The raven quoth for Harris

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So in the latest edition of print magazines, especially print gun magazines, going under, Harris Publications last week rose the white flag on their portfolio of 75-ish niche titles. You have seen them at every convenience store check out rack in the country. Gun titles they ran for years included:

Ballistic
Combat Handguns
Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement
Guns of the Old West
Tactical Weapons
Personal & Home Defense (published bi-annually)
Special Weapons for Military & Police
Survivor’s Edge
Tactical Life

As well as a host of annual gun buyer’s guides.

In a statement from Harris they noted, “The magazine publishing industry has been through turmoil in the face of the rapid ascendance of digital media, changing consumer content preferences, magazine wholesaler struggles and consolidation in the supply chain,” in a statement. “We have tried mightily to persevere against these forces, but have been unable to overcome these challenges.”

The NRA’s American Rifleman quickly noted, “Owner Stanley Harris, or at the least his distribution manager, was shear genius at placing those periodicals on newsstands, seemingly everywhere and in some places where saying the word ‘gun’ at the checkout resulted in a SWAT Team response. The vacuum they leave could reduce the number of new enthusiasts recruited.”

This follows on the heels of merc trade mag Soldier of Fortune switching to all-digital only format last month.

Rumint is that the online properties Tactical-Life.com and PersonalDefenseWorld.com will reportedly stay online under new ownership. Though their web presence is very shallow. For instance Taclife’s FB page is only rolling about 28K deep while and PDW’s is slightly less.

And some are rightfully critical of even those better-liked titles.

The problem is with many is that all these mags were always the same guns and same stories so if you read one, you  never had a reason to buy another. I mean just look at the last six months of covers for Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement magazine to see how stuck in a rut there were:

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CCW jedi Mas Ayoob, who wrote seemingly off and on for most of their titles, waxed poetic in his column over at Backwoods Home over the sudden shuttering at Harris, saying that, “The changing paradigms of electronic vis-à-vis dead tree media are no secret,” but noting that other print gun mags such as “Guns and American Handgunner on the newsstands and the professional journal Shooting Industry, all seem to be flourishing despite the rise of the electronic media.”

Still, pour one out for former Harris employees everywhere…competitive shooter Michelle Viscusi did.

Michelle Viscusi

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as GUNS.com, Univesity of Guns, Outdoor Hub, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the US federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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