Throughout 2019, firearm manufacturers have rolled out hundreds of new gun, each aimed to be the latest and greatest in its product category. Of all those guns, though, several have stood out among the rest, and we've got the numbers to prove it! Now that we're closing the curtain on 2019, let's take a look back at the five most popular gun reviews published by Shooting Illustrated this year.
When Kel-Tec announced it had developed an expanded capacity, rimfire handgun, many industry enthusiasts were immediate interested in how the design worked and how well it performed. Shooting Illustrated rolled out with one of the first reviews on the CP33, which provided seemingly unending range fun, thanks to its quad-stack, 33-round magazines.
One of the other stand-out releases in the handgun world for 2019 was the Glock G48, an expansion of the company's Slimline series of guns. This series started in 2015 with the incredibly popular Glock G43, and the G48 built on the popularity of the G43 by retaining a slim, nearly single-stack profile that could be easily concealed. However, the length and height of the G48 were a step above that on the G43, making the G48 easier to shoot and allowing the new model to hold more rounds.
Years back, if you were in the market for a double-stack 1911, the big name in the game was Para Ordnance. However, these beefy, double-stack guns disappeared following Remington's purchase of Para, and fans of the big guns were left wondering if they'd ever see them again. In 2019, Remington re-released the double-stack 1911 under its own brand, providing consumers with a capacious handgun along with all of the features shooters like about the 1911.
Following the release of the Mossberg Shockwave, the concept of the non-NFA, shotshell-firing firearm equipped with a stubby birdshead grip took off. Remington was one of the first manufacturers to offer a semi-automatic firearm in this category, built on the receiver of its popular V3 shotgun. The Tac-13 provided loads of firepower in a compact package, and Shooting Illustrated was on-hand during its release.
One of the more unique shotguns on the market came in the form of the Kel-Tec KSG, a bullpup-style design that provided dual magazine tubes that doubled the capacity over traditional tube-fed shotguns and allowed users to select different tubes loaded with different rounds. However, this added weight, making the original KSG hard to maneuver when fully loaded. The Kel-Tec KS7 addressed that issue by cutting out a magazine tube and retaining the bullpup configuration.