We're gear obsessed. Here's how our recommendations work.

Creating helpful, reliable, authentic reviews of guns and gear is at the core of everything we do at American Firearms.

We’ve been at it since 2006, driven by a love of the art and science of the firearm. Every day our team tests the latest guns, accessories, apparel, and tech from our 10 acre Oregon office, which gives us access to our own range & testing grounds.

Our dedicated team of testers, photographers, and firearms experts is 100 percent obsessed with finding, evaluating, and reviewing the best gear in every 2A category. Our test team includes competitive shooters, authors, and contributors to some of the most popular gun websites on the planet.

We know how impactful finding the right gear can be — and almost more importantly how frustrating it is when you buy the wrong stuff.

We take our role in helping you find the best stuff seriously.

How We Test

Every month, we test multiple firearms and dozens of pieces of gear. Our team of test editors—some with firearm experience that precedes their adult teeth—evaluate each piece of gear across a range of use cases and conditions, weighing its performance against established benchmarks and personal experience.

We compare products against competing items to accurately provide insight into the right product, who it’s best for, and honing in on its shortcomings.

When we test we do so in real-world conditions that reflect the way you would use a product. When we think it helpful for making a more informed decision, we’ll do quantitative testing on important performance characteristics. We’ll measure the consistency of a rifle’s FPS from shot to shot or break down the weight of various CCW pistols. It’s fun for us, and helpful for you.

It’s certainly not possible to test every product and when we can’t run hands-on tests we’ll let you know. In those cases, we rely on our experience with similar items, extensive research, and professional feedback to highlight products we believe best fit the needs of the intended user. In many cases, our recommendations are informed by the gear we’ve had hands-on experience with.

How We Select Products to Review

Each piece is carefully selected by our test editors after rigorous research into the category, trends, recent product releases, interviews with product engineers and experts, and listening to reader feedback and consumer reviews.

A big portion of our job is to stay aware of the latest product releases (our weekly News Briefs detail the most important of these) so we can inform our readers of new gear we think you’ll enjoy or cool new stuff that belongs on one of our Best Of lists. We avoid reviewing products just because a brand asked us to, and never accept compensation for a review. Our editors independently select every piece of gear we choose o review. Beyond product compensation, we also won’t accept payment from any company for editorial inclusion in an article nor do we accept sponsored posts or link requests.

Success or fail, it’s all us.