So You Want To Be A Gun Writer?

Howes2by Gary Howes
Guns and Gunsmiths Editor

We are always on the search for interesting stories and other articles to share with you here on Guns and Gunsmiths. Most of the articles come from the staff of instructors at the American Gunsmithing Institute, but occasionally we have featured articles from subscribers such as yourself. Excellent examples are “What’s that rifle?” – a Canadian Custom by Dana Delesoy and Fitting Magpul Hunter Bottom Metal to a Remington 700 BDL Stock by Ryan Hoover.


As gunsmiths or gun “tinkerers” we all like to share information about how to solve a particular firearms problem, how to set up a gun for a particular purpose, or in fact, anything to do with guns. So here is an opportunity for you all to reach fame and fortune (well, fame at least) by sharing your own stories, tips, projects, ideas or whatever you think may be of interest to other Guns and Gunsmiths readers.

We are looking for articles on firearm projects that you have completed (with either photos or video), stories about your hunting exploits, gunsmithing tips and tricks you have accumulated over the years, tips for building your gunsmithing business, product reviews, hunting, shooting, home defense and survival tips, personal experiences that have shaped your love for firearms–basically anything to do with guns.

Here are a few guidelines:

  • Articles should to be at least 250 words long and drawings, photos or videos are encouraged (photos also need to be reasonable quality–not tiny cell phone photos taken from 100 yards away, and preferably no more than 6 photos per article.)
  • Avoid politics, sexual references, crude language, gory hunting disembowelment photos, or anything else that may offend those among us of a more sensitive nature
  • Don’t worry about spelling or grammar–my job as editor is to fix those kind of mistakes
  • As editor it is also my decision as to whether I publish your story or not–bribes will be considered but are not a guarantee of acceptance
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated and if you quote someone else, include the source. We want your original material, not a rehash of something you read or heard somewhere else
  • If possible please also include a photo of yourself to accompany the story and a short bio telling us where you live, what you do, etc.
  • If you runs a firearms business of any kind you may also include a reference to that including a website link if you have one–THAT’S FREE ADVERTISING FOR YOU!

All submissions or questions should be sent to me by email.

OK! Get writing and share your stories and experiences. Guns and Gunsmiths has well over 16,000 subscribers now so you are guaranteed a good audience!

7 Responses to So You Want To Be A Gun Writer?

  1. I’ve got a suggestion for a article that I would like to read about.
    I’m new to long range shooting. Growing up I was never given the chance to be around firearms that much. One article could be about the difference in the caliber of rifles and what they are best suited for. Example would be that the 30-30 is a good brush rifle and the range for it is about 100 yards.
    Maybe I should and would be able to write several articles about some rifles and give the background on them. It would many months to go into details.
    Even if you want to they could be broken up into rifles that are best suited for brush, long distance, deer, 3 gun competition. I think you can see how many different ways that it can go.

    • Ronald. That is a great idea for an article or series of articles. If you would like to write a rough draft of the first part, or an outline of how it could be developed, I would love to see it.

      Or maybe another reader would like to take up the challenge.

  2. Thanks for the kind words and mention about me in this article Gary! Reminds me I’m overdue and need to get G&G an article soon. Thanks again. Cheers!

  3. I look forward to seeing some new articles from fellow gunsmiths and gun tinkerers out there.

    Our Guns and Gunsmiths Editor Gary Howes is the gentleman that got me started in writing about guns and I have been enjoying it ever since.

    Thanks for your help, encouragement, support and direction in getting me going Gary.


  4. I have noticed that AGI has be delayed sending their products to Canada due to government red tape. Is this the same for the Gun Club of America. Been involved with them in the past and would like to continue if possible.

    • I know that because of possible new laws regarding shipping firearms-related products out of the USA there is a lot of confusion regarding this. I have asked AGI and Gun Club of America president Gene Kelly for his “official” answer to your comment and will post it here when I receive it.

    • Barry. Below is the letter sent to all foreign Gun Club of America members last year. At this time this has still not been resolved. Hopefully the new Trump administration may be able to reverse this ruling in the near future.

      Dear GCA Member: I am very frustrated and sad to say that due to a recently ruling by the USA Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), we are suspending all international shipments of GunTech DVD magazine until we get a legal opinion from the DDTC confirming that this information is not in any way restricted.

      The Obama Administration apparently pushed the DDTC to use its authority to put additional financial burden and pressure on commercial Firearm Manufacturers, Gunsmiths and Companies that provide assistance in Firearms Design and Repairs or training for foreign individuals and governments.

      To this effect the DDTC recently issued “Guidance” of what and who is additionally regulated and why. Their interpretation is very broad and could be far reaching.

      In a recent conversation I had with one of their regulator staff, he said “he didn’t think we would be required to register and regulated, but to be sure we would need to submit in writing our products with a description of our company’s business practices.”

      That is the process we are starting to go through now. Unfortunately this means that we can no longer ship GunTech to any foreign individuals or countries until this is resolved.
      Please forgive us for having to discontinue your current GCA membership and access, but we have no control over the situation and we have no intent or desire to violate any rules or regulations of our government.

      This is of course NOT personal as we like and enjoy our relationships with all our members. This simply isn’t our choice, we think it is absurd and we don’t like it.
      If and When we can get this resolved satisfactorily, I hope that you will be willing to re-join us at that time. Meanwhile, we thank you sincerely for your support and hope that this situation is resolved soon.

      With sincere apologies and Best regards,

      Gene Kelly
      President AGI/GCA

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