Australian Shooter

Australian Shooter is not only the flagship publication of the SSAA, it is also Australia’s most popular sports shooting magazine.

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!

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!

December 2021

With travel restrictions easing and many shooting ranges now open for business, our December cover story looks at what you need to know to get back in the swing and return to active shooting. Aguila ammunition has been manufactured in Mexico since the 1960s and has now made its way Down Under and we have the first review of what looks likely to be popular ammo with Aussie hunters and sports shooters. Also under the spotlight is the latest bolt-action rifle from Sauer, the S100 Stainless XTA, which our reviewer reckons will only strengthen the model’s presence in the local market. We also run the numbers on a new hand-held thermal monocular from Burris, hearing protectors by Epicshot and, for all you handloaders, an impressive new annealer developed by two forward-thinking Aussies who lost their jobs in the pandemic.

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November 2021

November arrives with the promise of summer just around the corner . . . and we can promise a smorgasbord of goodies in our latest edition. We start with a question: Just how much scope does a shooter need? Well, Samuel B. Mann has addressed that very proposition and you might be surprised at the outcome. For the hunters challenged by hitting a moving target, Chas Harding has built an intriguing contraption which allows you to practice that very skill. Among the firearms under review this month are the Howa M1100 and Chiappa 1886 TD Wildlands rifles along with the Remington V3 Field Sport 12-gauge shotgun and, with Christmas on the horizon, you may want to consider gifting the latest book from our popular columnist John Dunn with The Jumbunna Collection Volume Two available to order now and our review will confirm what we’ve known all along – John’s tales from the bush never fail to satisfy and entertain.

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October 2021

Believe it or not summer will be upon us before we know it and, to that end, our October cover story contains some sound advice from seasoned hunter Sam Garro on how to hunt smart under the summer sun, staying safe while achieving your desired outcomes. ‘Don’t fear the recoil’ is the message from Samuel B. Mann who takes us through ways to overcome the bane of many a shooter’s life. Among items under review this month is the latest Tikka T3x Varmint Hunter rifle, the new 1500 Carbon Fibre Stock from Howa, the Rangetracker 1800 monocular Laser Rangefinder from German Precision Optics and the very latest line of camo clothing from Ridgeline. And have you checked the roof-mounted spotlights used for hunting and spotlighting are legal in the state you go hunting in? Douglas Riach has the lowdown on what you can and can’t do to stay within the law.

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September 2021

Winter is finally behind us and to mark the onset of spring, our September magazine has all manner of articles to brighten up your days. The Tokyo Olympics may be no more than a memory now, but the failure of Australia’s shooters to register a single medal has been a major talking among lovers of the sport in this country. To that end, Olympic gold medallist Russell Mark has tackled the situation head-on and offered more than a few salient points to ponder on the way ahead for elite shooting in Australia. Under review this month are the Mossberg MVP Precision bolt-action rifle, the latest Miroku MK60 Sport shotgun, the G1T2 thermal optic by Sector Optics and a new night-vision scope from PARD. Also kicking-off this month is a new series – My Most Challenging Hunt – in which a few of our regular contributors outline what they consider their ultimate test in pursuit of trophy game. So along with Top Shots, Letters and our regular columns, September’s Australian Shooter should keep you entertained as the days begin to lengthen.

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August 2021

The cover of our August magazine features the T3x Veil Alpine bolt-action rifle from Tikka with reviewer Chris Redlich admitting he’s “happy Tikka haven’t changed a winning formula which Australian shooters have come to appreciate”. And sticking with firearms we’ve put three new shotguns in the spotlight this month, including the impressive Blaser F3 Vantage model and a couple of the latest straight-pull Adler B220s, the ‘All Weather’ and ‘Pistol Grip’ among five new variants of the brand selling well below $1000. Elsewhere we run the numbers on the Panamax Precision 4-12×40 riflescope from Nikko Stirling, Kalebh Pearson has penned an entertaining and informative article on the iconic Luger pistol and Steve Hurt provides expert insight into a bullet’s ballistic coefficient and examines its relevance (or otherwise) to specific hunting conditions. And with all our regular columns, letters and Top Shots we feel there’s something for everything in this month’s Shooter.

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July 2021

We’re all aware why the 2020 Tokyo Olympics never happened so it’s fingers cross the global showpiece can finally go ahead this month. Our athletes have had more than a year to wait but, undeterred, they’re fired up and ready to go as our July cover story focuses on two SSAA members of the Australian shooting squad who’ve been doing what it takes to keep in shape for the Games. Elsewhere this month, Daniel O’Dea has been field testing the CZ 515 Tactical from Winchester Australia, a lever-release bolt action rifle which he says evokes memories of a bygone era. We also run the numbers on the Southern Cross Small Arms TSP X Chassis which has transformed the Lithgow LA101 Crossover rifle and lift the lid on the ongoing ADI powder production and supply riddle. Bring on the Games . . . and go Aussies!

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June 2021

The much-anticipated Benelli Lupo bolt-action rifle has been a long time in the making and our June cover story features the first print review of the rifle in the .30-06 Springfield calibre. As our reviewer Con Kapralos admits: “I’ll be the first to say it – the new Benelli Lupo will revolutionise the way modern hunting rifles are designed.” Elsewhere this month, Daniel O’Dea runs the rule on another out-of-the-ordinary rifle in the Rossie 92 lever-action, which he says is a good workhorse option for those looking to enjoy both lever-gun heritage and another legacy of John Moses Browning. Also in review in this issue are Nosler E-Tip projectiles and the new reactive target system by Throom Targets and, with all our regular columns, features and so much more, there’s plenty to keep you active as winter descends.

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May 2021

Variety is uppermost in our May edition with a whole host of topics to hold your attention. Firearms in review this month include the Beretta 686 Silver Pigeon shotgun in 28 gauge along with the Sauer 404 Classic XT switch-barrel rifle and we travel back in time for a closer look at the Finnish KP-41 sub-machine gun, one of the most successful of its kind during World War Two. In ‘Information Reload’, senior correspondent Rod Pascoe warns against the dangers of believing all you read on internet forums, while Paul Heiser has penned an interesting article focussing on reloading vintage cartridges. We also lift the lid on Bolle Combat shooting glasses and test drive the Lyman Pro-Drive torque wrench. There should be something for every shooter in this month’s edition.

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