Question of the Day: How Do You Research A New Gun Purchase?

The Truth About Guns tells the truth about guns. Although we accept ads from any gunmaker who wants to hawk their wares to our 650k-plus monthly readers, there’s an impregnable barrier between editorial and advertising. If a gun sucks we’ll say so. No punches pulled. This is so not the case elsewhere, where all the handguns are strong, all the shotguns are good looking, and all rifles are above average (for example, check out‘s review of Windham Weaponry’s SRC AR-15 Carbine). So, other than and/or including us, how do you decide whether a gun is worth your hard-earned money? Testimonials from gun BFFs, forums, rental trigger time, gun dealer say-so a combination of all of the above? What?