Guns & Ammo's 12th and current editor, Richard Venola.
Richard was born in Glendale, California, in 1958. His father was a service rifle competitor, so Richard gets his love of firearms and the outdoors naturally. A journalism major at the University of Montana in Missoula, he served two stints in the Marine Corps-one as an enlisted man and the other as an officer. After being demobbed, he then took a variety of jobs until signing on as associate editor of Rifle Shooter in 2004 (ironically, three days after being declared "unemployable" by the state of Arizona due to a severe back injury). In less than three years he was named to the position of G&A editor and hasn't looked back since. Richard is certainly one of the more colorful of the G&A helmsters, possessed of an encyclopedic knowledge of all manner of arcana, especially when it pertains to his first love-firearms. His vision of the magazine is that it should be fun as well as informative. Richard's philosophy of not writing down to the readership has resulted in some of the more interesting and provocative articles to appear in G&A's pages. He's as affable an individual as you would want to meet, and nothing is too much work for him on both a personal and professional level. He has assembled a fine stable of writers, and there is no question, with Richard in charge. Guns & Ammo is entering one of its best and most entertaining phases.