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Clay Pigeon shooting is a competitive sport in which participants use shotguns for shooting at saucer-shaped clay targets flung into the air from a spring device called a trap. The event is in part meant to simulate the action of bird hunting.
Clay Pigeon shooting is a popular activity worldwide. To many it is an activity to be tried once in a lifetime, whilst to others it is a frustrating passion, (like golf always searching for that perfect score).
There are many permanent clay pigeon shooting sights across the UK, some public some restricted to members and guests. There are also one day venues, held in aid of charity or at country shows, where you can have a go.
In the UK someone with a currant shotgun certificate must be responsible for the gun at all times. If you are aged less than 17 you can have a Shotgun Certificate as long as you have your parent's signed permission. (Obtainable from police authority)
Clay pigeon shooting has three main forms of regulated competition, called disciplines. These three main groups are: English sporting, Trap and Skeet.
The English Sporting discipline has the sport's biggest following. While the other disciplines only use standard targets, in Sporting almost anything goes! Targets are thrown in a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations and distances, the discipline was originally devised to simulate live quarry shooting, hence some of the names commonly used on Sporting stands: Springing Teal, Driven Pheasant, Bolting Rabbit, Crossing Pigeon, Dropping Duck.
IN trap, targets are thrown either as singles or doubles from one or more traps situated some 15 m in front of the shooter and are generally going away from the firing point at varying speeds, angles and elevations. In Skeet (Skeet is a word of Scandinavian origin, though the discipline originated in America). Targets are thrown in singles and doubles from 2 trap houses situated some 40 metres apart, at opposite ends of a semicircular arc, The targets are thrown at set trajectories and speeds.
There are many open competitions held through out the UK each year offering big gun or cash prizes. The ultimate however must, as in most sports be to shoot at the Olympic Games.
Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting (779), Rough shooting (527), Pigeon shooting (528), Driven shooting (740).
Corporate and taster days, involve, being met by an experienced and suitably qualified clay pigeon shooter. He or she will give you a full safety and gun handling briefing before you have a go yourself. Your experience will involve you shooting at 60 clay pigeons, with cartridges and hearing protection under the supervision of your instructor. Costs range around £45 per person.
Level of Demand
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