Final Week of the March Gatness Reader’s Choice Tournament

    Last month, TFB published the “March Gatness” tournament – a readers’ choice bracket tournament to determine which rifle, revolver, and handgun is the best of the best (or at least the readers’ favorite). The winners will be featured in a TFBTV video.

    To vote, go to

    We are in now in the final week of the March Gatness Tournament. There’s about 6 hours left in the Rifles semi-finals (so get in there and vote!) and only 3 hours left in the auto-pistol semis. And we have a CHAMPION in the revolver tournament!


    Over 16,000 votes have been placed in the Automatic Pistol Tournament. The Glock 19 is SLIGHTLY leading the CZ75 and the Hi-Power is SLIGHTLY leading the 1911. Get over there and vote now. Unless you are voting against the Glock 19, then just do whatever….people like you do.

    To go straight to the Auto Tournament, click here:


    Over 15,000 votes have been cast to decide the BEST rifle in the world. Here are the results leading up to the semis. ONLY A FEW HOURS LEFT TO VOTE THIS ROUND!

    To go straight to the Rifle Tournament, click here:

    “IVAN, FAL has beaten glorious Kalash platform in March Gatness tournament!”

    • Wow, no Russian bot vote meddling in the Rifle division as the FAL stomped the AK. The mighty FAL raked in double the votes of one of the finest variants of the ubiquitous AK, the Bulgarian Arsenal SAM-7SF. The FAL goes on to face the…
    • Colt M4. I’m not really that suprised that a current service rifle of the US armed forces would beat Hans Gruber’s SMG of choice, but what I didn’t expect is that the MP5 would be beat by almost 3 times the votes.
    Die Hard

    “TFB readers. Bubby. C’mon, it’s me, your old friend. The MP5. Just give me some votes….Guys…?”

    • It’s weird to me that the outdated M1 Garand can handily whip the FN SCAR and get to the semis while the 1911 is struggling to beat its red headed stepsister, the Browning Hi-Power. Go figure. Anyways, the M1 faces the Barrett 82A1 and has a slight edge, after outlasting the StG44 in the last round.


    And the winner of March Gatness #1 is…the Colt Python!

    GUYS, I’m not saying that the Colt Python didn’t deserve to win this tournament but…WHY?

    Why did the Colt Python, a gun that has been out of production for decades, that probably 90% of the 1000+ people who voted for it have never handled, why did it beat some of the best current production revolvers on the market? Explain it to me in the comments and I’ll pin the best answer.

    Again, the Python is a fantastic revolver, but I certainly don’t understand the cult following around this classic revolver, much less why it absolutely crushed every single Ruger and S&W offering it faced. This revolver tournament wasn’t even fun. This was turning Mike Tyson on a daycare. The Python left a wake of smashed cranes and split cylinders in its wake, with not one competitor coming close to defeating it. The eminently capable and versatile 5/686 series came closest, but still got trounced by 100 votes. Wow.

    Congratulations to the reigning champ of March Gatness (Revolver Div.) #1, the Colt Python!

    James Reeves

    • NRA-licensed concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present
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