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!
We see out winter with an eclectic mix in our August edition. Chris Rogers heads for the Scottish Highlands in search of the majestic red stag and discovers that in hunting, as with so many other things, patience pays off in the end. Con Kapralos turns the spotlight on Franchi’s Horizon 150th anniversary rifle, Thomas Tabor puts the Savage Arms Model 110 Storm through its paces and Royce Wilson turns back the clock with an insight into the Greener GP shotgun. Chris Redlich takes to the bush with a pair of Kahles’ Helia rangefinder binoculars, Geoff Smith has written a fascinating feature on Hi-Tek bullet coating of cast projectiles and in the latest of his ‘On Target’ series, Communications Officer Sam Talbot gets to grips with 5-Stand. Roll on spring!Subscribe
Rifles take centre stage in our July edition with Con Kapralos running the rule over both the Sako Finlight II and Kimber’s Subalpine mountain rifle in .300 WSM. Daniel O’Dea travels back in time to the days of his youth with a look at the latest Stoeger air rifles - the RX5 and RX20 Sport - and we turn the spotlight on Queensland’s Ipswich & District Rifle Club who will stage a two-day shooting festival this month to celebrate their 160th anniversary. Our cover picture features Chris Redlich who has taken to the field with the outstanding Swarovski ATS 65 spotting scope and, still on optics, Thomas Tabor has assessed the latest pocket-sized binoculars from Steiner Optik. We also take a look at three new Federal Premium hunting cartridges and check in with retiring Senator and keen hunter Nigel Scullion who tells us: “If I was a wild pig, I’d be starting to get nervous!”Subscribe
An action-packed June edition turns the spotlight on shotguns with a six-page feature by Damien Edwards and Thomas Tabor, the former tackling the side-by-side versus over-and-under debate and the latter giving an insight into understanding your shot shells. Sticking with shotguns, firearms under review this month include Fabarm’s Black Elos N2 Sporter as well as the Sako M85 Black Wolf rifle in .308 Winchester, while in his Talbot on Target series, Sam Talbot gets down to Practical Shooting. Brad Allen debunks the myths surrounding bullet trajectory, John Hill recalls fond memories from the days of fixed-power scopes and Sam Garro offers a fascinating insight into the world of master craftsman Branco Giljevic. Products in focus include riflescopes, binoculars, stealth cameras and an interesting game call mobile phone app.Subscribe
What do you look for in a rifle scope? When it comes to hunting, Thomas Tabor reckons ‘simple is simply better’ and he outlines his case in the cover story of our May magazine. Also this month we put a few firearms in the spotlight including the Browning BL-22, Mauser M18 and Howa’s M1500 H-S Precision sporting rifle. For the fox hunters out there, Daniel Musgrave takes us through the process of tanning pelts from target to trophy and in his latest Talbot on Target series, Communications Officer Sam Talbot turns his attention this month to Target Pistol. Among the products under review are Bushnell’s new Engage series of scopes, the Mantis 50 fox lure, Spartan Precision bipods and tripods and the latest Endurance 30 Wide Angle riflescopes from Hawke Optics.Subscribe
The pages of our April magazine are bulging with all manner of good things for the sporting shooter. Young Ryan Caswell features on our cover and in the fascinating tale of hunting the bramble bush boar. Firearms under review this month include the new Ruger 77/17, Schultz & Larsen’s Legacy switch-barrel sporting rifle, the Tikka T1x Multi-Task Rimfire and Remington’s new Model Seven Precision. Communications Officer Sam Talbot continues his ‘On Target’ series by tackling the Working Gundogs discipline, and we reveal the real story behind the escaped Adelaide lions with an exclusive eye-witness interview. Rod Pascoe reveals all you need to know to get into cartridge collecting and we review the latest copper projectiles from Outer-Edge and run the rule on the state-of-the-art Nirey KE-500 knife sharpener.Subscribe
Autumn is here and with it comes an action-packed edition of Australian Shooter. Sam Garro takes an in-depth look at what the novice needs to know to go hunting and, in similar vein, John McDougall gives us an insight into duck shooting season. Thomas Tabor was among the 64,000 industry insiders who flocked to the US SHOT Show in Las Vegas and, talking of crowds, more than 10,000 scouts from around the world took part in the 2019 Australian Scout Jamboree in South Australia and our Communications Officer Sam Talbot was there to help introduce them to the joys of the shooting sports. Firearms under review this month are the Savage A22R repeating rifle, Fabarm’s .410 over-and-under shotgun and the M1500 KRG long-range rifle from Bravo, while we also turn the spotlight on GPO’s new Evolve line of binoculars, the Larson Atkins X-51 range camera and the 4x30i HD Prismatic scope from MAKstorm. With all our regular columns and a bumper four-page letters section, our March edition will keep you busy while the leaves turn to gold.Subscribe