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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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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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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. :rolleyes:
 

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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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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. :rolleyes:
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:smile:
 

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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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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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The last few gun mags I thumbed through were more ads than content.
 
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I receive the NRA magazine, and Recoil, which are the only "gun" magazines I get. Everything else are hunting magazines, or what my buddy calls "horn porn."
 
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I grew up reading Skeeter Skelton, Elmer Keith, Jeff Cooper, and sometimes Grits Grisham. I don't remember getting bored by their columns. They always had something new to say. The current crop of writers don't like wood, steel, and guns with cool names. Everyone knows what a S&W 19 is but when you say Combat Masterpiece all kinds of thoughts run through my mind. Maybe Skeeter going up against 4-5 desperadoes over in Hereford, TX or Bill Jordan down on the border. A 1871 Colt Army is the most iconic pistol ever, but say Peacemaker and my imagination kicks into overdrive. Ok I am done with this rabbit hole.

Back to magazines. I really like my AR and I carry a polymer pistol daily but when you really get down to the basics they are pretty much the same. New and improved now means black plastic gun A now holds 18 rounds instead of 15. Yes an improvement but not really new. I am on board with the AR platform bringing newer calibers into the mix, but for every gun mag to say this is new and the greatest thing isn't really new or greatest. Same gun different caliber, but a reason to write like it the best thing ever. I love every 1911 style gun I own but to say Ruger's, Para's, or Kimber's copy is new, well subtract 2019 from 1911 and that how new they are.

Bottom line is I am on DC and a few other sites and really enjoy reading about real people spending real hard earned money on guns and gear then telling about it. Not as slick and not as many pictures, but I like the stuff I read here as much as any magazine. The only thing I still really like in print is the back page of American Rifleman. "I Have this Old Gun". Usually skip right to that every month.
 

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It was the same way with hot rod, fast ford and the like. There are only so many articles I can read about "top 10 ways to make a SBC faster" and all that jazz. I just got sick of it and after reading half a dozen magazines on a regular basis from 1975 to 1990 something, I just burned out. Its much the same way with many of the gun mags, I just cant read that stuff any more.
 
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