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Posted: 9/18/2005 8:38:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/18/2005 8:41:17 PM EDT by SteyrAUG]
Well we didn't have AR15.com back in 1982. Hell the internet barely existed and computers that could call each other were revolutionary.

But we did have something similar. Warriors magazine.



It was an interesting magazine that was cheap pulp stock and a curious blend of Soldier of Fortune, Shotgun News and Blackbelt. It was billed as "The Magazine Of All The Fighting Arts" but it was so much more than that.



First off the editor HAD to be a FFL because this one showcased more new firearms than any issue of the American Rifleman. And guys like Masaad Ayoob and Chuck Taylor were regular contributors. And whoever did the research for the 1983 comedy "The Survivors" could have gathered 80% of their material from this magazine alone.

Warriors definitely covered the survival scene in the early 80s. This was right after the Carter administration when the survivalist movement was in full swing absolutely certain the end was near as evidenced by the recession of the 70s.

So let me take you back.

First will start with the "feel" of the magazine. Here is a typical editorial. The magazine was New York based but it was a very different NY. Back then Central Park was a third world nation after dark but you could STILL buy a brand new HK-91 at a NY gunstore for $375.00.



So how was it like ARFCOM?

Well even back then they were doing "Clips vs. Magazines."



How about a topic on "Bug Out Bags."



How about "AK vs. AR"? Well actually back then it was mostly "Mini 14 vs. AR-15"



And Tasers? Hell they broke the story...



Even a "HK Fucks the US Market" topic.



How about "Glock vs. 1911"? Well the Glock hadn't made the scene but they did cover the topic.



How about some "dealer prices"?







But the best part for me was the heads up on new guns.

Like when Action Arms imported the first UZI carbines.



And the new American 180



And some crazy thing called the HK P7



And then the MINI UZI.



Or how about something as crazy as a CASELESS machine gun from HK.



And stories about something called MILES gear.



What's most fun for me to read now is the Gunners Gazette section.

Here's one predicting the END of the ATF now that Reagan had decided to put a leash on the dog. Also noted the import of cheap AK47 semi autos.



Or one about how the KG-9 has be reclassed as a machine gun.



Here's one about the SHOT SHOW and how the US Army has cancelled their program to seek a replacement for the US M1911.



And some decent articles that would have been at home in magazines like Guns & Ammo or SOF.





And want ads for a company I wished I have bought 100 times more shit from.



They made the best martial arts equipment I have ever seen.

And Supreme Ultimate Power? They had that covered too.



Those were the days.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 8:41:11 PM EDT
OMG! they were talking about the shit~!
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 8:42:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gaspain:
OMG! they were talking about the shit~!



They had everything but articles on Zombie Eradication.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 8:47:00 PM EDT
I think they really screwed the pooch on this one..."BATF takes a dive"





Link Posted: 9/18/2005 8:48:39 PM EDT
Cool Magazines!

Ah yes, 1982. A very good year. Boot camp, drill instructors, the pit, Mt MuthaF*cker.

I remember it well! Never saw the magazine though I did read a lot of SOF back then.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 8:50:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/18/2005 8:51:42 PM EDT by juslearnin]
And a pic on the cover of Sonny showing what he did to Cher when she talked back
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 8:51:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:

Originally Posted By gaspain:
OMG! they were talking about the shit~!



They had everything but articles on Zombie Eradication.



yes, we are highly evolved now. Z.E. is a top priority.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 8:56:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/18/2005 8:56:57 PM EDT by SteyrAUG]

Originally Posted By gaspain:

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:

Originally Posted By gaspain:
OMG! they were talking about the shit~!



They had everything but articles on Zombie Eradication.



yes, we are highly evolved now. Z.E. is a top priority.



I'm just waiting for someone to notice the M16A1s on the price list for $235 NEW. Of course back then you could still register a domestic machine gun so that M16A1 was gonna hit you for a WHOPPING. $435. Those Mac 10s for $110 would be $310 registered.

And in 1982 people thought those prices were ridiculously high.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 8:58:18 PM EDT


i4.photobucket.com/albums/y145/SteyrAUG/0001a1.jpg

"Uhggg, my toenails look horrible!"





Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:01:07 PM EDT
I had an M16 back in 82. Well, it was on loan to me anyway.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:02:35 PM EDT
Damnit, here it is 23 years later and I'm still waiting on my fucking Ninja Starter Kit.

I think I should cancel that check.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:05:07 PM EDT
Lemme guess.....

The big question on the editorial page was:

" What was the gun that George C. Scott used in " Patton"?........."
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:05:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By swingset:
Damnit, here it is 23 years later and I'm still waiting on my fucking Ninja Starter Kit.

I think I should cancel that check.



I wouldn't dude. They will send out ninja agents who will pull that death touch shit on you.

Just let them keep the $5. It ain't worth it.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:06:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GoVol98:
Lemme guess.....

The big question on the editorial page was:

" What was the gun that George C. Scott used in " Patton"?........."



Nah, it was what was that rotary gun they used in "Dogs of War"?

Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:20:31 PM EDT
I like "FBI adopts new service revolver". Heh.

Great post, SteyrAUG, thanks for the scans!
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:42:03 PM EDT
Styer, you are a veritable FONT of information, reminisences, funny shit, and clever thinking. You, sir, are a credit to this NG. You ROCK.

You took me straight down the path of 1982 all over again; I'm 17 and graduating from HS, Miami Vice made the Uzi and the Mac 10 popular, and I'm young, have all my hair, a 29 inch waistline, and a sportscar.

It's been a wonderful journey. Here's to 40 more years!
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:53:32 PM EDT
The terrifying .22!!

So.. I must ask..

9mm or .45ACP?
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 9:56:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By leelaw:
The terrifying .22!!

So.. I must ask..

9mm or .45ACP?



Depends who wrote the article.

In the above Top 10 a 1911 .45 copy took the number one spot and the HK P7 9mm took the number two spot.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 10:01:03 PM EDT
If I had a scanner, I'd have a challenge for you!


Survival Weapons and Tactics... I have a box full from about 1982-1986


They were sellin Colt machine guns for $400 in the front cover...


- BG
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 10:06:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BUCC_Guy:
If I had a scanner, I'd have a challenge for you!


Survival Weapons and Tactics... I have a box full from about 1982-1986


They were sellin Colt machine guns for $400 in the front cover...


- BG




Yeah, but they didn't have a real super secret Ninja Home Study Course.
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 10:10:58 PM EDT
Man 1982...........I was 20 then still in the Navy


The worst thing about getting old is remembering when you were young
Link Posted: 9/18/2005 10:12:20 PM EDT
There was also the new products column about the upcoming "Eagle" semi-auto .357 mag pistol. Heh.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 2:26:02 AM EDT
A super Secret Ninja course! With Dim-sum! the super secret poison hand touching yourself*!!

Also notice that the company name sounds like Bukkake?

Buy one now and we'll throw in a jizz in the face for free!

X Yes! I pledge that i am over 18 though my I.Q. isn't.

*IOW learn the Asian style of jerking off
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 2:34:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By lippo:
I think they really screwed the pooch on this one..."BATF takes a dive"



Yipper. I was going to comment on that, too.

(I guess I just did).
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 3:34:01 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 3:46:07 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 4:02:10 AM EDT
Mega Old School!

I had stacks of Warriors, Black Belt, American Rifleman, and every National Geographic and Geographic World magazines until one day my mom decided that she wanted the space in the basement. It all went to the dump.

{sigh}

Link Posted: 9/19/2005 4:08:03 AM EDT
This is sooo tagged.

Kharn
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 4:24:22 AM EDT
It was a trip to see this stuff here.

I like the Sensei that trains with the big cat! We have them stalking around our house in PA, they always scare the sh*t out of me. My small house cat has kicked my ass before so I wouldn't want to face off with one of those big fu*kers.

Thanks for posting SteyrAug.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 8:00:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BenDover:
Mega Old School!

I had stacks of Warriors, Black Belt, American Rifleman, and every National Geographic and Geographic World magazines until one day my mom decided that she wanted the space in the basement. It all went to the dump.

{sigh}





Could be worse. Could have been original Action Comics.

Thankfully I still have my BB mags going back to 1979.
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