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Recommend a good gun magazine?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by IdahoFarmer, Mar 1, 2007.

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  1. IdahoFarmer

    IdahoFarmer Member

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    Let me start by saying that over the past 10 years my gun information needs have been met by the internet. Last time I picked up a gun magazine it was "Guns And Ammo" a lifetime ago when I was a kid. From what I remember it was very Rambo-esque, although I could be mistaken. I'm interested in subscribing to a good gun mag that is information heavy and will actually improve my knowledge of firearms.

    I'm a lifetime member of the NRA and I do get America's First Freedom. Good read, but mostly industry info, politics and not enough gun specific information for me.

    Anyone recommend a good gun magazine?
     
  2. cheygriz

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    Recommend a good gun magazine

    Unfortunately, there aren't any!:mad: :mad:
     
  3. rickomatic

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    Hate to disagree, griz, but I do think there are a couple. Guns n Ammo, is not a Rambo esque rag. It's filled with lots of great reviews and articles. Also, Idaho, switch your NRA magazine to American Rifleman. It's not only about rifles. Lot's of NRA political stuff...sure...but tons of useful reviews, articles and historical stuff too.
     
  4. RNB65

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    I don't read any gun mags other than American Rifleman which the NRA sends me every month. Gun mags are all biased as they don't want to PO their advertisers. I find that good Internet forums such as THR, TFL, The Gun Zone, and AR15.com provide far more current and reliable info than gun rags. I just can't read them while I'm sitting on the can.
     
  5. xd45gaper

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    Fur Fish Game..

    not really a gun magazine as it is more of an Outdoors magazine. its been around since the 1920s i beleve they normally have some good non manufacture influnced ($$$$) gun articles in them. and every month they "test" a rifle or pistol and give it there own review. Normally around 4-5 paragraphs. and its usually a rifle the common folk like my self can afford none of those 2000.00 Weatherbys! more like the 400$ Weatherbys and Savages
     
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    Laptop and wifi! :)
     
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  9. Deuce1911

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    Free manufacturer catalogs are great can material.
     
  10. Glockfan.45

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    I'm never reading any of your posts again [​IMG]
     
  11. JLStorm

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    I hate the fact that they all seem geared towards swat teams ans special ops when most of the readers are civilians...its annoying and makes me feel very out of place reading any of the popular mags.
     
  12. ReadyontheRight

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    Guns & Ammo.

    I have only read it for the past few years, but "Rambo-esque" does not sping to mind.

    Not nearly as good now that Jeff Cooper is gone.

    It IS hard for them not to like a gun they review, but I also have that problem.:)
     
  13. F4GIB

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    I let all of my subscriptions lapse years ago. The so-called "gun writers" rewarm articles from one publication to another and from year to year. Nothing new, nothing critical of those who supply the free guns and trips, nothing worth reading. The internet is 100 times more informative, and free.

    SGNn for example, is less that 1/2 the size it was in the mid-90's.
     
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    i agree, tactical/special ops/swat generation is getting prety annoying. anyone seen the M14 style stocks cabelas sells for shotguns! the best is the Tactical H&R single shot shotgun they have in there :barf:
     
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    "The Varmint Hunter"
    "The American Rifleman"

    All the rest just seem to be adverts for the '1911'. Good guns Just sick of reading about the "new" this or that..It's been done... many times before.
    "Guns and Ammo'" Is better than is used to be. Last issue only had one 1911 article in it [5 pages long]. Still shallow reporting.

    If you are into ballistics and tech articles " The Varmint Hunter" is super.

    'The American Handgunner' used to be one of the best and they have been catching a lot of flack for all their 1911 articles and knives. Maybe they will change.

    Sad indeed......Goldy
     
  16. Glockfan.45

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    My big problem with every gun rag out there is I have never seen a bad review on one single gun tested :scrutiny: . Now I know full and damn well that I have had bad guns before, and so have most of you. So are we to believe that if you write for a gun mag you some how become blessed and never recieve a POS gun to review? End story is money talks, payola runs the media.
     
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    JLStorm ~

    Try Concealed Carry Magazine. It's all about regular people who carry guns. No SWAT stuff, no military, and more people- and training- focused than stuff focused.

    pax
     
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    Gun Tests, it takes no advertising and speaks plainly. People get ticked off because their favorite guns sometimes get panned, but they always tell you why they make the decisions they do. I respect them even when I disagree with them. BTW, they test guns bought over the counter not what a manufacturer sends them.
     
  19. bogie

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    THR has a heritage which is very heavily into the "tactical."

    I personally like

    Rifle
    Handloader
    Precision Shooting

    These are not "rambo" publications. Nor are they written for the "it's painted black, so we charge $50 more for it" crew.

    If you want to get the most out of a rifle, and yourself, Precision Shooting is probably the best starting point.
     
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    The only one I read is Shotgun News. :D
     
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    I like Guns and Ammo.

    Occasionally I pick up American Handgunner.

    I subscribe to American Rifleman.
     
  22. learn2shoot

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    Gun Tests

    Gun Tests is like consumer reports for guns. They seem to be very unbiased, and have no ads. it's a bit pricey, but worth every penny. That is if you are looking for reviews if you are looking to expand your gun knowledge I suggest some of the Gun encyclopedias or large gun picture books.
     
  23. beaucoup ammo

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    Gun Tests

    Good mag for the reasons already mentioned. I let my subscription run out however. I figured since I was a subscriber, I'd have free access to the archieved articles from past issues on their web sight. Not so.

    Perhaps that's expecting too much..but if a company wants my business in this competitive world..make it happen for me. If they were to raise the subscription rate a bit, explaining the price gives you such privilage..I'd understand and go along.

    It's dog eat dog, and print had best make it as attractive as possible to the consumer especially when they have a companion web sight, IMO.
     
  24. Deanimator

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    "Smallarms Review". So good, I used to drive all the way to the other side of Cleveland to buy it.
     
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    I usually enjoy "Special Weapon for Military and Police" but the problem is that they often review things us serf can't buy, like the super kewl new AA-12, which is a DD for peasants like me.

    Also, it pisses me off when they reviewed the Le Mas 10mm ammo, super hot stuff that blistered through 1/8" steel that stopped Ranger and other good brands of ammo. Then, towards the end of the article, they go on to state that due to the extraordinary lethality of this round, it should only be made available to military and police. The last sentence is actually "Police and Military only need apply."

    Gawd forbid average citizens possess some of the more effective ammunition on the market.
     
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