I don't read any of them anymore. They have sold out to the advertisers. The current crop of gun rags has never met a gun they did not like. They excuse poor accuracy by using the term "acceptable combat accuracy" for a gun that will not group under 6" at 25 yds. If you will notice they also shorten the distance to 10-15 yds. for these inaccurate guns. The absolute worst offender has to be Combat Handguns. If I had to read another article by Walt Rauch I think I would puke! He gave a "glowing" test report on a gun that broke in the first 25 rounds, had a 12lb. trigger and shot awful groups.
I read G&A & GUNS for entertainment (I like to look at the pics. and find the "bougt and paid for" write-ups amusing).
When I want the real "low-down", however, I grab Gun Tests.
Gun Tests doesn't hold any punches. They call 'em like they see 'em. The guns they use in their testing are bought off the shelf.
There is no "Hi I'm Joe Shootslow from Lead Slinger Magazine. Could you send us one of your new XP3 Modulator Raceguns for us to review in next months issue?" At which time the manufacturer who regularly buys ad space in the magazine says "Sure, Joe, we'll ship one right out. Oh, and by the way, keep it, it's yours when your finished."
Next month you see the XP3 Modulator Race gun, bathed in dazzling light and plastered on the cover. And, of course, the review say's it's the best thing since the wheel.
Take those glitzy gun rags for what their worth (entertainment), but keep in mind how they do business. If you want real, honest evaluations to make an informed decision on your next firearms purchase, read Gun Tests.
GUN GAMES,I am glad someone drug them into this thread.At one time they were the best mag on the shelf.They had some big name competitors writing columns and articles for them,pages full of ads and great editorials and match coverage.For some reason they almost went belly up and left many people including myself with a partial subscription.They did not answer phone calls,letters or e-mail.Six months later they get in touch saying they were back.Five or six monthes later they finally put out a mag.It sucked,Ted Nugent on the cover and the article on him inside was a bunch of stuff they had gotten from other sources.The old writers were gone and it seemed as if they were using the mag to promote some international shooting organization.However it does seem to be getting better.I even bought two copies of the latest issue,reason being they printed the letter I sent them for the cover with the gun buyback queen Reba McEntire.They say she has changed her ways and is a shooter now.Like I told them,Diane Fienstein and Carl Rowen are gun owners too.Are they going to be on the cover of future issues