Clay shooting refers to shooting at non-living objects that are either moving or stationary. Clay shooting is thought to be the best way to practice shooting, and particularly when it comes to aiming at moving objects, commonly called the pigeon. In fact, at times, clay shooting may be interchanged with pigeon shooting.
With clay shooting, you will not have to be worried about losing your prey. What is more, you can go on with your shooting until you have perfected the art. Just like any other sport, clay shooting has its costumes. These costumes are designed to fit any clay shooting lover, be it young children, men, and women. However, when it comes to various designs, the men’s gear outshine the others.
Clay shooting has been in existence back in the centuries. There have been huge strides in terms of weaponry technology, but the sport itself has remained unchanged.
Clay shooting provides good opportunities for learning the skill of aiming and shooting at birds that are flying in the sky. Such a sport was originally designed for bird hunters who were passionate about hunting. The bird hunter would build their skills by taking aim and shooting at the simulated moving pigeon. Their competency level would be gauged when the hunter would take aim and shoot a bird that is flying away from them.
The skill is also instrumental when it comes to hunting quails, pheasant or any other flying bird of interest.
Clay shooting can be done in private or in groups as a social activity. When done in groups, the number of participants may exceed three. The number also depend upon the type of thrower that is in use.
The clay targets are clay discs that are ejected with speed from a clay pigeon thrower. The thrower is designed to project the clay discs into the air. These clay targets can as well move out straight away from the shooter as if it were the real bird that is escaping the danger posed by the hunter.
When clay shooting, the clay shooter should position themselves right behind the thrower. When the shooter is ready to take aim at the clay disc, then he will yell “pull”. Such a powerful command is supposed to signal the thrower operator to release the clay disc.
When the clay disc target has been released, the shooter ought to track the trajectory of the clay disc aim to shoot at it while in the air. Shooting at moving clay discs can be challenging, especially when you have no experience. However, with a lot of practice, one can easily learn the art and even become an expert.
Most clay shooters enjoy using a shotgun. The shotguns are designed to shoot out a combination of pellets that spread out in an arch-like manner to increase the chances of hitting the target.