I was field shooting on a farm in the Waikato with a friend, around five years ago. Perfect weather conditions and a great time was had by all – until we returned to the vehicle.
As I packed up the car before leaving, I stood and WATCHED my friend unload his rifle. He then passed it to me to load into the car, and out of habit I opened and checked the breach – to find a live round in there.
The combination of shock, bewilderment and relief is hard to describe. Having watched my friend unload, neither of us can figure out how the hell that rifle remained loaded. My mate was mortified, but for both of us it was a reminder of the golden rule – the gun is ALWAYS loaded!
These rituals about always checking the breach, pointing in a safe direction etc may seem odd to a non-shooter, but they save lives. Chur