Vote Now! TTAG’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards

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Every year, the editors of the various firearms publications meet in the inky shadows of their boardrooms to decide which products should be chosen for their annual “Best Of” awards. Best rifle of the year, best shotgun of the year, all chosen by a handful of people behind closed doors. It always seemed a little… cabalistic to me. I like it more when the people themselves – those who have bought and used the products – have a chance to make their voices heard, and choose for themselves what products they think are the best. Vox populi vox dei and all that. In that spirit, we present the second annual TTAG Reader Choice Awards. Here’s how it works . . .

Embedded below is the voting system. I have pre-populated it with all of the new guns and gear from 2014 that I can dig up. It will guide you (yes, you!) through the process of selecting which firearms and accessories you think are the best for 2014, and record your answer. If you don’t see something listed that should be considered (as long as it was first released in 2014), you can enter it. If you don’t like any of the choices, click “No Preference” and move on. Simple! Just be aware that you only one vote and we will remove any items entered that weren’t released in 2014.

The contest will run for the next week, and we will announce the winners here shortly thereafter. As we did last year, we’ll present the winners with their awards at SHOT Show 2015. That’s the plan — now get voting!

REMINDER: The SIG SAUER pistol brace came out last year, and already won this award. Any and all votes for the SB15 will be removed, as this is for 2014 only.

Can’t see the voting system? Click here!

comments

  1. avatar Ralph says:

    The choices make it pretty clear that 2014 was not a year that featured much innovation. Not that the new things were bad, but they were mostly, well, blah.

    1. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

      Last year was bananas. Companies were just trying to keep up with the massive demand, and weren’t thinking about pushing new products to stimulate sales in the future. The result is a down year, where new products are few and far between. This year, the companies are flush with cash from the buying spree and desperate to keep the sales numbers up. I foresee new guns galore, even if they are simply minor improvements.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Yup, and maybe it was a good thing. Otherwise, we might have been treated to more products like the “new” Remington R51.

    2. That is why I voted for the Taurus Curve.

  2. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

    The SCR wasn’t this year? Man this survey showed I was out of touch this year. I did run into Kirsten J Weis at an airport randomly and recognized her, so I’m not a complete lost cause.

    1. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

      Damnit, missed one. Added, just for you.

      1. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

        Are there after market triggers for the scr? Are they standard 700 type triggers or something?

  3. avatar Rog Uinta says:

    Had to vote for the ARX-100, because left-handed people like me need more lefty-friendly gear. Notice I said “lefty”, not “leftist”.

    1. avatar Thpbltblt says:

      +1

  4. avatar Model66 says:

    First rule of a gun fight is to have a gun. What if you have a Remington R51 loaded with RIP ammo?

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      If you did, it would be RIP Model66.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Model ’86.

        As in ’86 that POS.

    2. avatar NYC2AZ says:

      If TTAG had a Razzie Award system, that would be the winner of the “Worst Overall EDC Setup”.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Nah.

        That plastic crap-tastic strobe light, pepper spray and video recorder would win…

  5. avatar John Boch says:

    Where’s the Taurus Turd, er, I mean “Curve”??

    That’s gotta be the best gun of the year! Sights down!

    John

    1. avatar DBPolice says:

      sights withheld

  6. avatar DBPolice says:

    Im handing it to Kel-tec and CZ for being the only companies doing anything interesting to me. That’s standard practice for Kel-tec so I’m glad to also see CZ’s new Scorpion EVO is coming from way out of left field.

    1. avatar Oddux says:

      I wasn’t excited about the CZ Scorpion EVO s1 until I saw the price they announced this week. $850 MSRP (will probably sell for about 730) and $20 each for the magazines. Sig Brace adapters will be available aftermarket, or if you fill out a Form1, they will sell the original stock as well. Silencerco is already working on suppressor adapters for their suppressors for it. That beats the pants of the Sig MPX’s pricing.

  7. avatar Timmy! says:

    Weren’t there a couple Tavor triggers introduced this year? I wrote in Shooting Sight’s Tavor trigger just in case.

    1. avatar IAB2 says:

      +1. That was a most excellent TTAG review of three replacements for Tavor triggers, which as I recall was the only weak point of the platform.

      And another sign of how TTAG is staying ahead of the curve.

      1. avatar IAB2 says:

        crap too slow on the draw for the edit box timer… here is that link to 3 trigger comparison by Jeremy S.

        http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/11/jeremy-s/tavor-aftermarket-trigger-shootout-geissele-shooting-sight-timney/

  8. avatar Independent George says:

    I didn’t vote on most of the categories because I’m frankly not knowledgeable enough for my opinion to count, but I do have a couple questions:

    1. Why are guns that are not even being sold in 2014 (like the SIG MCX/MPX, or the CZ EVO S1) eligible for rifle of the year?
    2. What’s the deal with nominating ‘Any .22 LR’ for ‘New Ammo of the Year” and “Best Accessory”, etc.? Is it just snark (very funny if it is), or am I missing something obvious?

    1. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

      1. Eh, they might not have been available to the public but they were available for review and heavily marketed this year. I’m being a little loose with the definition of “released.” But if either win this year, they won’t be eligible next year. Like the pistol brace.

      2. I’ve been removing those as I see them.

  9. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

    OK, which of you jokers are going for the comedy option and voting the R51 as the best handgun of 2014?

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      I ain’t sayin’ . . .

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        I would have guessed Ralph…

    2. avatar CM says:

      Come on. How awesome would it be for you to walk up to a Remington rep and hand them that award. Everyone knowing what a turd that product was/is.

    3. avatar T.G. says:

      Maybe they are hoping winning the award will cause police departments to start adopting them as duty sidearms across the country. This could lead to a great reduction in the number of improper police shootings. I can see the tagline now… “The New and Improved Remington R51 LE. Because you can’t shoot a dog if your gun won’t fire.”

    4. avatar Timmy! says:

      I LOL’d when I saw the R51 nominated. I almost voted for it!

  10. avatar Lee Leggett says:

    Don’t forget the Geissele Super Sabra trigger pack.

  11. avatar Dan A says:

    A lot of these guns may have been announced in 2014 but they still aren’t available. Also, a lot of these guns have been on the market for years.

  12. avatar Ian T says:

    How are we voting on guns that aren’t even out? How can anyone judge them fairly? Plus guns like the SD HK’s which virtually no one has used? All it does is muddy the pool and really take away from the validity of any results.

  13. avatar publius2 says:

    Can’t vote from behind the corporate VPN? Boo hoo.

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