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Link Posted: 4/28/2016 3:54:16 PM EST
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Ballistic
Combat Handguns
Guns & Weapons
Survivor's Edge
Tactical Weapons
Special Weapons

And a publisher of all the cheesy buyers guides.

This reads like a list of all the magazines I've never purchased.
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I used to subscribe to SW when I was a kid, until I realized I couldn't get any of those guns too easily because of the lousy NFA.  Still enjoyed Combat Handguns, mostly for the articles.  Always meant to subscribe, but just ended up picking it up every now again on the shelf.  

Wouldn't be so much into guns without print mags like G&A and American Handgunner, etc.  The knew age is better but, brings in a new collective of bullshit that the print mags could never compete with anyway.  
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 3:57:29 PM EST
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Well, damn.







But, to be honest I hadn't even looked at them since the late nineties.










They had gone to transparent shilling, not even putting a story around it.










A lot of the articles read like press releases.










That said, I have three large binders of articles snipped out of magazines from the mid-eighties to the late nineties.










RIP.



 





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A lot of the same huckster shilling has just moved to the interwebs. We've seen it on YouTube...and here.


 
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 3:58:13 PM EST
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Sorry to hear that. I know people here sometimes refer to them derisively as "gun rags", but I still think they provide a valuable service to our community. It doesn't hurt to see them displayed amongst the mainstream magazines.

It's also sad to see someone lose a business that they've spent a lifetime building.
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 4:02:57 PM EST
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I refuse to buy "digital" magazines.  They can't stack on top of the toilet bowl tank.
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I switched to a bunch of digitals but hardly ever read them, it's just not the same.
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 4:10:58 PM EST
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I'm going to miss "Guitar World".  Their other mags, not so much.
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 4:58:45 PM EST
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Ballistic
Combat Handguns
Guns & Weapons

Survivor's Edge
Tactical Weapons
Special Weapons

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I wrote for those gun rags for a period of almost 20 years. Sorry to see them go.
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 5:18:17 PM EST
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As long as Leg Show and Enema Digest are still in print, I'm good to go.



Link Posted: 4/28/2016 5:19:35 PM EST
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I can't remember the last time I bought ANY magazine...
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 5:20:42 PM EST
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In the age where news that is printed at 5am is already old by 10 am, a monthly publication is long dead.
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 5:23:26 PM EST
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Link Posted: 4/28/2016 5:27:39 PM EST
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Makes sense, I haven't bought a magazine in nearly a decade.  



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Makes sense, I haven't bought a magazine in nearly a decade.  







 
Same here.  They didn't adapt and overcome.
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 6:13:18 PM EST
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Nope. They just published their last print issue this month. They are going digital only.
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 6:17:33 PM EST
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Link Posted: 4/28/2016 6:22:09 PM EST
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Sad to see an era coming to an end, but print media journalism is dead.

What I cannot fathom is why newspapers still exist.
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 6:27:44 PM EST
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only magazine I get any more is the American Rifleman
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 6:30:07 PM EST
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I barely look at gun magazines anymore. I get Recoil on my iPad because it has pretty pictures and some decent articles. The idea that anyone buys them to get actual honest assements of guns is absurd. Someone needs to bring Pistolero back.
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I, too, miss "The gutsy authoritative magazine that refuses the gun-maker ads!" from the early '80's
Link Posted: 4/28/2016 6:59:37 PM EST
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I loved Small Arms Review until a few years ago.  They had some great articles in the past.   The only time I buy gun mags now is when they're a compilation of articles on a subject I'm really interested in.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 4:55:21 PM EST
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I loved Small Arms Review until a few years ago.  They had some great articles in the past.   The only time I buy gun mags now is when they're a compilation of articles on a subject I'm really interested in.
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I haven't seen a copy of SAR on the shelves since they went "mostly" digital......which sucks......I've got all but 2 issues of the old "Machine Gun News", and every issue of SAR until the changeover.....

I love to grab 2 or 3 off of the shelf , pour up about 4 fingers of Makers Mark, and head out to the big chair on the front porch....
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 5:19:30 PM EST
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Damn straight.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 5:20:56 PM EST
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As long as Leg Show and Enema Digest are still in print, I'm good to go.



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Sorry.  
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 5:40:51 PM EST
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I think the one I'll miss most is "Guns of the Old West." No hype, just a lot of articles on old guns, modern repros, Hollywood/TV cowboys, and Western history. I like some of the special issues on milsurps too.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 5:45:38 PM EST
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Magazines turned into nothing but paid shills and 120 pages of ads years ago.  Too bad, I really used to enjoy reading magazines, now I don't subscribe to a single one.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 8:32:30 PM EST
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I switched to a bunch of digitals but hardly ever read them, it's just not the same.
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I refuse to buy "digital" magazines.  They can't stack on top of the toilet bowl tank.


I switched to a bunch of digitals but hardly ever read them, it's just not the same.


Digital subscriptions don't work as well for magazines that have a strong visual component.  Especially if you use an e-reader (I can't stand reading anything too long on a regular backlit screen).  I have a digital National Review subscription, and sometimes get the digital copy of the L.A. Times, and you don't lose too much because the pictures rarely matter.  Graphs and stuff that are interesting can be too hard to see right or be lost completely, but there's usually only one or two per issue.  In a gun magazine, while good articles are very important, and the most important data is usually in print, the pictures are a big part of what makes them interesting, and for some topics, informative.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 8:34:19 PM EST
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Nope. They just published their last print issue this month. They are going digital only.
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There's always Soldier of Fortune!


Nope. They just published their last print issue this month. They are going digital only.


The quality is down from some old issues I found at a friend's place the other day that he got at a gun show.  Considerably.  They also seem to be thinner.  And there's not much about mercenaries or interesting overseas conflicts in various locales, like in Africa, anymore, at least last I looked at them.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 8:35:32 PM EST
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Video killed the radio star
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 8:43:06 PM EST
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If you are under 21, you probably have bought less than 1 magazine for each year that you have been alive.

I just made that up.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 8:45:44 PM EST
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I had a choice to subscribe to the print or digital version of 1 NRA mag. Went digital. I think that they just sent me a generic code that gave me access to all their magazines.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 8:47:27 PM EST
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I still like the print magazines.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 8:48:35 PM EST
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The day will come when your old gun mag stash will be found by some 12 year old who will hide under the covers reading about the days when one could actually own them.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 8:48:57 PM EST
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That stinks I enjoy a good magazine ever now and then.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 8:49:42 PM EST
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If only there where little wireless portable devices that offer access to unlimited content to replace the  dozen crusty poo fumed magazines on my toilet.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 8:50:16 PM EST
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It was all the same BS over and over again.  I swear half of the reviews were just copy-pasted from one to another.  Nothing of value was lost.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 8:51:50 PM EST
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Makes sense, I haven't bought a magazine in nearly a decade.  



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The magazine publishing industry has been through turmoil in the face of the rapid ascendance of digital media








Makes sense, I haven't bought a magazine in nearly a decade.  



same here



 
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 8:53:17 PM EST
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That's a shame. I read the crap out of those when I was a kid, and I think they were a big influence getting me into guns. It sucks that they're not going to be around anymore, even if it's completely understandable why they're losing out to digital media.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 9:03:45 PM EST
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Yup!

How many times did you see:

Sub-MOA sharpshooter!!11

Ultra-Reliable Tactical entry gun!!

We fired 100 rds of whatever and the gun functioned flawlessly, buy with confidence!!  (Remington R51, anyone?)
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Most "rags" weren't even fit to wipe ones ass with.  Why so sad?


Pretty much. Most were just positive reviews of whatever sponsored bullshit was being pushed.

Yup!

How many times did you see:

Sub-MOA sharpshooter!!11

Ultra-Reliable Tactical entry gun!!

We fired 100 rds of whatever and the gun functioned flawlessly, buy with confidence!!  (Remington R51, anyone?)



I think the last gun magazine I bought had two articles extolling the virtue of the Para Ord 1911s and their magical extractor so powerful it will extract even if it means ripping the ass off the case and 15 ads for the same guns.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 9:07:25 PM EST
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Harris published Mopar Action, which had technical gems surrounded by BS attempts at humor in every article. I stopped subscribing about 10 years ago, it became to tedious to separate the chaff. I picked up a copy last month on a whim and they actually got worse. Not surprised, good closing.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 9:38:25 PM EST
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Harris published Mopar Action, which had technical gems surrounded by BS attempts at humor in every article. I stopped subscribing about 10 years ago, it became to tedious to separate the chaff. I picked up a copy last month on a whim and they actually got worse. Not surprised, good closing.
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I stopped subbing to pretty much all car and bike mags since it was too much "look at what this guy did" and too little "this is how you do stuff."  I would rather learn about things than see what other people did.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 10:10:35 PM EST
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Nuts to that.

I still like magazines.
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 10:18:37 PM EST
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Yeah, I saved a decent chunk of my dad's old G&A magazines from the trash (unfortunately, I did not have space for all of them, by a longshot, so a ton got thrown out, including issues I would love to be able to read or reference due to my changing interests).  They were pretty good, had a lot of interesting stuff.  Interesting historical articles, good articles on hunting, on things like African rifles, Cooper's Corner, a nice blackpowder section with Phil Spangenberger, assessments of some pretty unique or unusual guns, past and present, and more serious reviews, which were not always glowing, to be sure, and a RKBA section that was pretty hardcore.  And you had pieces by some of the greats in the firearms industry, some of who were regular contributors.  Today's version is garbage by comparison.  Once the last Cooper's Corner was published after his death, I had no real incentive anymore to even look at G&A.  Other current gun magazines are usually of the same calibre as today's G&A.
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In a way it is sad because I remember reading all of the great '80s gun rags my Dad had when I was a kid. They were good back then.

Now they are complete garbage though and I wouldn't trust any of the reviews especially after the R51 debacle. I say good riddance.


Yeah, I saved a decent chunk of my dad's old G&A magazines from the trash (unfortunately, I did not have space for all of them, by a longshot, so a ton got thrown out, including issues I would love to be able to read or reference due to my changing interests).  They were pretty good, had a lot of interesting stuff.  Interesting historical articles, good articles on hunting, on things like African rifles, Cooper's Corner, a nice blackpowder section with Phil Spangenberger, assessments of some pretty unique or unusual guns, past and present, and more serious reviews, which were not always glowing, to be sure, and a RKBA section that was pretty hardcore.  And you had pieces by some of the greats in the firearms industry, some of who were regular contributors.  Today's version is garbage by comparison.  Once the last Cooper's Corner was published after his death, I had no real incentive anymore to even look at G&A.  Other current gun magazines are usually of the same calibre as today's G&A.




good post.  i concur.  lots of good stuff in those older magazines.  i grew up reading my dad's magazines in the '80s-'90s.  i always flipped right to the back, to Cooper's Corner.  
Link Posted: 4/29/2016 10:41:03 PM EST
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Guys, I'm depressed with this news.  I loved the occasional Special Weapons mag.  Not enough to keep them afloat I guess.  Besides G&A and Rifleman, what other mags are any good for the occasional free evening or flight? I can't recall what B&N has on the shelf that isn't one of the ones mentioned that will be shut down.
Link Posted: 4/30/2016 12:39:12 AM EST
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Link Posted: 4/30/2016 2:32:51 AM EST
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I read a shit ton of magazines. They pack light and believe it or not, there are tons of places in America where you can't get access to a digital magazine because the internet speeds suck.

 







There are some magazines that I'm thinking of dumping mainly Flying magazine. They recently redesigned the magazine to appeal to the fucking 30 second attention span millennials. Flashy photos, stupid fonts, and retarded feature pieces. I don't want to read a Recoil-esque aviation magazine.










I'd be lost without Baseball Digest. Only solid place that I can get reliable baseball coverage with any bullshit.




 
Link Posted: 4/30/2016 2:37:19 AM EST
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Damn. That sucks. 'Combat Handguns' was my go-to gun magazine growing up.  It was like porn that I didn't have hide from my mom.

Link Posted: 4/30/2016 2:57:35 AM EST
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Disappointing..I'll still buy print magazines once in awhile, more for the pictures than the reviews, though these days it's mainly recoil i'll pick up if there is an article of interest in there for me.  They didn't put out the surplus magazines have they?
Link Posted: 4/30/2016 3:11:20 AM EST
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Thanks to forums such as this one, I can read better content for free on my phone just about anytime and anywhere.  Print is dying, it is what it is.
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If they were smart they would have begun transitioning and building their online subscription base years ago.
Link Posted: 4/30/2016 4:11:20 AM EST
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I can completely sympathize.  All the publications aren't like that though, at the risk of self-promotion, you should try reading Be Ready! Magazine from Firearms News.  It is certainly more news that you can use than folks trying to be operators.
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Print media in the US has been on the decline for a while now. Most gun magazines are about worthless anyway. The reviews are always positive no matter how big a piece of crap the gun/accessory is. They can't print accurate reviews or the risk pissing off their advertisers.

Recoil magazine and a couple others like it are taking over with more glitz and a more "modern look" to appeal to the younger demographic. They are little more than run on advertising though. Trying to pedal the latest in tacticool and telling their audience what they need to buy to be a "Cool guy" or "operator".

I used to buy a lot of gun magazines before I realized they were mostly fluff and BS. More will go under soon.


I can completely sympathize.  All the publications aren't like that though, at the risk of self-promotion, you should try reading Be Ready! Magazine from Firearms News.  It is certainly more news that you can use than folks trying to be operators.


About the only ones I buy regularly are shotgun news and American Handgunner/Guns.  Not perfect but better than most.

Also, a big FU to recoil for that crap a few years ago when they first came out.
Link Posted: 4/30/2016 4:30:55 AM EST
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I still buy Swat magazine every month. I still buy the G&A Book of the AR15 for the gun porn. I like to get the fat color issues of Shotgun...err Firearms News. They all still have good articles and bring to my attention things I've missed on the net or other media sources. Some things I just want a hard copy on hand for future reference down the road. Some things belong in the garbage, that's what digital is for.
Link Posted: 4/30/2016 4:39:49 AM EST
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