In the back of the magazine store on the corner, I find the gun magazines.
It’s hard to miss them. There are dozens, more than you’d imagine, if you’ve never spent time looking for gun magazines.
Their titles shout their obsessions: TRIGGER, RECOIL, GUNS.
I choose a dozen.
At home, I spread the glossy publications out on the floor.
I’ve fired guns in my life — a .45 on a long-ago first date at a gun range, a rifle on a rural property in Northern California, an airgun at a county fair in Pennsylvania to win a small stuffed dolphin.
I’ve been a freelance writer for 15 years, but gun magazines have barely registered for me. They’re what I overlooked on my way to grab the latest Vogue or Esquire.
The alarmingly titled WORLD OF FIREPOWER is a kind of Playboy for gun enthusiasts, focusing on those who are expert in military combat and law enforcement. In addition to spotlighting “warbirds” and “non-lethal but deadly” accessories, there are tips for hunting mule deer. Speed, precision, and deadliness are the firearm magazine’s equivalent of a Playmate of the Month’s bust-to-waist-to-hips measurements.
TRIGGER is the new kid on the block. The cover of its debut issue promises readers William Gibson-sounding “SMART GUNS” that can shoot “BETTER THAN YOU.” The editor’s letter vows to “insightfully explore the gun culture wherever guns are found.”
Guns & Ammo is, like its peers, filled with ads: for guns, for rifles, for ammunition, for holsters, for “Sons of Anarchy.” A full-page ad for a Nikon-made riflescope emits a siren’s call to those who plan on “CHANGING THE AR WORLD ONE CARTRIDGE AT A TIME.” Colt seduces prospective buyers with the heady allure of “FACTORY FINISH. NEW RIFLE SMELL.”
Gun Digest‘s special shotgun issue, by contrast, instructs everyone to “LIGHTEN UP!” — with Weatherby’s SA-08 Deluxe 28-gauge semi-automatic shotgun, natch.
Of the dozen I selected, the covers of only two feature something other than a gun or a man holding a gun. On the cover of Women & Guns, a woman wearing a pearl bracelet takes aim at a target depicting an armed man in a ski mask. On the cover of Shooting Gazette, two cheery hunting dogs gaze into the camera, their pink tongues lolling.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Women & Guns is less expensive than its competitors. Several of the magazines I picked up retail for $8.99. Women & Guns is a mere $3.95. One could surmise the female-friendly ads found in Women & Guns (for example: a Savage Arms Lady Hunter rifle offering both “NICE CURVES” and “one shot, one kill”) and a story about one woman’s “journey to gunownership [sic]” don’t generate as much revenue as, say, GUN WORLD.
Shooting Gazette, which is published in the UK, paints a headier version of gun life, one in which a man sporting a £595 tweed shooting coat hunts wild game with his retrievers and finds a use for the back of the book’s venison scotch eggs recipe.
As for Combat Handguns, a front of the book column reminds one of Penthouse Letters. In this issue’s installment of “It Happened to Me”: “Kahr 9mm thwarts knifepoint mugging!” and “.40-cal. response sends carjacker fleeing!”
In a recent post on Bloomberg.com’s The Ticker, Bloomberg View editorial board member and former executive editor of theWeek Francis Wilkinson proclaimed: “Guns Are for White People.” He came to this conclusion because he “asked the guy at the subway kiosk for as many gun magazines as he could give me before the #4 train pulled in.” However long that was, it resulted in Wilkinson acquiring three gun magazines. Flipping through the pages, he discovered the magazines were loaded with guns — and white people.
There are pictures of guys with guns, gals with guns, animals with guns, ammo with guns and guns with guns. Curiously absent are pictures of black people with guns, brown people with guns or Asian people with guns. The good guys are white. The bad guys are white. In the Gunworld depicted in these pages, pretty much everyone is white.
There were few non-whites, he concluded somewhat hesitantly, confessing he was not entirely sure of the race of everyone in the magazines, but why?
“Gun politics is always racially fraught,” he declared. Perhaps it was the PC police at work, he considered, since most of the “bad guys” depicted in the magazines were white, too. It was hard to say.
Iain Harrison, 45, is the editor of RECOIL magazine, and when it comes to guns, he is no slouch. A former British Army captain, he won the first season of the History Channel’s “Top Shot” reality show in which expert marksmen and markswomen compete to become the next top shooter. His prize: $100,000. He left the UK in part due to the anti-gun climate; he has since become an American citizen.
“I don’t have a journalism background,” admits Harrison, who’s also an amateur gunsmith. “I came into this business purely as a fluke.”
Of the firearms magazines I perused, RECOIL was the most familiar. Over-sized and boxy, its silver and black matte cover posits it as the anti-Cosmo. Rather than focusing exclusively on guns, it’s about the “gun lifestyle.”
There are artfully shot weapon porn spreads, catchy headlines (a piece on a “survivor truck” is titled “APOCALYPSE WOW!”), and feature stories on subjects ranging from aeronautics to attack dogs to a profile of U.S.M.C. scout sniper Collin Raaz, who lost both legs to an IED in Afghanistan and returned home to found a shooting gear startup. A four-page spread on “BOURBON: AN AMERICAN MAN’S DRINK” advises: “SHOOT, THEN DRINK. IN THAT ORDER”; an accompanying sidebar tells you “HOW TO DRINK BOURBON” (an excerpt: “Drinking a rocks glass of bourbon is your birthright as an American. It is like drinking a glass of freedom. It fuels your inner man.”). Here, the advertisers are more diverse: truck tires, motorcycle gear, a slim ad in the back offering 50% off an adult video from Adam & Eve (“Use code ‘RECOIL5’ at checkout” for your discount). As a bonus, every issue of RECOIL comes with a free target for shooting practice. This month’s poster-sized pullout has a sexy blonde in ripped, bust-exposing clothing being attacked by a male zombie. Thankfully, she is armed to the teeth with a Spike’s Tactical Compressor in her right hand and a large knife in her left hand. The zombie, who is losing half his face, appears hellbent on eating her brains, but with that amount of weaponery, my bet is on the blonde. (“There’s nothing hotter than a heavily-armed beautiful woman,” Harrison observes.)
The magazine, which launched in January 2012 and has a circulation of around 225,000, is published by Source Interlink Media, which publishes, among many other titles, Motor Trendand Geek Magazine. For now, RECOIL is Source Interlink Media’s lone gun title.
“They saw a huge, gaping void in the market for a magazine that was design-heavy and skewed to a younger demographic that was really being under-served at the time,” Harrison says.
Clearly, RECOIL is more Maxim than your dad’s Guns & Ammo. It’s hipper and cooler, but still unabashedly male. Harrison’s stated goal with the publication is to “be more manly than Men’s Journal,” and he may well have achieved the heretofore thought impossible.
“If [gun magazines] weren’t profitable, you wouldn’t see quite so many of them,” he divulges. As for RECOIL, they’ve experienced 300% growth in the last 18 months.
Regarding the lack of diversity in the pages of firearms magazines, Harrison says that behind the scenes at RECOIL it’s another story.
“If you look at the masthead on RECOIL, I think I’m the token white guy,” Harrison muses. “Most of my staff, most of the people who work on RECOIL, are non-Caucasian.” The images in RECOIL are somewhat more racially diverse than its competitors but not much, I discovered. “I think for the most part it’s not intentional,” he says. “We feature a bunch of guys from all over.”
Generally, there are far more images of women in gun magazines than, say, African-Americans.
“Women are the largest growing demographic in firearms right now,” Harrison says. “You cater to that demographic. If that demographic isn’t there, you might not cater to it.” The idea that gun owners are gun-happy rednecks is a myth, he counters. Instead, guns are the common denominator that transcends racial lines. “In reality, the people I shoot with, that I hang around with — I think post-racial is a pretty good way to describe them. Like, we don’t really care.”
Kenn Blanchard is Black Man with a Gun. Officially. That is, he trademarked the moniker. He even wrote a book with the same title. A reverend, a former Marine, and an ex-federal police officer, Blanchard is one of the few high-profile African-American gun rights activists. (At the moment, the highest profile would be Colion Noir, a gun enthusiast and NRA spokesperson who has garnered a legion of followers with his entertaining YouTube videos.)
Was he offended by the Bloomberg piece? No. For Black Man with a Gun, one surmises, this is his reality.
“It’s not black and white,” he explains. “I looked at it as a marketing piece. I looked at it as a guy asking questions. It was what he saw. It will inflame some people. It will piss off some people who will see it as a true. There’s enough white people in the industry that they don’t have to market to anybody else. It’s comfortable. It’s a private magazine, they can do what they want.”
Still, he admits, “It took me a while to get here. When I first stated it off, I was that guy screaming, ‘Where am I in that?’ I’m a little more tempered than I used to be.”
Besides, he says, “It’s always the bottom line. You always market to who you know. There’s no color here, only green.”
In the end, it’s all about your firepower.
“Anybody who hands you a gun is not your enemy, that’s your brother,” Blanchard tells me. “Anybody who tries to take your gun away from you, that’s your enemy. The color has nothing to do with it.”
In the magazine store, I asked the guy behind the counter if there are any gun magazines that target African-American readers.
“I don’t think so,” he said, gazing at the racks of magazine before him.
Avengers: Infinity War Content Coming To Marvel Games
We are literally just days away from the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War in theaters, and the company is going all out on the marketing push for the blockbuster film. That includes its games division, in which many of its titles will soon be updated with Infinity War content.
Marvel Games filled us in on what games will be getting updates over the next few weeks, including mobile favorites like Marvel Future Fight and Marvel: Contest of Champions, as well as the console hit Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. The full breakdown can be found below — and you’d probably better gear up for Thanos’ arrival.
- Marvel Contest of Champions: April 19 – Players join Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman and Spider-Man’s Tom Holland for a Champion Challenge. April 25 – Four new events surface, including the “Infinity Nightmare” story quest, a daily “Infinity Trials” quest, a solo challenge, titled “Vanquishing Blows” and “Infinity Dungeons”, featuring social co-op quests. New characters launching include Proxima Midnight (available now), Corvus Glaive (April 26), as well as Captain America (Infinity War) and Iron Man (Infinity War) coming in May.
- Marvel Future Fight: April 24 – Fight legendary battles in three iconic environments: Titan, Sanctum Sanctorum and Wakanda. The first wave of a two-part update debuts with new film-inspired costumes, including Thanos, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thor, Corvus Glaive, Winter Soldier, Proxima Midnight and Groot.
- Marvel Puzzle Quest: April 19 – In-game event begins. April 24 – New supports become available, including Children of Thanos and Infinity Stones. New characters include Captain America (April 19), Black Widow (May 3), Okoye (May 17) and Spider-Man (Iron Spider) on May 31.
- MARVEL Strike Force: New Avengers: Infinity War characters assemble, including Thanos, Vision, Star-Lord, Loki and Doctor Strange.
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Event content coming soon with a new level and Avengers: Infinity War characters
- Marvel Avengers Academy: April 26 – The in-game event goes live, featuring Scarlet Witch, Thanos, Killmonger, Cosmic Ghost Rider, and Thane (son of Thanos).
- MARVEL Spider-Man Unlimited: April 25 – Updates include new film-inspired characters: Spider-Man (Iron Spider), Thanos (Boss Battle).
The company expects millions of players to partake in the Infinity War activities. It reported, “Marvel continues to be the one of the biggest licensed IPs in mobile gaming. During the month of February, Marvel’s multi-game live event – which featured all-new characters, costumes and gameplay inspired by the box-office record-breaking film Marvel’s Black Panther – was played by over 16M active players and generated close to 10M new installs for the Marvel Games portfolio.”
Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27.
How Can Tarot Reading Benefit Your Life?
Life can be described as a journey of self-discovery. With every step in life, you get to learn new things and make progress. But to unleash your full potential, you need to ponder about the past and the future. This is where tarot reading can help you. There are several aspects of life that can be enhanced or resolved through tarot readings. Let us take a look at how tarot reading can benefit your life:
Obtain New Perspectives
Everyone has their own perspective on life and whatever happens in life. Tarot reading helps you to gain a different perspective on what is happening in your life. It is as if a new window of knowledge opens up and you gain clarity about things that were not clear to you before. This awareness helps you to make decisions with confidence and stride towards your future with new-found enthusiasm.
Identify Varied Options
Sometimes it so happens that you fail to identify the various options available to you to reach a particular goal in your life. A tarot reading can enlighten you about these options and help you evaluate them. As a result, you can find yourself in a better position to choose the right direction to fulfill your goal.
Recognize Areas That Needs Improvement
It’s a known fact that no one’s perfect and there is always room for improvement in everyone. But more often than not, people fail to realize that they need to improve or do not recognize the areas that need improvement. With the help of tarot reading, you can gain insights into the areas in your life that need a bit of care and improvement. This one step can go a long way in improving the overall quality of your life. To know more about improving your life with tarot reading, you can check out https://www.psychic2tarot.com.
Overcome Your Worries And Fears
Anxieties and worries are a common part of life. Yet, sometimes they can reach such a crescendo that it may become difficult for you to focus on the positive aspects of your life. You may be inundated with tensions or become fearful about facing the challenges in front of you. Tarot reading can be a boon in such times. It can help you to calm down, overcome your fears, and face your struggles with renewed vigor.
Transform Your Life
Transforming your life is easier said than done. If you want to change your life significantly, a tarot reading may be the best place to start. You will be able to discover hitherto unknown or hidden facets of your personality. Also, you will be able to find the inspiration to adopt actionable steps and become a better and happier version of yourself.
Improve Your Relationships
It takes much effort to build harmonious relationships with others. A tarot reading can enable you to understand and improve your relationships and encourage you to nurture them. You will be able to appreciate the positive traits of your relationships and work towards developing them into long-lasting bonds.
7 Best Hacker Apps For Android 2018
Welcome! Gamers, playing games on Android is nowadays a very common trend. With these games a game hacking tool is is very necessary. In this article, I will share the list of the best game hacking apps for Android.
Game hacking apps are so important because these apps allow you to manipulate any game. These apps will help you to hack and crack any game to get unlimited game resources. Such as gems, coins, unlimited life, Amos etc. these apps are so cool that they help you to clear any level of the game when you are unable to clear it. It is very annoying sometimes when you struck at any level and can not clear it, These apps are very useful at that time. So, the best game hacking apps are listed below
Best Game Hacking Apps for Android 2018
This app allows you to clear any level of any game by providing you unlimited Amos, gems, coins, and lives. This is also used to purchase any apps from Google play store, without using a penny. It skips the payment gateway during the purchase of any premium app.
- You can get any premium app for free
- Makes the app’s ad free
- Helps you to clear hard levels of any game
- You can easily get all features of any game.
This game hacking app is the best game hacking app for Android platform. It allows you to manipulate the game settings and get unlimited resources. This app also helps to get premium apps for free. It removes ads from the app and removes bugs. It works only in rooted devices.
- It comes in multiple languages
- Understands fazzy and accurate searches
- Remove bugs
- Filters the data
- Prevents the Ads.
This app is another best app for hacking games, and brings you unlimited resources, also clears levels for you. It also bypasses the payment gateway during the purchase of any premium apps. Thus this app allows you to enjoy your games without any interruptions
- Purchase free games for you
- Allows you to manipulate game settings
- Also works on non-rooted devices.
- Useful for near about all devices.
- Overcomes payment gateways.
This app is the best game hacking app, as it allows you to modify the games, From purchasing the game for free to creak any version of the game to bring you unlimited resources, for helping you out to clear any hard or annoying level of the game. The best part is that you need not root your mobile to use this app.
- Allows you to get app for free
- Hack and crack any version of your favorite game
- Works on nonrooted devices
- Easy to add new units.
This is another premium quality game hacking app that provides you the chance to modify the game variables by hacking the game. This app is useful each and every time when you found any stage of the game hard to clear. Using this app you can increase the number of coins, gems, amos etc. This app will only work on rooted Android devices, you can check smartwoop to know how you can root your device.
- Android rooting is required
- You can cheat any level of the game
- Give you all the premium features of the game
- Gives you a chance to take all the paid games for free.
This game hacker app is the most popular among all. Because this app gives the player some extra features than the other game hacking apps. The cheat engine enables the player with more power than the opponent. This app is developed by Dark Byte. This app also brings you the facility to make your modifications in a way you want.
- This app is very robust
- Tutorials are available
- Allows the player to make his/her own modifications
- But all games are not available for this app.
This app is the best app for you guy as per my perspective. Because this app has everything that you want in your game hacker app. It seems like the developers know all your needs They have everything to provide you. Thus this app becomes the favorite hacking app for many people.
- Provides you more power
- Searching for rival is automated
- A vast list of games that can be played
- The developers come with updated version very shortly
- Works on both rooted and unrooted devices.
In this article, I have provided the list of the best game hacker app for android. Now it is your turn to check them out and select the best suited for you. You may find dozens of the game hacking app on the market but the above mentioned are the best among them.
So, I hope you guys liked the article, now and enjoy your games with these hacking app.
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