Kids Gun Safety Day (School Holiday Course)
Gun Safety for Kids (and their adults)
20 April 2021 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
BB Gun, Airguns, Firearms, even a bow and arrow – there are some basic rules that everyone, young and old needs to understand when handling equipment the fires projectiles. Can learn the basics in a fun and safe enviroment.
No. It’s not all common sense.
“Working in a gun store, I would see lots of patents coming in to purchase an airgun to shoot with their kids. Many of these people didn’t actually have a firearms licence, so I realised there was a gap in the knowledge being provided.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a BB gun, and Airgun or a real gun – there are some basic gun handling rules that should be known and followed.”
Kerry Adams (Firearms Licencing Instructor)
Not everyone has friends and family around them that can show them correct gun handling and safety skills. Even those who have a firearms licence may not have learnt the latest best practice theory and skills.
If you have a child who is interested in firearms, or already has an Air Rifle, this is a great foundation course to get a solid base of understanding.
Get your kids off on the right foot. You might even learn something yourself!
A solid foundation.
The Seven Rules
We start with a discussion about the seven rules of firearms safety. These rules are a great foundation, not only for firearms, but BB guns and Air Rifles as well.
We talk about not only what the seven rules are, but what they mean, and provide some examples and stories about how they are used.
Types and Parts
We then walk through a variety of guns – from BB Guns, to Air Rifles and up to the 22LR.
We explain their form and function, and, for the parents, some of the legal considerations on owning and using them.
We will also run through a couple of interesting full sized firearms, including a little bit of a history lesson in NZ.
From there, we get hands-on. Teaching how to safety handling, store and hand over a gun.
Examples of taking guns out of cases and bags, checking they are unloaded, safe handling around others and more.
We end this part of the session with a bit of fun – a light hearted competition with some BB guns!
About your host.
Kerry Adams is one of the Mountain Safety Council Firearms Safety Instructors. He takes Firearms Licence applicants through the Theory and Practical components of the New Zealand Firearms Licencing process.
When not focused on the safety side of things, you will find Kerry setting up rifles for clients and coaching on long range precision shooting.
Stretch it out…
After lunch we get the rifles out.
We start with the air rifles, low recoiling and easy to shoot – giving some basic shooting tips along the way.
This is not intended to be an intensive shooting course – more an opportunity to practice some hands on handling skills, while having some fun shooting easy targets.
One everyone is comfortable with the airguns, we will back up a little and shift to the 22LR rifles. These will recoil a little more, but not much, and let the attendees get a taste of ‘actual’ firearms.
We will have a selection of air rifles and 22LRs available to use – to also give attendees a bit of variety.
At the end of the day, we might also have a larger firearm or two (relatively) for the kids (or adults) to try out. Up to the individual, of course.
What do I need to bring?
Not much. We provide all the guns, lunch, tutors and targets.
Make sure everyone is dressed appropriately for ‘a farm’ – decent, closed footwear, sun-hat, light wind/rain jacket – I am sure you already know the general drill.
If you or your child has specific eating requirements, please let us know – lunch will be a BBQ and should cater to most eaters.
While we will have some spare safety glasses and earmuffs available – for hygiene reasons – many people prefer to use their own – so we would encourage you to bring some. Most of the firearms are very quiet – but – best practice would dictate eye and ear protection, so let’s model good behaviour and habits for the kids.
Can I bring two kids with me?
Yes. Simply grab the extra ticket for the second child. We are trying to maintain at least a 1:2 adult/child ratio – so please don’t bring along the whole rugby team.
How old does my child need to be?
More importantly, rather than how many times they have been around the sun – we would ask, do they have the physical capacity to control the weight of a small rifle, and the mental capacity to follow instruction?
As a guide – we would suggest 8+ – if you are not sure – just get in touch.
That date doesn’t suit – could you do it on…
Possibly. If you have a couple of folks/kids keen to come along we can certainly look to put on a separate event for you. Again – just get in touch and let us know what you are thinking of.
Got another question?
Our gracious hosts, Balnagown Estate, is a game estate based only 45 minutes out of central Auckland.
It is a truely unique and wonderful place to spend a day, and for those interested (and those who still have the energy) we will be able to organise a little roar about the property to see if we can sneak up on some Deer. There will be lots of animals to see, and places to explore.
Have a look at the Balnagown website to find out more.