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Centrefire McCarthy’s specialist staff are highly experienced in fishing, hunting, guiding and related skills including knife making, rod repairs and fly tying.

Selwyn Shanks

Managing Director, Selwyn Shanks

Selwyn has hunted and fished since his early teens, following these passions through his working life in pest destruction,  venison recovery, fly fishing tuition and guiding. He was also a pioneer custom knife maker in New Zealand.



Tom competed in both archery and trapshooting in high school, but now days is focused on Service Rifle and long range shooting, he holds an endorsement for Military Style Semi-Automatics and has had success hitting targets out to 2000 metres with his new .338 Lapua Magnum rifle. Tom has an interest in all firearms and hand-loads his own ammunition, he is also a member of the Bruce Rifle Club.

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Richard is an avid duck shooter, and is very effective with his Beretta semi-auto shotgun. He is also a keen fisherman, spending many weekends out on his boat, he is passionate about salmon fishing and is a contributing member of the New Zealand Salmon Anglers Association in Otago.

We also offer these special services

                • Rod repairs/refurbishment
                • Knife sharpening /repairs
                • Access to full firearm repairs and smithing
                • Fly fishing guiding

If any of the above services interest you, email us at  with your requirements!


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