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

Precision Trigger Basics

The trigger, one of the most important parts of a precision firearm system. How do they work, what do they do, and how can you optimise yours?

Shooting Units: The Grain

A grain, as a unit of measurement is equal to 64.79891 milligrams, or 0.06479891 grams. 16 grains is just under 1 gram. The unit originally comes the Bronze Age - where a grain of wheat or barley was considered a legal definition of mass.

Shooting Units: Understanding caliber

I was talking to someone on the weekend regarding sizing and different calibers. Trying to explain caliber sizing to someone who knows little about firearms can be a bit of a challenge - mainly because it really isn't a standard convention anymore. I thought I would put together a short article on how, why and the differences in naming calibers.

Rifle Cleaning and POI Shift

"Hey mate if I take stock off my rifle to clean after a wet Urewera road trip can it ruin my zero sorry if dumb question cheers"

Gun cleaning – just do it!

We all know the scenario, head out to the range or for a hunt, end up putting none (or minimal) rounds through a gun, then get home after a long day and get tempted to put the firearm straight back into the safe. Probably not the best of ideas. Gun cleaning needs to be part of your habitual routine.

Maximum Point Blank Range

You slowly make your way up to the clearing, careful to not make a sound, gently poke your head around the corner, then there it is. A deer - happily nibbling away on the edges of the forest, unawares of your presence.

What is a Gun Chronograph?

In a nutshell, a chronograph lets you measure the speed that the bullet leaves the barrel. This information, in conjunction with data about the bullet you are firing and the environment you are shooting in, lets you start mapping out the expected flight path of the projectile.

Firearms Safety – forming better gun handling habits.

Firearms Safety isn't just about knowing the 7 Basic Rules of Firearms Safety, nor is it about remembering just enough to pass the multi-choice questionnaire that is a requirement of getting a firearms license in New Zealand. It's about making a commitment to maintain a high standard of firearms handling and safety at all times. One of the keys to this, is learning and reinforcing good habits when handling firearms.

Shooting and Hearing Damage.

Ever shot a .338 with a muzzle brake and no hearing protection? Those scenes in Saving Private Ryan and a million other action films that have followed suit since? Yup. Just like that.
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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!

Precision Trigger Basics

The trigger, one of the most important parts of a precision firearm system. How do they work, what do they do, and how can you optimise yours?

Shooting Units: The Grain

A grain, as a unit of measurement is equal to 64.79891 milligrams, or 0.06479891 grams. 16 grains is just under 1 gram. The unit originally comes the Bronze Age - where a grain of wheat or barley was considered a legal definition of mass.

Shooting Units: Understanding caliber

I was talking to someone on the weekend regarding sizing and different calibers. Trying to explain caliber sizing to someone who knows little about firearms can be a bit of a challenge - mainly because it really isn't a standard convention anymore. I thought I would put together a short article on how, why and the differences in naming calibers.

Rifle Cleaning and POI Shift

"Hey mate if I take stock off my rifle to clean after a wet Urewera road trip can it ruin my zero sorry if dumb question cheers"

Gun cleaning – just do it!

We all know the scenario, head out to the range or for a hunt, end up putting none (or minimal) rounds through a gun, then get home after a long day and get tempted to put the firearm straight back into the safe. Probably not the best of ideas. Gun cleaning needs to be part of your habitual routine.

Maximum Point Blank Range

You slowly make your way up to the clearing, careful to not make a sound, gently poke your head around the corner, then there it is. A deer - happily nibbling away on the edges of the forest, unawares of your presence.

What is a Gun Chronograph?

In a nutshell, a chronograph lets you measure the speed that the bullet leaves the barrel. This information, in conjunction with data about the bullet you are firing and the environment you are shooting in, lets you start mapping out the expected flight path of the projectile.

Firearms Safety – forming better gun handling habits.

Firearms Safety isn't just about knowing the 7 Basic Rules of Firearms Safety, nor is it about remembering just enough to pass the multi-choice questionnaire that is a requirement of getting a firearms license in New Zealand. It's about making a commitment to maintain a high standard of firearms handling and safety at all times. One of the keys to this, is learning and reinforcing good habits when handling firearms.

Shooting and Hearing Damage.

Ever shot a .338 with a muzzle brake and no hearing protection? Those scenes in Saving Private Ryan and a million other action films that have followed suit since? Yup. Just like that.
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