Shooting sporting clays or “Trapshooting” is the game of fun, entertainment and excitement. When you break the clay discs successfully with your shotgun, you can feel the real amusement. But most of us face shooting failure to hit the target accurately. This is not like we can’t play the game. It’s because we skip following the secrets to shooting sports clays. You can be the pro shooter when you develop and implement those secrets in the game.
Here are some special but secrets to be the master of the shooting at pigeon clays:
Mounting the gun properly:
Mounting the shooting gun for sporting clays is always essential. This is first thing you need to learn. The duration between your popping the weapon to break the clays is remarkably shorter. So, you have to be very accountable in these few moments.
I suggest you place your gun like your cheek is meeting the gunstock. Keep your gun in the pocket of the shoulder. Look at the clay pigeon where the shotgun will fire on the centre.
You need to understand this point too. You will surely shake more while firing the shotgun. Because this is a gun is for short to mid-range. It would be best if you bore more recoil than your pistol or rifle.
A shooter must have the ability to control or reduce the recoil. For repetitive shots, you can’t think without it.
Remain yourself at the square position to the house, keeping your feet shoulder-width apart. Then put the right leg a half step back and lean yourself a bit forward. If you depend on another leg (/lefty), put that half leg step back. It would be best if you gave your weight mostly on foot you have put forward. Leaning into the gun helps you to control the recoil. This stance will also help you to stay in the same posture without moving backwards.
Shooting at the clay:
You are not going to be a star with just a one-time shooting. I have seen many pro players who practice a lot. Even when they are about to start the match of any event. So, you should practice and practice a lot. Now, you need to imagine you are in the game to learn more shooting techniques.
Imagine that a pigeon clay is thrown from the house. The speed of the clay is about 40 miles per hour. 40 mph means the clay is moving 58.6 feet in each second (approx.). What would you do?
You can assume that the shot you are going to do is almost 1000 fps (feet per second). Again, you are staying 100 feet far from the clay. So, the summary is the shot you have done will take 0.1 seconds to travel 100 feet.
Now, think about the clay disc or pigeon clay. This thing is also moving simultaneously with the shot. From the calculation, we are getting that the clay travels 5.86 feet per tenth of one second (58.6 feet divided by 10). This 5.86 foot is almost two yards of length. So, the speed of the gunshot is faster than the speed of the clay. You need to find out the meeting point of the clay and the shot. From the above example you will the idea of minimum lead to having succession.
Don’t shoot at the clay:
I am not saying that you will fail if you shoot the clay. You should avoid shooting at the clays as there is a considerable chance to miss the clay. Either the shot will be ahead or behind the clay. There are couple of factors or variables behind this.
Muzzle angle is one of these factors. You need to understand the angle between the shooting point of your gun and the travelling clay. Most of the case, muzzle angle remains constant. To be more transparent, this angle defines how far you will shoot from the clay. You can memorise the angle by comparing the angles as the spindles of the clock. When you have shot, don’t try to stop the swing of your gun. This is one of the common reasons why we miss to hit the target. Keep the gun swinging along the same axis.
Shooting isn’t either too easy or too harsh. All you have to do is keep things friendlier. Following the above tips, you will be able to break your records. Remember, skills work when you use them in your practices.