Final Week of the March Gatness Reader's Choice Tournament

James Reeves
by James Reeves

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!” Source:
  • 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.
“TFB readers. Bubby. C’mon, it’s me, your old friend. The MP5. Just give me some votes….Guys…?” Source:
  • It’s weird to me that the outdated M1 Garand can handily whip the FN SCAR and get to the semis while the 1911 is struggling to beat its red headed stepsister, the Browning Hi-Power.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
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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  • Pete Sheppard Pete Sheppard on Apr 09, 2018

    I missed the wheelgun votes, but reluctantly voted for the Glock, despite my admiration for the High Power, because of the design's versatility. Despite its historical significance, the Browning was only truly successful in 9x19. The .40 version was more of a boutique gun.

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    • No one No one on Apr 09, 2018

      @Pete Sheppard I voted for the Hi Power just because the Glock (along with many other modern designs) are based on the Hi Power only with much less parts used and a polymer frame, memory serve me, some of Browning's early design drawings of the Hi Power were even striker fired.

      I won't be shocked or that salty if the Glock wins though since the prodigal son so to speak here sparked a new wave of designs that are quickly taking over LEO and Military contracts left and right replacing their hammer fired, all metal frame counter parts and are equally popular with civilian shooters.

  • Ark Ark on Apr 09, 2018

    Now, remember, only ONE of these guns defeated the Nazis.

    So, if you vote against it, you like Nazis.

    • No one No one on Apr 09, 2018

      @Ark The Mosin Nagant lost in the first round though?