Top 5 Shooting Illustrated Articles of 2018

posted on December 30, 2018
We've covered a lot of ground at Shooting Illustrated over the last year, with reporting from SHOT Show 2018 and NRA Annual Meetings, as well as gun reviews, skill drills, tactical tips and more. We've published hundreds of articles, some of which have been extraordinarily popular with our readers. Here's a look at the best of the best, our top five most-read articles of the past year:

5. 5 Critical Mistakes Made by Defensive Gun Owners

As our Straight Talk columnist, Sheriff Jim Wilson offers up common-sense advice geared toward personal protection, concealed carry, home defense and more. In one of his most-popular stories of the year, he outlined the mistakes he sees defensive gun owners make the most, often with unfortunate consequences. Make sure you're avoiding these potential issues by checking out his list.

4. 63 Brand-New Handguns Released in 2018

As the NRA Official Journal that focuses most on concealed carry and personal defense, handguns are the bread-and-butter of much of our content here at Shooting Illustrated. At the beginning of the year, Shooting Illustrated staff reached out to every manufacturer we could and came up with a comprehensive list of new handgun introductions. Take a look at the list and see if you missed any.

3. 14 Great Pocket Pistols for Personal Defense

In the concealed-carry market, pocket pistols are some of the most-popular options for today's defense-minded citizens. These micro-size handguns can be easily carried in a variety of ways, and their versatility makes them a go-to choice for many, either as a primary or backup defensive arm. Here's a list of 14 great options currently on the market.

2. 5.56 NATO vs. .223 Rem.: What's the Difference?

Over the last few years, the AR-15 has become one of the most popular firearms in America, and firearm owners have been getting in on the customization options offered for the platform. However, there are certain elements of the gun that many aren't familiar with. Some guns are marked 5.56 NATO, others are marked .223 Rem, but both cartridges look the same, right? We set the record straight on what differentiates these two popular rifle rounds.

1. Firearm Practice on a Budget

While many are understandably concerned about the up-front cost of firearms, the long-term reality of having a defensive firearm means that much more is likely invested in ammunition and training. If you're strapped for cash, how can you keep your firearm skills sharp? How can you improve? Here are a few tips for training and practicing on a budget in an article that, by far and away, was our most-popular story of 2018.



Controlling the Reactionary Gap

More space equals more time equals more opportunity to solve the tactical problem. The converse is also true: Less space equals less time equals fewer opportunities to solve the tactical problem. How can you create and control the reactionary gap affording you a tactical advantage when bad things happen to good people?

First Look: Mauser M18 Savanna Bolt Action Rifle

Blaser Group is adding a new bolt action rifle to value-oriented Mauser M18 stable of rifles.

Shotguns: What’s New In 2022

Although I tend to believe being well trained with any shotgun is better than being untrained with the best one, why not be well trained with a great gun? To that end, here are a few defensive shotguns for all tastes, and all-new for 2022.

First Look: DeSantis SlimTuk for the SIG Sauer P365

A new IWB holster option for a popular subcompact defensive pistol.

Springfield Armory Announces Gear Up Promotion for All Striker-Fired Pistols

Three free magazines and a pistol bag are yours when you buy select Springfield Armory pistols.

First Look: Gatorz Laser Defender

Protect your eyes from damage from more than one source of light.


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