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!
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
Media Officer Kate Fantinel examines former Prime Minister John Howard’s recent ABC interview and calls out the selective statistics and blatant ignorance shown towards shooters and hunters. Dave Rose reports on the FeralCatScan app, which Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews says will help hunters in the battle against feral cats, and Australia looks to new markets as California continues its ban against the sale and importation of kangaroo products. Roger Wimble targets wild dogs, while John Dunn, after hunting a banteng bull on the Coburg Peninsula, heads to Arnhem Land for buffalo. Sarah Jane Jacob introduces us to the women of Single Action shooting’s Chisholm Trail event, and our team of reviewers assess the Savage B-Mag Target SVT .17WSM rifle, Walther Rotex RM8 PCP air rifle, Miroku Mk38 Sporter and Trap shotguns, Optisan OH Pro-PC 8x42 binoculars and Nitecore LED lights.Read more
We launch our Gold Membership video campaign, detailing the benefits of SSAA membership and firearms insurance. Media Officer Kate Fantinel examines several reports about the criminal use of firearms, including debunking the Greens’ lies that licensed firearms are the main black market source, the worrying increase in criminals using the ‘dark net’ to source illegal firearms, and the links between Queensland crime syndicates and illicit drugs and firearms. John Dunn reviews Pedersoli’s 1887/71 Guide Master lever-action rifle, Don Caswell tests Weihrauch’s HW 66 Production rifle, Tony Xanthopoulos assesses Alfa-Proj’s 361 revolver and Beretta Australia launches its Black Edition shotgun range. We also review Leupold’s VX-2 3-9x50 CDS scope, Remington’s detachable magazine conversion kit and Walther’s Pro Gun Care products. Rod Pascoe investigates alternative firearm storage options, Joan Renton-Spencer provides all the highlights from the 2015 Adelaide Knife Show and Australia farewells conservationist Harry Butler.Read more
We report on the latest developments on the NFA review and November’s Law, Crime and Community Safety Council meeting, including Justice Minister Keenan’s commonsense comments on the distinction between registered and unregistered firearms. Senator Bridget McKenzie educates journalists with a day out on the shotgun range, while Rod Pascoe looks at the state and territory laws surrounding travelling with firearms. Don Caswell reviews the Weatherby Vanguard S2 Blued Synthetic rifle, Paul Miller tests Miroku’s Mk 70 Special Sport shotgun and Thomas Tabor checks out a WJ Jeffery .333 double rifle owned by country and western singer Hank Williams Jr. We also examine the Dogg Catcher remote predator caller, KTI Safety Alert SA2G personal locator beacon and knives by Kevin Slattery of KevsForge. Brad Allen goes on an unforgettable hunt for red deer and John Rutkay discusses what makes a good long-range scope.Read more
Kate Fantinel examines three court cases involving the illicit use of firearms where the sentencing was surprising light, while Assistant Editor Dave Rose puts the spotlight on a fantastic SSAA venture aimed at helping service personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder via outdoor support therapy. Rod Pascoe takes a look at the history and future of clay target manufacturing and use, and John McDougall reviews the Bettinsoli X-Trail Camo over-and-under shotgun. Also up for review is the Steyr Mannlicher Pro Hunter Stainless rifle, the Axarquia knife from J&V Adventure Knives, and two X-Sight night-vision sights from ATN. Matthew Fox and his dad head to Queensland in search of trophy red deer, Craig Jensen introduces a ‘newbie’ mate to pig and goat hunting, and Royce Wilson researches the Swedish Mauser M96 and M38 military surplus rifles.Read more