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!
John McDougall reviews the GK01 Sporting 12-gauge over-and-under shotgun from Turkish manufacturer Radikal, while John Hill treats himself to a good birthday present in the form of a Savage Model 16 FCSS Weather Warrior rifle chambered in .223 Remington. SSAA-LA’s Kate Fantinel explains that gun murders are driven by poverty and inequality, not gun availability. Peter Bindon tries out a set of folding Walther Pro knives, Geoff Smith tracks his bullets with the Labradar chronograph and Con Kapralos takes a look at down the SIG Sauer Tango6 5-30x56 scope. Alek Wadi reconnects with the Berthier Mousqueton Mle M16 French service carbine, RF Noonan explores the surprising history of his ‘American’ Lithgow No.1 Mk III and senior correspondent John Dunn is impressed with Browning’s T-Bolt Mossy Oak Bottomlands rifle. Communications Officer finds out how junior shooter Nick McConnell went at the SSAA 2017 National Junior Challenge.Read more
Paul Miller tests Walther’s MaximaThor .22LR-calibre precharged pneumatic repeating air rifle and Con Kapralos reviews the Anschutz 1771D German ‘hogsback’ stock rifle in .204 Ruger calibre. Assistant Editor Dave Rose explains the SSAA’s involvement with the Conservation and Wildlife Research Trust, while Media and Political Officer Kate Fantinel discusses the SSAA-sponsored sambar study and gives a full recap on the Brisbane SSAA SHOT Expo. Daniel O’Dea is impressed with the Uzkon LA887 lever-action shotgun, while John Hill performs some gunsmithing on a Sako L461 Vixen rifle. John McDougall puts Spartan shotshells through their paces, Communications Officer Sam Talbot tries out virtual hunting in Hunting Simulator and the Action Trackchair all-abilities vehicle gets taken for a spin. We meet junior member Sinee Khanprasert, and senior correspondent John Dunn looks back on the life and times of Australian hunting legend, Bob Penfold.Read more
Paul Miller reviews the Stoeger ATAC Synthetic Combo .177-calibre air rifle, while John McDougall takes to the range and field with the Bettinsoli Evo Silver over-and-under 12-gauge shotgun. SSAA-LA’s Kate Fantinel explains just how uncommon gun theft is across Australia and why some of the most popular shooting events have been dropped from the Olympics, and SSAA National CEO Tim Bannister reports on the activities of the Association over the past year. Don Caswell examines Moondyne Ghost Eye trail cameras and Trevor Vivian hunts sambar with master hunter Noel O’Connor. John Gillis provides a guide on modifying the Super Simplex press, Royce Wilson takes goes on a tour of the refurbished Imperial War Museum in London, and John Dunn gets prepared for the Australian Arms Auction in Melbourne. Communications Officer Sam Talbot finds out about custom-made earplugs from Earmold Australia and speaks to junior hunter Gus Storey.Read more
Thomas Tabor reviews the Savage B22 F sporter rifle chambered in the very popular .22LR calibre and Neil Wheatley tests the Impact Black PCP .22-calibre air rifle from Swedish manufacturer, FX. John McDougall puts Miroku’s Mk 10 Trap shotgun through its paces, while it’s bad news for Ruger which has issued a recall on its Mark IV pistols. SSAA members give their feedback on our interview with the RSPCA, and SSAA-LA’s Kate Fantinel points out the lack of NFA-related ideas in the Sydney Siege findings and how the SSAA secured a successful national firearms amnesty model. Brad Allen gets a mixed bag while hunting with his boys, while Con Kapralos looks at Burris’s Droptine riflescopes and Benjamin Unten is impressed by the SmartRest Quad Rest. Communications Officer Sam Talbot reports on all the action from the Melbourne SSAA SHOT Expo and speaks to junior shooter Blake Papworth.Read more
Con Kapralos inspects the feature-rich Thompson/Center Compass rifle, while Don Caswell reviews Howa’s 1500 Mini Action Sporter rifle and Daniel O’Dea tests the H-S Precision Sporter Lightweight hunting rifle. In an exclusive interview, the SSAA asks the RSPCA some tough questions about hunting and animal welfare policies. Senior correspondent Rod Pascoe examines the Vortex Golden Eagle 15-60x52 scope and Brad Allen puts Ledlenser’s MT18 torch under the spotlight. Darren Marks takes to the field with his sons and father to find some grunters on their annual family hunting trip, while Lionel Swift tells the story of second-generation gunsmith Peter Schwarz. SSAA-LA’s Kate Fantinel explains where a New Zealand firearms inquiry went wrong, while Communications Officer Sam Talbot covers what happened at our second range day for the Parliamentary Friends of Shooting group, and speaks with Olympian and junior shooter Aislin Jones.Read more
Peter Kincade reviews Tikka’s T3x TAC A1 rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor and senior correspondent John Dunn gets his hands on the Chiappa LA322 Kodiak Cub and Deluxe rimfire lever-action carbines. Paul Miller is impressed by Blaser’s F16 Sporter shotgun, while Don Caswell explains how you can put the spring back into your spring-powered air rifle. SSAA-LA’s Kate Fantinel calls out exaggerated claims on the number of seized illegally imported firearms and reminds us about the SSAA’s A Journalist’s Guide to Firearms and the Shooting Sports. Chris Redlich hunts wild dogs that are causing a farmer serious problems and Ben Smith takes his young family in search for fallow deer. John McDougall tries out Baschieri & Pellagri Sporting & Compak shotshells, while Con Kapralos looks at Hawke’s Vantage IR Rimfire riflescopes. John Hill explains why an optical boresighter can be a huge asset for a shooter.Read more