Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 4v50 Gary, May 3, 2022.
I'm trying to compile a list of magazines my publisher can send a sniping book to for review.
Garden and Gun.
I get American Rifleman. Need to cancel it. I turn directly to tab back page for the “I have this Old Gun” article. Read that. Maybe read a few others or picture captions and call it good. It’s good for keeping up to date on the latest and greatest since that is not where my interest lies.
Meat Eater podcast.
unfavorable review of anything in a gun magazine?
Not all articles are of interest when downloaded, but become so later.
Only magazine I subscribe to is Handloader. I do pick up an issue of Guns of the Old West now and then.
Agree with AlexanderA too.
Handloader and Rifle religiously. I think they started heading downhill after they let Ross Seyfried go, and though I think John Barsness is a fantastic gunwriter, he just isn't enough to carry the publications singlehandedly. I still buy a copy occasionally, when I see something of particular interest, but usually am disappointed.
The NRA sends out one magazine or another, which I skim and then toss.
American Handgunner is, in my opinion, by far the best of the crop and a really good magazine. I subscribe on-and-off but honestly just find the subject matter repetitive, which really is no one's fault - there is only so much that can be said about the latest polymer semi-auto.
These days, when I come across a new-to-me gun or load, I can always find what I want on the internet. And when it comes to something tried-and-true which has slipped my mind, well, Elmer and Skeeter are always on the shelf.
This. There are enough "amateur" (uncompensated) contributors on the Internet that the truth about products gets out somehow. And the open nature of the Internet means that it's self-correcting.
Soon will be getting single-shot magazine
On and off with "fur, fish, and game " and
My favorite muzzleloader
I remember one by Chuck Taylor in SoF where he criticized the Steyr GB pistol. One of the last images was a picture of Taylor about to throw it away (think of tossing a grenade) as that would be the only good use of it. Most of the time magazines won't publish anything bad b/c that means they get no more samples to review.
The magazine I learned to hate was Gun Tests which called itself the "consumer reports" of gun magazines. I thought the reviews were superficial and lacking in technical details.
Ha! That is exactly why I enjoyed Seyfried so much: he was the only one who wasn't writing about everyday guns and cartridges!
Online forums are two-way communications. Print magazines are but one-way.
Only rarely do I buy printed magazine at all any more.
Handloader and Rifle, but am not sure for how much longer given the change in format.
I agree that the Best Gun Magazine hands down is American Handgunner.
They have by far the best staff of writers anywhere.
If you really want to participate in the "system", that you're going to need to work, buy an ad for the book in pretty much any or all of them, send a copy of the book along with your check for the ad, and you'll probably get a good review. Call them first to make sure they understand that you understand the game. If you're really playing by modern standards, you may also want to include an outline of a review to make it easy for them.
If you're going to be selling on Amazon or elsewhere online, you'll also need to do what many companies do there; arrange for a bunch of people you know or pay to go in and leave glowing reviews so that the people who are still gullible in this day and age are drawn in and buy your product.
The only group I can think of that rivals politicians for lack of integrity are Marketing/PR departments. I say this as someone who works in the field and is regularly disgusted by what I see.
I get the Rifleman simply because I'm an NRA life member. I skim it and throw it away.
The Rifleman is one of the worst offenders when it comes to industry bias. Every product review is favorable. More than favorable -- it verges on fawning praise. And then add to that the self-serving coverage of the NRA's management, and the one-sided political coverage in general, and it becomes a toxic witch's brew.
American Handgunner, American Cop, American Rifleman are the only magazines I subscribe to. I'll occasionally pick up a copy of Recoil or Combat Handguns from the newsstand or when I'm buying books at Barnes and Noble.
Yes, absolutely. Don't know when the last time you picked up one of the "gun rags" but I think some of their editorial and management leadership had a collective epiphany, at some point, that they'd lost all credibility by continuing to either ignore or minimize poor quality or malfunctioning firearms. Mas Ayoob (another forum member, though he's not posted recently) has even written that he's had to send back guns he had for reviews to get a specimen that actually functioned. As the late esteemed gun-writer Denis Prisbrey (forum member DPris) used to note in this very forum, you also have to understand the language of the writer (reading between the lines, so to speak) to realize that he might be actually trashing the gun even though it all sounds fluffy.
I recall that article too but I believe he was testing the L.E.S. Rojak P18, a not so very good copy of the Steyr GB. This was in 1975 and the version Taylor was reviewing was a stainless model that was extremely problematic. He even noted that L.E.S. used wood screws for the grips! Taylor was not impressed and the last photo in the article is him tossing the Rojak like it was a tomahawk as that was about all it was good for!
"Publication" isn't any better thanks to all you reloaders.
Although I do like to read the Ayoob Files, where he breaks down the gunfights. Thats usually pretty good stuff.
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