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The 2019 Caliber Award Nominations Are Out

The third annual Caliber Award nominations are out now.

This is a partnership between the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). They come up with the best firearms and firearm-related products for 2019 each year that are standouts in the industry.

There are six different categories and one overall “best” product that walks away a winner for the Caliber Awards. It’s a big deal to take the top spot. An independent roster of 18 judges who are a part of the firearm industry in some important way do the voting in each category.

With 18 nominees overall, this comes from a list of almost 200 submissions in this prestigious event. Even though the awards have only been out for three years, it’s already something firearm makers aim to be recognized for.

The Final Awards

The final awards will be announced on October 22, 2019 at an appreciation dinner during the Expo. This will take place in Orlando, Florida at the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers Expo. People come from all over the world that are members of this important association to see the event that takes place over four days. This is a private, members-only event where people will get to see exhibits and showcases from industry insiders.

So, are you interested to see if any of your favorite new products made the list? Let’s find out which of the best new products are being recognized in each of the six categories.

Drum Roll Please… and the Nominations Are…

Handgun Category: 

Sig Sauer P363 SAS

Mossberg MC 1SC 9MM

Walther Q5 Match Steel Frame

Rifle Category: 

CVA Paramount

Remington Arms Marlin 1895 Dark

Ruger Precision Rimfire

Shotgun Category: 

Girsan MC312 Gobbler

Dickinson Arms Plantation Over & Under

Franklin Armory Reformation RS7

Ammunition Category: 

Winchester 350 Legend

Remington Arms Golden Saber

Hornady A Tip

Optics Category: 

Sig Sauer Romeo 8T

Trijicon SRO

Leopold & Stevens Freedom RDS

Accessory Category: 

Sig Sauer MOD X9

Mantis Mantis X10

Huntego Limited Clean Shot

Sig Sauer leads with the most nominations throughout all the categories. In determining the winners, the judges are going to look at the products with the most innovations and how unique they are for the market. In order to qualify for a nomination, each manufacturer must be a member of the NASGW in current standings, must have submitted their entries on time, and the product must have been released after the end of last year’s Expo before the new one.

The Best Overall Products in Previous Years

If you are curious about who won the best overall product at the last two Caliber Awards, it was the Sig Sauer P365 9mm Micro Carry and the Mossberg 590 Shockwave, which is a short barreled shotgun.

It will be interesting to see who comes home with the top prize this year. Which would be your top picks to win?


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