GENESEO, ILL. (01/28/21) – Springfield Armory® is proud to announce it has earned the top slot in five categories of Ballistic magazine’s annual Ballistic’s Best Reader’s Choice Awards for 2020, sweeping all categories in which its products were nominated. Springfield Armory grabbed three semi-automatic handgun awards as well as the Best Bolt Action Rifle and Best AR-15 Pistol awards.

“As the name indicates, the Ballistic’s Best Reader’s Choice Awards are determined by our readers. For 2020, we had a record turnout, as each category saw more than 12,000 unique votes,” said Matthew Hogan, director of digital content for Athlon Outdoors. “Springfield Armory was nominated for a total of five Reader’s Choice Awards and swept all five categories. I think that says something about how Springfield’s recent innovations resonate with readers.”

Taking the “Best Full Size Semi-Auto Handgun” award was the XD-M® Elite 9mm, featuring the new META™ trigger as well as an extended and flared magazine well and much more. For “Best 1911”, the Springfield Armory Vickers Tactical Master Class 1911 .45 took top honors. This Lipsey’s Distributor exclusive pistol was developed with Delta Force legend Larry Vickers to his exacting specifications. The exciting Hellcat® micro 9mm snagged the “Best Compact Handgun” award, combining excellent ergonomics with amazing capacity, having taken the CCW market by storm.

Winning the “Best AR Pistol” category was the Springfield Armory SAINT® Edge PDW, an ultra-compact yet capable 5.56mm personal defense tool built with premium components. And lastly, the new Model 2020 Waypoint in 6.5 Creedmoor — featuring extensive use of cutting-edge carbon fiber — took the “Best Bolt Action Rifle” category. With an accuracy guarantee of .75 MOA, the rifle delivers the accuracy and performance you should demand from a custom-grade rifle. Additionally, Springfield Armory was selected for the Ballistic “Editors’ Select Award for Best New Direction” for the Model 2020 Waypoint bolt-action rifle.

“We were first wowed by Springfield Armory’s new Model 2020 Waypoint when we shot it at Athlon Outdoors’ annual Rendezvous 2020 event in Idaho,” says Athlon Outdoors Editorial Director Nino Bosaz. “Aesthetically speaking, it looks like it’s born out of a high-end custom shop. The Model 2020 Waypoint surely is destined to lead the way for big-game hunters for years to come.”

“We could not be more proud for Springfield Armory to have won so many of these esteemed awards from Ballistic magazine,” says Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s Vice President of Marketing. “The fact their readers chose our brand every time they had the option speaks to the quality of the firearms Springfield Armory is producing.”

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About Springfield Armory®

In 1794, the original Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, nearly two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, Ill. revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy.

We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers. For more information, please visit us at:


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