something we're more than eager to get into. If it
"goes" it could become our primary reason for
As long as I
even wanted to be in this business I wanted a
magazine. Well, since Daddy didn't give me no trust
fund, that's been a tad amount out of reach. (I
also have longed for my own castle nestled high
above a cove on the shoreline of my own little
country.) However. Books we can do. So a book-like
magazine is the ticket.
The idea is
to produce a book similar in construction to our
others and to do four a year. The scope (length and
content) of the material will be far greater than
what you'll find in any magazine. When G. David
Tubb, for instance, talks about prone shooting, for
instance, it won't be no "tips" article squeezed
for space. It will be, essentially, a full-blown
book chapter on prone shooting.
delivery but gritty content: just the opposite of
the other guys.
running a full slate of features, several shorter
but in-depth information pieces, and some regular
departments in each edition of Competitive Shooters
Journal. So, again, it's a book that comes out four
times a year, or it's a magazine writ like a book.
At any rate, it will not be something you read over
the trash can: it's a keeper.
What it will
be when it's introduced is another question. All we
know for sure is that it will be a regularly
produced publication for people interested in
target shooting sports. Primary focus will be High
Power Rifle, ISU disciplines, Bullseye Pistol, and,
probably, some material for the various practical
pistol games and some of the newer rifle sports. We
don't want to "thin it out" too much, though, and
suspect that its focus may narrow soon after its
initial publication. It will be written to its
audience, and we'll see what that audience will be.
With some help from you all we'll know, I believe,
prior to the first issue what you'll want to
its format, the differences between it and the
other available publications are numerous. To
start, we'll be doing it so you know it will be
high quality. We'll have help from the very best
competitive shooters, gunsmiths, and industry folk
in the world. Interviews with and articles by! If
there's something that needs saying, we'll find the
right person to say it. Since it's a book rather
than a magazine, we aim to make double damn sure
the information and presentatoin of same is
befitting this higher status.
really want to go on and on about why we know
Competitive Shooters Journal will be better than
its competition because I hope that most of you
will have a reference point that already verifies
that claim from reading our books. However. I will
go on just a bit more and tell you what it's not.
It's not a rag done by know-nothing gunwriters or
delicate geniuses who think they're reinventing the
shooting sports each issue. It's not going to push
things at you because we had them pushed at us: no
editorial for sale to the highest bidders. It's not
for beginners and it's not for pros: it's for both,
and, yes indeed, that is easily possible to
accommodate. And -- promise -- no benchrest! (And
no poetry.) We plan to offer in-depth technical
articles (especially of a how-to-do-it nature),
solid ideas and advice on how to shoot better,
reloading material that non-engineers can
understand, legitimate product evaluations, and,
why not, a few things we can all have some fun
I have always believed that an audience should
define the publication, not the publication trying
to define its audience.
unknown (the more interest, however, the sooner
certainly it will get here)
What we need
from you is this --
One: Let us
know what you think about the whole idea (that's a
big part of how we'll decide if we're going to do
it or not).
Two: Let us
know what you'd like to read about.