Favorite gun rag


Straight Shooter
February 27, 2009, 11:36 AM
What's your favorite gun magazine (the kind you read)?

Which ones have the best articles, gun reviews or tactics write-ups or just plain gun porn? NRA mags count.

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February 27, 2009, 11:55 AM
I used to subscribe to Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, PA Game News and the American Rifleman. Guns & Ammo and Shooting Times and Outdoor Life began to be nothing but advertising and I dropped them. Now they are less advertising or more focused gun advertising but the reports are geared toward idiots and they are 3 paragraphs long. They would never say anything derogatory about the new 1911 or Rem 700 or the new 300 wiz bang magnum. The other magazines are all about AR-15 M4ery and what the new thing is to hang on the AR that the "Operators" are using in Bangastan. It just gets to be too much. Ive been a cop for 25 years and I know what works and some of these puke writers who flit from gun school to gun school and then write these self defense pieces about how you need a $2500 custom AR-15 for home defense are crazy. That said... I still like American Rifleman, a new magazine called the Backwoodsmen is good, I recently subscribed to Shooting Sportsmen the photography is great and the stories are good if you like double barrles and bird hunting. I miss good stories and write ups. I miss Skeeter Skelton. The Fortier guy in Shotgun News is promising. My 2 cents.

February 27, 2009, 11:56 AM
Zero, none. Stopped that stuff 10 years ago, when I noticed a trend of writers pushing the so called merits of a particular rifle, pistol or ammo, that afterwards failed to live up to the hype. I am currently, highly suspicious of gun writers' agenda.

February 27, 2009, 11:59 AM
This and a number of other websites have completly replaced print media for me.

February 27, 2009, 12:36 PM
Favorite gun rag is an old diaper and like most print media, they are full of the same thing.

Magazines are ad biased rags not worth the dead trees they are written on.

February 27, 2009, 01:04 PM
NRA's American Rifleman

February 27, 2009, 01:21 PM
I've tried most of them at some point or another. I would have to say that my favorite is Guns the Magazine.

February 27, 2009, 01:50 PM
there is only one gun mag that i like and that is SWAT. others are ok, but not good enough for me to subscribe too.

February 27, 2009, 01:58 PM
Precision Shooting, Small Arms Review, and SWAT.

February 27, 2009, 02:00 PM
I look through whatever is on the rack just to see what's new or get some company web addresses for surfing. It's a sad state when the ads are the best part of a magazine. For any real info I go to this obscure site full of well-versed gun nuts known as THR.

February 27, 2009, 02:04 PM
+1 for SWAT. Hokey name, but good writing. I especially like Stuart Rhodes' column every month called "Enemy at the Gate".

February 27, 2009, 02:07 PM
Smallarms Review. Certainly there's no other magazine that has IN DEPTH articles on the MP28-II smg or a pictorial history of the RPG-7.

February 27, 2009, 03:25 PM
This and a number of other websites have completly replaced print media for me.+1

I don't understand why anyone would subscribe to them. Reading them/sifting through them is very time consuming.

February 27, 2009, 07:22 PM
I'm mainly interested in older firearms, so the only publication I subscribe to now is the Double Gun (& Single Shot) Journal. It is a very high quality, quarterly, publication using mainly freelance writers. Most of the articles deal with vintage to antique fireams. I highly recommend it!

February 27, 2009, 07:44 PM
Guns & Ammo and America's 1st. Freedom.:)

February 27, 2009, 08:22 PM
1. American Handgunner.
2. Rifle.
3. Shooting Times.
4. Oregon Hunter.

February 27, 2009, 08:38 PM
i don't have time to read any mags, but if i did, it would be swat and precision shooting

February 27, 2009, 08:46 PM
Dead T-Shirts.


February 27, 2009, 10:27 PM
Gun Tests. It gives no-nonsense reviews of guns they buy off the shelf and test letting the chips fall where they may. They are not afraid to pan models which the writers of the major magazines have all written effusive reviews of if they experience problems with them. An added bonus is that there is no advertising.

February 28, 2009, 04:50 PM
American Rifleman isn't what it used to be.... but it has some good stuff.

I picked up Handloader recently and am thinking about subscribing.

Like earlier poster, I miss Skeeter. None of the other gun mags convince me to part with my money. Which is why I spend time here now, I guess.

February 28, 2009, 07:05 PM
I like GUNS, but the articles don't ever change. They just repackage them. The thing that I don't understand is why all of the authors are old and mostly obese. They don't really inspire confidence when they write about defensive shooting tactics. I think if they were faced with a threat, their overworked hearts would likely fail.

Duke of Doubt
February 28, 2009, 07:19 PM
Twenty years ago I used to read Guns & Survival, and dug on Leroy Thompson, Hal Swiggett and "Ankles" Ayoob. But nowadays it's all just puff pieces on retarded plastic guns; not anything I'm interested in.

February 28, 2009, 08:18 PM
I read what I can online and at my local Library.

I do buy Fur Fish and game and Combat handgunner if they have a article I want.

February 28, 2009, 10:40 PM
Ive always enjoyed Shooting Illustrated from the NRA(I guess it comes from the NRA because it always has their logo on the corner of the cover). The articles usually seem to be a bit more honest than some of the others mags.

Big Daddy Grim
February 28, 2009, 10:47 PM
American rifleman and GUN

February 28, 2009, 11:19 PM
What else is there to read on the can? Plus it helps confirm what may be a new popular gun. Whatever worth that is, is subject to question though. :)

March 1, 2009, 02:26 AM
Combat Handguns is my favorite by a large margin.
American Rifleman is number two.
Shotgun News comes in third.

March 1, 2009, 02:39 AM
Shotgun News is about all I read.

March 1, 2009, 03:40 AM
I guess I don't really have a favorite magazine, all have good articles now and then (based on the simple idea that even a blind squirrel gets an acorn now and then).
I enjoy finding the articles highlighting custom gunsmiths. You can only read so much butt kissing for the new Springlockenwalthersmithtaurus 4000 match grade plastic fantastic before those articles lose their luster, but reading about quality guns refined one at a time by true masters of the trade are always enjoyable.

March 1, 2009, 03:44 AM
"...Zero, none..." Ditto. The gun rags have become a marketing department extension. That and, up here, they sell for around $10Cdn with taxes.

Duke of Doubt
March 1, 2009, 09:33 AM
Yeah, I sort of forgot Shotgun News. Considered it more an ad sheet than a magazine, but Fred & Co. wrote some fun stuff a decade ago. Still, the ads were the best part. Frigging World War One howitzers, $5,000. How can you possibly pass that up?

Ben Shepherd
March 1, 2009, 10:14 AM
I enjoy Shooting Times. Seems they've leaned back toward content instead of advertizing lately.

March 1, 2009, 10:19 AM
American Handgunner. Great 1911 pics and decent articles.

March 1, 2009, 10:29 AM
+1 The Shotgun News ... for the classifieds. The problem with the slicks is that all of the positive reviews they write in virtually every issue are offset by the number of adverts they get from the same companies whose products they are writing positive reviews about.

Who was it who said, "24 botles in a case, 24 hours in a day: Coincidence? I think not."

March 1, 2009, 10:43 AM
American Handgunner, Gun Tests, American Rifleman, Rifle Magazine, Handloader.

American Rifleman used to be very objective. Now the authors shill just like the rest.

Gun Tests is the only magazine that will print strong negative opinions. Folks don't like reading a review that slams a gun they own, so Gun Tests is not well liked by many.

Pollyanna's are loved, Cassandra's are shunned.

Duke of Doubt
March 1, 2009, 11:26 AM
SlamFire1: "Folks don't like reading a review that slams a gun they own, so Gun Tests is not well liked by many."

Oh, I know. The problem is so bad I've seriously considered calling a meeting on it. I'm not kidding. But who would listen? Everyone's too busy collecting free test guns to care.

I used to read Gun Tests about a decade ago. I liked the fact that they called a turd a turd, but their writing was very "spare" in style. If you're going to slam a turdgun, better to catalog all of its specific failings rather than just shrilly denounce what could resolve to a matter of opinion.

March 1, 2009, 11:48 AM
American Rifleman and Combat Handguns. The rest are nothing but a high priced classified ads magazine with most articles written by amateurs

March 1, 2009, 12:34 PM
the only good ones are ones that cost 50 bucks for a quartley subscription. And it is money well spent. At least you know there is less of an advertising agenda and usually the magazine itself is of better quality for storage purposes, the writing is better far and away, and the photographs are beyond anything possible in the mainstream ones. After I got a few Steven Dodd Hughes books I started getting Shooting Sportsman here and there. Backwoodsman is good too. Double gun journal has caught my eye a few times and Small Arms Review is just plain cool.

I dont subscribe to any of them but I just pick them up at random for later after eating taco bell.

March 1, 2009, 06:31 PM
What interests one may bore another.

We shooters, although sharing an interest in the same subject, have a wide apetite for what we're hungry for.

I personally like American Handgunner. They publish almost any letter to the editor, even the one's that say "You suck!", so it's always an interesting read. They have a wide variety of gun tests and don't come off as preachy, finicky, or snobby about them. If they don't like something, they'll tell you.

I've heard many people grumble about their fixation on 1911's, though. (They do have an inordinate amount of 1911 articles....at least 3 per issue) but, hey, what's wrong with that? Go buy another 1911. Everyone should have three or four.

I'm not a big "GUNS" fan. It seems every firearm they review is awesome. (What? No bad ones?) And they have too much revolver and hunting rifle content. Like I said before, everyone has their own tastes. This might be a good thing for you.

Anna's Dad
March 1, 2009, 06:41 PM
The only one I read is American Rifleman and really only because it comes with my NRA membership!

I did read Guns and Ammo and Combat Handguns for a while but only because someone bought me a subscription for Christmas.

I'm sure there are some good mags (I believe I've read that Shotgun News is pretty good) and I do enjoy reading them even when I feel they are largely advertisements, but I have just never felt the desire to pay for a subscription.

Maybe someday when I have more free time (assuming print media exists at that point).

Dave Workman
March 1, 2009, 08:12 PM
Gun Week
Gun World
Gun Digest the Magazine
American Handgunner

Hollywood Marine
March 2, 2009, 01:01 AM
The Double Gun and Single Shot Journal, Shooting Sportsman, Shotgun Sports, Gun Tests, American Rifleman, Trap and Field.

March 2, 2009, 06:10 PM
I like Guns and Ammo mainly so when I worked in a shop I could have the drop on all the yahoos that read it and rushed to the local gun store to see it first hand. Of course the item in question is not even released yet to which I would ask the customer if they read the entire article where it state said item will not be released until _____.

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