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!
As your SSAA continues to go from strength to strength, our November magazine celebrates the magic milestone of 200,000 members. We have dedicated six pages to record the landmark achievement with a look back at the Association’s humble beginnings right up to the present day as we turn the spotlight on Marie Wheeler, our 200,000th member. Elsewhere this month, we continue our feature on favourite rifle-cartridge-scope combinations as seasoned hunter Chris Redlich selects a trio which have stood the test of time. Rifles under review include the Mossberg M464 and Blaser R8 Professional Success, while for shotgun fans we highlight the Miroku MK70 Grade 5 and Fabarm’s Classis Grade IV. Seasoned adventurer Davey Hughes takes us on a fascinating Yukon moose hunt and Trenton Hardie explains the technique of ‘dry firing’ where you can practice your shooting skills without firing a shot.Subscribe
As these uncertain times continue, we can only be patient and hope things return to some kind of normality sooner rather than later. With that in mind, when lockdowns and restrictions are finally at an end, we’ll all be keen to get back to shooting, wherever that may be. And should you eventually consider heading overseas again, Senior Correspondent Rod Pascoe has this month penned an interesting article about what to expect when travelling with firearms and how to avoid the pitfalls and red tape. Under review this time is the Mossberg MVP Light Chassis bolt-action rifle and the classy 694 Sporter shotgun from Beretta and if it’s optics you’re after, we’ve run the numbers on the latest Steiner Predator 10x42 binoculars and a pair of special riflescopes from Hawke Optics. Brendan Jones recalls the amusing tale of how a Pilates class led to him meeting a new hunting buddy and Brad Allen recounts a memorable trip to Snake Island in search of the elusive hog deer.Subscribe
As winter gives way to spring we have all manner of entertaining articles in our September edition. The cover picture features regular contributor Mark van den Boogaart who continues our series of favourite rifle-cartridge-scope combinations and outlines a trio which turned into a real labour of love. Senior correspondent Rod Pascoe has unravelled the mysteries of calibre confusion and Thomas Tabor offers some expert advice on how to make yourself a better shotgun shooter. We profile Paralympic shooting legend Libby Kosmala who has been inducted into the South Australian Hall of Fame, while Leon Wright outlines the sheer joy a loyal hunting hound can bring. Items under review this month include the Howa 1500 Mini Action rifle, Fabarm’s XLR5 Velocity self-loading shotgun, Steiner Predator AF 10x42 binoculars and the nifty new AUPRO-90 borescope. Enjoy the magazine with a ‘spring’ in your step.Subscribe
Our August cover story is a profile of ABC identity and successful competition shooter Liz Rymill who came to the sport using her husband’s shotgun for fun before realising she had a real talent for clay target shooting. In the third instalment on our feature on favourite rifle, scope and cartridge combinations, Senior Correspondent John Dunn outlines an interesting trio which was influenced by his father all those years ago. Firearms under review this month include the Akkar Churchill 828 shotgun, the upgraded Mossberg 464 Mariner lever-action rifle and the Sauer 100 Classic rifle which our reviewer reckons is “a real budget beauty”. Our other Senior Correspondent Rod Pascoe has put together an interesting article on how to boost your chances of selling your unwanted firearms on the SSAA Gun Sales website, so dust off those guns you no longer need, follow Rod’s tips and make a few bucks. Enjoy the magazine.Subscribe
Mike Papps’ life has revolved around the shooting sports. Since growing up in Adelaide in the 1930s and ’40s he was introduced to the sport at a young age and went on to represent Australia at both Olympic and World Championship level. Senior correspondent Rod Pascoe has spent time with the man to document a fascinating life which evolved into the establishment of Frontier Arms, a thriving business which Mike continues to be involved in to this day. Elsewhere this month our Media Officer Nadia Isa has been finding out how our OIympic shooters have kept themselves busy and maintained their preparations during the uncertainty of COVID-19, Con Kapralos continues our series on favourite rifle-cartridge-scope combinations and under review are the Zoli Kronos HR 11 Competition shotgun, the Sauer S100 Ceratech rifle and the latest Rangeguide 10x50 rangefinder binoculars from German Precision Optics. And don’t forget the July digital supplement which you can read HERE.Subscribe
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.Subscribe