NASGW & POMA Announce Finalists for the 2021 Caliber Awards

Posted by NASGW on 10/7/21 6:15 AM

caliber-awards-logoThe National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) in partnership with the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), have chosen the top three products in six categories including: Best New Rifle, Best New Handgun, Best New Shotgun, Best New Ammunition, Best New Optic, and Best New Accessory. An independent panel of 18 industry judges, comprised of NASGW members and POMA members, selected the finalists in each category. In order to qualify, manufacturers needed to be a NASGW member in good standing and the product must have been publicly released between November 2020 and prior to this year’s Expo. "Despite the cancelation of last year's NASGW Expo, the Caliber Awards have continued to grow in notoriety across the shooting sports industry," said Kenyon Gleason, NASGW president. "This year we have another lineup of outstanding finalists for each of our six categories and we can't wait to announce the winners at the Expo in Columbus, Ohio."

The Caliber Awards offer a unique, unbiased approach to recognizing and honoring new innovative products. The voting panel is comprised of the people who buy and sell these products on a daily basis as well as the media members who review and report on these products in the field.

"The Caliber Awards are such a great industry award because of our voting and selection process," said POMA Executive Director Thomas MacAulay. "It's a true honor to be selected as a finalist out of all the amazing new products across the shooting sports industry."
Over 130 submissions were narrowed down by the panel to three finalists in each category. Judges were asked to consider the uniqueness, market need, the value of the product, the ingenuity, and presentation. The finalists for this year’s Caliber Awards are:

Best New Accessory

  • Caldwell - E-Max FDE Shadows
  • Streamlight - WEDGE®
  • TactaLoad - FLASH-5

Best New Optic

  • American Technology Network - ATN X-Sight LTV
  • Holosun Technologies - Advanced Enclosed Micro Sight
  • Leupold & Stevens - DeltaPoint Micro

Best New Ammunition

  • Federal - HammerDown
  • Federal - Personal Defense Punch Rimfire 22 LR
  • Remington - Core Lokt Tipped

Best New Handgun

  • Ruger - LCP® MAX
  • Smith & Wesson - Shield Plus
  • Taurus - GX4™

Best New Rifle

  • Bergara - BMR Rimfire Carbon Fiber Rifle
  • Christensen Arms - Modern Precision Pistol (MPP)
  • Daniel Defense - DELTA 5 PRO

Best New Shotgun

  • Beretta - A300 Ultima
  • TriStar Arms - Bristol Side by Side
  • Rock Island Armory - VRF14

Winners for the NASGW-POMA Caliber Awards will be announced on October 26th at the annual NASGW Appreciation dinner at the NASGW Expo. 

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers is comprised of wholesalers, manufacturers, independent sales reps, media and service providers - both national and international - all of whom are primarily focused on shooting sports equipment and accessories. As a trade association representing the business interests of its members, NASGW’s mission is to bring shooting sports buyers and sellers together. For more information about the NASGW, visit the association’s website at

About POMA
POMA continues to uphold its tradition of promoting excellence in communications at all levels. This includes connecting the companies and organizations whose focus is the outdoor industry with the content creators who can help tell their stories and promote their products.

For More Information Please Contact:
Gregg Alexander
National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers

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