Favorite Magazine


June 14, 2005, 05:04 PM
Does anyone have a favorite gun magazine? I recently subscribed to Gun-Tests and it seems to be full of quality, unbiased information.

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June 14, 2005, 05:08 PM
I really like full magazines on Winchesters,...oh, wait, nevermind.

June 14, 2005, 05:15 PM
I always thought drum magazines looked good. Especially those on Thompsons and PPsh 41s... :evil:

June 14, 2005, 05:46 PM
I currently get the GUNS magazine. I like it but I think am going to let it run out. I want to get the combat handgun magazine but its only 6 a year.

June 14, 2005, 06:03 PM
You've probably never heard of it.


June 14, 2005, 06:03 PM
Concealed Carry is a great magazine (IMHO). It is well written and laid out. I also have a subscription to American Handgunner & like that one a lot. I reckon that I've subscribed to most of them through the years.


June 14, 2005, 06:16 PM
SWAT is the only one I currently have a subscription for.

Bartholomew Roberts
June 14, 2005, 06:20 PM
SWAT is also my only current subscription. Though I've toyed with the idea of adding Small Arms Review.

ETA: Forgot "American Rifleman" which I really don't consider a subscription so much as a side benefit of NRA membership.

June 14, 2005, 06:24 PM
Another "SWAT" only subscriber

SWAT Magazine (http://www.swatmag.com/)

June 14, 2005, 06:27 PM
I get American Handgunner and Guns magazines. Shooting Times is also pretty good.

Spreadfire Arms
June 14, 2005, 06:46 PM
i get 10 issues of Small Arms Review every month, i keep one issue and sell the remaining 9 at gun shows. they seem to sell out very quickly. it is primarily a Class III magazine however.

June 14, 2005, 06:48 PM
Shotgun News for me.

June 14, 2005, 07:13 PM
My favorite magazine? Normal capacity :neener:

Sharps Shooter
June 14, 2005, 07:28 PM
Handloader. I like Rifle and Shooting Times pretty well too.

June 14, 2005, 08:07 PM
i've been meaning to subscribe to precision shooting for a year now and haven't gotten around to it. i'm still reading the digest book of their articles from like, their first 30 years in print.

i had shooting times and guns and ammo last year and let both expire.

i get freedom first from my nra membership but rarely read it anymore.

i've been looking for a good magazine too, but nothing really seems to be oriented towards my interests. The gun magazines are either way, way too "tacticool" or way, way too "OMG!!1 TEH LIBBRALS R TAKINGG ALL UR GUNS !!!1! SEND US ALL UR $$$!!1!! SO WE CAN PAY OFF TEH REPUBLIKENS!1!! OK???" both are more annoying than I can stomach.

my perfect mix would be a large section on competitions (3gun, IDPA/IPSC, NRA HP, trap/skeet, etc), WELL-INFORMED articles on do-it-yourself stuff like customizing EBRs, and occasional guest columns by people like clint smith and l. awerbach and miculek and tubb (as opposed to the total non-sequitur ramblings of a single person who has apparently lost touch with reality). Reviews of revolutionary products would be ok, but I don't want to know everytime advertizer X comes out with a new flavor of skunk piss.

June 14, 2005, 08:24 PM
GUNS when they have articles that interest me.

June 14, 2005, 08:32 PM
I always browse through the magazine first and see if it has anything that interests me, I'm tired of wasting money on magazines that have obscure boring articles. I also buy the specials such as the 1911 special and the AR-15 special, those are usually very good. The money saved goes to ammo now. ;)

June 14, 2005, 08:33 PM

SWAT is the only one I currently have a subscription for. Weren't you in SWAT?

June 14, 2005, 08:38 PM
I suppose it depends on your interests...

I really, really like Handloader, mainly because I reload. I particularly like the articles by John Barsness because he's a guide, hunter, and practical shooter.

I appreciate the fact that he ridicules the chimps that change the shoulder angle 1 1/2 degrees, lengthen the case 3.2% and expect some miracle to occur. An elk hit with a .30 caliber bullet at 2,800 really doesn't care what the profile of the case was. If that's your thing, have fun. Just don't stand there for three hours and try to convince me that an extra 34 fps is gonna be any more beneficial.

Note that Handloader almost never has advertising from gun manufacturers. Dunno for sure, but I suspect this is because they won't roll over and endorse any and every product that buys space

I currently get G&A, but I'm gonna let that one go. It's a perfect example of what a gun rag should not be IMO. Their articles are blatantly centered around the advertising they can sell. It's real odd that they have a glowing review of the latest Acme Super-Blaster, then oddly enough there are two pages directly in front of and behind the article about the very same gun.. :rolleyes:

June 14, 2005, 08:46 PM
I get Guns & Ammo now because it was a gift from a friend. Years ago for many years, I subscribed to it along with Shooting Times and American Handgunner. I always did and to this day enjoy American Handgunner the most. I kept the sub for AH quite a few years longer after dumping the other two.

June 14, 2005, 08:46 PM
yeah, and you know, it's not the ads that bug me, cause i actually like to look at advertisements. heck, I used to buy the old _Computer Shopper_ magazines back when they were over 1000 pages and read the whole dang thing through several times each month.

the problem is that the mags dont' seem to realize that it's OK to not like a product. i doubt the majority of readers ever agree with the articles. they're just one guys opinion. the articles should be honest, and not so cheesy.

cracked butt
June 14, 2005, 09:05 PM
American Rifleman

June 14, 2005, 09:27 PM
Backwoods Home

Zeke Menuar
June 14, 2005, 09:38 PM
Double Gun Journal
Shotgun News


Rich K
June 14, 2005, 09:38 PM
The one in my Kimber 45.

June 14, 2005, 10:13 PM

American Rifleman, it comes free with my NRA membership. And yes, the membership would be worthwhile to me even if the magazine didn't come with it. After all, where else ya gonna get $2,500.00 of no S/N supplied gun insurance for $35.00 a year?


June 14, 2005, 10:31 PM
I guess I currently get Gun Tests, Shotgun News, and American Rifleman. I would probably keep Gun Tests over Shotgun News if I had to choose. I have gotten Gun Tests for several years now and have quite a collection of their reviews. Never had a problem with guns they recommended.

June 14, 2005, 11:35 PM
You've probably never heard of it.

Actually my dad gets Precision Shooting magazine. I find it way too technical for my tastes, maybe when i'm about 65 and retired i will read it. I picked up one issue and read about 5 of a 19 page article on what the best deodorant to wear while shooting some ammo with this type of loading out of your $45k custom mauser action or something like that. It was a real turn off to an immature shotgun/1911 boy like myself.

June 15, 2005, 12:17 AM
American Handgunner.

June 15, 2005, 12:25 AM
Rifle Shooter

June 15, 2005, 12:48 AM
I've subsrcribed to Gun Tests several times and each time I let the subscription run out. The non-professional (juvenile, not really the right adjective is it?) level of the writing and editing just got to me eventually. I kept trying 'cuz they've got a unique concept but eventually I just gave up; I guess to my mind the credibility of a periodical is somewhat related to their ability to write and edit. (not to imply that I have any strengths in those areas)

I've subscribed to G&A several times over the years. Each time I ended up thinking "what the heck was I thinking?" Once again I've fallen for it and have a current subscription but I'm thinking what redneck2 was thinking:I currently get G&A, but I'm gonna let that one go. It's a perfect example of what a gun rag should not be IMO. Their articles are blatantly centered around the advertising they can sell. It's real odd that they have a glowing review of the latest Acme Super-Blaster, then oddly enough there are two pages directly in front of and behind the article about the very same gun..

I've subscribed to Shooting Times, not bad, but let it go. If I wasn't trying to save a few bucks I might give it another try.

Currently subscribe to both GUNS and American Handgunner. Might re-new one or the other or both just to have some reading material when I have to sit down and ... think for awhile.

And American Rifleman which I'll have 'till the day I die if for no other reason than I'm a life member.

June 15, 2005, 01:07 AM
I remember American Rifleman was a pleasant surprise with NRA membership. I didn't expect it to be so well written and varied.

I like Gun Test, it's someone else's opinion of guns and related items. I'm not able to touch, fondle and test everything out there. These guys can and do, gives me another perspective. I'm not so concerned with the rough edges, it's the content and thoughts on products I want.

Like all business', I'm sure they will improve. They are getting to shoot and test this stuff and I support them in their endeavors. Gotta be fun, the hard part is sitting down after a long day of gathering data and then writing a coherent article without a runon sentence.


June 15, 2005, 08:02 AM
I've been waiting 12 years for Gun Tests to get better but it still reads like "Bill and Ted's Excellent Gun Adventure". I do get some info frm it though so I keep getting it. Just remember it's one sample of a gun reviewed by a couple of relative goofballs. Beats the repeated every 6 months articles in Guns and Ammo and Handguns though. I swear a few lines Jan Libourel wrote about the Taurus 92 showed up in 30 articles over 8 years.

June 15, 2005, 08:08 AM
I like Shotgun News. Its always good to know the going price for stuff so that you don't get ripped off.

June 15, 2005, 08:15 AM
I like Concealed Carry magazine. I recently renewed my sub. The others, well, I'll buy an issue when there's several good articles inside, but otherwise, I don't bother.


June 15, 2005, 09:16 AM
American Rifleman, Rifleshooter, Handloader.
Although, over time you realize most articles are reruns of subjects covered in years past. Then it sinks in that everyone isn't as old as I am.

June 15, 2005, 09:38 AM
"Guns and Weapons for Law Enforcement" and "American Rifleman" are the only two I currently subscribe to.

June 15, 2005, 09:55 AM
I have subscriptions to Concealed Carry and American Rifleman and will continue to do so. I'll occasionally pick up Shotgun News, Guns and Ammo, and American Handgunner.

June 15, 2005, 11:45 AM
I don't want to sit here and defend Gun Tests, but it has a been a good mag for me. When I started getting it, the only guns I knew anything about were those my Dad had. It was a good way for me to learn a little about a lot of different guns and brands that I wouldn't have given a thought to otherwise. I guess if you know a bunch of gun guys and have been there and done that, you don't need a mag like that. I guess I am not picky about writing and editing. :) Each to his own.

pete f
June 15, 2005, 01:45 PM
I like VarmintHunter, I used to buy Rifle and Handloader religously, but they have gotten off track and are now just mouth pieces for the shooting industry. American Handgunner I will look at for the gun porn and the ads about once a year. but mostly the shooting magazines suck. ALL of the Peterson group Magazines are just retreads of other articles previously posted with new layouts. Although now owned by primedia, the result is the same.

One problem I have had with American Rifleman is the inability to write anything critical about the shooting industry, I understand they can not say what they want to say about the jennings/raven/Lorcins because that ould come back to haunt them the next time they are in court. but it also taints the rest of the info they present. I E, Are they just saying nice things about the henry .22 to be safe or do they really like it?

June 15, 2005, 02:06 PM
I do like American Rifleman, i think they have some of the best feature articles out of any magazine, Last issue they had a double feature on the XM8 and Optics currently used by troops in Iraq.

The reason i just subscribed to gun tests is that i read a few of their articles and reviews and they don't seem to be afraid to say that they don't like something or that they think it is a peice of junk. I have been turned off lately by most gun mags because no one seems to be able to say that they didn't like somthing.

June 15, 2005, 02:47 PM
Currently, my only gun magazines say "Italy, Cal. 9mm NATO/Luger". :p

But seriously, up until recently I only got Shotgun News and American Rifleman. Both the SGN subscription and my NRA membership have since lapsed, though. :uhoh:


June 15, 2005, 03:29 PM
TechBrute, yes I have written for them a little bit.

June 15, 2005, 04:14 PM
The most interesting and useful magazine out now is Front Sight. Get it with your USPSA membership. Great articles on reloading, smithing, new guns/cartridges, history....

I also get Shotgun News.

June 15, 2005, 10:28 PM
Just became a subscriber a few months ago and I really like the down to earth "No B.S." approach of Concealed Carry Magazine. See their website at http://www.concealedcarrymag.com

June 15, 2005, 11:45 PM
I just got a subscription to Small Arms Review. Hopefully it will be better than American Rifleman. The NRA mags seem to be very NFA unfriendly with most articles catering to the Elmer Fudd faction.

June 15, 2005, 11:52 PM
SWAT (the wonderful new and improved )
Guns &Ammo

June 15, 2005, 11:56 PM
Shotgun News is a double goody for me. My main intrests are milsurps, and they always have great articles on those. Their last three issues featured the Enfield No. 4, Military rifles of Argentina, the MG34, US Military Bolt gun shootout, among other things. Those are guns you just won't fid written about in any other magazine.

Plus, I get all the latest sles from the gun companies, in an easy to browse format. I don't know if you frequent many gun retailers websites, but they are a real turn off unless I need something specific.

June 15, 2005, 11:57 PM
www.thehighroad.org is THE BEST GUN MAGAZINE EVER WRITTEN. I've been a member here for quite a while but can still find things I haven't read before and tons and tons of stuff that I HAVE read before but is still enjoyable to read again. I am a member of a few boards, some of you may recognize my name because I tend to use the same name on all of them. THR is by far the best all-around gun-related reading material that I can think of.

June 16, 2005, 12:15 AM
conceal carry magazine
American Hunter
america's 1st freedom

June 16, 2005, 12:30 AM
Another vote for Rifle magazine.

June 16, 2005, 07:56 AM
American Handgunner
American Rifleman
Combat Handguns
Guns & Ammo
Gun Tests
Guns & Weapons for LE
Shooting Times

I read 'em cover to cover...and keep them in boxes labled by year. Got quite a collection... :evil:

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