GENESEO, ILL. (1/19/22) – Springfield Armory® is proud to announce it has won the “Manufacturer of the Year” Editor’s Select Award as well as the top slots in the “Best Compact Handgun” and “Best 1911 Handgun” categories of Ballistic magazine’s annual Ballistic’s Best Reader’s Choice Awards for 2021.

In recognition of its many accomplishments over the past year, the editorial staff of Ballistic magazine awarded Springfield Armory the “Manufacturer of the Year” Editor’s Select Award.

“When it comes to new and innovative firearms and related product launches during 2021, it seemed that every few weeks we were learning about Springfield Armory’s next big project,” said Athlon Outdoors Editorial Director, Nino Bosaz. “From new Hellcat variants, HEX optics, 1911 pistols like the Emissary, The Armory Life print magazine, and the totally advanced SA-35, the big hits just kept on coming!”

In addition, two Springfield Armory products won the Ballistic’s Best Reader’s Choice Awards for 2021.

“As the name indicates, the Ballistic’s Best Reader’s Choice Awards are determined by our readers, and we had record turnout this year for the awards,” said Chad Adams, Digital Editor for Athlon Outdoors. “Springfield Armory’s products really resonated with our readers, netting the company these awards for 2021.”

Taking the “Best Compact Handgun” award was the Hellcat® RDP™, which stands for “Rapid Defense Package.” Paired with a HEX™ micro red dot and a Self-Indexing Compensator, the 9mm Hellcat RDP delivers fast target acquisition and rapid, accurate follow-up shots.

Winning the “Best 1911 Pistol” category was the Springfield Armory Emissary. This 1911 offers a defensive pistol with an air of custom refinement. It has a beautiful two-tone finish and a “Tri-Top” cut to the slide for custom-grade styling.

“We are extremely proud Springfield Armory won these esteemed awards from Ballistic magazine,” says Steve Kramer, Springfield Armory’s Vice President of Marketing. “Being selected by both the magazine’s editors and its readers shows that Springfield Armory is developing the products shooters want and demand.”

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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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