5. Review: Ruger PC Carbine
The pistol-caliber carbine market heated up in 2018, with many competition shooters going to a more-affordable and controllable platform for competition use. This interest spilled over to the general market, as consumers found many benefits in the concept of a PCC. Ruger led the way in 2018 with the launch of its PC Carbine, and consumers fell in love with the flexibility of this platform.
4. Review: Smith & Wesson Model 360 .357 Mag. Revolver
Though certainly a tried-and-true area of the market for Smith & Wesson, the desire for lightweight concealed-carry revolvers remained strong in 2018. When S&W launched its new Model 360, consumers took note of the gun's scandium-alloy frame, powerful chambering, comfortable grip and more. Take a look at other features of this purpose-built personal-defense gun in our review above.
3. Review: SIG Sauer P365 Micro Compact
Possibly one of the most talked-about launches of 2018 was the innovative SIG Sauer P365, which incorporated an all-new magazine design to pack a larger number of rounds into a frame comparable in size to many of today's popular single-stack, sub-compact 9 mm handguns. Our Handguns editor got her hands on the new "Micro Compact" and discussed many of the features that had people talking all through the year.
2. Review: Wilson Combat Glock G19
Long-known for its line of custom 1911s, AR-15s and shotguns, Wilson Combat announced late in 2017 that it would enter into a new area of the market: customizing Glock handguns. Unlike other custom makers on the market, though, Wilson Combat wouldn't be selling ready-made, custom Glock pistols. Instead, consumers were offered a list of customization options, allowing them to choose select customization options for their already-owned Glock. We sent one in to see what the company could do.
1. Review: Ruger Security-9
Budget handguns have been and will continue to be popular, and one of Ruger's launches in 2018 focused on the budget handgun market: the Security-9. Despite the gun's simple, affordable construction, there are many features to like about this new handgun. See what consumers loved most about our most-popular review gun of 2018.