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    Firearms license advice

    I have my exam for my FAL on may 1st, i'm unsure if there's anything i should be studying beforehand, can anyone provide reading material i can go through? Also general advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm pretty nervous.
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    Yeah bro this can help, never read it myself. Was a book back when I did mine and didn't have access.

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    Have a shave & get a haircut so you don't look like a terrorist

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonecrusher View Post
    Have a shave & get a haircut so you don't look like a terrorist
    Yeah i intend on doing both, might even wear a clean shirt who knows.
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    Don't worry about studying. When I sat mine they handed out the exams and said "if you are unsure just leave it blank and bring it up to the front at the end", they then proceeded to coach people through what answer to put down while they marked it in front of you - Any answer you didn't know they gave you multiple attempts (noting it is a multi-choice exam) to get it right. If you still didn't know the answer they would tell you the answer and then mark it as correct.

    And they wonder why idiots are shooting people.
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    There will be a practice exam at the back of the book

    Or go on line. Police.govt.nz

    Firearms section.

    Do study up. Despite what the guys have said here, there ARE some arms officers who are a tad more picky. Preparing is the key. An honest attempt is recognised.

    And dont scoff at the go looking clean and tidy advice. You do NOT want to resemble in any way the type they have to deal with late on Friday and Saturday nights!!!

    Good luck, and take your time. Think about the Qs. There are one or two doozies
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    Will anti depressants make chances of getting the license problematic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiB View Post
    There will be a practice exam at the back of the book

    Or go on line. Police.govt.nz

    Firearms section.

    Do study up. Despite what the guys have said here, there ARE some arms officers who are a tad more picky. Preparing is the key. An honest attempt is recognised.

    And dont scoff at the go looking clean and tidy advice. You do NOT want to resemble in any way the type they have to deal with late on Friday and Saturday nights!!!

    Good luck, and take your time. Think about the Qs. There are one or two doozies
    I definitely will study, i live in a dodgy part of auckland so i think the arms officer here is going to be quite strict.
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    They often ask WHERE you intend to hunt. It’s a reasonable Q to establish you’re not readying for a zombie apocalypse, so be honest about your hunting intentions etc
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    My comments regarding not studying are in jest, anyone handling firearms should be well versed in the Arms Code and in particular the cardinal rules. That said, my comments regarding the testing leniency was unfortunately an accurate account. Other than the instructors/assessors, i'm pretty sure I was the only one in the room with English as a first language.
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    Don't stress at all just read the questions carefully. My wife has just passed hers and she just did as the others are suggesting and studied the code.
    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorkus View Post
    My comments regarding not studying are in jest, anyone handling firearms should be well versed in the Arms Code and in particular the cardinal rules. That said, my comments regarding the testing leniency was unfortunately an accurate account. Other than the instructors/assessors, i'm pretty sure I was the only one in the room with English as a first language.
    a few years back i introduced a chinese workmate to hunting, he got very keen and very fast to the point he had firearms on hold till he got his license, he even went so far as to travel from chch to ashburton to get it earlier. years later he is keen as and a bloody good guy as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorkus View Post
    Don't worry about studying. When I sat mine they handed out the exams and said "if you are unsure just leave it blank and bring it up to the front at the end", they then proceeded to coach people through what answer to put down while they marked it in front of you - Any answer you didn't know they gave you multiple attempts (noting it is a multi-choice exam) to get it right. If you still didn't know the answer they would tell you the answer and then mark it as correct.

    And they wonder why idiots are shooting people.
    Yeah that fucked me off no end when I did mine.
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    After reading that article on stuff the other day about the dude who had his license taken away for going on anti depressants my anxiety about the whole thing has gone through the roof. Like i know with 110% certainty i'm all good, and so does everyone around me but will they think the same? Shit's making me super nervous cos i've worked really hard to get to this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorkus View Post
    Don't worry about studying. When I sat mine they handed out the exams and said "if you are unsure just leave it blank and bring it up to the front at the end", they then proceeded to coach people through what answer to put down while they marked it in front of you - Any answer you didn't know they gave you multiple attempts (noting it is a multi-choice exam) to get it right. If you still didn't know the answer they would tell you the answer and then mark it as correct.

    And they wonder why idiots are shooting people.
    I've got one to run tonight. We don't give answers to any of the questions. We may help explain a question if the applicant doesn't understand it although we won't give any help on any of the seven basic safety rule questions.

    To the OP, just study the code thoroughly and you can't go wrong.
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