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Here are all our clayshooting articles in one section – browse through and see what catches your eye.

If you’re a beginner we’ve advice on the best shotgun to start shooting clays, how to get into clay pigeon shooting and places to learn.

Want to improve your clayshooting technique?

If you’ve been shooting clays for a while but think there’s room for improvement (and be honest) we’ve tips from expert clay instructors on how to polish your technique and how to get out of any bad habits you may have fallen into.

You might not be George Digweed but you can certainly learn how to improve your scores, as we show you here. We also offer some tips on the gear to wear when you’re on the clay ground. 

We have videos on clay pigeon shooting to watch and a roundup of clay pigeon shooting grounds.

Clayshooting guns | Clay pigeon cartridges | Improve your clayshooting | Clay pigeon shooting grounds |Clothes for shooting clays

trap shooting explained

Maybe it’s time to give it a try? Trap shooting explained

This article is not meant to be a masterclass on trap shooting, 
more rather trap shooting explained to encourage you to give it a go if 
you haven’t tried it. Trap shooting is one of the formal clay shooting disciplines and at its highest level an Olympic sport. Most people…

Sporting Clays line up

Why you should give Sporting clays a try

This article is not a masterclass in Sporting clays, but rather an overview to explain what it involves to encourage you to give it a go. Any calibre If you already use a shotgun, then you will probably be fine to shoot Sporting clays. You can use any calibre (12-bore…

clay pigeon shooting grounds near London

Clayshooting grounds just an hour from London

Whether you’ve always wanted to learn to shoot clays or need to brush up your technique with some lessons before going out in the field again, a trip to a clayshooting ground is always a good idea. We’ve picked out a selection of clay pigeon shooting grounds near London and…

George Digweed

20 things you should know about George Digweed

George was born in Hastings in 1964 He started shooting around the age of 12 He was awarded an MBE in 2009 He was introduced to clayshooting by his grandfather He is considered to be the most complete Shot in the game by competitors He is listed in Wisden for…

disabled shooting

Getting around a clay ground in a wheelchair

Disabled sport’s profile has risen hugely in recent years, partly driven by the success of British athletes in the Paralympics. I was therefore interested to see how far the disability sport revolution had reached into fieldsports. I sought out some of the UK’s leading practitioners from the worlds of clayshooting,…

skeet shooting

A sure-fire way to improve your shooting skills

I have recommended Skeet before as a great discipline to help hone our shooting skills. It offers a wide variation of angles with predictable target speeds and trajectories, which are so important to help us learn and practice. After all, there is little point in using targets that vary and…

low fast clay targets

Get that grouse – nailing those low, fast targets

A low driven target catches more shooters out than you would expect. A fast target simulating grouse, the wild moorland bird, is not only low and fast but, to add to your difficulties, you might find yourself down in a pit or in a grouse butt. This means the target…

techniques for different clays

Top techniques for different clays

Interception technique The first method that Graham looked at was the interception technique, which is a simple method. Graham took Giacomo to a simple slow teal target. 
 Graham says, “Interception here is working on one plane, taking the gun 
to the point of the shot and with very 
little…

clay cartridges

What’s the best clay cartridge for success?

Limits for different disciplines, speed … read on to discover what you need to know about the best clay cartridges for your purposes  Q. How much shot? A. For the ruling on maximum shot loads and sizes for each discpline, take a look at the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association’s Booklet.…

single driven clay

How to hit a single driven clay

What I am looking for in a beginner is preferably a calm personality, but in keeping with all shooters, they need to have a good understanding of timing, which is vital. They also need to be able to process information without any panic or haste. It is my job as…

Charity clay pigeon shoot

22 important points you should know BEFORE organising a charity clay day

With thanks to the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) for its help in compiling this key advice. Get a Section 11(6) permission under the 1968 Firearms Act from your local police firearms department. This allows non-certificate holders to be in possession of ammunition and a shotgun under supervision. Most police…

instruction at West London Shooting School

A morning on the clays at West London Shooting School

A bright blue January sky, a crisp tinge to the air and sunshine. What better day to have a clayshooting lesson? The West London Shooting School is tucked away just off the A40 about an hour’s drive out of central London, so it’s the perfect place to brush up on…