CLAY SHOOTING

John Bidwell

Hold fire a minute here – before spending any money on a gun you really ought to do a little more homework on the subject of clay shooting, and what it actually entails.

A little bit of groundwork now will help you avoid making a costly mistake in choice of gun.

For instance, did you know there are upwards of a dozen ‘games’ as you call them which roughly break down into three categories – Trap, Skeet and Sporting?

In the ‘trap’ section alone there are five different disciplines, of which DTL and ABT are just two.

The other categories include two forms of skeet shooting and two main types of Sporting shooting.

While it’s certainly possible to shoot them all with just one gun, you really need two to cope with the different kinds of clay shooting out there and get the most from it.

Sporting is by far the most popular in Britain and a gun designed for this branch of the sport can also be used to very good effect on a skeet range.

The trap disciplines, though, demand something a little different to enable you to record consistently high scores – and that’s why ‘trap guns’ have been specially designed for the purpose.

To answer your question, DTL is more suited to someone just starting out in the sport, but there’s no point in me trying to explain why that is here.

First off, read all the magazines you can find on the subject, buy one of the many excellent books out there on clay shooting and get along to your club to introduce yourself, and watch the different disciplines being shot by club members.

Don’t be frightened to ask questions – most shooters will be more than happy to put you in the picture and help you get started.

Let us know what you think about this!