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!
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
Media Officer Kate Fantinel provides an update on the activities of SSAA National, including meetings with the Justice Minister, submissions about the National Firearms Agreement, investigations into misinformed Greens claims, and making it clear that the Adler lever-action shotgun should not be a scapegoat for so-called public safety. RSCPA WA is also accused of abusing its power. Our reviewers check out the Ruger Gunsite Scout rifle, Browning A-Bolt 3 Composite Stalker rifle, Beretta A400 Xplor Action self-loading shotgun, Bushnell Elite Long Range Hunter Scope and Eley Hawk competition shotshells. Ted Mitchell and his son head west to hunt pigs around dams, while Carlo Agostinelli surprises himself and his taxidermist with an impressive trophy stag. We also report on the success of the first ever Brisbane SSAA SHOT Expo, and visit the Queensland shooting range providing a habitat haven for koalas.Read more
SSAA National, State and Territory representatives meet to discuss issues affecting firearm owners in their area, and we respond to the Cecil the lion incident and explain the difference between sustainable ethical hunting and illegal hunting activities. Senior correspondent John Dunn reviews Sabatti’s Compact Scout .243 Win hunting rifle, while John McDougall tests the Yildiz SPZM Special over-and-under shotgun and James Cheung examines Aimpoint dot sights. We also review the Burris Eliminator III Ballistic LaserScope, Vortex Viper HD binoculars and ATA Tactical Portable Shooting Bench. John Hill rebuilds a powder scale, and John Moore reflects on the benefits of the 20-gauge shotgun. Darren Marks and his sons head to one of their favourite properties for a few days of small-game hunting. We also announce the five recipients of this year’s Academic Bursary Program.Read more