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. At times, pigeon shooting can be used in place of clay shooting.
You would not have to worry about losing your prey when it comes to clay shooting. What is more, you can go on with your shooting until you have perfected 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 in existence back in the 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 hunters could harness their skills when they take aim and shoot at the simulated pigeon. The competency of a bird hunter would be known when they had to aim and shoot at 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 type of thrower also affects the number of the participants.
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 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 ready to take aim at the clay disc, then he will yell “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 a lot of practice, one can easily learn the art and even become an expert.
Most clay shooters prefer using shotguns. The shotgun is design to shoot out several pellets that will spread out in an arch-like manner so that it can easily hit the target.