What magazines are you reading? gun related.


July 20, 2005, 03:48 PM
What mags are you guys really reading? I was over on another site and asked the same question. Seems folks may be just be buying for certain articles that might catch thier eye. Most seem to think the mags don't really have the reader in thier best interest maybe, the manufactuer instead however.

Let me know what you think.

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July 20, 2005, 04:04 PM
I occasionally pick up a copy of Handloader if it's got something of interest, but in general, I don't read gun rags.


July 20, 2005, 04:16 PM
Small Arms Review
SAR website (http://www.smallarmsreview.com/)



Tejas Gunwerks
July 20, 2005, 04:51 PM
I read SWAT and Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement. Occasionally, other magazines if an article instrest me.

Sharps Shooter
July 20, 2005, 05:13 PM
I subscribe to Handloader. I usually pick up a copy of Peterson's Hunting and sometimes Rifles or Rifle Shooter. My wife and I are both NRA, so one of us gets American Rifleman, the other American Hunter. But I'm thinking about asking the NRA to just put the money to better use rather than sending us magazines we never read. It seems like both magazines are just plum full of "preaching to the choir" articles.

July 20, 2005, 05:19 PM
Women & Guns (www.womenshooters.com)

Concealed Carry Magazine (www.concealedcarrymagazine.com)

NRA's Women's Outlook

NRA's America's 1st Freedom


I read others, notably American Handgunner, but the ones above are the ones I read every month.


July 20, 2005, 05:33 PM
GUNS (when they have articles of interest)
SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (more for news info and investigative reports rather than guns)

July 20, 2005, 05:39 PM
I buy Gun Tests (subscription), and Shotgun News (occasionally)
When I get to spend some time at the library or Barnes and Noble I'll read Swat, Small Arms Review, Gun List, and any of the articles in the Peterson Publications that interest me.

July 20, 2005, 05:41 PM
I don't get any.

July 20, 2005, 05:43 PM
Field and Stream and Outdoor Life - which I'm noticing are pretty much the same thing, so I'm going to let my subscription run out - although I may keep OL for Patrick McManus's articles.

Gun tests - will keep that current.

North American Hunter
American Rifleman

July 20, 2005, 05:51 PM
Shotgun News (which seems to be trying to re-brand itself as SGN) is pretty much it. I mainly read the historical and technical articles, and scan the ads. The articles about the latest techno-tactical-gee-whiz stuff generally get skipped or skimmed.

July 20, 2005, 06:16 PM
American Handgunner.

July 20, 2005, 06:20 PM
Small Arms Review
Varmint Hunter
Shotgun News

Those are subscriptions.
I do get The American Rifleman which I seldom read.
I sometimes pick something else up if it catches my eye. I mainly buy other gun magazines for the ads.

July 20, 2005, 06:24 PM
Well I read American Rifleman and G&A. I hope most people here are a member of the NRA and read one of the 3 magazines they offer with membership.

July 20, 2005, 06:49 PM
I read Shotgun News and Guns & Ammo.

Molon Labe
July 20, 2005, 08:02 PM
I don't subscribe to any of the gun rags. Too much nonsense and pseudoscience.

July 21, 2005, 10:08 AM
Thanks guys!

July 21, 2005, 10:19 AM
American Rifleman
Cowboy Chronicle

July 21, 2005, 10:34 AM
Used to subscribe to Shotgun News and Guns and Ammo.

Now I just pick one up from the bookstore if it I thumb through it and find an interesting article or two.

The Grand Inquisitor
July 21, 2005, 10:43 AM
I get Shotgun News every once in a while - and sometimes a friend gives me his issues (he subscribes) after he's looked through them for 10 minutes...which is about what I get from them.

I used to pick up the occasional random rag, but I mostly avoid them now because of the biased pap that is usually in all of them. The main reason I avoid them is because most of the articles are hand-jobs to whatever brand is being written about (assuming the advertise of course...) and most of the stuff they review will never even be available to me because I am not apart of the G*d given nobility...I am but a mere serf.

July 21, 2005, 10:46 AM
I get SWAT and Small Arms Review. Everything is else is read at the bookstore or a hand me down.

July 21, 2005, 11:07 AM
Small Arms Review and American Rifleman for me. SAR has stuff that is simply too politically incorrect for the Elmer Fudd magazines.

July 21, 2005, 11:11 AM
American Rifleman
Guns and Weapons for Law Enforcement (just subscribed)
Other gun mags at Barnes and Noble if there is an article that interests me.
My main grip with the gun rags is that I never see any negative info about a gun they are reviewing, I realize that gun ads pay their bills, but....... :rolleyes:

July 21, 2005, 11:12 AM
American Rifleman
Free Hunters
The other NRA hunting mag

July 21, 2005, 11:19 AM
Y'know, it continually amazes me that guys who get all their news & gun industry information from anonymous strangers on the internet would sneer at gun magazines.

The magazines, at least, are written by people with names. And the writers' livelihoods depend on telling the truth, or at least enough of it to sell the next article.

(And for those who don't get my point yet, here's some stunning news (http://www.theodoregray.com/PeriodicTable/TheOnion/FactualErrorFound.html) from The Onion!)


Did you know the word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary?

July 21, 2005, 12:26 PM
American Rifleman is a good one to get (or any of the NRA Mags) Even if you just flip through them, you are still supporting the "culture" by being a member.
The purposes gun magazines no longer serve are Legislative News, and new gun introductions.

With gun magazines, you can never take the material at face value. The best bet is to read something that sparks your interest and then check it out yourself. There is a fair amount of drivel hitting print simply because a writer has a certain number of column inches he has to produce for each issue.

None of the subscription mags (except for GunTests ) really have a Consumer Reports orientation. If they are dependent on advertising, they are unlikely to notice problems with their test samples. Gun Tests, Engledrum's old Gun Tests Magazines and the current and very good www.gunblast.com are a direct response to that long standing situation.

One long -standing writer once said in print that he though Glocks werent' very pretty. He later became very popular with Kimber and people were wondering why they were having problems with their new Kimbers when he had been promoting them so aggressively. One time he praised a set of grips he got from one of the manufacturers and used one of the the promo pictures as an illustration. I bet a lot of readers were pretty upset when they found out their grips had wide open grain and no finish.

Ayoob can be very interesting sometimes. You never know when it will happen but occasionally, he becomes very informative. When the Smith Titanium Snubs Came out, he did a thorough evaluation. Mentioned that they were pretty painful to shoot and then reported that his went out of time after about 600 rounds. More recently there has been some internet chatter about something he wrote about the new Smith and Wesson key safeties engaging themselves under heavy recoil.

July 21, 2005, 01:46 PM
I occasionally read Guns, but they have some goofy articles in the back sometimes. Still, pictures are nice.

Mr. James
July 21, 2005, 04:16 PM
America's First Freedom
American Rifleman
Shotgun News

and, occasionally, SWAT

July 21, 2005, 04:28 PM
American Rifleman, naturally.
Guns and Ammo, for Jeff Cooper, Col. Craig Boddington and Bart Skelton (he's almost as good as his father, Skeeter).
Small Arms Review
Shotgun News and Gun List from the newsstand on occasion

July 21, 2005, 04:45 PM
American Handgunner and Guns

July 21, 2005, 04:47 PM
American Rifleman
Firearms Instructor
Police Marksman
Front Sight
American Handgunner
Concealed Carry

July 21, 2005, 04:48 PM
Too much nonsense and pseudoscience.

That, and the pictures, are what make them so much fun. :D


Precision Shooting (and its dead sister, TAR)
Shooting Times
Concealed Carry

Package Discounts I Couldn't Resist (but probably won't renew):

Successful Hunter
Guns and Ammo

Gun Porn Extraordinaire:

American Handgunner

I Can't Get Them To Stop Sending It:

American Hunter (NRA)

July 22, 2005, 11:38 PM
American Handgunner
Successful Hunter
American Rifleman
and I have to re up on Gun Tests
As others have pointed out there is some bias in all of the gun publishers. And you have to some times read carefully. But the FMG line, the first two listed, and the Rifel/SH/Reloader group are pretty good. Been reading gun mags since 1968. Started with Gun's and Ammo, bough into Col Cooper hook line and sinker at the time. It helps if you read a number of article by the same writer, or several issues in a row. You quickly find out which fit your temperment and are reasonalbly stright.
Gun Tests use to get letters all the time about how bogus it was to reccommend or turn thumbs down on a gun on the basis of one example even though that's what all the mags, even car mags, do. What I found was that over time you could note trends and patterns in some brands. For example if you read 20 or 30 rifle reviews you would note that Brownings A-Bolts usually had the most consistant and best accuracy what ever version or caliber. Savages much less so and Rugers were hit and miss.
Now if that doesn't start a fight I don't know what will.

July 23, 2005, 12:36 AM
I don't buy any of 'em. In 30 some years, I've seen one article that said the subject firearm was junk. Every other article claimed the subject was the best thing ever. Mind you, just finding a gun rag in a retail book shop, up here, isn't easy. Chapters carries none and neither do most corner stores. Lots of porn, but very few carry any gun rags. We also get to pay sales taxes on them. $10 for a gun rag? No thanks.

July 23, 2005, 08:43 AM
American Rifleman
Shotgun News
Field & Stream
Gray's Sporting Journal

Admittedly, Gray's is more of an all-around hunting/fishing magazine, but it is a joy to read, not to mention the stunning high-end gun porn. :)


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