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!

  • May 2018

    May 2018

    Variety is uppermost in the May edition of Australian Shooter. Our cover story sees Don Caswell road test the Weatherby Vanguard HSP Varmint rifle, calling it “the most consistently accurate rifle I have ever used”, while Mark van den Boogaart takes us through his journey in search of a collectable sporting rifle.

    Still on firearms, senior correspondent John Dunn takes an in-depth look at some unusual single-barrel shotguns, and Chris Redlich shares the tale of his .284 Winchester which he purpose built for hunting. On a lighter note, Dick Eussen enthuses over the fun to be had when plinking and Royce Wilson takes a step back in time with a visit to the Musee de l’Armee in Paris.

    Out in the field, Ben Smith enjoys a busy weekend hunting deer, pigs and goat, while Leon Wright takes us on a journey recalling his days from a young hunter to the present. And on the subject of young hunters, our May edition includes the latest Junior Shooter special edition, with Joseph Nugent stalking and trophy-mounting stags.

    Elsewhere, Con Kapralos sets his sights on Meopta’s Meostar R2 and ZD riflescopes, Rod Pascoe finds the new Chargemaster Lite a handy device for the serious reloader and Sam Garro puts the new Gaerne Canyon Boots through their paces.

  • April 2018

    April 2018

    A celebration of the 70th anniversary of the formation of the SSAA takes pride of place in our April edition of Australian Shooter. We look back at how the body came into being in 1948, at some of the events of that year, and the many achievements of the organisation in the interim decades. Elsewhere, the magazine is as busy as ever with Daniel O’Dea taking us on a journey around the annual US SHOT Show in Las Vegas. On the home front, there is a message from Federal Sports Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie, ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Royce Wilson steps back in time to assess the Sten Machine Carbine while Henri Lach also gives a nod to the past by detailing restoration efforts on a vintage shotgun. Items reviewed include three riflescopes from Hawke Optics and the X-51 v3 Range Camera System. And don’t forget to check out what’s up for grabs on our competition page.

  • March 2018

    March 2018

    As autumn arrives, the March edition of Australian Shooter  contains a 14-page duck season special, focusing on the gear, guns, ammo and etiquette required for this popular discipline. Read John McDougall’s feature on everything you need to know for a successful duck shooting season.

    Also in this edition, Ian Ferrier discusses a right-handed rifle for a left-handed shooter, and senior correspondent John Dunn attends a weekend knife-making course at the Tharwa Valley Forge near Canberra.

    On a more competitive note, SSAA President Geoff Jones looks ahead to this month’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and invites members to back the online petition to have shooting reinstated to the 2022 Games in Birmingham.

    Put through their paces by our expert reviewers this month are the new Sako 85 Carbon Wolf rifle, which is already creating a buzz, and the Savage B22 FVSS, an ideal starting rifle for recreational hunters.

  • February 2018

    February 2018

    We move into 2018 in fine style with the February edition of Australian Shooter by unveiling SSAA’s exciting new partnership with David Ireland. Known across the globe as The Wildlife Man, David adorns the cover to bolster the launch of a video series detailing steps to follow to safely enjoy the experience of the great outdoors. David’s ground-breaking wildlife films have aired on major television networks. Come February, the 10-episode series will be available on our SSAA TV YouTube channel, found at

    Another new feature in the magazine is a question and answer segment, which will see some of our expert writers deal with readers’ queries on all aspects of firearms topics. SSAA President Geoff Jones certainly echoes the upbeat mood in his monthly message. Geoff feels that the SSAA is flourishing as never before with the opportunity to expand the shooting sports at an all-time high.

    On a sad note, we bid farewell to editor Kaye Jenkins, who stands down after being at the helm for almost 13 years.

  • December 2017

    December 2017

    Con Kapralos reviews a Howa M1500 rifle fitted with a GRS Berserk stock and chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor; John McDougall field-tests the Axis S&H shotgun from Fabarm and John Dunn puts the Schultz and Larsen Hunter Traveller rifle under the microscope. Benjamin Unten examines the feature-rich ATN X-sight II HD 5-20x Day/Night riflescope, while Paul Miller takes a look through a pair of Rudy Project Rydon shooting glasses. SSAA-LA’s Kate Fantinel pens a wrap-up of the national firearms amnesty and an account of how volunteers’ resilience is paying off for the rare Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby. Senior correspondent Rod Pascoe tries out CCI’s Copper .22 rimfire cartridge and Lionel Swift provides a in-depth guide on cleaning double-barrel shotgun actions. Assistant Editor Dave Rose gets to know the latest SSAA Bursary recipient and sharp-shooter ‘Jeremiah’ traces his shotgun all the way back to her Royal Majesty. Dick Eussen assesses the unique Compact M1911 Folder knife and Donna Partridge reunites with the Heart of the Huntress cast for a successful weekend hunt.  

  • November 2017

    November 2017

    John McDougall reviews the GK01 Sporting 12-gauge over-and-under shotgun from Turkish manufacturer Radikal, while John Hill treats himself to a good birthday present in the form of a Savage Model 16 FCSS Weather Warrior rifle chambered in .223 Remington. SSAA-LA’s Kate Fantinel explains that gun murders are driven by poverty and inequality, not gun availability. Peter Bindon tries out a set of folding Walther Pro knives, Geoff Smith tracks his bullets with the Labradar chronograph and Con Kapralos takes a look at down the SIG Sauer Tango6 5-30x56 scope. Alek Wadi reconnects with the Berthier Mousqueton Mle M16 French service carbine, RF Noonan explores the surprising history of his ‘American’ Lithgow No.1 Mk III and senior correspondent John Dunn is impressed with Browning’s T-Bolt Mossy Oak Bottomlands rifle. Communications Officer finds out how junior shooter Nick McConnell went at the SSAA 2017 National Junior Challenge.


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