TTAG’s 5 All-Time Most Popular Gun Reviews

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While we’ve always covered the gamut of gun-related news, training, gun rights and other ballistic topics, TTAG’s most popular content category has always been our gun reviews. Good and bad, up and down, our readers love to read — and then comment on — our takes on handguns, rifles and shotguns.

We’re frequently asked what reviews are the post popular. The interesting thing is, that changes over time. And the guns that people read about most often can be an interesting barometer of what’s popular and what’s selling.

So here’s the current list of our five most-read gun reviews in ascending order — along with the overall ratings from the review and the current retail prices — which, in the end, may surprise you.

5. Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor

Dan Z for TTAG

Tyler’s Overall Rating: * * * * 
I had a really hard time giving this rifle only four stars, but I ultimately felt that the butt stock held it back just enough to warrant a less than perfect score. I also think that’s indicative of just how good this rifle is. When the one thing that you have to bitch about is the stock and how it’s just a little flimsy, you know that, a) you’re reaching a bit, and b) the rifle is nearly perfect. And for the price, you will not be disappointed.

Current retail price: $1200

4. SIG SAUER P320 9mm Pistol

SIG SAUER P320 Full Size 9mm

Nick Leghorn for TTAG

Nick’s Overall Rating: * * * *
It’s not perfect. Well, not yet anyway. A crisper trigger would go a long way. But out of the box, the gun is about 3 and a half stars. Factor in the insane level to which you can customize this gun and it earns a full 4 stars. A truly modular handgun that can be configured to different sizes, it is executed with typical SIG SAUER precision.

Current retail price: $579

3. Smith & Wesson SD-9 VE 9mm Pistol

Smith & Wesson SD9 VE

Tyler Kee for TTAG

Tyler’s Overall Rating: * * * *
Writing for TTAG has made me kind of a snob when it comes to firearms. But the SD9 VE brought me down a notch. Here’s a dead-nuts reliable gun that’s a pleasure to shoot for a touch over three bones. It has one glaring flaw in the trigger — but that’s easily remedied for $20. At that price, you really can’t afford not to buy one. Or four. I’m impressed and I hope the SD9 VE is a big seller for Smith & Wesson.

Current retail price: $267

2. SIG SAUER MCX Rifle

SIG SAUER MCX rifle

Nick Leghorn for TTAG

Nick’s Overall Rating: * * * *
Trigger-denied perfection.

Current retail price: $1899 (current model, MCX Virtus Patrol)

And…drumroll please…the all-time most-read gun review at The Truth About Guns is . . .

1. SCCY CPX-2 9mm Pistol

SCCY CPX-2 9mm pistol

Nick Leghorn for TTAG

Nick’s Overall Rating: * * * *
While this isn’t my first choice for a home defense or concealed carry pistol, I can definitely see why SCCY sells so many. It’s cheap and reliable enough to meet the needs of a new shooter looking for a budget self defense firearm.

Current retail price: $150

comments

  1. avatar A says:

    Gd dam Sig fanboys

    1. avatar Madcapp says:

      #1 and #3…things that make you go hmmm. Or rather, things that make you lose faith in humanity.

      1. avatar X marks the spot says:

        Why? The SD9 is a solid, diamond in the rough pistol. Just because it’s a budget gun doesn’t automatically make it garbage.

        1. avatar Ed says:

          Mine has over 2500 rounds and never a failure.

  2. avatar jimmy james says:

    I’ve read a lot of gun reviews on TTAG and they have helped me to make some purchase or not to purchase decisions , but these guns aint those guns. Ugh!

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      Yup. I don’t know what criteria were used to determine that these were the “most popular” reviews, but I wouldn’t buy any of these guns. I *might* take them for free, but even then I would likely trade them off after some fun shooting.

      But if I have to choose a favorite from these five, it would be the Ruger. It’s a solid platform; I’m just not a fanboy of 6.5 CM.

  3. avatar Kevin says:

    Wow, I never would have thought a SCCY would be the most-read. Very interesting.

    I would have thought these 3 would be on the list because (1) they all made a big splash when they were introduced, and (2) they are affordable for most mere mortals:

    – Glock 43
    – Sig P365
    – Mossberg Shockwave

    1. avatar joel says:

      both the SD and the SCCY come in at MUCH lower price points for people looking for their first CC/HD gun. I had major sticker shock when i made the jump to daily carry. Both these guns are affordable, from known manufacturer, and all around good choice for a buyer on a budget. They have also both been in production for some time.

      I bet a few years from now the Security 9 makes this list for the same reason. As long as they don’t replace it in a couple years with something else. (SR>American>Security>?)

      1. avatar Kevin says:

        Good call on the Security 9, Joel. I would agree that its appeal is similar to that of the Smith and the SCCY that made the list.

  4. avatar NORDNEG says:

    I like the Ruger Precision 6.5 Creedmore & the Sig Sauer MCX,,, if TTAG would like to donate to my collection it would be much appreciated. Thank You…😎

  5. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

    Aww yeah, old school crew represent!

    1. avatar joel says:

      gotta ask, What kinda plane are we looking at Nick? Piper?

      1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

        Unless he sold it, a Ye Olde PA-28…

        1. avatar LazrBeam says:

          Nope. That one crashed into a townhouse in Atlanta yesterday.

  6. avatar GS650G says:

    At Least glock isn’t on their “list”

    1. The most-read GLOCK review is the G43 at #13.

      1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

        More than that Hi Point 9mm with 400+ comments?(Or was that 600 +)?

  7. avatar Tyler Kee says:

    With apologies to JWT, two of the sexiest writers TTAG ever had too.

    1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

      “With apologies to JWT, two of the sexiest writers TTAG ever had too.”

      Speaking of sexy, how is the lovely red-headed Mrs. Kee, these days? Any little Kees running around underfoot yet? 😉

      1. avatar Tyler Kee says:

        #2 (another boy) will be here in time for Thanksgiving. Thanks for asking.

        1. avatar Ralph says:

          All right Tyler!

  8. avatar former water walker says:

    Seriously SKKY?!?

    1. avatar former water walker says:

      Er SCCY…sky? Odd #1.

      1. avatar Dude says:

        I’m guessing lots of non-regular readers found the review from a google search. When poor people are walking around with $600 phones (remember when those were luxury items?), about everyone can afford a $150 gun.

      2. avatar Victoria Illinois says:

        I bought a SCCY #1. because it has a manual safety. I don’t want to carry a $600 9mm. It’s a good buy except it has a “pinky pinch”. (where the magazine meets the grip.) Don’t know if it’s a design flaw or just mine. I hear that some Glocks can pinch also.
        P.S. I have a cheap phone, too. Dropped it many times, still works fine. Charge it once a week.

  9. avatar MouseGun says:

    I don’t know if it’s an issue for everyone, but when I try to look up certain reviews on the mobile version of the sight (on an iPhone in this case), it takes me back to the home page. Had anyone else had this problem?

    1. avatar Kevin says:

      Yes, I have noticed that, and not just on the mobile version. For example, try to read the review of the Browning Hi-Power:

      http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/11/daniel-zimmerman/fns-40-contest-entry-gun-review-browning-h

      In addition, I have noticed that many gun reviews don’t even make it to the “Gun Reviews” section.

      For example, the Springfield EMP 4″: https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/gun-review-springfield-armory-1911-emp-4-concealed-carry-contour-9mm/ .

      The review was on site’s the main page of the site but never made it to the “Gun Reviews” section. Ditto for the Colt King Cobra.

      It seems like site maintenance is in order!

  10. avatar PROUD chicano says:

    You guys should do the savage 212.

  11. avatar Sam Hill says:

    Has anyone done a review on Phoenix Arms .25 acp? Or any PA pistols?

  12. avatar Will Drider says:

    The #1 SCCY “RELIABLE ENOUGH….for self defense” Really? With a specific ammo failure AND taking another persons comment as gospel for reliability, while not testing it himself. Yes, I reread the review. We can’t control what articles are popular nor how well they are digested.

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