Combat & Survival has failed to survive - liquidated!

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I was looking for places to advertise our latest competition, that free £270 Rab Neutrino Pro Military down jacket:

https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/reviews/rab-neutrino-pro-military.990/

When I went to check out the Combat & Survival magazine FB page. Turns out the company that bought it, Impress Digital Press LTD has gone into liquidation. The office team were all unexpectedly made redundant and everyone else linked to the magazine was dropped.

So ends thirty years or so of combat porn for the masses.

"Sadly the company which bought COMBAT & SURVIVAL Magazine plus its sister titles in late 2017 went into Liquidation earlier this year, bringing to an end three decades of monthly print publication of C&S. The office staff were unexpectedly made redundant and the freelance photojournalist contributor team was dropped. For the Insolvency contact details see here:- https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/comp…/11027506/insolvency "

They've had some excellent articles over the years, and some very free-speaking reporting in regards to the British military. I met one of their journo's at the YDS launch of the Eagle, seemed to really enjoy what they did.

There's very little information as to what's happened here, but it's hard to imagine a magazine that's ran for thirty years suddenly shuttering, and so suddenly- there's really nothing about it, looks like it came as a total surprise.

Death by digital do we think?

Edit: Having looked at it in a bit more detail, I suspect there's more to this. The company that bought and took over C&S and other titles was only incorporated in 2017. Registered to a business accountants address, shared by numerous other businesses of little or no worth, and quickly wrapped up a year later. Odd. Their books show that they owed about £80,000 at the time of liquidation if I've read it right.

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The freelancers, more or less are behind the Facebook page Joint Forces and are still producing the vast amount of articles as before it rather having to wait for a monthly edition they now post daily
 

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Frankly to survive in print format selling magazines is a real trick. Loads have gone down the free magazine road and live by selling advertising space. Something that will hit the shooting mags soon.!
 
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My journo mate in Germany worked for a well regarded defence journal. Due to dwindling circulation it was bought up and amalgamated into another publication for which he still plugs in the odd article - he moved to an office based job with a major defence supplier and has taken to whanging out books rather than relying on an income as a full-time defence journo.

Frankly to survive in print format selling magazines is a real trick. Loads have gone down the free magazine road and live by selling advertising space. Something that will hit the shooting mags soon.!
There are already a couple of online only shooting mags out there - zero print cost, whang it online, and charge for the advertising.

This one (Recoil magazine) in the USA is in print and has grown nicely in the last few years even with the internet, it has a mix of online and print with the print product being nicely presented using quality paper. The editor is Iain Harrison, a Brit and one time TA captain - Iain Harrison - Wikipedia


RECOIL - Firearm Lifestyle Magazine

Went along to the C&S offices in Huddersfield many years ago to sort out some advertising for an event, their marketing lass was fit.
 
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My journo mate in Germany worked for a well regarded defence journal. Due to dwindling circulation it was bought up and amalgamated into another publication for which he still plugs in the odd article - he moved to an office based job with a major defence supplier and has taken to whanging out books rather than relying on an income as a full-time defence journo.



There are already a couple of online only shooting mags out there - zero print cost, whang it online, and charge for the advertising.

This one (Recoil magazine) in the USA is in print and has grown nicely in the last few years even with the internet, it has a mix of online and print with the print product being nicely presented using quality paper. The editor is Iain Harrison, a Brit and one time TA captain - Iain Harrison - Wikipedia


RECOIL - Firearm Lifestyle Magazine

Went along to the C&S offices in Huddersfield many years ago to sort out some advertising for an event, their marketing lass was fit.
He was one of stonker's mob
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Never knew he was a fusilier.
there were a few posts back on here when the series was airing; TA and went on grapple with them
 
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The fortunes of print publications continue to decline year-on-year. Well-established magazines and even major metropolitan newspapers finding themselves hanging by a thread financially. The rise of digital media is part of the problem, but there are also generational issues involved. I have two sons in their twenties, well-informed and as worldly as could be expected who, to the best of my knowledge have never bought a newspaper or magazine. And nor have any of their known contemporaries.

I've been involved with the advertising in an array of business, trade and industry magazines for longer than I'm happy to contemplate, and have seen so many hitherto institutional media stumble and fall over the past ten years that the media industry is almost unrecognizable.
 
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My journo mate in Germany worked for a well regarded defence journal. Due to dwindling circulation it was bought up and amalgamated into another publication for which he still plugs in the odd article - he moved to an office based job with a major defence supplier and has taken to whanging out books rather than relying on an income as a full-time defence journo.



There are already a couple of online only shooting mags out there - zero print cost, whang it online, and charge for the advertising.

This one (Recoil magazine) in the USA is in print and has grown nicely in the last few years even with the internet, it has a mix of online and print with the print product being nicely presented using quality paper. The editor is Iain Harrison, a Brit and one time TA captain - Iain Harrison - Wikipedia


RECOIL - Firearm Lifestyle Magazine

Went along to the C&S offices in Huddersfield many years ago to sort out some advertising for an event, their marketing lass was fit.
And the winner of Top Shot (the first one i think?)
 
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And the winner of Top Shot (the first one i think?)
It took a Brit.

My own experience of shooting with Americans is that their ability to own firearms immediately transmutify's into being an expert in all things firearms, along with being a world class marksman with absolutely no practice, or experience. There are good one's but they are few and far between - ie. the bloke who regularly slaps me my own coach having been 5 times US olympic team.

One of the aforementioned online magazines: waffenkultur.com
 
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There was a lovely picture of me in a FIBUA piece, so obvs its an awesome mag.

But CA?

Really?
 
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My own experience of shooting with Americans is that their ability to own firearms immediately transmutify's into being an expert in all things firearms, along with being a world class marksman with absolutely no practice, or experience.
I've seen a similar thing, mostly with Americans, on firearms forums.

They seem to go very rapidly from "I've bought this, what is it?", to suddenly being a font of all knowledge. and handing out advice to all and sundry - quite a bit of it absolute shite.
 
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It took a Brit.

My own experience of shooting with Americans is that their ability to own firearms immediately transmutify's into being an expert in all things firearms, along with being a world class marksman with absolutely no practice, or experience. There are good one's but they are few and far between - ie. the bloke who regularly slaps me my own coach having been 5 times US olympic team.

One of the aforementioned online magazines: waffenkultur.com
Bloody hell mate. What do you read?

That looks like it should be on Anders Breivik's toilet reading pile.

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But then what do I know, I spaff off to survival lilly* on YouFace.



*Survivalists You Would.
 
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Bloody hell mate. What do you read?

That looks like it should be on Anders Breivik's toilet reading pile.

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But then what do I know, I spaff off to survival lilly* on YouFace.



*Survivalists You Would.
I am not some wierdo teutonic, templar, goose stepping nutter. Just to get that out there.
Sometimes there are good articles in the magazine worthy of a read on the ipaddle whilst taking a dump.

I actually saw the display pictured above at the IWA, it deffo raised some eyebrows. The company it belonged to was SOD an Italian gear maker/seller. They do a nice line of shirts useful for people who need to carry discretely - Beer shirt, yes I know, but they are Italian, at least they didn't call it the Vi@gra shirt.

IWA 2018 (part 20) - SOD Gear - Pine Survey

Who is the skinny bint?
 
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Who is the skinny bint?
Survival Lilly, YouTube survivalist. Hmmmmm. I'd ebay a kidney to be stuck in a yurt with her for a weekend in middle of a forest.

Don't hate on the Templar Knights fans either! Some of us like history, not running up and down town centres shouting "INGERLAND" and claiming to be Templar infidels.
 
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Shame that, they published a full page letter I sent in about Bowman being brought in to service, years ago
 
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It took a Brit.

My own experience of shooting with Americans is that their ability to own firearms immediately transmutify's into being an expert in all things firearms, along with being a world class marksman with absolutely no practice, or experience. There are good one's but they are few and far between - ie. the bloke who regularly slaps me my own coach having been 5 times US olympic team.

One of the aforementioned online magazines: waffenkultur.com
As cringey as Top Shot was, the other competitors were all good sports and there was none of the usual US exceptionalism when Harrison one it. Good sports all round really except for that total ******** "Jake" in one fo the later seasons.
 

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