Guest post on guns, criminals and licencing

What a week. Three firearms incidents in a week along with an enquiry into how criminal scumbags are getting guns.

All this attention makes me nervous that now law-abiding people like me might (in the future) get a rubber-glove treatment when we buy guns all because some criminal scumbags (who are unlicensed) are managing to acquire guns and, in particular, military-styled guns. It spurred me to write about it.

I’m a licensed firearms owner and a friend of Cam. I’d like to think I’m responsible. I keep my guns locked up in big steel safes with solid steel doors that have combination entry and bank safe-styled multi-locks. They’re bolted to the floor and hidden in a cupboard that’s also locked. The police inspected my safes and were happy with my arrangements.

I’ve got four guns:

– semi-auto .22 rifle;
– Semi-auto shot gun in 12 gauge;
– .300 Winmag rifle (big calibre for big animals);
– An AR15.

I’m about to buy another three new centrefire rifles in an assortment of calibres to deal with various distances of shooting (sub-400m, over 1000m and close-bush hunting). A wider range of calibres gives me more choices and means I can take the right rifle for the location.

In the world of rifles it helps to know that some? projectiles are fast and flat but don’t go far, yet others are longer-ranged with curved trajectories and yet others are more suitable for short range, like in the bush where you are literally metres from big wild critters, like wild nasty pigs. You can’t really cross over calibres. For example, a big calibre rifle is just too powerful and dangerous for small varmint shooting and at close range. It could ricochet off the ground or will blow the animal into a pile of mince meat. One selects the appropriate rifle and calibre to suit the conditions. ? Read more »


Amateurs, they should’ve used drone load


A drone that was hit by shotgun pellets while filming a family firework event at Nelson Speedway is written off after the “incredibly dangerous” act.

The drone was hit by around seven pellets at the annual event on Saturday night, and three were found lodged in the drone after it was safely landed by the its pilots.

Drone operator Sherlock Vision co-owner Geoff Sherlock said the main concern was not the more than $5000 worth of damage to his equipment, but that someone fired a shotgun towards a crowd of more than 4000 people.

“We’re just concerned that obviously there is this drone hater thing out there, that drones impinge on privacy and the whole negative side of that, but this couldn’t be further from that,” he said.

“We were paid to be there, we followed all the correct procedures, we had our safe points, we had our health and safety procedures in place, we’ve done this very much according to every rule that exists.” ?? Read more »

Due to overwhelming demand Austria has run out of Shotguns

ShotgunWomen2-2-450When I was in my Twenties I wore this belt buckle. It seems an appropriate photo to go with this article as according to these two reports it is mainly women who have been buying up shotguns in Austria. The demand has been so high that they?actually?sold out.


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Heavy v Light Shotguns

roosterhBy Simon Lusk

Getting the right gun for upland game hunting can be the difference between successful hunts and coming home without anything in your game bag.

There is a school of thought that lighter guns are better for upland hunting as they are easier to carry in the field and faster swinging so better for fast birds. I bought into this theory some years back, and bought a very light Fabarm Lion. I wanted a light semiautomatic for quail shooting, and especially covey flush shooting. The Fabarm was the lightest left hander I could get at the time. I basically could not hit anything with it, and the next season replaced it with a much heavier Remington 1100.

The Remington is a big heavy gun that suits my shooting style perfectly. It is so good that I can make shots without having good footing, and I can shoot off balance and still expect to bring birds down. I am six foot two and two hundred and ten pounds. I started shooting really, really well, which was more to do with the gun than my shooting ability. ? Read more »

The only thing this cop did wrong was not empty his magazine

As is usual a Coroner has made a pigs arse of a case, trying to blame some cops for the death of a ratbag who presented and fired a shotgun at cops.

Officers acted outside their training during the 2011 fatal police shooting of a Hastings teenager, a coroner has found.

Lachan Kelly-Tumarae, 19, was killed after a 14-shot volley from a police officer’s Glock pistol at Omahu on March 28, 2011.

Coroner Peter Ryan’s findings, released yesterday, said the three officers involved in Mr Kelly-Tumarae’s death “did not follow police policy and training in the moments prior to the shooting”.

The report called for police to review training protocol in relation to the verbal warning issued by armed police officers to armed offenders, and the frequency of firearms training.

Mr Kelly-Tumarae was shot as he got out of a vehicle near a State Highway 50 marae cemetery, following a 14km low-speed pursuit from Napier where he had presented a shotgun at an officer in a chance roadside encounter.

Moments before the shooting, the teenager pointed the shotgun at an officer in the passenger’s seat of a patrol car parked alongside him. ? Read more »

Photo Of The Day

A Punt Gun, was used for duck hunting but were banned because they depleted stocks of wild fowl

A Punt Gun, was used for duck hunting but were banned because they depleted stocks of wild fowl

Punt Gun

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“Duck Dynasty” launches its own line of guns

Duck Commander is launching a branded family of shotguns, semi-auto rifles and a semi-auto pistol.

The gunmaker Mossberg has teamed with Duck Commander, the company owned by “Duck Dynasty’s” Robertson clan, to release nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol.

Mossberg has begun shipping some of the shotguns to distributors, according to spokeswoman Linda Powell. She declined to name specific retailers that will carry them.? Read more »

Friday Firepower – Torture Test

via Field & Stream

I once owned a Baikal O/U shotgun…it was a pig…and I was a tits shotgun shooter back then. This shotgun test is something else again though.

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Zombies beware, Mossberg releases new shotgun

Mossberg has released a new shotgun into production.

Specifically designed for defeating zombies, I imagine it is equally useful on druggies and other assorted scumbags.

Love them or hate them, there?s no denying that in recent years ?Zombie? products have made their mark within the shooting industry. We haven?t addressed any zombie-centric products yet on the Gun of the Week series, but we figured that now?with Halloween just a few days away?is as good a time as any. Enter the ZMB edition of the?Mossberg?500 Chainsaw.? Read more »

Herald Bombs, Ctd

I have highlighted this previously. It seems that the Herald are too stupid to learn.

Sawn-offs do not have chokes:

For the benefit of the sub-editors of the Herald…this is what a sawn off shotgun looks like.