Clay shooting entails shooting inanimate clay objects that are either stationary or moving. Clay shooting is considered the best way to learn shooting, and especially practice aiming at moving objects, frequently called the pigeon. In fact clay shooting is sometimes called pigeon shooting.
You would not have to worry about losing the prey when it comes to clay shooting. What is more, you have the opportunity to train until you have mastered the art. Like any other sport, clay shooting has specifically designed apparel. These apparels are designed to fit any clay shooter – they are available for men, women and even young children. However, when it comes to various designs, the men’s gear outshine the others.
Clay shooting has been practiced for centuries. There has been a great advancement on the weaponry in the recent years, but the sport itself has remained unchanged for years.
Clay shooting provides good opportunities for learning the skill of aiming and shooting at birds that are flying in the sky. The sport was originally designed for hunters who were passionate about hunting birds. The bird hunter would hone their skills by aiming at and shooting the simulated moving pigeon bird. 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 practiced individually or in groups, like as recreational activity. When done on groups, the number of shooters may exceed three. The type of thrower also affects the number of the participants.
Basically, the clay targets are targets that are ejected with a huge force from a clay pigeon thrower. The thrower is designed to project the clay discs into the air. These targets can also fly straight out away from the shooter to appear as if it is a real bird that is flying away from the hunter.
When clay shooting, the clay shooter should position themselves right behind the thrower. When the shooter is prepared to take down the clay disc, he will give a command, yelling “pull”. Such an energetic command is meant to notify the thrower operator to project 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 more practice, one can master the art and even become an expert.
Most clay shooters prefer using shotguns. The shotguns are made to shoot out many pellets that spread out forming an arch, thus increasing the likelihood of hitting the target.