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Gun Tests

3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Gun Tests delivers unbiased, on-target ratings and best buys of today’s firearms and shooting equipment for the gun enthusiasts. Gun Tests accepts no commercial advertising. It’s packed with honest and fair evaluations of handguns, rifles, shotguns, ammunition and shooting accessories.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Belvoir Publications, Inc.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good and also rather bad July 29, 2009
By Ted K
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I've subscribed several times and allowed my subscription to lapse each time... Why, well to be blunt; several of the testers (no names are given) are strongly biased. Biased and prejudiced to the point where they ignore their magazine's own rules of whether a gun is a "buy now" or "don't buy". These testers poison the valid and fair tests the other authors put firearms through. I have seen reviews where the tester resorted to extreme nit picking just to find a reason to declare a worthy firearm a "not buy", and ignore the substantial faults of a lesser firearm so they can declare it a "buy now". So every few years I resubscribe hoping the firearm bigots have moved on...

Now that this is understood, there is no other organization, publication or otherwise, that I know of, providing any even remotely similar function or service. These authors come across as normal people you'd meet at the range and for that matter reflect a very similar set of attitudes in their broad range of opinions and attitudes. (e.g. John loves anything that shoots, Joe over there loaves anything that shoots so long as it has Savage on the action, Theodore over there is the pickiest shooter I've ever met...). So Gun Tests has no, or almost none, of the platitudes so prevalent in the industry and as can be read in Gun Tests; not every gun is a great functional and accurate firearm. The testers buy their guns at local stores (instead of having them shipped to them or provided otherwise by the manufacturers) Some of the results and "brand new in the box" shopping experiences they uncover can be alarming and should receive national attention.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Customer Service February 12, 2012
Subscription Term Name:1 year
UPDATE Jun 2012
I finally got a person on customer service who could fix my access to the online publication--HOORAY. BOO HOO access lasted about 2 weeks and I am out again. Got one response on email from customer service and tehn silence--they suck.

Other reviewers noted the magazine suffers from the obvious biases of the magazine's staff. I agree, they tend to have flexible criteria although that has or seems to be improving. There are more articles in which they enlist others in the gun evaluations and get a larger num ber of individual comments and data - GOOD. Customer service, on the other hand, is at best dismal. One of the "benefits" of subscribing is supposed to be online access to all issues of the magazine - a great source if it were true.

My wife renewed my subscriptiopn using her old work email and access has been limited to that account and we cannot get a new password or account credential to get in. The online function to do this runs us in a loop, the person on the other end of the telephone has no clue and can't refer us to anyone who can help.

Naturally I wrote in to the editors hoping they would print it and cause resolution of the issue. No dice!

Great concept for a gun magazine, execution is improving on content of articles, utterly clueless on the business side of how to efficiently run a subscription type business.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BIG SCAM IF YOU DON'T ORDER IT!!!!!!! August 2, 2012
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Received correspondence in the mail a few months ago about a free issue of gun tests. All you had to do was send a sheet in and get a free issue. You know, try it before you buy it. Well never order a subscription and I received another issue then they stopped coming. Just received a collection notice today from a North Shore Agency saying Gun Tests issued a collection against me. Again, I never subscribed to this magazine. Called the collection agency and got ahold of no one. Decided to call Gun Tests itself and talked to a guy. Explained that we have a problem and that they turned me into a collection agency. Now what is funny is they guy asked me my zip code and address. During this I explained what was going on and how I seen on Amazon that this has happened to a few different people. Dude said nothing, no apology, and was totally quite during this. Then said as he just cancelled the collection notice. Never once did he explain what, how or why they did this and no apology. Makes me think that they do this on a regular occasion to try and get people to pay. Again, never once received a bill or anything until the collection notice. Well Gun Tests, this is a backhanded attempt to get people to buy their product. Heck, they probably will soon stop sending free issues out and just start sending collection notices to random people. What a quality company. By the way, I will be turning these dirtbags to the Better Business people. And to the guy that got the same scam and actually paid the bill because he felt it would ruin his credit, brother you need to go after these guys. What they do is wrong. If it has happened to a few people so far, I wonder how long they have been doing this. This is no random/accidental mistake. This is straight up FRAUD.

Gun Tests # 1-800-829-9084

North Shore Agency 1-877-238-1244
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not subscribe if you value your credit rating November 9, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I asked for a free issue, liked the first issue. Subscribed for 2-years.

Now I am receiving collection agency notices. These are the serious notices; the ones you have to write a letter disputing the debt within 30-days, or they ding your credit and file for a judgement against you.

No magazine is worth having your credit trashed.

The enjoyment I received from this magazine is totally overcome by now having to deal with debt collectors. Worse that I am more than fully paid.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Worth it
Great stories on guns and ammo, worth the price.
Published 1 month ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars For The Sportsman Consumer, There Is Nothing Else Quite Like It.
Gun Tests, The Consumer resource For The Serious Shooter.
I did not realize that Amazon sold magazines, and while looking for something to add to my collection of reviews, I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel M. Hart
1.0 out of 5 stars Never try their first free Issue
They said you can try their first issue for free, and let you decide if you want to subscribe it later, BUT!!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stanley
2.0 out of 5 stars not a great price
When my husband received his renewal notice, I looked here and the price was less expensive than the renewal offer. A few days later, he received a notice that was over 75% less. Read more
Published 9 months ago by patsspike
5.0 out of 5 stars Best firearm review magazine
Gun Tests magazine is the best firearms review magazine on the market. All reviews are based on real activity by a staff that is not supported by advertising. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bryan Jameson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gun Tests IS the Consumer Reports of guns
I've subscribed to this magazine for 5yrs, now. Their reviews are are clearly explained. A great resource for anyone wanting to purchase a firearm.
Published 10 months ago by Phx Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Gun Tests Magazine Review
I have mixed feelings on this one. It's really a newsletter and not a magazine. I took the publication off and on for a few years and then stopped. Read more
Published 10 months ago by QLB
2.0 out of 5 stars Biased and Myopic
I subscribed for a single year. And in almost every issue the editors reviewed at least one handgun I owned. Realizing that opinions, by their very nature, are subjective. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dave F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gun Tests is THE unbiased authority on testing firearms and...
Like everyone who subscribes will tell you, Gun Tests is THE unbiased authority on testing firearms and firearms-related accessories. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Whiskey Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Non Bias Publication
A great straight forward publication with no outside influence from advertisers. So far they seem to make fair evaluations about their reviews of products.
Published 16 months ago by Captain Bill
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