+64 2900 333 - [email protected]

    The rule of three – Survival Priorities

    While it's important to have the proper equipment on you when the need arises, it's even more important to know how this equipment fits within the Survival Priorities that arise in a survival situation.

    Firearms Licencing Update – renewals and new applications

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

    Coming Soon

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

  • Supporters get to see these as soon as they are released. Get in before the crowds!

    • thebloke.co.nz

    While it’s important to have the proper equipment on you when the need arises, it’s even more important to know how this equipment fits within the Survival Priorities that arise in a survival situation.

     As a simple guide, the rule of three lets you put your needs in order of importance. And they are:

    Survival Priorities 1 – 3 seconds without blood, 3 minutes without oxygen

    Meaning – your first priority is first aid. If you are about to bleed out, go into serious shock, or drawn, all other survival aspects are moot. As you will be dead. Of all the Survival Priorities, this is your first.

    First and foremost, sort out your personal well-being – stabilise yourself. If you are seriously cold, or hot – then you need to stabilise your temperature – this could mean wrapping up, getting a fire going, but ultimately it means shelter –

    3 hours unprotected in cold or heat

    You are going to die of exposure, way before you die of thirst or hunger – once you have dealt with any serious first aid issues, you need to get yourself somewhere the protects you from the weather – this could be cover from the rain and wind, or even finding some suitable shade from the sun, depending where you are geographically. Hyper and Hypothermia are equally dangerous. Get some shelter. This could be a natural feature (if you are lucky) – or it could be something you need to construct with available materials – it’s at this point having some basics like an emergency blanket, or even better, a small tarp or poncho is going to come in handy.

    3 days without water

    Longer than people often think. However – also important to note that this is going to be highly dependant on where you are, and how much exercise (and therefore sweating) you are going to be doing. Obviously, if you are losing lots of water (think sweat, urine, vomiting) then this level increases in importance – however – what is important to note – is that water is more important than food.

    3 weeks without food

    Despite the fear that we are going to go hungry when it comes to Survival Priorities, most of us can/could live on a severely reduced calorie intake. Therefore, food actually comes quite low from a survival standpoint. Most times you are likely to be in a survival situation for a matter of days max – which is plenty of time to organise shelter, water and a method of purifying it (fire). Once all of that is sorted, then, you can get all Bear Grylls on it and start looking for weird things to eat. Remember though – not everything out there wants to be eaten – and poisoning is going to end things a lot quicker than starvation is. So don’t eat it if you can’t identify it.


    One important factor that should be considered once the basics are tucked away is signalling.

    It is all very well being tucked up nice and cosy in a debris shelter with a stash of water and food, but why not also make it easy for your potential rescuers to find you?

    The key idea in regards to survival rescuing is creating something that doesn’t seem natural – that is – something that is going to stick out in the environment you are in. Combine these features – eg, colours and movement – stick the hi-vis clothing on top of a tall stick that will be blown about in the wind – it compounds its attention drawing potential.

    Key ideas would be:

    • Firstly, set off your PLB – you do have a PLB on you, don’t you?
    • Signal Mirrors – ideal for signalling mirrors – also remember – the mirror in a sighting compass can be used, anything shiny.
    • At night, lightsticks, as well as the beacon / SOS, feature now on many torches will highlight your position – just make sure it isn’t covered – i.e. under the shelter with you!
    • Whistles – especially if you know searchers are close, a whistle is a lot easier than having to yell constantly.
    • Your survival blanket or hi-vis clothing should be display predominately – fluro doesn’t exist in nature (much) so will stand out.
    • Fire! Consider a signalling fire – even a campfire is going to help in many situations.


    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...
    • thebloke.co.nz
    • thebloke.co.nz

    Latest Articles

    • precisionshooter.co.nz

    Continue reading...

    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.

    Rifle Scope 101 – choosing your first scope

    Yet again, I had a client in that had been sold the wrong setup.

    VRTBR C7 Pants and Parka – more thoughts

    I have had the VRTBR C7 Pants and Parka for several months now, and much like the Thermal Fleece Layer, every time I put them on, I revel in just how awesome they are. Since the day I first unwrapped the package, waxed paper, wax seal and all, I have marvelled at just how nice hunting clothing can actually be.

    Radix Nutrition – food for hunters and adventurers

    Radix Nutrition is an exciting new freeze dried food company that already has turned some heads with their range of nutritious performance meals. Their concept of freeze-dried nutrition with 100% natural ingredients (organic where possible) is as simple as the “just add water” instructions.

    Sika Show 2018 Recap

    All our interviews from the Sika Show 2018 in one place.