I'm not all knowing or a know it all but I've decided

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    I'm not all knowing or a know it all but I've decided

    I'm not all knowing or a know it all but I've decided that there are certain firearms periodicals that I'm simply not going to continue subscribing to. such as examples; Guns&Ammo, Shooting Times, Guns, American Handgunner, Rifle, Handloader and or etcetera. After 50+years of reading these periodicals I've reached a saturation point. Memory being what it is when I started reading Guns&Ammo the price per copy was ?50? cents.

    What I'll continue to read because of NRA membership is American Rifleman (the kiss our collective rear-ends good by has gotten old) and Shooting Illustrated (which I really still like to read).

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    I certainly understand how you have grown tired of some of the magazines. My subscriptions have been greatly reduced over the last ten years. Every once in a while I will purchase an old magazine on eBay or at a second hand shop that contains an article I'm interested in reading, usually about some firearm no longer manufactured.
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    Have to agree with you. I stopped reading most gun magazines when I realized that in most I had never, not once, seen a negative review for a gun when the maker had ads in that magazine. Call me paranoid but I got the distinct impression that the "articles" were just longer ads.
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    Magazines? I haven't bought one of those in.... Well since the smart phone so well over 10 years.
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    The Shotgun News was the only gun mag I have ever subscribed to, a very long time ago.
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    I stopped quite a few years ago when i realized the articles were mostly reviews of information I had long since assimilated.
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    The only magazines we get are my NRA American Rifleman and my wife's NRA America's 1st. Freedom. We are both life members.
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    Has anyone seen a bad review on a new gun from one of those magazines?....I am sure someone has but the ratio of good/great reviews vs poor ones
    tells me all i need to know...We all know of clunkers being introduced in recent years but we sure don't learn about them from a magazine where the author
    runs a box or two of ammo through it and gives a rave review on it....I do enjoy the new product spotlights though.
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    Brother @Cornhusker95 Most gun rags take a basket full of cash for each "review". Most reviews have been simply paid advertising for many decades. Used to be a big joke. Now it seems likely they got the idea from politicians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornhusker95 View Post
    Has anyone seen a bad review on a new gun from one of those magazines?
    Yes, I have, but such reviews are infrequent. I'm down to American Handgunner and the National Rifleman, the latter primarily because that comes with the membership and I like reading The Armed Citizen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    Brother @Cornhusker95 Most gun rags take a basket full of cash for each "review". Most reviews have been simply paid advertising for many decades. Used to be a big joke. Now it seems likely they got the idea from politicians.
    You got it...It would be refreshing to see a review where they said....This gun preformed poorly
    or after 500 rounds we noticed this......Or even just it was okay but we feel there is better options in this class
    and here is why....but yes we know why that rarely happens
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    The whole magazine industry has gotten pretty bad. I don't have any subscriptions on any topic anymore. You can find so much more online and compare reviews from different sources. I pay no attention to any review that is too glowing or doesn't have even the slightest negative thing to say about a product.
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    I use to receive a few magazines that I like (and still do) however, I can get the same information and more online, so I do.
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    It's just not the magazines, but some of the gun sites/forums are going south as well.
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    After Skeeter Skelton passed away I let my subscription to “Shooting Times” expire since his writings were the main reason I read it. Nowadays unless an article catches my attention (1911, Garand, Broomhandle, Luger) I just pass them by.
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