Gun Digest

Gun Digest
Frequency Biweekly
Publisher Gun Digest Books
Founder F+W
Year founded 2006
Country United States
Based in Iola, Wisconsin
Language English

The Gun Digest is an annual firearms book published in the United States by Gun Digest Books. Gun Digest is owned by F+W (formerly F+W Publications, F+W Media and Krause Publications). In addition to the annual book, the company releases several volumes a year focussed on firearms collecting, self-defense and various firearm models.


Gun Digest was first published in 1944 and included articles written by well-known writers such as Jack O'Connor and Major Charles Askins.[1] The annual volume includes firearms reviews, listings of manufacturers and a price guide of current firearm values.

As well as the annual book, there are several editions for specific types of firearms, such as the AR-15, the .22 Rimfire, Shotguns, Assault Weapons and firearm values. Other books specific to gunsmithing, self-defense, Cowboy Action shooting and other topics are offered by authors such as John Taffin, Massad Ayoob, Dan Shideler and Patrick Sweeny.[2]


The Gun Digest began publishing a magazine in 2006 entitled Gun Digest the Magazine, which evolved from a tabloid-style gun classifieds newspaper named Gun List.[3] It contained the same firearm classifieds and auction listings, but the new periodical features articles and columns on firearms, shooting, gunsmithing, reloading, collecting and legislation. It is published bi-weekly in a magazine format.[3]

Several other magazines have been published by Gun Digest such as Gun Digest's Tactical Gear, edited by Kevin Michalowski.[4]


  1. About Us Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Carter, Gregg Lee (2012). Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law. ABC-CLIO. pp. 1008=1021. ISBN 978-0-313-38670-1.
  3. 1 2 "About Us". Gun Digest. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  4. Kevin Michalowski (May 1, 2007). "Gun permit story incomplete". Deseret News   via HighBeam Research (subscription required) . Salt Lake City.
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