Clay shooting

JOHN BIDWELL

ZZ ? or Helice to give it its proper name ? is one of the most demanding types of target shooting you can find because these spinning targets are totally unpredictable in what they do when they leave the trap.

The letters ?ZZ? stand for zig-zag ? and that?s exactly what happens to this target in flight.

Target for target it?s more expensive to shoot than any other clay discipline but don?t let this put you off, in competition you don?t shoot that many birds ? the contest is usually over ten birds on a miss and out basis.

On the plus side, financially, most of the entry fee is returned in prize money.

As for guns, a trap jobbie isn?t really necessary because you want a gun that points and moves quickly on these darting targets.

A Sporter fits the bill perfectly and don?t be surprised either if you see top competitors using side-by-side guns to great effect ? they tick most of the boxes needed to master this addictive bit of the sport.

  • Nicola Heron

    Come along and join us John, it is too long since we last talked and I would be happy to whet your appetite. It is a great game and many people are passionate about it, following it all around the world to shoot in the competitions.
    If you are serious then please come and join us at Rugby and District Trap Club this Sunday (4/3/12) or at A1 Shooting Ground next Saturday (10/3/12) and many will be happy to show you the ropes. By the way the term ZZ comes from a metal version of the game and means Zinc Zorito. It is not the same as Helice because the birds fly in a different and more boring way. Also it is much better to use a trap gun, most serious shooters do and they are somewhat shorter at around 29″. Hope to see you soon.

  • Kai Dean

    I came across Helice just last week for the first time and according to Chris Potter ZZ actually stands for “Zinc Zorito” because the best type of pigeon shot was called a Zorito and the target to mimic it was made from Zinc, hence “ZZ”