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GUN-SHY PRIMEDIA

PRIMEDIA CEO Tom Rogers apparently has a new aversion to shooting.

The company is preparing to put the "for sale" sign on seven magazines: Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Shot Gun News, Hand Guns Magazine, Rifle Shooter, Photographic Magazine and Shutterbug.

The group is believed to have revenue of $80 million a year and a profit in the $15 million a year range........ (continued at the source page)
 

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i hope so G&A and company needs an owner that is dedicated to the publications mentioned. maybe they drop the non-gun ads. like the ones for sex-instruction, natural viagra and such. i get a shooting magazine for the info and related ads.
 

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I have to agree with you Papa. G&A was a great mag back in the late 80's, but since then, it's been in the toilet, IMHO.

I hope I don't offend any of the authors, because I really liked to read reviews, etc. I just got tired of seeing a cover story about "Best Self-Defense Pistol or Best Self-Defense Ammo or Best Self-Defense Holster, BSD this, BSD that, etc..."

I then went to Handguns mag, but they also seemed to recylce the same stories/topics every fews month - so I gave it up.

Now, I stick with American Handgunner - if only for the pictures!


(I also like Concealed Weapons Mag and (CWM for LEO. Great articles in there...)

Unfortunately, you just can't get around the crap advertising in any magazine these days...

[This message has been edited by nickcarr (edited 10-15-2001).]
 

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I must say that I have found many of the articles in G&A somewhat superficial; and the same can be said of most of the other shooting rags. I like something I can get my teeth into, and usually would rather devour a book than a 2-page article, with a few photos.

Having said that, magazines have to maintain a broad appeal in order to maintain their readership - catering to the average. I do like Cooper's Corner and some of the other regular writers of the past and present. I think particularly lacking has been the historical aspects of firearms, and indepth articles on older guns - antiques, classics, military etc etc.

These days I am content to flip through them at the supermarket or library; unless I spot an article that has particular interest. There are many online magazines you can browse, with much the same content of the paper rags.

About the only magazine that I might consider getting on a regular basis these days is Rifle Magazine, and perhaps it's mate, Handloader. Those two are very good.
 
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