View Full Version : Any good gun magazines out there?
OK, this is also a rant, but here 'tis.
Are there any good gun magazines that present a VARIED view & coverage of firearms? I've gotten fed up with all the NRA publications, and several independent publishers due to their writing (or lack thereof).
Your enthusiasm over getting a new mag in the mail is killed when you flip through it to find that all their feature articles are on the newest 1911 knock-off or the newest version of the AR series (gimme a break :( ).
And it's the same month after month.
Why can't they cover new firearms, new designs, or concentrate a little on the offerings of some of the smaller companies?
I don't care who the gun is made by, where the design came from, who thought of the design, if it's an import or made in America, etc.
Just gimme some variety, OK?
The way the mags treat the 1911s & ARs, you'd think they were the only guns made in the US.
I'm just tired of reading the same old thing.
04-28-2004, 10:09 AM
Gun Tests is a excellent mag.. There are no ads what so ever in it. They except no free guns, actually they buy all the guns they reveiw so there is no bias. They tell you flat out, "Buy It" or "Don't Buy It" plus they offer cost comparison...
04-28-2004, 04:38 PM
All the newstand ones are in the pocket of the large manufacturers.
Small Arms Review. They always have cool stuff...too bad most of it is equipment we can't get.
Also, there's another gun mag called "Rifle Shooter", or something like that, that's got some good articles. They had an article called "Kustom Kalashnikov" in the last issue covering an AK-74 build that was pretty good.
Because of all the gun bans, all the fun stuff is pretty much gone from the standard mags. I get sick anytime I see mags from the 1980s at gun shows...UZIs and MACs on the cover, etc, etc.
04-28-2004, 10:29 PM
:( At one time there was an assault rifle mag on the stands but haen't seen it in years. Publisher, unknown. :cry_small The Madtechcool :cool_smal
04-28-2004, 11:00 PM
special weapons (for military and police), usually has good test on semi auto guns and sniper bolt rifles.plus some good articals on the military(alot of the pics are in black and white though). kinda pricey, and i think maybe it only comes out every three months. PE
05-09-2004, 06:54 PM
I kinda agree....the worst ones are Guns and Ammo and Gun World (except for Coopers corner, of course) they are always harping on new loads and rounds like .223 WSSM and so forth ( a big fat .223, who cares?) I would say this... any time you see a gun article that mentions Marshall & Sanow or Strasbourg goat tests, run. I mean in my opinion gun technology is pretty old, I think for the most part it is perfected, if you buy a decent gun from just about any manufacturer I think you do ok. On these boards you get alot of opinions too (well like mine for example), gun magazines are no different than car magazines, these guys are paid to promote the latest products so that hopefully you will buy it.....Gun Test sounds interesting though.....I do buy GUNS magazine though....they have nice pictures so that I have something to read in the lunchroom so that my co-workers have another reason to stay away from me
05-10-2004, 07:47 PM
I like 'Rifle' and 'Rifle Shooter'. 'Gun Tests' is okay. Their problem, and the other magazines as well, is any time they review a firearm, they are dealing with a sample of one. One shooter and one firearm. A writer complains about a rifle's length of pull and you find out the guy is 6'7" tall. Or the grip doesn't put their finger on the trigger right and they have the hands of midgets. I'm thinking gun writers should be of average build and average intelligence. If the gun you get to test is broken, then FIX it. Then proceed to do the test. Everybody is different. Different bodies, minds and likes and dislikes. Give us the facts, use a bigger sample of products. Pull five rifles off the rack and have a dozen people try them out. Give us bench rested results AND the results from practical shooting positions. Let the consumer add up the pluses and minuses. Walk into the gun shop with a few more facts than opinions. I'll climb off the soapbox now.
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