You might think that your computer has taken a wrong turn as the title in your browser now reads Firearms News rather than Shotgun News. This is no mistake, but rather it’s a sign of what Shotgun News has become in both the digital and print world.
Since I took over editorship of Shotgun News, I’ve been bombarded by questions about how things are looking in the world of scatterguns. As you know, Shotgun News is much more than simply news about shotguns. The title of the magazine has long been somewhat of a misnomer, and for 2016 we decided to put an end to questions about what the magazine and digital edition are all about: all kinds of firearms, not just shotguns. Hence the name change.
Whenever you redesign the look of magazine, a Herculean effort is put into motion. Columns, features, and departments all need addressing, and these changes have to be designed and implemented within the realm of continuing to put out the magazine on a regular schedule. To say that things get hectic is an understatement. When you take it a step further and change the name of a magazine, that compounds the issue and can even go so far as to cause confusion among subscribers and readers. Rather than bleed out small changes one at a time, we decided it was most prudent to rip off the proverbial Band-Aid and unveil the completely new product, Firearms News and FirearmsNews.com. Along with a new URL and a different look online, the print publication has undergone a substantial change as well.
If you’re not familiar with the print title, I invite you to subscribe to it or pick it up at the newsstand to see what all is new. Here are a few highlights:
- Twice as many color glossy book-sized issues per year
- A heavier, thicker paper stock for easier reading and better image fidelity
- Each of the 30 issues will feature a gun on the cover
- New optics column penned by expert David Fortier
- A news section entitled “Shotgun News” that will bring you breaking news from industry insiders
- Redesigned more attractive features
Firearms News is poised to be the leading firearms publication in 2016, so don’t be left behind as these upgrades go into effect. As always, thanks for your readership. We strive to bring you the most timely, relevant and engaging content in the firearms world, and we hope that you’ll join us in this new journey.
David Hunter Jones
Editor, Firearms News & FirearmsNews.com