English poet William Cowper is credited with the phrase “Variety is the spice of life, which gives it all its flavor”. This is certainly the case with gun enthusiasts, who buy new guns for a wide range of reasons, including hunting, competition, plinking, self-defense, and collecting. American Rifleman strives to reflect these and other activities each month, although at times it may not seem so. In fact, one reader recently said, “Maybe it’s time for the NRA to rename ‘American Rifleman‘ to something like ‘Plastic 9mm Monthly’.
While the concise nature of that remark elicited a laugh or two, it also prompted me to take a look over my shoulder at our efforts over the past nine issues during my tenure as editor. What I found was reassuring; of the cover stories of these nine issues, including this one, exactly three featured polymer-framed 9mm Luger pistols. The other six, in order, included: a straight-pull shotgun, an ammunition maker, a left-hand rimfire rifle, a steel-framed conventional handgun, a stainless steel lever-action shotgun, and an 18th century horseman carrying a sword, pistol and carbine. This does not begin to cover all the other technical, educational, business and historical content included in these issues.
Were there other polymer guns covered in the pages of these nine issues? Of course, there should have been. These pistols, and the 9mm Luger ammunition they require, are primarily what newcomers to the existing ranks of established shooters have sought out over the past few years as they have seen crime rise and liberal politicians seek to strip them of their right to autonomy. -defense. But there is every reason to believe that ammunition supply chains, which have been strained for all types of firearms for some time, are loosening and that, despite rising inflation, the wider market shooters returns to the field and the firing range.
That’s why we love hearing from you, our readers, and why we spend a lot of time discussing new trends and the weapons manufacturers are bringing to market to address them.
There could be no better example than the issue you are reading, which draws its “flavor” from a wide “variety” of sources. One is a preview of the upcoming 150th NRA Annual Meetings and Expos in Houston, which provides an overview of the various events and product exhibits. Then there’s renowned artist Don Troiani’s cover story that highlights “Cavalry Arms Of The American Revolution.” It’s a fascinating look at how individual weapons helped win our nation’s freedom.
In the All New Developments category, an article by Field Editor Justin Dyal titled “Defensive Munition Optimized: Federal’s New 30 Super Carry” is featured. It not only heralds an all-new chambering, it serves to highlight the continued accomplishments of a company that is now celebrating 100 years of quality ammunition manufacturing. Many more new products can be found in our “Editor’s Pick” roundup written by the staff of recently released firearms, optics and ammunition and more, titled “Big As Freedom: New Guns & Gear 2022”.
As always, we hope you enjoy this issue of “The World’s Oldest and Greatest Authority on Firearms”. We’ll continue to make sure it’s always anything but bland as we cover rifles, shotguns, handguns, optics, ammunition and the outdoor accessories and gear we think everyone is interested in. members of the firearms community. But when it comes to our name, I think we’ll stick to “American Rifleman”—I know I speak for all the staff when I say we couldn’t be prouder.
—Brian C. Sheetz, Editor