100 Years Of The American Rifleman

posted on June 5, 2023
100 Years Of The American Rifleman

In July 2023, American Rifleman celebrates 100 years of continuous publication under its current name. In that time, we’ve borne witness to the American Century, comprised of historic conflicts, economic upheaval, political turmoil and technological development not seen before in the entirety of the human experience.

Our May 1942 issue cover shows a citizen-soldier armed with an M1 Garand guarding American shores in the uncertain dawn of the greatest war the world had ever seen. From every corner of the nation, NRA members answered the call to arms, many of them confident in the skills and discipline they brought to the battlefield from years of hunting with and handling firearms.

For the NRA member, American Rifleman’s monthly magazines have provided a ready source of knowledge through its technical evaluations, experiential stories and institutional wisdom. Across the past century, our format has changed dramatically, but our mission remains the same: comprehensive assessments of the firearm industry’s latest designs.

As we embark on our second century of existence, our promise remains the same as it was in June of 1923: “… the rifleman’s magazine will be bigger and better and will be equipped to serve the shooters and conserve their interests better than ever in its entire history.”

On this page, we'll be recognizing the 100th anniversary of American Rifleman with regular updates highlighting important moments in our history. Here are a few resources to learn more about your American Rifleman and what it's covered through the decades:

A Century Of Service: American Rifleman Turns 100

The Glock 17 Pistol: American Rifleman's Original Review

A Timeline Of The American Rifleman

Training A Lifesaver In Vietnam

Send A Gun To Defend A British Home

Riflemen On The Frontlines


Jacob Dickert Rifle (1)
Jacob Dickert Rifle (1)

A Riflemaking Mecca—Lancaster County, Pa.

Lancaster County was the center of longrifle manufacturing for several decades and as such, offered employment for a great number of workers and saw the rise of great names in riflemaking. No real assemblage of early American firearms is complete without Lancaster-made rifles.

New For 2023: Walther Arms PD380

Walther rolled out its PD380 late in 2023, updating the company's previous PK380 handguns with design details borrowed from its popular PDP series of pistols.

Preview: Scent Thief 24-oz. Field Spray

For centuries, hunters have made remarkable advances to help them close the gap on their intended quarry, whether it be thoughtful camouflaging or well-contrived products and tactics.

Gun Of The Week: KFI Firearms Impala Plus NERO

Watch American Rifleman staff on the range in this week's video to see the details of the semi-automatic Impala Plus NERO shotgun, an affordable design with a dependable, proven action.

The Armed Citizen® Dec. 8, 2023

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Review: Christensen Arms Modern Hunting Rifle (MHR)

Christensen Arms' Modern Hunting rifle is the company's latest bolt-action, designed to be easily customizable and made for use in the outdoors.


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