NRA Publications will present its annual Golden Bullseye Awards and Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award at an invitation-only breakfast during the 2011 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits next spring in Pittsburgh.
“With hundreds of shooting and hunting related products introduced each year and covered in our magazines, it is a challenge to review and select the firearms, ammunition products and related accessories most worthy of the Golden Bullseye Award,” said Joe H. Graham, Executive Director of NRA Publications. “This much-coveted award, now in its ninth year, is a symbol of excellence, innovation and quality in firearms, accessories and related equipment. Our congratulations to the winners.“
Whereas the Golden Bullseye Award acknowledges the finest products available in the shooting sports, the Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award specifically honors outstanding personal achievement. “The Pioneer Award spotlights the exemplary achievement and cumulative body of work of an individual, members of a team or partnership, or family who were responsible for the development and introduction of shooting equipment that has made a profound, positive and enduring impact on the way Americans shoot and hunt,” said Joe Graham.
The winners of the 2011 Golden Bullseye Award are:
- For American Rifleman, NRA’s 125-year-old flagship publication: Rifle of the Year, Nosler Model 48 Trophy Grade; Shotgun of the Year, Remington Versa Max; Handgun of the Year, Taurus PT 740 Slim; Tactical Gun of the Year, Les Baer Tactical Recon Bolt Action Rifle; Ammunition Product of the Year, Speer DeepCurl Bullet; Optic of the Year, Bushnell Fusion 1600 ARC Binocular/Rangefinder; and Accessory of the Year, RCBS AmmoMaster Chronograph.
- For American Hunter, the world’s largest all-hunting magazine: Rifle of the Year, Thompson/Center Venture; Shotgun of the Year, Savage 220 F; Ammunition Product of the Year, Federal Prairie Storm; Optic of the Year, Redfield Revolution Riflescopes; Gear of the Year, Browning Full Curl Wool 3-in-1 Parka; and Vehicle of the Year, 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 4x4 Duramax Diesel.
- For Shooting Illustrated, NRA’s newsstand monthly: Rifle of the Year, Bushmaster ACR; Shotgun of the Year, Remington Model 887 Nitro Mag Tactical; Handgun of the Year, SIG Sauer P226 E2; Ammunition Product of the Year, Hornady Critical Defense 12-gauge 00 Buckshot; Optic of the Year, SpecterDR 1-4x by ELCAN; and Accessory of the Year, CrossBreed Holsters BedSide Backup.
The winner of the 2010 Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award is Melvin Forbes, founder and president of New Ultra Light Arms. As a young West Virginia master gunsmith, Forbes had a vision of a hunting rifle weighing less than 6 pounds, including scope and mounts. It also had to be consistently reliable and accurate. Forbes introduced his masterpiece at the 1985 SHOT Show and the rest is history. His revolutionary approach to reducing weight from the bolt-action rifle, while sacrificing none of the inherent accuracy and dependability, created a template that has been copied by many. For a quarter-century, hunters have banked on superb performance in easy-carry rifles from New Ultra Light Arms.