Opening weekend is just around the corner and the video below is the second in the series that explores the insights from ‘A Hunter’s Tale’ (link in the comments) our recent research into all major forms of hunting to discover what specific issues relate to each type.
The guys at The Hunters Club NZ have done an amazing job – as per usual – bringing this to life. Please share with any hunters you know.
Research ‘A Hunter’s Tale’ – https://issuu.com/nzmountainsafetycouncil/docs/msc.hunter_s.tale.web.2017
THE FIREARMS SAFETY CODE
1. Treat every firearm as loaded
– Check every firearm yourself.
– Pass or accept only an open or unloaded firearm.
2. Always point firearms in a safe direction
– Loaded or unloaded, always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
3. Load a firearm only when ready to fire
– Load the magazine only when you reach your shooting area.
– Load the chamber only when ready to shoot.
– Completely unload before leaving the shooting area.
4. Identify your target beyond all doubt
– Movement, colour, sound and shape can all deceive you.
– Assume colour, shape, sound, and shape to be human until proven otherwise.
5. Check your firing zone
– THINK: What may happen if you miss your target?
– What might you hit between you and the target or beyond?
– Do not fire when you know others are in your firing zone.
6. Store firearms and ammunition safely
– When not in use, lock away the bolt, firearm and ammunition separately.
– Never leave firearms in a vehicle that is unattended.
7. Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms
– Good judgement is the key to safe use of firearms.
The New Zealand Arms Code
All hunters should know the Arms Code well, and conform with all parts of it at all times.
Where to get further help:
With all firearms pursuits there is a good case in favour of getting involved with an appropriate club. Whether your interest is collecting firearms, target shooting or hunting it will be to your advantage to belong to a club catering for your particular interest. The members of these clubs are enthusiasts who can pass on valuable information.
The Police Arms Officer, the Mountain Safety Council, or local firearms dealers can give you more information on clubs in all the firearms pursuits.
Another source of valuable information, advice and practical help is a qualified gunsmith.