Guns.com recently passed the six-month mark and, as we’ve been basically running at a dead sprint since our unceremonious birthday, we feel we’re warranted a moment to pause and reflect on where we’ve come from, where we’ve been and where we’ll be heading in the near future.
From the beginning, Guns.com has always been deeply aware of the role we play in the grand and formless project that is transitioning the world of gun and outdoor writing to the web. As individual writers the world over either evolve, eschew or get lost by the wayside of this revolutionary new medium, so too have organizations in the world of letters like our own had to wade through this uncharted marsh in search of dry land.
By way of a map, we were given very little. Our imaginations, our voices and our passion for shooting, hunting and the out of doors were the few tools we brought with us on the journey and our abiding appreciation and familiarity with the pantheon of greats (Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Guns & Ammo, American Rifleman just to name a few) were our only role model. We came from solid writing, design and business backgrounds but the challenges associated with running a successful gun website seemed daunting and the task of doing justice to our beloved shooting community was intimidating.
Since those early days we’ve come to learn a great deal. We’ve discovered a vibrant online community of web writers who are doing a bang up job of instilling the outdoor writing world with a new (and in our opinion much needed) personality, painting a much more accurate picture of the modern sportsman and gun owner. What we’re seeing is the beginnings of a more comprehensive, interactive and personal way for hunters and shooters to get news, information and entertainment and to share and connect with one another.
We have been able to achieve this by standing on the shoulders of giants—the old guard of gun and outdoor print magazines. And like immigrants coming to a new land, we brought with us the things we liked and left behind the things we didn’t like, discredited or that are no longer relevant.
As many of you have noticed, we have been running in beta for these first six-months. Look for exciting new changes on this front in the next few weeks.
And it is in this spirit Guns.com would like to introduce our very first comic. The comic is a true story inspired by friend of the staff, and though names have been changed, the story remains the same. Thank you very much for reading. You are the reason we run this website and we hope all of you continue with us as we continue to develop Guns.com.