Australian Shooter

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!

  • June 2020

    June 2020

    We’ve put some of our regular contributors on the spot and challenged them to nominate their favourite combination of rifle, cartridge and scope and our June edition kicks-off this short series with Daniel O’Dea outlining his top trio. Elsewhere, Senior Correspondent John Dunn was excited to lay his hands on the new Anschutz 1761 Classic bolt-action rifle, something he says will “give a good account of itself as this really is one classy rimfire”. Staying with firearms, Con Kapralos has been out and about with the new CZ 455 Thumbhole Black Carbon rifle which he found “certainly works when it comes to dependability and accuracy”. In a hunting vein this month, Mick Chapman and a handful of mates finally realised their dream when they went in search of warthog in Zimbabwe, a trip which didn’t disappoint. And while our latest edition has had an enforced reduction in pagination as a result of COVID-19, keep reading with our 20-page digital supplement available HERE.

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  • May 2020

    May 2020

    With the nation in lockdown mode, what better time to get the most from Australia’s foremost shooting sports magazine. Our May edition is packed with interesting and informative articles to keep you entertained at home, starting with Ben Unten’s review of the new Akkar triple-barrel shotgun. Still on firearms, Con Kapralos has been out and about with the Ruger American Predator in .308 Winchester, while Senior Correspondent John Dunn takes us on a tour of his collection of Stevens single-shot rifles. Elsewhere, Chris Redlich recounts the tale of his great uncle Harold, one of the gallant ‘Rats of Tobruk’ who fell victim to a German MG 34 machine gun and Ivo Dimitrov take an in-depth look at what was the German army’s primary rapid fire weapon during World War Two. With too much more to mention, our May edition will help banish those self-isolation blues while we await a return to normality.

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  • April 2020

    April 2020

    Our April cover story sees John McDougall visit Cobaw Sporting Clays in rural Victoria where he witnessed some spectacular shotgun shooting as part of the Grouse Plate team event. And in another feature piece, Lionel Swift turns back the clock to give us a fascinating insight into the shot towers of the trans-Tasman, one of which now holds pride of place in one of Melbourne’s biggest shopping centres. Firearms under review this month include the Swarm Fox 10X air gun by GAMO, the Miroko MK38 Monte Carlo shotgun and the Browning Maral SF Big Game straight-pull rifle, which Senior Correspondent John Dunn says is bound to find favour with pig and deer hunters as well as those involved in feral animal control. Also this month we run the numbers on a couple of riflescopes - the  ZeroTech Trace 3-18x50 and Zeiss Victory V8 4.8-35x60 - and speaking of scopes, Mike Smith explains how to zero-in yours with just four shots. And with all our usual columns and letters page, there’s lots to enjoy in our April edition.

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  • March 2020

    March 2020

    Under normal circumstances March would herald the start of duck season and, with that in mind, our cover story this month tells you what you need to know in the breeding of the ideal gun dog as Chas Harding takes us through the step-by-step process of rearing a four-legged hunting buddy for life. Firearms in focus this month include the quirky but fun Pedersoli High Wall, a look back at the Russian-made Baikal IJ-58 shotgun and, exclusive to Australia, the CZ 527 MDT Varmint rifle in .223 Remington. And speaking of varmints, the nation’s pests have been put on notice with the introduction of the Varmageddon projectile, available in both tipped and hollow-point varieties, and Chris Redlich tested them to devastating effect. Senior correspondent John Dunn went in search of bigger game though and recalls the day he exceeded all expectations and claimed the buck of a lifetime. And those among us who enjoy a drop of fine wine can raise a glass to industry icon and keen shooter Wolf Blass as we turn the spotlight on this fascinating character.

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  • February 2020

    February 2020

    Are you in the market for your first centrefire hunting rifle? Then look no further than the February edition of Australian Shooter where Con Kapralos has put four contenders in the $1500 price bracket to the test. He has run the numbers on all four in the .308 Winchester calibre and provided all you need to know to make an informed decision. Also this month, Don Gilchrist has penned a fascination article entitled ‘Barrels, bullets and benchrest’ which should be a must-read for the serious benchrest shooter. Other firearms in the spotlight this month include the Chiappa Alaskan takedown, Miroku’s ML Silver Edition shotgun and the Browning T-Bolt rifle. We also field test Pulsar’s Accolade XP50 thermal imaging bincoluars which turn night into day, take a close look at GlowShot’s new portable target kit while Senior Correspondent Rod Pascoe puts the latest range of NX8 riflescopes from Nightforce to the test. Set some free time aside and settle into our February magazine - there’s plenty to keep you busy as summer starts to fade.

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  • December 2019

    December 2019

    As we bid farewell to another year, the cover of our December issue features Chris Redlich on a tahr hunt in New Zealand and the lengths he went to in a bid to snare an impressive trophy. Firearms in review this month include the new 686CL Sports shotgun from Turkish manufacturer ATA and the latest addition to CZ’s 457 family, the Premium. As legendary French firm Verney-Carron prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary next year, Sam Garro has penned a fascinating insight into their L’Atelier Verney-Carron double rifles, while our Communications Officer Sam Talbot wraps up his popular Talbot on Target series with a look at the Long Range Precision discipline. Products in the spotlight this time round include the latest range of Styrka riflescopes and an appealing array of brass cases relatively new to Australia from US maker Jagemann. And senior correspondent John Dunn has signed off for 2019 with an entertaining account of a weekend knifemaking course in the Mother Mountain Forge at Dignams Creek on the NSW coast. We wish all our readers a merry Christmas and happy new year.

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