Shootingreviews is an outgrowth of The High Road – the largest general-interest gun community on the Internet. This site was conceived a little bit after the 2011 SHOT show, for the following reasons:
- Placing live reports on a dedicated forum on THR was reasonably effective, but it didn’t really fit our purpose. A separate site made more sense.
- Lots of us put time and effort into product reviews and educational posts, but they get buried in all of THR’s content. In January 2012 THR has 7.6 million posts. This can mean that when looking for product information it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, especially for newer members or those coming from search engines who aren’t familiar with our community. Users who shoot 20,000 rounds per year and have well-founded opinions comment in threads along with users who may have rented a poorly maintained copy of the item in question at a range once. Maybe. Or, they may have read all the articles they found on the product and have based their entire opinion on that.
- Trustworthy information on firearms, to put it plainly, is hard to find and evaluate.
That’s where ShootingReviews comes in. Our goal is to produce honest reviews by people with enough knowledge to offer a critical evaluation.
We serve the readers, not the manufacturers. You’ll note that no manufacturers advertise here directly; using ad networks gives us the insulation required to be able to offer a scathing review when necessary even if it upsets the manufacturer.
Who writes for shootingreviews?
Right now we are all staff from The High Road.
If you have a project in mind, please feel free to send mail to derek @ zeanah dot com.