Here’s The Winner of Our Reader Gun Review Contest


The response to our Reader Gun Review Contest was, well, overwhelming. We received twice the number of reviews we’ve gotten in past contests. And as always, the quality produced by our uber-knowlegeable readers was extremely impressive.

That made picking a winner difficult. Some of the worthiest entries came from readers such as David Blanton, Hoplopfheil, Chris Hamilton and D.J. But pick one we must and the winner of the contest and a SIG SAUER P229 Legion Series pistol is Matt M. for his Steyr L9-A1 review. Congrats to Matt and thanks to everyone who entered.


  1. avatar gargoil says:

    i knew that one would win. i knew i should have spent more time reviewing the s9-A1. good job man, enjoy that sig!

  2. Congrats Matt. Yeah that Steyr is something I’ve been interested in since I saw a review in American Rifleman.

  3. avatar Stinkeye says:

    Congratulations, Matt. That was a great review.

    I submitted an entry (CZ-82) that never got published. Given that there were some pretty lame entries in the contest, should I take it personally? 🙂

    1. avatar Renner says:

      Yeah, what’s up with that? Is TTAG going to publish the rest of them? They did specifically request gun review articles for publication. I feel like this exercise was a huge waste of time.

    2. avatar Jayne says:

      I would’ve liked to have read that. I’ve been carrying the vz-82 for the last six years and I’d be interested in someone else’s opinion.

      1. avatar Stinkeye says:

        I guess I’ll save it and resubmit the next time they have a contest. Short version, though, is that it’s a pretty great little gun, if a little bit on the ugly and heavy side.

        1. Take it from a GLOCK owner, CZs are anything but ugly. And small guns are better off being heavy.

  4. avatar EU says:


    There’s been a Steyr in the “used” rack at my Cabela’s for some time, perhaps I should ask to hold it.

    1. avatar Reef Blastbody says:

      I have an M40A1 and an L9A1, both from the Cabelas used cabinet. Both are near-as-makes-no-difference to brand new. The L9 had a bonus of nice, bright Trijicon night sights installed as well. $390+ tax.

  5. avatar Renner says:

    I’m so glad I wasted my time writing a Super Redhawk review that apparently got lost in the mail after assurances from Dan that he had it. I probably would not have won but it would have been nice to at least see it published.

    Congrats to the Matt M. It was a very good article.

  6. What is the fetish with propping a gun up with something in the trigger guard?
    If someone was pictured with a finger in there everyone would go ape shit.
    It’s not like your camera can’t photograph a pistol lying flat on the table.
    For someone new to firearms ownership, the commonality of some practices make me wonder if anyone can think for themselves and stop copy catting stupid things.

    1. avatar Hoplopfheil says:

      That is a pet peeve of mine.

      Especially when a rifle cartridge or a shotgun shell is used to prop up a handgun, just because it doesn’t match…

      I got a pack of pistol stands on Amazon for about ten bucks. Threw it on top of an order. Problem solved.

  7. avatar Hoplopfheil says:

    Glad you liked mine! That Steyr review was da bomb though.

    I recall one of the runner up prizes was a, and I quote: “box fresh Benjamin.” Were winners chosen for that as well? If not, can I have one? ?

    Now if only you’d make me my own WordPress account so I could post more things… but that’s just wishful thinking.

  8. avatar Apresto says:

    That was a good review. Congrats! Guess I’ll just have to save my pennies for that SIG…

  9. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Congratulations !

  10. avatar Higgs says:

    Congratulations Matt.

    All the reviews have been great. I would love to see all the user reviews in a separate section. I trust the reviews by the TTAG team and the people who post here more than most other sources,

  11. avatar Lance F says:

    The writing was great, the stars at the end were way off.

  12. avatar Dick says:

    I hope u get one of the better legion guns. They have alot of problems with the finish on the gun wearing off or missing in spots.

  13. avatar Dick says:

    And to the idiot that doesnt like propping up guns. Its to take better picture. You know angles and things…

    1. It doesn’t take a better picture. That’s the thing. You can achieve the same angle by…I don’t know…moving your fucking camera!

      1. avatar Matt Matteson says:

        Actually Michael, I’m with you on this. I normally use a 9mm or .45 hollowpoint (think “ashtray”) behind the trigger guard to prop a gun up but the Steyr was NOT cooperating on the stainless. It occurred to me after the fact that a 25c rubber superball would have done just the trick.

        It was late. I had been taking pics for hours. Harry wanted his piece back three days ago. It was this lazy man’s way out. But it was a lazy way out.

    2. avatar Your Real Name says:

      Well, Dick….. I’ll just leave it at that.

  14. avatar Crowbar says:

    Congratulations Matt. Great review.

  15. avatar Matt Matteson says:

    Thanks everyone. Frankly, I assumed I didn’t have a chance. There were some fantastic handgun reviews in the competition and I could clearly tell that folks were writing about pistols they knew and loved. I wasn’t bored by one of them, several just left me wishing I could be sitting across the kitchen table so I could hear more.

    The rifle reviews were super intimidating. I’m not a rifle guy to begin with, and man, was I blown away by the investment long-gun folks make in their pieces. The attention to detail, the photography, and your stories of tuning and customization and hunting and… wow. Cool stuff. Makes me wish I had one.

    All in all, I just wanted an outlet to talk about guns. I hope the reviews help someone, somewhere, to get an interest in the hobby, make that purchase, or find something better for them. The online comments were fair, helpful and encouraging and I look forward to shooting some more material your way.

    Thanks folks: gun people are good people. Stay safe, ~MM

  16. avatar D.J. says:

    Congrats, Matt!!! Well writ!!!

  17. avatar Alan Esworthy says:

    Well done, Matt. Enjoy your P229 and never forget the Miller Tactical Group warning and advice from the previous article/photo!

  18. avatar Tom in Georgia says:

    Much congratulations on your win! I sure wish I had tried a bit harder to get out to the range and do a side-by-side old-versus-the new comparison of my Smith .40’s, but I was short on ammo and a dollar or three as well as otherwise occupied by family issues. By the time I was able to break free there was only one day left before the deadline. Hopeless. Oh well, always the next contest. I just handled a 229 Legion in .40 at the LGS and it’s a sweet gun for sure! Enjoy!!!


  19. avatar peirsonb says:

    Congratulations and a great review.

    *quietly adds a P229 back into the gun budget*

  20. avatar Phil Twiss says:

    Well, Darn it… But thanks for the chance and the opportunity to share my story ( As a would have been / Could have been (those that worked in the World Trade Center – South Tower but not in the building that day) It really meant the world to see my article published on 9/11/16.


    Phil Twiss – A CCW & GA Voter

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