Australian Shooter is not only the flagship publication of the SSAA, it is also Australia’s most popular sports shooting magazine. Published monthly, it aims to create a better environment and community understanding of all forms of hunting and the shooting sports. It caters to SSAA members and the general public who may be recreational hunters, competitive or casual target shooters, those who use their firearms professionally or those who enjoy collecting firearms.
Australian Shooter discusses political, legislative and current event news, while our regular and freelance contributor offer hunting opinions and philosophies, outdoor and survival tips, and technical and practical ballistics information to represent the varied experiences of Australia’s recreational shooters and hunters.
The main point of interest for our readers is no doubt our product reviews and feature articles. Each month, our technical writers road-test and review a selection of new firearms, shooting accessories, knives, clothing and much more to help you choose the right product for your chosen activities. The magazine also features several members-only competitions!
Media Officer Kate Fantinel outlines the strange but true tale of how Mexican drug cartels are infiltrating Australia’s borders with illicit firearms and drugs and what moves the Coalition is taking in response. Also on law and order issues, Communications Officer Sam Talbot says it’s time to get tough on soft sentencing for illegal gun behaviour, and unearths a baffling ACT ruling regarding suppressors. Chris Redlich looks back at his introduction to goat hunting 20 years ago, while Frank Bonneville recommends trusting your instincts out in the field. Under review are the Sako 85 Carbonlight rifle, GSG 1911 .22LR pistol and Browning B725 Sporter Black Edition shotgun. Meanwhile, Leon Wright sings the praises of the Fox Combo Call in tackling the cunning pests and Thomas Tabor discovers the Annealing Made Perfect machine made in New Zealand.Read more
The SSAA reports on the law-enforcement issues presented at the National Policing Summit, and Media Officer Kate Fantinel discusses the fallout from the lengthy Federal Election campaign, including the Greens party releasing an outrageous firearms policy and Gun Control Australia attacking the legitimacy of the Adler shotgun. Con Kapralos examines the Steyr SM12 SX Stainless rifle, Daniel O’Dea takes a look at the WFA1 rifle from Warwick Firearms and Neil Edgley tests the BSA Scorpion SE PCP air rifle. We also review the Pulsar Digisight N850 LRF night vision scope, Steiner Miniscope monocular, Tikka rifle cleaning kits and Federal Champion .22LR HP ammo. SSAA Bendigo and Parks Victoria partner to manage foxes, and Ben Smith recalls a successful winter hunting trip to rid a property of ferals including a monstrous feral cat. The SSAA SHOT Expo also smashes attendance records in Sydney.Read more
Western quolls make their way home thanks to the SSAA and National President Geoff Jones talks about our strong international relations. We find out who will be winning medals at this year’s Olympics and Paralympics with Russell Mark and Assistant Editor Dave Rose previewing the teams. John McDougall checks out the Redolfi EOS Sporting shotgun, John Dunn explains why the single-shot Winchester Model 1885 Low Wall Hunter deserves its revival and Con Kapralos takes the Laserex GLS-520 Green Laser Sight into the field. Media Officer Kate Fantinel calls out the RSPCA and challenges a medical journal article, while Hunting Officer Matthew Godson gets stuck into hypocritical duck shooting protesters. Wayne Peacock is gives up his fishing rod in favour of hunting monster pigs in the Mitchell River, John Broxburn romanticises the .500 BPE rifle and Communications Officer Sam Talbot explains why junior shooter Danon Randazzo is a future superstar.Read more
Bruce Wellington reviews Ruger’s No.1S rifle in 9.3x62mm Mauser, Daniel O’Dea looks at Mossberg’s Patriot Synthetic rifle and Paul Miller checks out ATA’s 686EL Sporting shotgun. The SSAA-LA dissects the media storm that was the Sydney Siege and explains how we corrected the media while redirecting them to the real problem. ‘Greenie’ groups are upset because they may lose their tax-deductible status, while the SSAA gets up to real conservation work saving the Tasmanian devil. Rod Pascoe helps Winchester celebrate almost 50 years of operations in Australia, John Hill puts the Hornady .17 Hornet cartridge to the test and Darren Marks assesses the Walther Pro PL70r torch. Assistant Editor David Rose speaks with junior shooter Rachel McConnell, while Richard Lindsay explains the return of SSAA Blue Hills after the club was ravaged by bushfires.Read more
SSAA-LA cuts through the media hysteria with facts and celebrates the successes of our sport so far. We explain why governments targeting the law-abiding firearm owner through methods such as bullet profiling isn’t reducing crime and why the SSAA has a seat at the table for future firearms legislation discussions. In new product news, Con Kapralos reviews the Sako Model 85 Synthetic Black soft-touch synthetic-stocked rifle in .308 Winchester calibre and Neil Wheatley tests the Wildcat Synthetic .22-calibre precharged pneumatic air rifle by FX Airguns. Lionel Swift investigates the historic gunshops of Ballarat, Darren Marks relives a childhood fantasy with the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun and Dave Burgess recaptures his youth by restoring an FN .22 single-shot rifle. Daniel O’Dea also reports on the latest and greatest from this year’s US SHOT Show in Las Vegas.Read more
We reflect on how far the firearms community has come since the formation of the SSAA in 1948 and look towards the future of our chosen recreations. SSAA National also launches its new department, SSAA Legislative Action (SSAA-LA), and identifies incorrect handgun seizure claims by Customs. In new product news, Con Kapralos examines the APRS Light Hunter rifle, Byron Pace reviews Bergara’s B14 Sporter rifle and Paul Miller tests Blaser’s F3 Super Sport Luxus shotgun. We also assess Lyman’s Borecam Digital Borescope, Leica’s Geovid HD-B binoculars and Burris Fullfield E1 scopes. Thomas Tabor tours the Savage Arms factory in Massachusetts, and Winchester Australia’s Range Day goes off with a bang in Victoria. Ben Smith reminisces about being the new kid on the water hunting ducks, and Assistant Editor Dave Rose takes a look at some wildlife management activities by SSAA Farmer Assist volunteers in WA and Queensland.Read more