Which firearms periodicals are worthwhile?


Just Another Boomer
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Lifetime Member
Nov 22, 2011
In the threads about the debacle at Guns and Ammo, some folks have expressed an opinion that all gun magazines are worthless. I don't agree.

In the world of NFA firearms, Small Arms Review often has good, meaty articles.

For collectors of truly old or historic arms, Man at Arms for the Gun and Sword Collector is pretty great.

For competitive shooting, Shooting Sports USA is good. Target Shooting Magazine from the U.K. is better than good; it's excellent.

What firearms periodicals do you think are worth reading? On the flip side, which ones are a waste of time?

(In that last category, I'd like to nominate Recoil magazine. It's slick and pretty. It's also shallow, unfocused, and I found several serious errors in the first issue I bought. It was my last.)


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Aug 21, 2013
I don't just look at the pictures, there are actually some interesting articles.

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Mar 8, 2010
McKinney, TX
I browse as well but do not buy. The internet is so much easier to find good info on certain items. I am tired of seeing items in a magazine that are retarded and yet still get glowing reviews and must buys from the author.

Heinz Bar

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Jun 12, 2013
Spring Branch
The editor who penned that screed about regulation has been fired from Guns and Ammo. See this. I subscribe to G&A and it's a good value. I'll also pick up Recoil (expensive) or Combat Handguns at the store or anything else that catches my eye.


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Oct 5, 2013
I just recently subscribed to Guns and Ammo and Shooting Times. Also, I receive The American Rifleman. So far they seem like fairly decent reads. I was considering dropping Guns and Ammo because of the recent article by Dick Metcalf, but in light of their retraction and firing of Mr. Metcalf, I am going to keep it.

A lot of hand gun enthusiasts tout American Handgunner as a good magazine, and I am considering subscribing to that one.
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Lifetime Member
Oct 15, 2009
Lampasas, Texas
Guns magazine and American Handgunner are both excellent magazines. One is monthly and the other is every other month but I can't remember which. John Connor alone is worth the subscription price.
I have seen them give negative reviews when needed and I like that about them.

There isn't usually enough new stuff to fill a magazine every month but they seem to find a way to keep it interesting.


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Jul 5, 2012
Only one I get is American Rifleman from the NRA.

I used to get Small Arms Review but they stopped printing monthly issues and went quarterly. That irked me somewhat, but here's the big turn-off: the head guy at SAR is one of the bigwigs in NFATCA, the group that complained to holder/obama about painless trust/LLC/corp transfers despite the fact it's been like that for 79 years and hasn't caused a crime wave yet. Dan Shea helped kill the only NFA ownership route for those of us stuck in 'no signature land'.

I do not plan on resubbing ever, and even if I didn't hold a grudge why would I? They put me out of the NFA game for good. Their magazine serves no purpose for me now.
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Aug 27, 2009
San Antonio!
I got a subscription to Guns and Ammo as a Christmas present a couple years back from my mother-in-law and we've been renewing it ever since. I recently stopped the hardcopy delivery and now read it on my Kindle. I like the mag, especially Patrick Sweeney's articles; plus they do a lot of historical military firearm comparisons.

My biggest gripe is that the digital version is about $1.50 an issue, whereas the hardcopy one delivered to the house is $1.08. Why is that?!?

Otherwise, I pick up the G&A Book of the AK-47 and a similar annual put out by a different publisher this year; that's about it. I skim through American Rifleman but to be honest I find it less interesting than G&A.


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Mar 27, 2010
I've narrowed mine down to Gun Tests magazine. It's a little pricey, but it's all meat. No ads allowed, it is funded by subscriptions only and they are out of Texas.

Gun Tests the consumer resource for the serious shooter.

They compare and contrast all different kinds of firearms side by side in different categories.
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