The Ultimate Clay Shooting Handbook

The Ultimate Clay Shooting Handbook

The Ultimate Clay Shooting Handbook

Uncover all the tips, tricks and advice you need to get to grips with your new hobby in The Ultimate Clay Shooting Handbook from your first shotgun to what to look for in a shooting ground.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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the ultimate   clay shooting   handbook

Learning a new hobby or skill can seem like an insurmountable task and clay shooting is no exception. Between the different disciplines, the guns and the terminology, it might sometimes feel a bit like an uphill battle. But that’s where The Ultimate Clay Shooting Handbook comes in. Taking you through the sport from buying your first firearm, shooting it for the first time and all the way through to competing, this handbook will help you get to grips with clay shooting, make some new friends and have fun. Uncover the tips and tricks you need to get started, advice for your first lessons, some handy hints for getting even the most difficult of targets and even explore some of the best shooting grounds that the UK has to offer. There are…

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opening shots

1 YOUR FIRST TASTE Perhaps you’ve already been bitten by the clay shooting bug, or have been dragged to the local clay ground by a mate and are now wondering what it’s all about. But it’s actually possible to get started clay shooting all on your own. To get your first few shots on the cheap – and have a pretty-much-guaranteed good time doing so – it’s worth heading your nearest shooting show or game fair and checking out the major shooting organisations’ offerings on the clay line. They typically offer a beginners’ tuition session for as little as a tenner, covering the basics of safety, gun mount and technique before giving you ten or so practice clays. It’s much better to take your first shots with a coach like this – not…

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discipline   abt   guide

Seen by many as a stepping-stone between Down the Line and the Olympic Trap disciplines, Automatic Ball Trap, or ABT, consists of five stands and six shooters, giving the participants an opportunity to rest briefly between shots. Four rounds of 25 clays are launched from an oscillating trap that sits below ground, 15 metres in front of the shooter. The target will travel between 70 and 80 metres in distance away from the line of competitors, and at a height of between 4 and 10 metres above the shooter. Following a round, shooters move along each stand until everyone has shot at 100 targets. Patience is required as newcomers to the discipline will want to move on the first flash of a bird, but maintaining a wide area of focus will allow…

2 min.
discipline   compak sporting   guide

Owned and run by FITASC, this game is relatively new to clay shooters but it is becoming popular around the world. It is a hybrid of Trap shooting, where predetermined targets and flight patterns are shot from five stands and the spontaneous nature of game drives Sporting competitions with course setters given free reign on additional clays. Up to six people position themselves in five stands (with the sixth waiting his turn behind the first shooter), to aim at five targets within a 40x25-metre space in front of them before moving to the next peg. There are three mandatory targets: a left-to-right crosser passing the left and right border lines, a right-to-left with the same requirements, and an incoming target from outside the area into the target zone. Course setters can arrange…

2 min.
discipline   double trap   guide

British shooting has had its greatest Olympic success in Double Trap, with gold medals for Peter Wilson in 2012 and Richard Faulds in 2000, as well as a bronze for Steve Scott in 2016. Sadly there may never be another Double Trap Olympic medallist for Great Britain – from 2020 onwards, the discipline will no longer be part of the Olympics, replaced instead by a mixed-team event. However, it will still be in the Commonwealth Games and other meetings. Many shooters have opted to switch to Olympic Trap but some are still going strong in DT. A line of five shooters makes up each round of Double Trap, with a sixth waiting in a marked area behind the first station. Two targets are thrown from a trap bunker, which has its front…

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discipline   down the line   guide

Perhaps as a result of its wide availability throughout the British Isles, DTL sees more competitors take on this Trap discipline above all others. It has a twist in its scoring system whereby one target is worth three points if you can hit it with your first shot. If you miss but hit it with the second shot you get two points, and if you don’t hit the target at all then, quite understandably, that makes no points. With five targets shot on five stands, each round has 25 targets and a potential 75 points, and you will regularly see scores listed as 25/75 or a similar combination. When everyone has shot five targets on the stand, they move down the line until all five stands have been completed. Most competitions are…