Though this year may have had lots of unexpected twists and turns, one thing has remained constant: our appreciation for our customers and readers. We want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and let you know that we’re grateful for your loyalty. Be sure to check out the Cheaper Than Dirt website for the best deals on firearms, ammunition, parts, accessories, and more. 

In celebration of the holiday, we wanted to reflect on all that was covered over the year. Here are the top 10 stories of the past year. 

best bear country guns

When headed into bear country, it’s best to pack the right gear. A defensive sidearm in a competent caliber is of utmost importance. It needs to be rugged, dependable, and powerful, but most importantly, you need to train with it. Here are the best handguns for bear defense. 

A quality firearm doesn’t always have to cost an arm and a leg. Some incredible firearms are produced overseas for cheaper and then imported into the States. Turkey is a huge source of these firearms, with a Turkish business directory listing over 260 companies producing firearms. But all are not created equal, these are the best handguns from Turkey. 

When it comes to guns for older shooters, there are many misconceptions. All are not disabled, but getting old isn’t for the faint of heart. All of us have been diminished in ability in some ways, whether it be less visual acuity or a loss of muscle mass, but that does not mean we must be defenseless. Here are the best firearms for older shooters. 

The Smith and Wesson M&P Folding Pistol Carbine, or FPC, is a 9mm carbine designed for home defense. The firearm folds in half for convenient transport and storage, and the stock features an additional compartment for spare magazines. But how does it stack up against the competition? 

Auto Ordnance GI WWII 1911A1

The 1911 pistol has been serving shooters for over a century and there are plenty of quality examples. This sidearm can be as much a work of art as it is a defensive tool. Cost can also equate to that of a used car, but it doesn’t have to. Here are five affordable 1911 handguns that absolutely perform. 

The AR-15 is no doubt America’s rifle. However, it isn’t the only rifle. The AK platform is well known for its legendary reliability, simplicity, and durability. It is certainly a defensive rifle worth its place in the safe. Here are five reasons why you need to own an AK rifle. 

Most shooters own a variety of .22 rimfire rifles. There are quite a few experienced shooters who feel that you are not a serious shooter if you don’t own several .22 rifles. There is some truth to this. There are many factors involved in choosing a .22 rifle. For some, the .22 is a recreational rifle for pure fun; for others, the .22 LR is used to hone marksmanship. Regardless, the experience is vital to your growth as a shooter. 

Slimline 9’s are dominating the concealed carry market, and for good reason. With 15+1 rounds of 9mm on deck, a compact carry profile, and dependable striker-fired action, is the Springfield Hellcat Pro the new Glock 19, or something else entirely? 

10mm 1911 Magazines and Ammo

If you’re tired of the 9mm compromise, take a step up to the 10mm Auto. With improved ballistic performance comparable to the .357 Magnum and improved capacity compared to the .45 ACP, the 10mm leaves little to be desired in terms of a defensive sidearm. For those looking to bring the heat, these top ten 10mm handguns would have Jeff Cooper smiling. 

The Henry Homesteader brings a classic feel to a modern solution. PCC’s tend to be very high-speed, low-drag, tactical numbers. The Homesteader turns that on its head with some quality wood and steel. However, the 9mm carbine can still be converted to accept popular Glock, SIG, or S&W pattern pistol magazines and modern optics. 

What was your favorite story from the past year? Did it make the list? Share your thoughts in the Comment section.

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