Maintenance

Any weapon used for the humane destruction of animals should be correctly maintained, cleaned and oiled after use, even if has only discharged one shot.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

The inside of the barrel should be thoroughly cleaned out and be free of any condensation. The outside of the gun should be cleaned and then a thin film of oil applied all over, using an oily rag. A drop of oil should be applied regularly to all moving parts, but avoid getting oil into the breech of any weapon. 

Every six months, regardless of whether or not the weapon has been used, it should be taken out, inspected and thoroughly cleaned and lubricated. A logbook should be kept in the gun cabinet and, every time a weapon is used and/or cleaned, the details should be recorded and dated (Table 4). Similarly, a logbook should be kept in the ammunition cabinet and entries made for each type of ammunition, to record when it is bought and when it is used (Table 5).

Table 4 Example of entries in a gun cabinet logbook

Date

Details of weapon

Details of operation

Signed

25.02.13

Cash .32 Humane Killer

Two cattle destroyed at road traffic accident. Two shots fired. Gun cleaned.

J. Smith

02.03.13

Cash .32 Humane Killer

Three ewes destroyed at Mile End Farm. Three shots fired. Gun cleaned.

J. Smith

06.03.13

Greener Bell Gun

Horse destroyed for Mrs Jones. One shot fired. Gun cleaned.

T. Bond

07.03.13

Cash .32 Humane Killer

Gun overhauled, cleaned and returned to cabinet.

J. Smith

Table 5 Example of entries in an ammunition logbook

50 x .32 Humane Killer Ammunition, purchased 30.6.2012

Date

Ammunition in stock

Ammunition used

Ammunition left in stock

Signed

25.02.13

50

2

48

J. Smith

02.03.13

48

3

45

J. Smith

 

 

 

 

 

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