The firearms industry equivalent of the Oscars or the Grammys is undisputedly the Golden Bullseye Awards which is put on by the National Firearms Association (NRA) every year. The Golden Bullseye Awards picks their top choices every year for various categories including everything from pistols, rifles, and other firearms, all the way out to some more ancillary firearms gear like optics and hearing protection. The 2022 Golden Bullseye Awards has just celebrated its 20th anniversary and have selected its award-winning products based on a combination of factors including innovation, utility, reliability, outstanding performance, and value to the consumer. So today we’ll check out what their top picks were and what the NRA had to say about each of them.
I was surprised to learn that one of my favorite range items made the list this year and it isn’t even a firearm. The NRA selected Axil’s Ghost Stryke Extreme digital hearing protection earplugs. They selected this model of hearing protection for its “Bluetooth connectivity capabilities, non-interference with a cheek weld, extended hearing range capabilities, and superior sound quality.” I use Axil Ghost Stryke Extreme earbuds for most shooting applications that happen outdoors and I do find that they are quite useful. They normally MSRP for around $199.99 so they are quite pricey if you’re used using regular in-ear “foamies”.
This is another item that I still personally use on my daily carry gun but this time I am less surprised that it has made the list. The NRA picked the RMRcc based on the following criteria: “Legendary reliability, Ease of use, long battery life, fits a multitude of pistols.” I personally like the RMRcc because it just makes sense for today’s micro-compact pistols and for the fact that it gives people with diminishing eyesight a better option for aiming pistols over iron sights. RMRcc optics generally retail for around $699.00.
I’ve never actually handled one of these before but from what I’ve heard about them so far, Kimber’s first venture into the non-1911 market has been a huge success. The NRA picked the R7 Mako as the 2022 Golden Bullseye award winner for Handgun Of The Year for its availability with a pre-installed crimson trace optic, flat-faced trigger, one-inch width, and beveled edges for enhanced comfort. TFB Writer Nick C reviewed the Kimber R7 Mako in the fall of 2021 and he liked it for its concealed-carry focused design which makes use of a closed top slide that helps prevent foreign objects like lint from getting inside of the gun, and as a secondary bonus, also protects the micro red dot lens from carbon fouling. The Kimber R7 Mako retails for an MSRP of $599 without the optic or $799 with the optic installed.