14-41 Annex B Appendix 2 - Transportation of Rifles and Ammunition

Cadet Administrative and Training Orders (CATOs)


1. This appendix provides baseline standards for the transportation of rifles and ammunition used within the CCO. It amplifies National Defence Security Instruction (NDSI) 65 and publication C-09-153-001/TS-000 entitled “Ammunition and Explosives Safety Manual, Volume 1, Storage and Transportation”.

Written authorization

2. The RCSU CO may authorize, in writing, the corps/squadron CO to transport rifles and ammunition in Privately Owned Vehicle (POMV). This written authorization can be generic in nature to allow all corps/squadron cadet instructors and/or CIs to use it each time they transport rifles or ammunition for the purpose of training.

3. The driver must carry this authority at all times and must not be subject to a prohibition order which would prevent him or her from doing so.


4. POMV and DND passenger type vehicles may be used for the local transportation of DND ammunition when required for competitive marksmanship or authorized range practice. The following conditions must be met:

  1. ammunition gross mass (see note below) is less than or equal to 30kg;
    NOTE : Gross Mass in this context refers to the total weight of the ammunition to include casing, projectile and explosives.
  2. be in approved service pack;
  3. have the written authority of the RCSU CO; and
  4. only those persons directly assigned to assist the driver are allowed to accompany the vehicle.

5. When transporting small-bore rifles, the rifles shall be made inoperable by the removal of the bolt. In the case of a Daisy air rifle, ensuring that there are no pellets within the rifle is sufficient.

6. Rifles and essential operating components (bolt and ammunition) must be transported separately in two vehicles (in locked containers/cases), or in the case where travel is by bus, cadet instructors and/or CIs may carry the bolts and the ammunition on their person while the rifles are stored in locked containers in the luggage compartment.

7. During commercial air travel, the following procedures apply:

  1. the rifles and operating components are to be transported in separate locked containers and handled as per checked baggage;
  2. rifles shall be unloaded and some commercial airlines will require that a declaration form attesting that the gun is unloaded be signed. The firearm must be inhibited from being fired by using a secure, locking device mechanism or trigger lock on the rifle. The firearm must be packaged and locked in a specially designed, opaque case that cannot be easily broken into during transport;
  3. in addition to any applicable excess baggage fee, a fixed handling charge per item on one-way flights and on each-way travel on round-trip and multi-segment flights may apply; and
  4. ammunition must be packed securely in a strong container of wood, metal or fiberboard, plainly marked "ammunition" or in the original inner carton. To avoid shock movement, the carton must be placed inside a suitcase and cushioned with clothing.

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