Ben Garrett

  • Lifelong hunter, hunting advocate, and competition shooter skilled in handling a variety of weapons, from AR-15s to .22 handguns to .357 magnum revolvers
  • Freelance writer who has contributed a number of articles on outdoor recreation and shooting to publications that include Tennesee Valley Outdoors, American Hunter, and Bass Pro Shops' outdoor site
  • Former publisher of, an Internet-based magazine focusing on hunting and shooting in Tennessee
  • Award-winning editor of the Independent Herald weekly newspaper in Oneida, Tennessee


Ben Garrett is a former writer for ThoughtCo, contributing a variety of articles on guns and gun control issues. As a lifelong hunter, hunting advocate, and competition shooter both on the range and at skeet shoots, he has shot and handled many different types of firearms. Rifle expertise includes the lightweight .17 caliber, the powerful .300 ultra magnum, and the "military-style" AR-15. His knowledge of handguns ranges from .22 handguns to .357 magnum revolvers. Garrett is also a member of the National Rifle Association.

His writing expertise includes the editorship of the Independent Herald, a weekly newspaper in Oneida, Tennessee. He is also the former publisher of on the Rivals sports network, an Internet magazine focusing on hunting and shooting in Tennessee, and he has contributed to several outdoors and shooting magazines as a freelance writer, including ​Tennessee Valley Outdoors magazine, American Hunter online, and Bass Pro Shops' Outdoor Site. 

Awards and Publications

  • Recipient of two Edward J. Meeman awards for editorial writing from the Tennessee Press Association and Univerity of Tennessee

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