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I use the terms 'our' and 'us' a lot, but the reality is, The Bloke is basically just me. Kerry Adams.

I started this website as a way to document my adventures and learning - and quickly found there were plenty of others out there keen to come on the journey with me.

As I grow and learn the site has changed slightly, but at the core it's still the same. Information and knowledge for anyone keen to grow and improve.

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Three ways you are probably zeroing your hunting rifle wrong.

Clickbait title aside - there are a couple of reoccurring problems I see when people discuss zeroing a rifle. Are you doing any of them?

Your 2020 definitive guide to getting your New Zealand Firearms Licence.

The process of applying for your New Zealand Firearms Licence is easy. Learn the steps, get started here and get shooting!

Twilight Hunting – understanding light

It's a phenomenal time to be out, but it's also important to understand the effect on our vision.

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Firearms Licencing Update – renewals and new applications

Not sure what is happening with the firearms renewal process? Or have a new licence application in?

Stay Home. Stay Safe.

It saddens me that I have to write articles like this. But, it also seems we still have some bull-headed individuals (and...

Please, please, please, let us help you.

I know. It's uncomfortable. But if you don't let us know in advance, we can't do anything about it, and you will have to struggle through the process. If we do know, we can help.
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latest chats

The Blokes – 19th June

This Week Kerry, Matt and Graeme have a chat. Faulty scopes, new shooters, what to zero...

A chat with Chuck Rossi from Open Source Defence

I spoke to a few people about my upcoming interview, and the general response I got was ‘oh… who?’. Fair enough, I guess, this is a little bit of a tangential subject for me, as most people know me from talking specifically, and technically about long-range precision shooting.

A chat with Caylen Wojcik

Caylen Wojcik is a face that some of you will already know quite well. I first came across him...

Jacob from Rifles Only

Jacobs original project, 'The Source' is one of the most aptly named websites - so much can be traced back to this mans work and he continues to educate and entertain.

A chat with David Tubb

One of the true innovators and leaders in the shooting community, we had a chat with David Tubb...
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articles

The Tikka Strata in 300WSM – one gun to rule them all?

The Tikka T3X Superlite is a familiar firearm to many New Zealand Hunters. Take the 'standard' T3X, flute the barrel and you have the Superlite. I recently had a Strada to set up for a client and took the opportunity (with the client's permission of course) to have a bit of a play.

PracMed Stop The Bleed Course

Hopefully, by now, I have gotten across the importance of first aid training to all of you. This is not just for shooters or hunters, or parents (I had to hook some food out of my 4 years olds choaking face last night) - but everyone - knowing what to do is 'basic dude stuff' as Patrick McNamara would say.

Backcountry Hut Etiquette for Hunters and Trampers

While the ultimate, of course, is having a remote bivy (small hut) to just yourself and your mates, for some of the more accessible and bigger huts, there is a very good chance you are going to be sharing a hut with other trampers and hunters. As ambassadors for tramping, hunting, and just being nice human beings, there are some basic principles we should all be applying A lot of this comes down to one simple principle - consideration for others. Consideration for others is the simplest and best guide for co-inhabiting a hut. It is not a bad starting point for humanity either. This article puts forward some simple considerations and pointers for the next time you find yourself in a shared hut.

5.11 AMP pack

You may have already seen my review/talk about the Molle Belt Rig I have switched over too. I mentioned the idea of...

Firearms Licencing Update – renewals and new applications

Not sure what is happening with the firearms renewal process? Or have a new licence application in?

Rolife Ferris Wheel – a DIY Music Box

One thing about the lockdown with kids - you get to play with toys more! With two little ones in the house, we have been looking for options to keep them engaged and busy. When my partner turned up with a couple of these I was intrigued.

A chat with Caylen Wojcik

Caylen Wojcik is a face that some of you will already know quite well. I first came across him...

The Svord Santoku

The Santoku style knife has become rather popular in the last few years - it's almost safe to say it is the hipster hunter knife of choice. 😉 So, what is the Santoku knife, what benefit (if any) does it provide, and why should you consider picking up one of the phenomenal Svord made ones?

Lockdown project for kids: Crush cans with a bowl of water!

Being at home with the kids for the last couple of weeks has, to be fair, been a little bit of a...

In close, should I aim high or low?

I hear the comment quite regularly - 'I got in real close to the animal - but just couldn't seem to get the bullets to go where I was aiming - I was so close, I must have had to aim lower, right?' Well, no. If you aimed lower, there is a good chance you put a round under the animal - or worse still - into a leg. But why? Oh. Maths!

reviews

5.11 AMP pack

You may have already seen my review/talk about the Molle Belt Rig I have switched over too. I mentioned the idea of...

The Svord Santoku

The Santoku style knife has become rather popular in the last few years - it's almost safe to say it is the hipster hunter knife of choice. 😉 So, what is the Santoku knife, what benefit (if any) does it provide, and why should you consider picking up one of the phenomenal Svord made ones?

UF Pro P-40 TACTICAL SHORTS

Yes. Tactical shorts. Shorts that are tactical. The UF Pro P-40 TACTICAL SHORTS. 😀

Hunters Element Huxley Shirt

The Huxley is made from organic natural materials. When it’s finally covered in stains and full of holes and rips, don’t throw it in the bin; Just remove the label and chuck it in the compost. The buttons are even biodegradable wood.

ROAD iD – emergency id for yourself, your loved ones.

Piece of mind means doing all you can to ensure, should the need arise, your kids will be safe, even when lost or separated from you. ROAD iD is a smart method of managing ICE (in case of emergency) details for yourself and your family.

The Bushnell Forge 15×56 – all the magnification you need?

To be fair, I haven't really had to grind behind a spotting scope yet, but I can imagine,...

The Bushnell Forge – 4.5-27X50

The folks over at AMPRO sent me down a couple of the higher end Bushnell long-range scopes to check out. Sadly, life has a way of getting in the way sometimes, so I only really had enough time to play with one of them - the Bushnell Forge - 4.5-27x50.

The ARB 4×4 Track Pack

I liked the idea of externally storing the smelly stuff. In addition, the ARB design gives you a few extra pockets for storing stuff that you often need when working on or around the outside of the truck. In my case, the obligatory Morley's on one side, some rubbish bags and window wiper fluid on the other, and a couple of levelling blocks in the side.

MacPac Supernova Hooded Down Jacket – Long Term Review

Buy Once, Cry Once. This would have to be one of my favourite pieces of...
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Cam-Over on a Reloading Press

Like many things in reloading, Cam-Over is a misunderstood and often misused term. What exactly is 'Camming Over' a press? Do they all do it? Do I need to?

Shooting Hearing Protection

What level of protection do I need? As much as you can get. To be blunt. Part of Firearms...

Three ways you are probably zeroing your hunting rifle wrong.

Clickbait title aside - there are a couple of reoccurring problems I see when people discuss zeroing a rifle. Are you doing any of them?

TOP POSTS

Matching twist rate and bullet weight in rifles.

The are many benefits to understanding and matching the twist rate of your barrel with the projectile weight you are using. Primarily, accuracy.

Three ways you are probably zeroing your hunting rifle wrong.

Clickbait title aside - there are a couple of reoccurring problems I see when people discuss zeroing a rifle. Are you doing any of them?

A Single Stage Trigger Vs Two Stage Trigger

Oh, if only it was that easy - the question of Single Stage Trigger Vs Two Stage Trigger comes up quite often - here are my thoughts on it...

Your 2020 definitive guide to getting your New Zealand Firearms Licence.

The process of applying for your New Zealand Firearms Licence is easy. Learn the steps, get started here and get shooting!

In close, should I aim high or low?

I hear the comment quite regularly - 'I got in real close to the animal - but just couldn't seem to get the bullets to go where I was aiming - I was so close, I must have had to aim lower, right?' Well, no. If you aimed lower, there is a good chance you put a round under the animal - or worse still - into a leg. But why? Oh. Maths!

Bore Brushes – Bronze or Nylon

Bore Brushes - like many subjects in the shooting community (for example, cleaning itself), there are many differing opinions, all seemingly with their own set of proof and reasonings.
A Land Rover Stage 1. Economic? No. Practical? No. Constant grin from ear to ear? Hell yeah!

The Stage 1 is for sale. Again.

So, I finally blew it up. The engine in the Stage 1 now has a fairly large hole in it.

The ARB 4×4 Track Pack

I liked the idea of externally storing the smelly stuff. In addition, the ARB design gives you a few extra pockets for storing stuff that you often need when working on or around the outside of the truck. In my case, the obligatory Morley's on one side, some rubbish bags and window wiper fluid on the other, and a couple of levelling blocks in the side.

A trip to the top of the Coromandel

To me, the true Coromandel is only reached once you have passed through, well, Coromandel - actually - even higher - with Colville (northernmost town of any note on the peninsula) representing a homecoming of sorts.

High Ground Gear HG-831 Modular Pack

The High Ground Gear HG-831 is a modular pack system that lets you drop what you don't need and only carry the essentials.

Hunters Element Hydrapel Trousers

Things have moved on since the old faithful stubbie. Thankfully. Hunters Element Hydrapel Trousers.

Why every Bloke should carry a notebook.

Why every Bloke should carry a notebook. This has been a habit that I have formed over several years. I have always been the...

Ridgeline Monsoon II Jacket

Need a heavy duty rain jacket that will take a punishing, keep you dry, but not rustle and make a pile of noise like most Gore-Tex jackets do? Don't want it in bright colours? The Monsoon II Jacket from Ridgeline might just fit the bill.

The Beginner’s Primer on Rain Gear

Our unique requirements I feel I should start this article by highlighting how hunting in NZ is a little...

Making a Kydex Knife Sheath

I just got myself a new SVORD 350B. Time for a Kydex Knife Sheath!

5.11 AMP pack

You may have already seen my review/talk about the Molle Belt Rig I have switched over too. I mentioned the idea of...
I hear the comment quite regularly - 'I got in real close to the animal - but just couldn't seem to get the bullets to go where I was aiming - I was so close, I must have had to aim lower, right?' Well, no. If you aimed lower, there is a good chance you put a round under the animal - or worse still - into a leg. But why? Oh. Maths!
So, what exactly do we do when we set up a rifle for a custom? It's always different (like our customers) - but here is an example.
I was recently interviewed on The Hunting Show. To be fair, I was a little nervous going on there.
Last year, Pete from Onward Hunting got in touch to tell me about some guys he was hosting from the Crosshairs Longrange Hunting School. A longrange hunting course? Count me in!
While I don't necessarily consider the roar to be 'peak season' for my hunting - in fact, there are a few good reasons to stay away from public land during this time of year - it's also a good time to revamp the related fitness regime.

Road Trip!

Mueller Hut, Aoraki / Mt Cook

The week at Muller Hut as Volunteer DOC Hut Wardens in the Mount Cook National Park.

Skippers Canyon, Queenstown

Photography Tour of Skipper Canon, Queenstown

Buck Taylor Track – Pararaha Stream Circuit

Head up from Gibbons Track, through Muir Track and onto Parahara Valley Track, then heading up the un-maintained Parahara Stream Circuit, coming out onto the Odlin Timber Track and staying at Odlins Number 2 Campground.

Lifestyle

Computer Eye Strain Relief – Oakley Prescription Glasses

I have been wearing glasses since my school years. As a child, I was identified very early on as having a 'lazy eye' -...

The Svord Santoku

The Santoku style knife has become rather popular in the last few years - it's almost safe to say it is the hipster hunter knife of choice. 😉 So, what is the Santoku knife, what benefit (if any) does it provide, and why should you consider picking up one of the phenomenal Svord made ones?

Motorbike Tyres – Battlax BT-45

Motorbike Tyres - a key element of keeping the right side down on the road. The ones on the Nightster needed some attention!
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