Gun magazines and people's reactions to them


February 9, 2003, 06:36 PM
So, I was at a Debate tournament this weekend, and I was really surprised at how many people were shocked and appalled at the fact that I was reading a *gasp* gun magazine. It was the annual Guns&Ammo buyer's guide, and a countless number of people acted like they were shocked at the fact that I was reading a gun magazine at such a "sophisticated" event. One guy even called me a creep for reading a "gun magazine". Of course, he tried to bring up the fact that guns kill people, and I gave him the example of cars and knives and he quickly shut up. Do you ever get funny looks for looking through a gun magazine? As for me, I'm going to keep on reading gun magazines, hell- I'll make SURE that I bring a gun magazine to every single Debate Tournament I goto now. :evil: :neener:

By the way, I thought the magazine was very informative. I loved the article on the SAA. I've always preffered Semi's over Revolvers, but that article did much to change me. Still hate Glocks though. :evil:

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February 9, 2003, 06:41 PM
I get a free Gunsite calendar in the mail every year and I hang it behind my desk at work. I keep issues of G&A and Petersen's Hunting in the bathroom for "quality reading material". An issue came to me through the military mail distribution system while I was taking a class at Fort Jackson, SC. Some guy in my class gave me a funny look and asked me if that was appropriate material to have delivered to the classroom. I shook my head and told him that ignorance must be bliss.

February 9, 2003, 06:42 PM
you should see the looks when you read one on an airplane and this was Pre9/11!!!

February 9, 2003, 07:01 PM
I have trouble finding Gun Magazines at all in Canada.. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough.. Heh.. maybe its because I'm in a town that plays host to art's campuses, and it would frighten all the lefties... hmm... Wonder how my political studies lecture class would react to me bringing in an issue of SoF magazine... well..

Last time I tried to strike up a conversation about firearms at my campus (Trent University), I was blamed for supporting the First World War (funny as it ended 64 years before my birth).. Someone in my dorm told me that "World War one was fought with guns. And that if I support firearms I support War and killing." wow.. My sincere apologies to the world at large.. I did not realize that I am solely responsible for one of the greatest conflicts of the century. :banghead: I told him that WW1 would have been fought with swords and crossbows had firearms ceased to exist... to which he returned to answering machine mode of "people shouldn’t have guns" repeated to each and every one of my arguments.. It's like he had some kind of anti-logic force field, in which rational arguments, and statistical and historical information just bounced right off him..

Hmm.. Looks like I've gone a bit off topic of the original thread.. Oops..

February 9, 2003, 07:09 PM
But, before I retired I was a Dean in higher education. Higher education is an absolute bastion of liberal thinking in America and as anti gun as can be. Often I would stay in my office for lunch and bring out a copy of Guns and Ammo while I ate my sandwich. The looks I received from faculty and other administrators were from terror to horror but, being a Dean, not much was said. On the other hand many of the students were from rural regions, were very much pro gun, and they thought I was "cool". Go figure. Good shooting;)

February 9, 2003, 08:02 PM
i find reading Shotgun News on the DC Metro to be entertaining

sometimes i get a whole seat to myself


February 9, 2003, 08:20 PM
Ya know, I tend to hide it with a Newsweek on top. Just like if I am buying a Playboy. Silly I know. But then, there are those days, when I just brazenly shove it out there, specially at the Grocery store, to the gasps of all the soccer mommys.

Most of the time I am discreet but not ashamed.

February 9, 2003, 08:28 PM
you should see the looks when you read one on an airplane and this was Pre9/11!!!

Try reading a SWAT magazine with a photo of an "evil assault rifle" on an airplane while wearing a pilot uniform. :D

Funny thing, most people never say a word to me.

February 9, 2003, 09:29 PM
Every time I get a summons for jury duty I make it a point to take one with me to read while waiting. I have yet been picked for a jury. Coincidence, I think not.

Standing Wolf
February 9, 2003, 09:36 PM
There's a market near my house that gets no business from me: no gun magazines in the racks.

I used to shop at Border's, but no longer: no gun magazines in the racks.

February 9, 2003, 09:45 PM

Good one. I must try that sometime. That I work for an insurance company usually exempts me.

February 9, 2003, 09:47 PM
Standing Wolf,

Our local Borders carries plenty of gunzines. But our local Barnes & Noble carries more. I live in the middle of Illinois, half way between Chicago and St. Louis.

February 9, 2003, 10:43 PM
the borders on 95th st In the beverly district of Chicago Had one of the widest assortment of firearms magazines and books !! go figure......not allowed to own firearms but got the books?? but I noticed there was a layer of dust on some of them , Also got a dirty look from the check out clerk . when I said didn't need a gift reciept there for me . :D Hey flying 320 I want to fly on your airline !! could you imagine the looks from passengers when discussing weapons ??

February 9, 2003, 11:10 PM
My wife had surgery ten days ago. Several of us were in the hospital cafeteria waiting for her to be taken to a room. I pull out a magazine to read. My son,sitting across from me, saw several odd looks as different people walked by. There were no comments made that I know of. I think I've got good responses ready when the time comes.

February 9, 2003, 11:11 PM
I used to buy about 7 or 8 gun rags for long plane trips.
This might sound chicken**** but now I put them in my carry on
bag so I don't get hassled by the fedtards.

It was funny sitting in the 737 emergency row face to face seats
with a pile of Gun world, SWAT, SOF, Janes, American handgunner
and some survivalist newspaper. Once I finished reading I made sure to pepper them throughout the magazine pockets as I left the plane.

Mike Irwin
February 9, 2003, 11:59 PM
When I was working for American Rifleman I took a copy of an issue along to the endodontist with me to read while I was in the waiting room and in between phases of my root canal.

I was sitting with it on my lap, and the endo, a very nice Indian lady, noticed I was really nervous. I told her I'm scared as all hell of drills, the dentist, etc.

She looked at me, then the magazine, and said something like "but you're not afraid of guns?"

"No, but I'm the one with the guns, you're the one with the drill...."

That cracked her up, and she never said word one about me leaving back issues in her waiting room.

February 10, 2003, 12:41 AM
I fly quite a bit on my job (though not as much as I used to), and believe me, if I'm on a plane there's more than acouple of gun and knife magazines I'll read during the flight. I probably get less looks on the plane than from the goofy, New Age-pierced tongue-bitter feminists that populate most Barnes & Nobles. :neener: geegee

February 10, 2003, 12:47 AM
Once I finished reading I made sure to pepper them throughout the magazine pockets as I left the plane.

Haha! :D

February 10, 2003, 12:57 AM
There's another guy at my work who reads him, but he is also an *** most of the time so most people don't even talk to him... me on the other hand.

Annual Buyer's Guide: "Don't you have enough guns yet?"
Me, "I'd much rather look at guns I can't afford right now than look at different colored tile and carpet to make my house multicolored" Which is what they were doing.

RC Car magazine: "You actually play with those things?"
Me, "It's a hobby, it's fun, it's better than wrecking a real car." Which that person had done a year or so earlier.

Now at least, people seem more used to it. And there are actually a large number of gun owners who work there that I never knew about. Too bad none of them ever actually go use them. One guy as 2 new Glocks, 1 and a half years old, never fired. Another guy has 3 or AK-47 rifles, new. I told them I would gladly take them to the range to play with my guns! :D

February 10, 2003, 01:32 AM
No one's given me any comments, but I try to be discreet.

Couldn't help it on the airplane, but no one mentioned it.

February 10, 2003, 01:48 AM
Wow, that sounds awful. I have never had to put up with bigotry just because of my choice of reading material. Then again I live in Florida where half the population has a pistol in the glovebox and we actually like guns.

I have gotta try the airplane trick though, I could use a good argument where I get to call someone a nazi.

February 10, 2003, 02:31 AM
Heck Man: where I work, we have Shooting times, American Handgunner, Small Arms Review, Shotgun News, Gun List, Combat Handguns, every car mag you can think of, and much boating and woodworking/home working mags.
But FHM Maxim, etc.. is verbotten. its a sexual harassment preventitive. I like the gunmags better the others are just a tease:evil:

February 10, 2003, 02:36 AM
I usually buy my gun magazines at the Pike Place Market, then buy a hotdog and coke from the shop next to the newspaper stand, then walk over to the public seating area by the donut shop to eat and read.

No hassles, no ugly looks, and this is downtown Seattle.

February 10, 2003, 02:38 AM
In Oklahoma I have very few problems with reading material! :neener:

There was this one dude at a convenience store that was waiting in line to use the ATM that kept watching me as I was looking thru the gun rags. Hell, I wear a suit and tie folks, look more like Gov't man than I do a guy that would cause trouble, except I dress better. :D So anyway, after hearing a couple of whispers, I turned around, lowered my sunglasses and looked over the top of them at this dude and said, is there a problem I need to be aware of? NO Sir! I just smiled and took a magazine up to the counter, paid and walked out giggling.

Kahr carrier
February 10, 2003, 02:44 AM
I got weird looks when ,I took Soldier Of Fortune magazine to jury duty.:what: :neener:

February 10, 2003, 06:12 PM
Don't forget, we have freedom of press, freedom of speech, and freedom to express yourself (as long as the liberals like it - it's called "Stalinism").

February 10, 2003, 07:16 PM
when I got laid off the head of HR was instructed to follow me around to make sure I wasn't stealing anything per company policy. I had a big stack of magazines on my desk so I started gong through them and weeding out the onse I wanted to keep which ended up being a bunch of issues of combat handguns and other rags. when she saw the pile her jaw dropped and she looked like a deer caught in headlights, it got worse when I opened up my briefcase to put them in there, I had planned on gong to the range down the street during lunch so I had my browning and two boxes of ammo in there in plain view. poor girl looked like she was going to shake herself apart..........I just smiled and walked out.

aside from getting laid off from the best job I ever had it was a pretty good day, got to freak out an anti, go to the range and follow it up with lunch at hooters :)

February 10, 2003, 07:35 PM
That's hilarious.

Myself, I read the latest copy of Shotgun News on the bus to work. Get the looks, but nobody has had the guts to say a thing. Looking forward to that day.

Sometimes, a guy will lean over a bit and try and read along, or look at the real cool AK-47 ads.


February 10, 2003, 07:35 PM
It's indeed strange how differently people react to gun magazines compared to (military) aviation magazines.
One features guns, the other fighters, bombers, attack helicopters, ... :confused:

February 10, 2003, 08:32 PM
I work for an upscale Car Dealership(Audi Benz VW Porsche) I take my old gun rags you to the waiting room and leave them. I was amazed how many of the male clients were reading them. The female clients stick to Time and Newsweek.

Try finding a gun magazine in an airport.

I looked at several air ports in the US without any luck.

I'm traveling to Germany next month, I'll be taking a large selection of magazines with me on that flight.

February 10, 2003, 08:40 PM
Illuminatus99: Man, that really is pretty funny.:D I can only imagine what she told all of her friends around the coffee machine the next day. I'll bet if you ever went back to meet a friend for lunch, she'd end up running out the back door screaming. geegee

February 16, 2003, 12:21 PM
Try finding a gun magazine in an airport.

In the USAirways terminal at New York's Laguardia Airport is a newstand with a good selection of gun mags. Last time I was there I saw about six or eight different issues.

But, that's the best I've found in any airport I go through. SWAT and Shotgun News seem to be the hardest to find in any airport. Haven't seen either yet.

February 16, 2003, 12:37 PM
I flew to Tulsa last week and brought some reading material. Andy Stanfords Surgical Speed shooting and Loose Leaf Laws Gun Control in NY. I expieranced no foul looks or comments. I did expierance several positve comments from airport personel though. Several people stated they had there permitt too or were considering getting one. And the lady at the Xray machine just gave me a smile as I put those books through. The only thing that got searched was my bag when I checked it. As for the people on the plane I think they were more concerend that the guy who fixed our plane while we waited also loaded the luggage, and after we boarded the plane were informed by the stewartes that American Airlines doesn't have any mechanics in Syracuse:what: Talk about instilling confidence

February 16, 2003, 12:57 PM
The Anchorage airport has a pretty good selection of gun magazines. Only time I ever noticed getting a strange look over my reading material in the airports here in Alaska was when I was reading Unintended Consequences (with the dust jacket on).

February 16, 2003, 01:19 PM
Back when we lived in Northern Virginia (aka NOVA) I found that not only would a copy of G&A get me a seat on the metro, but my NRA instructor hat got me *real* fast service at Borders.:D

Had thought we'd left that behind when we moved to MO, until one afternoon last fall. My wife and I had been at a gunshow handing out "I am the NRA and I vote" buttons, and bumperstickers; as well as bumperstickers for local pro-gun candidates. With one thing and another we ended up coming through Jefferson City (our illustrious state capitol). My wife wanted to stop at an eatery she'd heard of at work, so we did. we both were wearing NRA buttons and candidate stickers and I was wearing my NRA-ILA hat. Man, you'd have thought we were outlaw bikers! Everybody got out of our way and nobody would sit anywhere in the same quarter of the eating area we were in. The most fun we have when this happens is to pretend not to notice at all...for some reason that makes the anti-s all that much more nervous....:D

February 16, 2003, 01:31 PM
Shortly after 9/11, I was traveling with a copy of the Farnham Method of Defensive Handgun Shooting in my briefcase. As luck would have it, I was selected for a random check at the gate. The security screener didn't bat an eye when he saw it, although one or two nosey passengers saw the book and gave me a quick look. Given the nonsense that was going on at that time, I'm surprised it didn't trigger more of a response.

February 16, 2003, 01:33 PM
I was going to say the same thing; you should see the faces on people when you are waiting to board a plane..

A buddy of mine was sitting next to me, I was "armed" with a Guns&Ammo, and he was reading my Winchester catalog.

People wanted to say something, but was too scared to :D

One time, I was reading a gun magazine on a plane, and an editor tapped me on the shoulder, he was reading the same magazine, he was an editor of another gun magazine, it was cool.

Another time, I was on the plane reading a gun magazine (oh, the life when I use to be a consultant..) and the guy next to me asked me what I brought along besides gun magazines to read... The book I had at the time, was about everybody being killed aboard a plane, that was hijacked by terrorists... He shutup after that :evil: :neener:

February 16, 2003, 02:35 PM
As a college professor in the Republic of **********, I have a lot of fun keeping the RKBA issue alive via several activities.

Yes, I "carry openly" (magazines, that is) and regularly leave back issues in the Staff Dining Room at the cafeteria. Sometimes they stay around for weeks; other times, they disappear overnight, which requires immediate replacement. Occasionally, I find a "kindred soul" who occasionally joins me at the local range. I'm trying to form the "College Rod & Gun Club", just to antagonize the liberal-socialists, but few others want to be that provocative.

I have a few pistols included in my computer screen saver in the classroom; no negative comments from students or management.

I also wear the NRA member pin in my lapel, and get no negative response; maybe it's because I'm 6' 3" and in good shape, notwithstanding my advanced age...

February 16, 2003, 04:31 PM
The most fun is at the grocery store buying 3 or 4 gun magazines. The cashiers usually give me funny looks. This is the most fun when I open carry.

Phil Ca
February 18, 2003, 12:28 AM
Back before 9-11 when I was still in the flying mode I always carried a gun magazine,knife magazine and a copy of SOF along with me. I always made sure to read and peruse them during the flight. While I usually got some strange looks I was never hassled by anyone.

When I worked as a federal officer I was taking a Model 19 S&W that I owned personally on a trip from the PRK to Oregon. The airline placed me in the first class section and told me I would be their "Air Marshall" for the flight. I made the trip up OK but on the return trip I checked the revolver in locked luggage. I did not believe my agency would have backed me if I had to act on behalf of the airline.


February 18, 2003, 02:34 AM
My funniest experience with gun-mags was long ago my wife sent me for some supplies at the grocery.

I wound up, not thinking about the sight, at the checkout with the following items:

1 box tampons
1 box pads
1 bottle midol
1 guns n' ammo mag

The clerk (a woman) just stared really funny at the stuff, and said "Um, I don't wanna know what your plans are!"

I just smiled.

February 23, 2003, 11:03 AM
The next step...

I just finished watching Shotgun Journal and American Shooter while sittng in the crew room here in NYC.

Yes, it did generate a few snide comments, but several people still sat down to watch.


I love my job.

February 23, 2003, 01:25 PM
Treatment at a couple of Barnes & Nobles ranges from indifference to the cold sholder. I can live with that, I'm not trying to get on their Christmas card list. I prefer indifference in my checkout clerks. :-)

I just finished up working an outage at a nuclear plant. The guards are all carrying AR15s, security is heightened, and they are xraying and handchecking your lunchboxes. All the while I'm carrying in Shotgun News and Gun List and not one word. They just had me move whatever was in the way so they could see my soda really was soda.

2nd Amendment
February 23, 2003, 01:46 PM
What is this "discreet" stuff I keep hearing here? Discreet is keeping the Hustler covered up. Discreet is keeping the Rosie or Enquirer covered up. Covering up the gun rag is simply bending knee to the tiny number of extremist parasites who get all the sheep out there stirred up. Scroom.

If they don't like what I'm reading they are more than welcome to get off my planet and stop sucking up my oxygen. :neener:

February 23, 2003, 05:52 PM
Stratocasters bite!:neener::neener:

Freedom in theSkies
February 23, 2003, 06:01 PM
What really bugs me is when I go to the local 7/11 to pick up a new gun mag, the girl behind the counter will invariably ask me in a low voice "would you like a bag to put that in?". It almost makes you feel like you have just bought a Hustler or Penthouse Mag.

Naturally, I walk out with the cover facing outward, so that all can see that I am a gun nut...:cool:

February 23, 2003, 08:11 PM
I've usually been treated with indifference when buying gun mags. The only comment I ever got was at a convenience store when the clerk asked me why I wasn't wearing my NRA hat. She wasn't being rude, turns out her family are gunnies. I did get a reaction when I checked a book out of our county library. It was Bill Jordan's "No Second Place Winner". The librarian looked like a tree hugger/ WTO protester type and she audibly gasped when she saw the book. Looked like she was shaking too. It was so much fun I think I'll try that again. I wonder if they are going to ban gun books after they ban guns? They seem frightened by both. :rolleyes:

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