Sorry, I don't have ANY subscriptions! I do buy Rifle/Handloader but I have to say that's mostly because they limit the amount of political spin and keep it focused on shooting. Even at that, I take what I read with a grain of salt. ID
American Hunter: Because it is the NRA's publication.
Vermont Outdoors: Because it has excellent content for local activities etc.
Handloader:Because of its technical/imformational nature.(although i believe it is starting to "slip" with some of the "newer" writers, can't beat Ken Waters and the like!<!--emo&--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=''><!--endemo-->
Rifle and Handloader these are a constant.
The others go through a cycle to catch the newest batch of newbies every four five years. Once I read the Guns and Ammo, Guns, Shooting Times, American Handgunner, etc for four or five years I find them repeating the same subjects. And how many times can I get excited about 'How the 44 Mag is superior to the 22 RF for mouse shooting'
The Wolfe Publishing mags, Rifle and Handloader are starting to slip into the same Gee Whiz, Gosh Golly 'Ruger has invented a new grip for the 5 screw, flat top 22 burp gun'. But they are not there yet.
Once these two mags have gone down that road it there will be room for more techical mags for the guys who aren't into the latest ad campaign.
My choices would be easy- The American Rifleman, Rifle & Handloader (I count them as one), and the NRA's first newstand publication Shooting Illustrated. In fact I just mailed a 2-yr subscription for it the other day. Have you all seen it yet? It's new, only four issues so far. As I said this is NRA's first venture into a "commercial" magazine and it's a good one. Well written articles on a variety of subjects. And it doesn't have the commando wannabe look of some gun rags that I've seen soccer moms look at it a state of disbelief while perusing the magazine racks at the supermarket.
I have a subscription to Petersen's Hunting also but I don't think I'll renew it. Not all that happy with the fact that I look in each issue and see five or six articles like "Get the drop on left handed bucks who hide in your garden" or (how many times have we seen this) "Spring Turkey Tactics." Between those articles and "Hunt a species in Southern Russia that nobody's ever heard of for only $45,000.00 I'm usually hard pressed to find an article that interests me. At least Rifleshooter has a Gunsmithing section that a novice like me can learn SOMETHING from.
1. AMERICAN RIFLEMAN - comes w/ my NRA membership.
2. WILD SHEEP - Comes w/ my Foundation for North American Wild Sheep membership.
3. SAFARI - comes w/ my Safari Club International dues.
Regarding #'s 2 and 3: I'll probably never be able to hunt outside of Maine, but these organizations, along w/ the NRA, are using my money to fight off the anti's and defend my rights to own firearms and my privileges to hunt. Probably most of the members of these last 2 pay more annually in tips than I earn, but I don't care how much they have or how much they spend - they are doing an excellent job of serving the best interests of all hunters. These groups are representing us in Washington and in our state capitols. Scam artists like Buckmasters or N.A. H.C. are only lining their wallets and going on hunting trips with our money.
1. Shooting Times (Mike Venturino)
2. Guns (Best Photography and Annuals)
3. GunWorld (Jan Libourel)
4. American Rifleman (most improved)
5. Guns and Ammo. I know, I know... you guys hate it
6. Rifle, Rifle Shooter (tie)
7. Handguns (used to be better)
8. Handloader (very specialized)
9. Guns and Weapons for LE, Combat Handguns (tie)
10.American Handgunner (best if you're a 1911 fan)
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I am interested in your comments concerning Buckmasters and N.A.H.C. I am a member of both, primarily for the magazines. I was just wondering, is there something that I don't know about these two organizations. I don't want to support them if there is something about them that I don't know.
Thank you for the info.
Pastor Charlie - I guess I got a bit carried away with using the term "scam artists" towards Buckmasters and N>A>H>C, and I apologize to them and to forum members. I guess they give you everything they say, and they do promote hunting in a positive way, but the cynical side of me sees them as taking our $$ and going on hunting trips that many of us could not afford. Well. I guess it's a free country, and I support their right to spend the money as they see fit. However, I also believe that it is paramount that hunters and gun owners should support the outfits that really stand up for us in a political way, and by way of true conservation. I'm not too sure how many hunting trips anyone would be able to take were it not for the efforts of the NRA in preserving our rights as gun owners; or the efforts of S.C.I. in fighting for hunting privileges world-wide; or for groups like F.N.A.W.S., without whom there would probably be very little or no sheep hunting in N. America. Thanks for asking the question.
Thank you for your response. I am in full agreement with everything you said. I am a firm believer in and a member of the NRA. What is SCI?
The organizations that work where we can't to help preserve our God-given rights are the ones I indeed want to support. Thanks again!
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