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Gun Rags; Useful or Useless?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by R.W.Dale, Jan 2, 2006.


Gun Magazines waddya think?

  1. Yes I find them entertaining and informitive

    81 vote(s)
  2. At least they make good bullet trap stuffin

    57 vote(s)
  1. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Elder

    Oct 14, 2005
    Northwest Arkansas
    Hello I'd like to know what people thing about gun magazines in general. Do you read through em carefully or just toss em after finding out an issue is full of the same recycled 1911 stories.
  2. Rob1035

    Rob1035 Participating Member

    May 3, 2005
    MD, USA
    I like them like I like car magazines, they are entertaining and its fun to read about stuff I can never afford. I take the "stats" witha grain of salt though.
  3. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Mentor

    May 5, 2005
    Garrettsville, Oh.
    More entertainment than information

    I read them because it gives me something to read at work during lunch, but have to confess that I'd often sooner read something else. Firearms are a way of life and a hobby, but it's rather like going to a mechanic for an oil change and he tells you about the newest model rather than changing your oil.
  4. Chris Rhines

    Chris Rhines Senior Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Potomac, Maryland - Behind enemy lines!!
    Mostly useless, although there are exceptions. I read every issue of SWAT cover-to-cover, and enjoy an occasional leaf through Small Arms Review.

    - Chris
  5. 308win

    308win Senior Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Ohio - The Heart of it All
    Good throne fodder.
  6. 1 old 0311

    1 old 0311 member

    Jun 26, 2005
    Planet Earth
    32 pages of adds...........8 pages of supporting the magazine sponsors.

  7. Preacherman

    Preacherman Elder

    Dec 20, 2002
    Louisiana, USA
    I think when one first gets into shooting, for a year or two, they can provide very useful background information and reference material. After that, you start to notice that the "new" articles about "new" guns sound suspiciously like the older articles in your back issues, and it doesn't take long to figure out that their main raison d'ĂȘtre is to sell you guns you don't need to replace or augment your already-perfectly-good existing arsenal. Around about that time, you stop buying them...

    Of course, Internet resources like THR have radically changed the picture in the past decade or so. Prior to that, you didn't have a universal forum like this to ask questions, search for previous threads, etc. Now, with this depth of information available, I find the printed magazines to be largely redundant.

    I'm getting more and more to the curmudgeonly stage where I realize that I can take all the deer I want with a good ol' .30-30, helped out at longer ranges by a good ol' .308. I don't need anything more than that for 90%+ of my rifle work. All the new Magnums and SSM's and whiz-bangs in the world won't make my hunting any more efficient or more fun than it is right now, despite all the magazine writers say about them. Works for me! :D
  8. whm1974

    whm1974 Senior Member

    Feb 10, 2004
    Keep in mind most shooters/hunters/whatever needs can be ment with a handful of cartiages and guns.

    With the right bullet and good aim you can hunt any game in the world with 7x57 mauser.

    With HP a 9x19 or .38 SPL will be fine for SD against two legged preditors.

    .22 LR does well for plinking and taking small game.

    Majorty of people needs would be meet with only three or four guns.

  9. silverlance

    silverlance Senior Member

    Jul 11, 2005
    In my Foxhole
    i remember going one year to an inuit village in alaska. they had all sorts of pelts in their houses and stores. since I knew i would never be able to legally hunt such animals (indian priviledges), i wanted to know all about how it was done.

    the woman shrugged and laughed when I asked what caliber, what kind, what distance...

    "all the animals that we hunted in this room were shot with a .22 caliber rifle," she said sweetly. "and i don't know i've ever really had to use a scope... it's just important to make sure that the bullet hits the head."

    bear in mind that in that room were foxes, seals, otters, birds, etc...

    previously, small game to me meant "squirrels".
  10. michael_aos

    michael_aos Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    Colorado Springs
    Funny how that works out. Seems like you have to go through a few rifles and a few handguns though, before it becomes clear.

    Lately I've been eyeing a .243 or 6mm BR to fill the void between .223 and .264...


  11. georgeduz

    georgeduz Member

    Dec 6, 2005
    peoples republic of nj
    i would have never known about jeff cooper if i didnt read about him in a magizine.does any one know if he is still alive.
  12. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    I'd like gun magazines more if they were more like the High Road and less like press releases masquerading as articles. The advertising is usually worth the cost.
  13. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Senior Elder

    Dec 29, 2002
    Los Anchorage
    I like "Rifle" and "Handloader" and I also like "Shotgun News." But I've found the big press mags and most of the "Tactical" mags to be less than useful. I have issues of "Handloader" marked up and tagged in my reloading box, which is as high a praise as I know of.

    I also pick up vintage collections of old gun mag articles from back in the days of Keith and O'Conner. In those days they weren't afraid to trash an advertiser's product if it was garbage. Now it's all about selling advertising space and keeping the real customers happy. We're just marks for the fleecing.

    Of course, even the best mags are really just the work of a very small number of gun writers who can't know everything there is to know. The good gun forums simply have a greater wealth of information than any magazine can ever have.
  14. Radagast
    • Contributing Member

    Radagast Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    I still buy American Handgunner for the gun porn, otherwise no. The forums provide all the info I need.
  15. GunnyBob

    GunnyBob New Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Gainesville, Florida
  16. exoduster18

    exoduster18 Member

    Oct 7, 2005
    Every chance that I get, I'm reading them. And I work in a bookstore......so whenever there is no customers in there I'm reading them then.
  17. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Elder

    Jan 1, 2003
    DFW Area
    Some good, some bad, some just ok.

    I skip the articles that don't interest me and if that ends up being too much of the magazine I cancel my subscription. I don't take as many as I used to...
  18. Crosshair

    Crosshair Participating Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Grand Forks, North Dakota
    I like Shotgun News. They seem to focus on surplus stuff and more "affordable" guns in general. Plus you get all the new ads for the surplus dealers. Guns and Ammo shows more of the high end stuff IMHO. But it is goot to keep up on all the newest toys. Special Weapons For Military and Police is another one that I enjoy.
  19. Wllm. Legrand

    Wllm. Legrand member

    Dec 19, 2005
    The purpose of of gun magazines, like the purpose for T.V. or radio, is not to entertain. The purpose is to sell advertisements. That is the primary "purpose" for the magazines to exist.

    That being said, most gun manufacturers do not want the consumer to understand a few facts.

    1) Virtually all that needs to be done with a gun, CAN be done with a few calibers (within each class of firearm, i.e., shotgun, centerfire rifle, pistol and revolver, rimfire). New calibers, new guns, with VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS fill a nonexistent void.

    2) Since the average gun, with good maintainance, will last as long as its owner, reasons need to be created for the purchase of another gun. I know, I know, we all like to own as many as we can support...like women or cars...but the many "new developments" are superfluous, with few exceptions. I find the tendency to try and replace knowledge and skill with some sort of technology amusing. It is a common theme. It runs throughout the culture in many areas and could be the subject of a future thread.

    3) Many "gun experts" are nothing of the kind. I used to watch the way they hold a gun, or use (or not use) a sling. That tells me a lot. There are exceptions.

    I recently purchased a rather large quantity of old (1960-1980) gun magazines from a used bookstore that purchased them from an estate. The writing was superior in the past, especially from the readership, as in "letters to the editor" and the like. Fewer blanket assertions were made and a higher degree of knowledge of the readership was inferred by the subject matter and nature of the writing. But that is to be expected, as today we are living in the Age of Mediocrity.

    The previous posts about being useful for the first year or so was a good point. Generally about that time you garner enough information to understand the nature of the magazine's game.

    And by the way, most articles have already been written before, though perhaps by someone else, in some other time.
  20. pete f

    pete f Participating Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    handloader and rifle used to be wonderful, now only mildly useful.

    Varmint hunter is written for the most part by the readers, it is pretty cool.

    precision shooting and accurate rifle were good too!

    sometimes AHG is ok but too many Tactical articles. tactical cleaning kits, tactical knives that are impossible to use afford or sharpen.
    nice gun porn

    guns and ammo, shooting times, gun world, anything with layne simpson in it worthless

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