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Hunting and target shooting in New Zealand are accessible and addictive sports that the whole family can enjoy. There are so many ways for every enthusiast to get more involved in their chosen discipline, that it’s impossible for one website or club to cater to them all.

Whether you get into service rifle, smallbore target shooting, pig hunting, deer stalking, reloading or 800-1000 yard Palma matches, there are tonnes of ways to improve your firearm and your performance.

This website and blog is my way of sharing what I’ve learned so far, and what I continue to learn about firearm modification and better shooting technique. I also review certain products, provide fixes for common maintenance issues and give some information on where to shoot and other things that will help people get into the sport.

So, whether you’re after product reviews or specific information on how to get a CZ 452 magazine disassembled, you’re in the right place.

Head on over to the about page to learn a bit more about me and why I do what I do, or check out the blog for a constant supply of fresh articles, reviews and opinions. Below are some of the categories you could be specifically interested in:


Ammunition and Reloading

Want to know more about what ammunition to use in your Chinese SKS or how to reload accurate rounds for sub-MOA target shooting? Perhaps there’s a particular brand of ammo you’ve heard about or projectile shape that you want to find out more about. This is the place for you.

Gun modification and Maintenance

If you fancy yourself an amateur gunsmith or general tinkerer, I’m sure you’ll be more than interested in how to get your .303 racking smoothly, or how to do a trigger job on New Zealand’s favourite plinker – the JW-15.

I’m one of those people that’s constantly trying to figure out how to improve things, and I spend a tonne of time in the garage trying to restore, replace, repair or re-purpose. The gun modification category features a lot of my general experience and what I’ve picked up from researching common firearm performance issues.

Military surplus

From the venerable Mauser to the humble SKS, I love all things milsurp. With half my safe taken up by rifles older than my father, I spend a fair bit of time restoring, repairing and researching these fines weapons.

Whether for use on the range or as a hunting rig, nothing can beat the satisfaction of chambering a round in a Lee Enfielf SMLE No 1 Mk iii or seeing the tight grouping of your Swedish 1896 Mauser. Make sure to check out the milsurp category to get your fix of cosmoline, dirt and Berdan primers.

Product reviews

It’s easy to understand why this is an important part of my blog. As members of the New Zealand shooting community, we should all work together to share our experiences so that others can make the most of the shooting equipment available to them.

Whether it’s a sight adjustment tool or the latest black rifle, there’s always something cool to check out in the product review section.


I don’t spend much time with my air rifles, but I do love .22 calibre shooting. I regularly take part at my local smallbore club and love the complete challenge of the rimfire shooting experience. From teaching yourself proper technique, through to modifying and maintaining your firearm, there’s a lot to learn on the smallbore range.

There are plenty of other categories and tags to search through that aren’t mentioned here – if you’re looking for something specific, the search bar on the right could be handy.

While I can’t guarantee The Gun Rack will be your number one destination for all things shooting, I do hope you find some valuable information on this site. Spend some time looking around and leave a comment on any blog post if you have a question or would like to add your 2 cents. If you’d like to contact me about anything to do with shooting or this website, head on over to the contact page to see how you can get in touch.