11 Surprisingly Popular Magazines You've Never Heard Of

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For all the noise about how print is dead, there are some magazines that still have a seriously large number of copies going out.

We looked through the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ numbers from the first half of 2011 to see what magazines had the longest reach.

It’s the usual mix of trades, general interest and domestic titles, but some of them proved surprisingly obscure for their circulation numbers.

We picked out the magazines you’ve probably never heard of and compared each one to a much better-known publication.

11. Cowboys and Indians is a magazine for Western enthusiasts. Its 156,592 circulation is bigger than The Nation's.

10. Trailer Life is a magazine about trailers, RVs and other large machines you hitch to the back of your truck. Its 213,839 circulation is bigger than the National Review's.

9. Garden & Gun is one of the most beautiful magazines out there, covering Southern culture. Its 236,097 circulation is bigger than Mother Jones.

8. Rural Arkansas Living is pretty huge for its subject, rural Arkansas living. Its 371,101 circulation is larger than Muscle & Fitness.

7. The Arthritis Foundation's magazine Arthritis Today has a circulation of 687,192. That's bigger than New York magazine.

6. Family Handyman might make you better with a hammer — or maybe you already get one of its 1,116,213 copies, which is more than GQ.

5. Fun fact: Weight Watchers has a magazine. And, with a 1,338,692 circulation, it's bigger than the New Yorker.

4. Birds and Blooms magazine is about — surprise! — flowers and birds. Its 1,530,672 circulation is bigger than Playboy's.

3. American Rifleman celebrates that Constitutional right to bear arms, we guess — it's the NRA's mag, after all. And with a circulation of 1,812,431, it's bigger than Entertainment Weekly.

2. The faith-based, non-sectarian magazine Guideposts has a circulation of just over 2 million — more than TV Guide and US Weekly.

1. You might've heard of this magazine, but we bet you didn't know it was so popular: Game Informer has a circulation of just about 6 million. That's behind only the AARP publications and Better Homes and Gardens, and ahead of Time, People, Readers' Digest and National Geographic.

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