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    Some photos of the range in the link. Looks like a good place to shoot.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/947...s-for-business

    Controversial gun club opens for business
    DELWYN DICKEY
    Last updated 13:32, July 17 2017
    The Auckland Shooting Club is open for business.

    OPINION: The controversial Auckland Shooters Club at Makarau has been officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister and Police Minister Paula Bennett.

    Around 150 people were at the invitation-only event including Police National Manager Professional Standards Superintendent Anna Jackson.

    Flight problems from Wellington saw Rodney MP and Minister of Defence Mark Mitchell unable to attend.

    Media were excluded on the day but co-owner Raymond O'Brien showed Stuff reporter Delwyn Dickey around the site a few days later.

    The sign facing south the most likely direction traffic would be coming from - shouted 'Community says NO! to Auckland Shooting Club' when I turned off the seal of State Highway 16 and onto unsealed Tuhirangi Rd.

    Most properties along the road tout one of these signs - some three or four.

    I follow O'Brien on his 4WD mule down the steep, soggy gravel driveway at the Auckland Shooters Club.

    After a challenge in the High Court by the nearby Vipassana Meditation Centre, the certificate of compliance for the club was upheld a week before the big opening day. Had it gone the other way, the club couldn't operate.

    Unaware of the meditation centre when they bought the property, the strong support for it and the level of ill-will toward the club, by some, blind-sided O'Brien and wife Victoria Pichler, he said.

    Having put their life savings into the gun club, the hearing was very stressful, he said, aggrieved papers were served on Christmas Eve.

    There is nothing sophisticated about the rugged landscape or the six high earth walled shooting ranges. Three are grassed but the wet weather has seen an end to work on the other three over winter. A gravel walkway to the ranges has just gone in instead of using the mule to get through the mud.

    This is tough farming land. Commercial pine forest grows high on two boundaries. A stream and patches of native bush the only saving graces.

    O'Brien and Pichler added their neighbour Kris Allen's 74 hectare lifestyle farm to the original 37-hectare property.

    Allen had been a vocal opponent since finding out about the club on his boundary.

    O'Brien is now an unexpected farmer and has organised someone to farm the land for him.

    "There is no limit to the number of people we can have on the property under 'recreational pursuit", O'Brien said.

    A resource consent will be needed for some of the 30 ranges with a double story club room totalling 1600 square metres.

    Sound crackles around the small valley from shooters using the ranges. Pistols, rifles and shotguns can now be used in them. I feel sorry for the neighbour whose house overlooks the narrow valley. While O'Brien insists noise stays within accepted levels, the staccato shots are nothing like the background hum of traffic.

    That property's value will have dropped, possibly only of interest to a gun enthusiast now, a local real estate agent later said.

    Invited to shoot at the French National Championships, O'Brien and Pichler leave this week.

    They have a business there and plan to stay on for the World Champs a month later.

    The pair are new to competitive shooting after "having a go" less than three years ago, but have become enthusiasts, and patrons to the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC).

    O'Brien and I went for a muddy gaunt in the mule up to a lookout point overlooking the ranges where they intend to build a house.

    Used to riding a quad bike, the steep terrain made me pleased to be buckled in with a roll bar.

    A motorcycle club used to be here, he said, annoyed no one complained about that noise.

    Rather than a club, the owner had been a keen motorcross rider who rode and did stunt jumping with his friends once or twice a week during the summer months, neighbours said. They sometimes went and watched the acrobatics.

    Competition shooting is expensive. O'Brien goes through around 2,500 rounds a week. Costing around $1000 new. Recycling casings and making his own halves that cost, he said.

    O'Brien runs, and weaves, shooting as he goes down the range.

    It is fast and intense and I can see it requires a good level of fitness and skill.

    Under his supervision, I have a go at straight target shooting

    Coming off a farm, I've occasionally handled guns before. But I was uncomfortable with how easy the pistol was to flick around and soon handed it back.​

    Eventually I head up the steep drive, relieved the car reaches the top, and head past the angry signs - some in the verge outside properties of people Pichler "knows for a fact" don't oppose the club.

    I turn onto SH16 again and head south.

    It's hard to see how O'Brien and Pichler will be accepted into the rural community they say they want to make their home. In truth they seem better suited to city life than low-key country living.
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    I doubt very much that it is about the noise the meditation centre is in the next valley over the noise will not be heard there most of it will
    be deflected up by the surrounding terrain, it's the old fear of guns syndrome, All this will do is make the lawyers rich expect for the idiot
    working for free.

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    As a news article it seems a bit 'slanted ' .....or was it a opinion piece.


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    the club is a long needed facility and it is my opinion that it will flourish as Moore ranges are added.
    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
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    Not sure what the author of the article meant by a pistol being "... too easy to flick around".

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    It will likely mean that a pistol being (lighter and shorter than a rifle) is far more easy to arc around with just a bend of the wrist Ryan.
    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiroatedson View Post
    As a news article it seems a bit 'slanted ' .....or was it a opinion piece.


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    Aaaaaah Fairfax.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    It will likely mean that a pistol being (lighter and shorter than a rifle) is far more easy to arc around with just a bend of the wrist Ryan.
    If one is careless / doesn't know what they're doing.

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    "Rather than a club, the owner had been a keen motorcross rider who rode and did stunt jumping with his friends once or twice a week during the summer months, neighbours said. They sometimes went and watched the acrobatics."

    Hmmmm I wonder what that sign with brass letters says, that's been dug up and put to one side halfway down the drive? I'll try to get a picture
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    Identify your target beyond all doubt

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    Hats off to the guy for putting his personal funds up for his own 'field of dreams'....something the region desperately needs.

    With pinko socialists such as Brown, and now Goff running the show, there's little hope of anything resembling the TECT Park that Tauranga has, ever being given approval, and built for the people of the region, even if only partially funded with ratepayer money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiroatedson View Post
    As a news article it seems a bit 'slanted ' .....or was it a opinion piece.


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    so many "News" articles are now

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    Is anyone here is doing the Rifle/Shotgun course this Satruday at ASC? Or am I the only newbie ?

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    There will be three of us there on Sunday morning. We will be the ones that look like Curly, Moe and Larry.
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    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
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    Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire
    Rule 4: Identify your target beyond all doubt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    There will be three of us there on Sunday morning. We will be the ones that look like Curly, Moe and Larry.
    Haha! If I get back up there on Sunday I will come and say hello!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimK View Post
    Haha! If I get back up there on Sunday I will come and say hello!
    It would be rude not to. We will be there from nine ... ish.
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    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
    Rule 1: Treat every firearm as loaded
    Rule 2: Always point firearms in a safe direction
    Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire
    Rule 4: Identify your target beyond all doubt
    Rule 5: Check your firing zone
    Rule 6: Store firearms and ammunition safely
    Rule 7: Avoid alcohol and drugs when handling firearms

 

 

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