Before you race out the door, donning your shooting jackets with your shotgun in hand, you need to ensure that it is fully licensed. Don’t wait until the police reminder letter comes through your door, as it is often too late! This guide will tell you everything you need to know to renew your license for when your shotgun certificate is getting close to its expiry date.
Whether you’re just curious about pigeon clay shooting, thinking about trying it out, or are already an avid clay target shooter, here are some facts about clay pigeon shooting that might surprise you. Clay pigeon shooting, also known as clay target shooting, is a popular sport where people shoot flying clay targets with a shotgun. On the contrary, the clay targets look nothing like pigeons, but the name originates from when live pigeon competitions were held before being made illegal in 1921 in the UK.
Your footwork is crucial for you getting more hits, and it can often be neglected as an area to improve upon. Though the shooting season starts again in a few months, you can work on your footwork at home or with clay pigeon shooting. We have put together some tips to get you started.
The gun mount is a crucial part of good shooting technique and knowing how to do it correctly can make a difference in consistently hitting targets. There are exercises to do at home that can help you shoot successfully after mounting your gun. We have put together a guide on how you can improve, so you will enjoy better shooting when the season starts again.
Maintaining your shotgun is always important, especially in the off-season when it can be locked away for months on end without being used. Not only will regularly caring for your gun help to keep in it pristine condition but it will also ensure that no damage is being done while you are storing it away. Below, we have provided answers to our top six gun maintenance FAQs to help you maintain your most vital piece of shooting equipment:
Game shooting is a sport which has been around for centuries and continues to be popular today, with new people taking up the sport every year. Game shooting can be introduced to you by friends or family, but for complete novices who want to give it a go, we have put together a short guide on the best ways to get started.
Tweed is often considered the closest thing we have to British national dress; it is the cloth of royalty, deerstalking, fly-fishing, academics and fictional detectives. Following the path tweed has forged leads us to an interesting history entwined with class, gender and fashion from the 19th-century to the present day. Today we’re delving into the history of tweed and exploring its life from function to fashion.
The summer so far has been truly sublime, with the sunshine bringing us unusually warm weather, which has meant that the months between one shooting season and another have simply flown! Now with just weeks left to wait until The Glorious Twelfth, it’s time to start thinking about the new season ahead. If you’re getting your kit together in preparation, we’ve put together a list of shooting season essentials to ensure you’re completely ready to head out in August!
For those who are new to the wonderful world of shooting, one of the first questions to cross your mind is often “what will I wear to the shooting range?” The etiquette and style that comes along with this country sport offers up certain rules and suggestions in what to wear to ensure that your clothing aids you in bettering your skills – rather than being a restriction, and to ensure that, of course, all safety guidelines are met. Our guide is here to help you equip yourself with the best shooting clothing to wear both on a shooting range and whilst clay pigeon shooting from head to toe so that you get off to a good start!
Clay pigeon shooting is a popular sport, being accessible, easy to learn but hard to master and a great way to get outdoors when game shooting is in the offseason. We have put together six of the top-rated clay pigeon shooting grounds to visit around the UK, but be sure to check out those local to you as well.