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Posted: 12/29/2005 3:19:51 PM EDT


Except for SWAT are any gun mags worth paying for? I flip through them at the book store but it seems that they are mostly paid advertising for different gun makers.

Any of them any good?
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:21:35 PM EDT
no

but if you really want em, weapons for LEOs and military is ok
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:22:10 PM EDT
Small Arms Review.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:22:43 PM EDT
Precision Shooting, and that is about it.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:23:27 PM EDT
Nope.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:24:04 PM EDT
Most if not all make their money from the advertizers. Ever notice there will be an article about some gun and then there is a 1 or 2 page add by the manufacturer in the same issue. They are pushing product. Do they ever say a gun is NG or that they had problems with it?
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:24:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2005 3:25:50 PM EDT by texas1138]
Soldier of Fortune......not really entirely devoted to guns but it's worth subscribing

edited....Guns & Ammo is a good one too
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:24:20 PM EDT
Rifle
Handloader
The Varmint Hunter Magazine
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:25:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cyrax777:
Small Arms Review.



Only one I read.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:27:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By texas1138:
Soldier of Fortune......not really entirely devoted to guns but it's worth subscribing

edited....Guns & Ammo is a good one too



There ya go.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:33:20 PM EDT
Small Arms Review
Soldier of Fortune


Shotgun News too good deals to be had.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:33:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2005 3:36:11 PM EDT by ED_P]
I used to love Small Arms Review

They did an amazing piece on the development of the new Russian Assault rifle, with pictures of close to 20 prototypes (the first were Bullpups) before settling on that new weird timed pulse 2 shots before recoil happens version.

They had an awesome interview with a Russian Special Forces soldier on equipment, loadout, tactics and battles in Afghanistan. That article ran in Shotgun news a few months later.

Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:34:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:

Originally Posted By cyrax777:
Small Arms Review.



Only one I read.


yep
once in a great while i will pick up guns and weapons for LE off the newsstand
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 3:40:47 PM EDT
You're better off becoming an ARFCOM member. There is more information contained within these files than all of the magazines I've seen, combined!
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 4:58:45 PM EDT
What, no 'Gun Tests' readers?

No advertising = a good thing
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:10:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By heavily_armed:
What, no 'Gun Tests' readers?

No advertising = a good thing



Good concept but many of them are idiots.

I have an issue where they had a AR-15 postban carbine and noted the buttstock has an area for a clean kit just like the full size rifle but for some reason didn't have a trap door to keep it in place.

Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:10:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By heavily_armed:
What, no 'Gun Tests' readers?

No advertising = a good thing




Had Gun Tests for a couple years, and I really enjoyed it. Should have renewed...
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:18:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By heavily_armed:
What, no 'Gun Tests' readers?

No advertising = a good thing


I used to read that until I relized they would do tests that you and I could pretty much just look at the guns in comparision and tell you which one was the better.
I think they had a test between a hi-point handgun and a Sig or something like that. Well,guess which one was the "best buy" ? Yeah,the Sig. They did other tests like this and it got to the point of being like........well.......duh!
"Which handgun lost it's front site after 6 shots? The Ruger Super Redhawk or the _place your low quality handgun here_."
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:19:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cyrax777:
Small Arms Review.



Yes!

www.smallarmsreview.com/
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:19:19 PM EDT
Guns

American Handgunner

John Conner's Columns alone are worth it. Clint Smith and Massad Ayoob are regular contributors too.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:19:41 PM EDT
+1 for Gun Tests. I like that they actually buy a gun and run it. Who cares if they don't know every detail of the AR15? They can still evaluate reliability, accuracy, and trigger pull.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:24:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:

Originally Posted By heavily_armed:
What, no 'Gun Tests' readers?

No advertising = a good thing



Good concept but many of them are idiots.

I have an issue where they had a AR-15 postban carbine and noted the buttstock has an area for a clean kit just like the full size rifle but for some reason didn't have a trap door to keep it in place.




I have to concur. I still get gun tests because there is nothing out there better, but I sometimes wonder about their methods of comparison.

I wish they had a little more funding behind them so that they could actually be the consumer reports of guns. But like I said, I'll still keep my subscrition.

I enjoy reading small arms review too,
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:27:00 PM EDT
Guntests complained about the hole in the back of a M-4 type stock

Experts
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:28:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2005 5:28:49 PM EDT by Stryfe]

Originally Posted By DesertRat66:
Guns

American Handgunner

John Conner's Columns alone are worth it. Clint Smith and Massad Ayoob are regular contributors too.


+1.
I read them for the writers.
I subscribe to Handgunner and swipe my dad's copies of Guns.
Conner and Smith rule.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:29:18 PM EDT
American Rifleman

you get it with an NRA enrollment (hint...hint...)
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:33:36 PM EDT
It all depends where your interests lie. Most here are into the AR-15 and probably more into the "black ridle" stuff. I like just about anything that burns powder, my favorites are?

The Varmint Hunter (subscription only www.varminthunter.org/ )
GUNS
American Handgunner

Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:36:48 PM EDT
Shotgun News
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:38:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2005 5:39:29 PM EDT by leonUK]
Interestingly enough i'm a subscriber to American Handgunner, It's seems to be full of the same stuff each month so I'll probably switch sometime
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:42:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2005 5:48:30 PM EDT by Hiwathl]

Originally Posted By beernut:
American Rifleman

you get it with an NRA enrollment (hint...hint...)





a Big +!1, has a Very good mix of articles,reviews etc. with something for everyone
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 5:46:22 PM EDT
I subscribe to SWAT, and Guns and Weapons for Law Enforcement, and I enjoy both.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 6:10:10 PM EDT
The American Rifleman is a very good magazine that comes with your NRA membership.


Link Posted: 12/29/2005 6:14:02 PM EDT
+1 on American Rifleman. I used to get Shooting Times and Guns and Ammo, was slack in reading them and they just piled up so I canceled the subscriptions. I get Dillon's Blue Press too, but it's a more of a catalog but always has a good article or 2, and of course the BOTD on the cover.

Used to get Shotgun News, 3x a month is too much, they have an option just to get it once a month, got kind of boring since each new issue was about 90% of the old issue's contents. Fred of Fred's Stocks always had a good rant.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 6:15:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2005 6:30:37 PM EDT by tc556guy]
I subscribe to Guns, American Handgunner, Police Marksman, Shotgun News , American Rifleman and a couple of career specific pubs that I guess could be seen as gun magazines of a sort.
Link Posted: 12/29/2005 6:18:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AeroE:
Precision Shooting, and that is about it.



I used to read this mag, excellent. Have to start getting it again.

Link Posted: 12/29/2005 6:22:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ghost-Shooter:
You're better off becoming an ARFCOM member. There is more information contained within these files than all of the magazines I've seen, combined!



+1

Theres more and better info on this site in 1 week, than a year than any magazine.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 12:14:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By otar:

Originally Posted By Ghost-Shooter:
You're better off becoming an ARFCOM member. There is more information contained within these files than all of the magazines I've seen, combined!



+1

Theres more and better info on this site in 1 week, than a year than any magazine.


Thats a lot of printing stuff out, though.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 12:23:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AeroE:
Precision Shooting, and that is about it.



Excellent source of info. Expensive but well worth it. I might pick it up again when more $$$ allows.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 12:27:06 PM EDT
American Rifleman, get ur NRA membership first.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 12:27:25 PM EDT
I get all my information from Tactical Slingshot.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 12:50:43 PM EDT
GWLE-Guns and Weapons for Law Enforcement

SAR

SOF
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