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!
Communications Officer Sam Talbot stands tall on the cover of our bumper summer edition as he tackles the Single Action discipline for the latest instalment in his Talbot on Target series. After almost a year of painstaking research, Scott Heiman has put together the definitive list of the Top 10 calibres across Australia in what makes for fascinating reading. Firearms under review this month include Winchester’s XPR Vias sporting rifle and Browning’s BLR Lightweight Monte Carlo, and in optics we take a close look at Nikko Stirling’s Hornet ED 10-50x60 riflescope and the latest Victory RF 8x42 rangefinding binoculars from Zeiss. Elsewhere is a comprehensive introduction to Long Range Precision shooting which continues to grow in popularity and a Queensland farmer puts the case for making hunting a two-way partnership. So sit back and enjoy our expanded 132-page summer special.Subscribe
As summer arrives and we approach year’s end, the pages of our December magazine are packed with all manner of good things. Senior correspondent John Dunn gets in early with the first review of the 783 Jackaroo rifle from Remington which he says will give a good account of itself wherever it’s deployed. Other firearms under review include the Sauer 100 Pantera rifle, Huglu Ventus shotgun and Big Horn Model 89 and, in ammunition, Chris Redlich finds the Nosler Accubond a long shot worth backing. This month’s mini-feature sees us go in search of the ideal rabbit gun, with Dave Burgess and Paul Barker spilling the good oil on the best way to hunt bunnies. Henri Lach checks in with the intriguing tale of one Queensland council’s method of tackling the feral cat problem - put a bounty on their heads, while assistant editor Dave Rose takes a trip back in time to recall the bizarre tale of a real-life lion hunt on the streets of suburban Adelaide. With our usual mix of letters and expert columns, December’s Shooter will keep you entertained until 2019. Merry Christmas from all at Australian Shooter.Subscribe
It’s now 100 years since the guns fell silent to herald the end of the First World War and the Armistice that followed, and in the pages of our November magazine we turn the clock back to that historic day. And coming right up to date, senior correspondent John Dunn takes to the field with the Winchester XPR Hunter Highlander rifle. Still on rifles, and this month we put air rifles in focus with a feature on what was an introduction to the shooting sports for many, Don Caswell and Christian Monahan giving us their take on what makes a great air rifle. Sam Garro turns the spotlight on custom gun stock-maker extraordinaire Ross Waghorn and shows just exactly what goes into creating a unique stock. In his Talbot on Target! series, Communications Officer Sam Talbot turns his attention to Rimfire Rifle Metallic Silhouette, while Graham Park puts the famous Barnes X Bullet under the microscope and unearths a fascinating Aussie connection. And with our usual mix of columns and readers’ letters, the pages of our November issue are bulging with something for every firearm enthusiast.Subscribe
We’re busier than ever in the pages of October’s issue of Australian Shooter with four of the latest firearms under review. John McDougall features on our cover as he gets to grips with the new Webley & Scott Series 1000 shotgun, a genuine slice of Italian flair. Senior correspondent John Dunn runs the rule on the CZ 455 Stainless Synthetic and realises that “when you’re on a good thing, stick to it”. The Ruger American Ranch rifle is placed under the microscope by Con Kapralos and proves to be a fine all-round utility option, while Daniel O’Dea gives us the lowdown on the latest high-power offering from GC Precision Developments. Rounding out our firearms section, Communications Officer Sam Talbot continues his mission to shoot the SSAA disciplines, and this month turns his attention to Handgun Metallic Silhouette. Products under review this month include Hawke Optics’ latest laser range finder, we turn the spotlight on Grizzly muzzle brakes, run the numbers on Buffalo River’s .243 Winchester hunting ammunition and step out in the new Kosci boots by Spika. With all our regular columns, a bumper letters section and prizes to be won, there’s something for everyone in this month’s Australian Shooter.Subscribe
As we leave winter behind and step into spring, there is much to keep you busy in the September edition of Australian Shooter. Our firearms reviews kick off with Con Kapralos testing the Browning X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Long-Range in 6.5 Creedmoor which he rates ‘up there with the best of them’. Still on firearms and John Gillis remembers fondly the Model 55 Winchester .22 while Neil Wheatley find the Streamline air rifle an excellent PCP option for the rabbit hunter. Sam Talbot our Communications Officer continues his quest to shoot multiple SSAA disciplines and this month turns his attention to Field Shotgun and what it takes to be competitive. This edition features a trail camera special with Steve Bain comparing the low-glow and no-glow options while Derek Nugent explains the best way to get the most out of your camera. Among the latest products under review are muzzle brakes and the new powders from ADI, while DVD presenter Shaun Whale features on our cover as he goes in search of his first trophy boar. It’s all happening in September’s Australian Shooter.Subscribe
Iconic bushman Lu Cervi looms large in the August edition of Australian Shooter as our correspondent Mick Chapman joins him to track deer in the revered hunter’s home state of Victoria. And Scott Mitchell also has deer as his target after painstaking work to revamp his rifle with Swan barrels.Subscribe
On a historical note, Ivo Dimitrov outlines the evolution of Germany’s MP40 wartime firepower, while Rod Pascoe is another writer stepping back in time to document the role SSAA members played in helping the Mulwala Explosives Factory produce commercial powders for sporting shooters. Another fascinating tale comes with Sam Garro unravelling the 140-year journey of an 1879 Alexander Henry 12-bore double rifle.
Under review this month are GC Precision Developments’ CWS rifle, the Grand Power handgun by Roxor, the Australian Tactical Precision cheekrest wins Steve Hurt’s seal of approval while Ben Unten checks out the HyperPod II bipod.
An update on items in the SSAA online shop and some enticing prizes on our competition page round things off nicely.