NASGW-POMA Caliber Awards

The 2024 Caliber Awards

The 8th Annual NASGW-POMA Caliber Awards will honor the highest caliber new products in seven product categories, including the best new rifle, handgun, shotgun, ammunition, optic, best new accessory, and best new suppressor. We’ll also select an overall best new product award chosen from the finalists of all seven categories. The Caliber Awards are chosen by an independent panel of 18 industry professionals, encompassing hundreds of years of experience in the Shooting Sports Industry. The panel includes wholesalers and media members who stay on top of product trends and innovations year in and year out. This is the most objective process in the industry and finalists and winners are the best of the best. However, to be eligible to win, products must be submitted to the NASGW Expo New Product Showcase. If a product is not entered, it will not be included.

To qualify for the Caliber Awards, a manufacturer must meet the following criteria:

Caliber Award Criteria

  1. Manufacturers must be an NASGW member in good standing.
  2. The product needs to be submitted through the NASGW Expo New Product Showcase available on the Expo website.
  3. The product must have been publicly released between the end of last year's NASGW Expo and the beginning of this year's Expo.

Selection Process

All submissions will be narrowed down to a select list of finalists for each category. If your product is selected as a finalist, you will be notified. Voting will then be conducted by a panel of industry experts from the Professional Outdoor Media Association and NASGW to select a winner for each category and one overall best new product. Winners will be announced at the NASGW Expo Awards Dinner.

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2023 Caliber Award Winners

Winners for the NASGW-POMA Caliber Awards were announced on October 24th at the annual NASGW Appreciation dinner to durning the NASGW Expo in Columbus, OH.

Best New Accessory

  • American Tactical - Tritium Loaded Chamber Indicator
  • Angry Stag - LAWS-G1: Low Ammo Warning System
  • Caldwell - Flash Bang AR500 Steel Target Hit Indicator

Best New Ammunition

  • Hornady - 7mm Precision Rifle Cartridge
  • Remington - 360 Buckhammer Core-Lokt
  • Winchester - 400 Legend Straight-Walled Cartridge

Best New Handgun

  • FN America - FN Reflex
  • Smith & Wesson - Smith & Wesson M&P5.7
  • Springfield Armory - Echelon

Best New Optic

  • Holosun Technologies - Digital Reflex Sight - Night Vision
  • Leupold - Mark 5HD 2-10x30 M5C3 FFP
  • Sellmark - Wraith Thermal


Best New Rifle

  • Christensen Arms - Modern Hunting Rifle (MHR)
  • Marlin - Marlin® Model 336™ Classic
  • Springfield Armory - Model 2020 Redline

Best New Shotgun

  • Mossberg - 500 Turkey Optic-Ready Pump-Action Shotgun
  • Tristar Arms - Viper G2 Pro
  • Weatherby - ORION SxS

Best New Suppressor

  • Dead Air Silencers - Mojave 9
  • Rugged Suppressors - Alaskan 360Ti™
  • SilencerCo - Velos LBP

2022 Caliber Award Winners

Best New Rifle: Christensen Arms - Ridgeline FFT
Best New Shotgun: Mossberg - 940 Pro Turkey Optic-Ready Autoloading Shotguns
Best New Handgun: SIG SAUER - P365-XMACRO
Best New Optic: Holosun Technologies - EPS Carry (Enclosed Pistol Optic Carry)
Best New Ammo: 
Hornady Manufacturing - Hornady Outfitter® Ammunition
Best New Accessory: American Outdoor Brands - Caldwell Claymore Target Thrower
Best Overall New Product: SIG SAUER - P365-XMACRO

2021 Caliber Award Winners

Best New Rifle: Bergara - BMR Carbon
Best New Shotgun: TriStar Arms - Bristol
Best New Handgun: Taurus - GX4™
Best New Optic:
 Leupold - DeltaPoint Micro
Best New Ammo:
 Federal - Punch™ 22
Best New Accessory: Tactaload - Flash 5
Best Overall New Product: Taurus - GX4™

2020 Caliber Award Winners

Best New Rifle: Bergara - Mountain Rifle 2.0
Best New Shotgun: Mossberg - 940™ JM Pro
Best New Handgun: Springfield - Hellcat OSP
Best New Optic:
 SIG SAUER - RomeoZero
Best New Ammo:
 Federal - Force X2
Best New Accessory: Mantis - Blackbeard
Best Overall New Product: Ruger - 57™

2019 Caliber Award Winners

Best New Rifle: Ruger Precision® Rimfire
Best New Shotgun: Franklin Armory Reformation® RS7™
Best New Handgun: SIG SAUER P365 SAS
Best New Optic:
 Leupold Freedom RDS
Best New Ammo:
 Winchester 350 Legend
Best New Accessory: Mantix X10
Best Overall New Product: CVA Paramount