darlings of Shot Show 2020, the G44 finally offered Glock fans a plinking pistol in .22 LR. As a surprise to no one, the gun sold in the boatloads and even made our top ten pistols sold on Guns.com this year. Being chambered in .22 LR doesn’t mean that it has lost any of the famous reliability of a Glock either.
2,200 rounds don’t lie. This gun is a workhorse and a welcome addition for anyone who trains a lot with a G19.