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Gun Magazine's Are Disappearing From Our Newstands

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Winchester 73, May 2, 2008.

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  1. Winchester 73

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    Until 2 or 3 years ago,I could walk into my Miami Walgreens,CVS,local drugstores,supermarkets,7-11's and Food Stops and find Guns & Ammo,Shooting Times,Guns Magazine,RifleShooter,all the top circulation firearms magazines.
    They have all but disappeared.I have to go to a Newstand Only establishment or Barnes & Noble to find them.
    And this is not just a Miami phenomena.With all the traveling I do, in the last 6 months, I've seen the same scenario ,while spending time in NC,VA,PA,NY and MD.
    Why is this happening?Is it just lack of reader demand,although being a former magazine employee,this seems hard to believe.Look at the ABC Circulation figures for Outdoor Life,Field & Stream & Guns&Ammo ,Guns Mag,Combat Handguns,who are not tied to the NRA's magazines.They are holding their own.
    Political Correctness?What?I do not understand this.Any ideas
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BTT/is_156_26/ai_82533217

    http://www.magazine.org/circulation/circulation_trends_and_magazine_handbook/16117.cfm
     
  2. Hot brass

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    It is like that here in California too. But hey, promote sex, drugs, and the dumba$$ Hollyweird folks for roll models.
     
  3. highfive

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    That's happening everywhere..here in Texas is the same..I get them right at my mailbox. Maybe that's something that is happening too..mail delivery
     
  4. Car Knocker

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    The two supermarkets we patronize here still carry the normal number of gun mags.
     
  5. Im283

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    Maybe some PC'ness, although I do not think guns are politically incorrect. Politicians are firearm challenged.

    I say that Al Gore has hurt magazines in general. By that of course I mean the internet has hurt magazine circulation.

    15 years ago I used to take several magazines. Now I only get a NRA mag, and half the time it does not get read.

    I can find great information here on this site for gun info.

    For other things that interest me the internet is a never ending source of basically free information.
     
  6. Vaarok

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    They're crap. All they do is whore for whatever newfangled whatever pays their advertising bill, what few articles they write on old stuff are cursory at best, the fact they only come out monthly, and the internet having faster and better coverage has pretty much made them completely obsolete.

    Plus things like the Zumbo Fiasco, and it's small wonder they're dying off.
     
  7. Appaloosa

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    Around here walmart still carries every magazine you could want that deals with guns.

    The only problem is shotgun news is almost always sold out. I had to get a subscription, but I only want one every few months or when I am looking for good deals on mags or ammo.
     
  8. Rachen

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    Over here in NYC, you wouldn't even find one gun related magazine. HOWEVER, plenty of sex, libpervert celebrities who are better off suffering from AIDS, rap, whatever. So much crap, so much of it, that if a scientist developed a car that burned paper as fuel, NYC would be able to stop importation of gasoline for eternity.

    HOWEVER, many NY'ers like that stuff. It is propaganda, subliminal brainwashing seeping into the minds of every unwary individual. It leads people to be involved less and less in political affairs. It works pretty well for the power hungry megalomaniacs. they just want a populace who are satisfied with just false entertainment. As long as they have their iPods and putrefactive "music", they can care less.

    I think our Founding Fathers would have been taken with a seizure if they had just a glimpse of urban America in the 20th and 21st century.

    HOWEVER, the only magazines I read is American Rifleman, Blackpowder Annual, and Muzzleblasts.

    I always try my best to keep traditional America alive, even though I live in perhaps the most putrefactive society in this country.
     
  9. jlbraun

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    Look, it's not all a conspiracy. Or people's changing attitudes. Or teh libruls. It's just that the Internet has made most gun magazines put paid to their claims of "The pistol as tested was quite accurate, printing a 5" group at 10 yards, and experienced very few failures - only one round out of each magazine failed to feed. We liked this pistol very much!"
     
  10. Rachen

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    Actually, I didn't even think of this when I posted:)

    Most of the gun magazines are online now, in the form of forums and many other things, and even better, allowing fellow shooters to communicate instantaneously and therefore, making information travel much faster. Whereas, in the past, you actually had to go the range or shop after reading a paper edition to find out how a certain gun or cartridge performs.

    Regarding peoples' changing attitudes, I guess so much of the population in NYC has settled for entertainment and luxuries and money rather than our country's traditional and cultural roots, it drove out those who think different, while attracting from different parts of the country people who think just like themselves, thus creating an even bigger pool, just like how landfills and dumps grow at an amazing pace. But the media is at fault too, because they keep encouraging the Hollyweird lifestyles that many people find so repulsive and immoral, and thus, keep feeding the rap industry amongst other things.
     
  11. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    This has been discussed many times before. Most people are chalking it up to stores stocking what sells. A select few are quite content to insist that it is something else.
     
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    The math is right there and you don't even see it. If sales are stable but they don't have to go through jobbers for newstand space (and less profits), then why go that route?

    Bear in mind that a lot of what gun folks want is being gotten right here, online. They aren't spending so much time browsing the newstands anymore because they can browse online.

    PLUS, it is cheaper for them to buy direct than pay full price at the newstand. In short, the newstand is an antiquated commodity in the electronic age. It still has its place, but its market share is much diminished.
     
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    I haven't visited a newstand in approximately 3 years now, although I pass by them, and "media" sections in pharmacies and grocery stores, and see that, like always, they are loaded up with junk.
     
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    yep only a few places around here can i get a good selection of magazines. one of the best places is frys electronics they have a 100 foo long section of magazines. With everytype of gun magazine you could imagine from the civil to today. ya there is a magazine called civil war times. i had to stop and look at. amazing. So thats the place i go now.
     
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    They're gone up here too. Except in gun shops. Mind you, with taxes they all run around $10Cdn each. Not one of 'em is worth that much.
    "...our Founding Fathers would have been taken with a seizure..." Only due to who is allowed to vote and hold office now.
     
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    Is there anything on THR,other than Henry Thoreau's Walden Pond(and maybe even that)that has not been discussed before in 4 million posts?
     
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    here in salem, one can find them anywhere. my favorite source is safeway.
     
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    I haven't noticed any depletion in gun mags here in north Alabama.
     
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    The Giant Eagle that I patronize regularly has Combat Handguns, G&A, Guns, Soldier of Fortune, etc.
     
  20. Everman

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    The only kind of gun magazine I use is the type that holds bullets :p It's easier to get news and information from web sites.
     
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    I have no difficulty finding most of the same gun magazines I read in 1980 in most of the same places. Even in New York. And yes, I remember reading most of the articles back on their fifth or tenth or whatever go round. The miracle is that some of these things are still in business.
     
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    I seldom buy gun mags anymore. Maybe it is just me, but there is so much more info and better info on the 'net these days.

    Also gun mags have gone down in quality over the last decade. They are typically a waste of time with the same old tired articles.

    Lately there seem to be way too many articles on the plethora of 1911 or AR style guns made by different makers, but are essentially all still 1911 or AR style weapons. I like both, don't get me wrong, but I don;t need to read another article telling me a 1911 has a grip safety just because some new maker decided to offer their take on a classic.

    For Example: Guns and Ammo used to be such a cool magazine to read, but it seems like they got rid of all their decent writers and swapped them out for some sorry replacements. Recent iussues have maybe one or two good articles, which is still better than their competitors. All advertising type fluff.

    I get American Rifleman as part of my NRA membership, and it has become a really good magazine over the last decade and typically has several very good articles each issue.

    Lately the articles in Shotgun News are kicking butt. Peter Kokalis is one example of a great technical gun writer that I enjoy reading. Last issue had a in depth article on a scratch build 9mm carbine from scrap and a smg parts kit. Good interesting reading.

    Maybe lots of folks are also not buying gun magazines for the same reasons, and the stores get tired of throwing them in the trash every month.

    I do like Small Arms Review. Barnes and Noble carries that. Also Handloading.

    Anyway, I would argue that this is less of an attack on gun ownership and more a trend of crappy magazines that no one wants to read.
     
  23. The Lone Haranguer

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    I haven't purchased a gun rag in quite some time. ;) American Rifleman comes with my NRA membership.

    While true that Walgreens, CVS, Circle K and 7-11 don't have gun rags, Fry's and Albertson's supermarkets do, as well as Wal-Mart, B&N and Borders, all of which are seemingly on every corner here. (Target has never had them.) So I would hardly call this "disappearing."
     
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    I don't think there is much of a market for gun magazines anymore. Most people get there info from message boards (for better or for worse) and you can pull up pictures and youtube clips of any gun you like anytime you want.
     
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    "libpervert celebrities who are better off suffering from AIDS" --Rachen

    Rachen, that is completely uncalled for. I noticed you also said this on another thread: "I would care less if all those libpervert celebrities get AIDS from their colorful lifestyles." That is totally inappropriate, hateful, misanthropic and quite frankly, disgusting. Lighten up with the hate speech.
     
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