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Which would you nominate as the best and the worst of the gun magazines?


(Edited by Stranger at 4:41 pm on Jan. 3, 2002)
 

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My first  nominations for the worst...
1. Guns & Ammo
2. Anything with Jon Sundra
3. Anything with Wiley Clapp or his evil alter ego Ken S. Latrans.
 

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My nominations for the best...

1. Shooting Times (Mike Venturino et al)
2. Guns (great photos)
3. Guns and Ammo (editorial range if not quality) TIE
3. Rifle Shooter TIE

And for most improved...

1. Gun World
2. American Rifleman (NRA)

Most in decline...

1. Handguns
 

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 Precision Shooting Magazine is the best, but it's a bit too specialized for some, so I'll pick the Rifle & Handloader combo.  The one that's gone downhill the furthest is Guns & Ammo. Can you imagine them having P.O. Ackley, Bob Hutton and Elmer Keith now?  

Bye
Jack
 

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Jack, I agree with you that the current crop of writers can't compare to the great ones but I still like G&A since it presents the broadest range of articles for the general interest gun reader. They cover everything from 19th century militaria, to handgun questions, to dangerous game rifles, to military and police sidearms, to M2 conversions, to defense of the 2nd Ammendment, to the latest Isreali assualt rifle.

I also like Boddington, who if memory serves me, is on the G&A staff.

Just my thoughts.
 

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I agree that precision Shooting is the BEST current shooting magazine.

I like handloader and Rifle, in general they look a little deeper into whatever subject they are writing about.

I am really disappointed at what Guns and Ammo has turned into. G&A doesnt even really test guns anymore.
G&A has a good writing staff that apparently is not allowed to write, too bad.
 

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Best- "the accurate rifle [ tho' i'm more than a little miffed that they changed it from "Tactical Shooter"]
A close second is Gun Tests if you want a no holds barred review of the good, the bad, & the ugly.
Worst- Shooting Times, the only thing that saves "G&A" from the bottom slot is Jeff Cooper.
As for Elmer, I doubt that his comments on current version [of g&a] would be printable.
 

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Best -- Rifle/Handloader
(Gun Tests is a close second, they let some personal opinions get in the way of good gun journalism at times, like the comparo between a Ruger .480 and a couple of &#362000 custom 5-shooters)
Worst:  Guns&Ammo in a close race with Shooting Times.  Nothing but ad copy, except for the occasional good stuff from Sheriff Wilson or Jeff Cooper.
Good shooting
Mark
 

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I put the bad word on Shooting Times and then the February issue arrives...

Good articles by Layne Simpson and Rick Jamison - of course one issue does not make them great- and there is a lot nonsense in the same issue.
 

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For those who still buy Guns&Ammo just for Col. Cooper's musings, you can get the uncensored version from:
<a href="http://www.molonlabe.net/Commentaries/

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</a>  There's more Cooper material and some good ballistic information at:
<a href="http://home.sprynet.com/~frfrog/froghome.htm

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Bye</a>
Jack


(Edited by Jack Monteith at 1:44 pm on Jan. 7, 2002)
 
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