clay pigeon shooting

Your A-Z Guide to Clay Pigeon Shooting

25 Feb 2020

If you are new to clay pigeon shooting you may not understand some of the terminology used by seasoned shooters.

This is the reason East Midlands Clay Sports have put together our most comprehensive A-Z guide to get you clued up in no time!

Clay Shooting from A-Z

A – Accident Discharge – Sometimes referred to as ‘negligent discharge’, this is the unintentional firing of a rifle or gun.
B – Bluing or blacking – Bluing or blacking protective coating on metal parts of a rifle or shotgun with a distinctive blue or black colour.
C – Choke – Chokes are fitted to gun barrels to restrict the width which focuses the shot on the target.
D – Dominant Eye – This is your stronger eye and is typically the eye you would favour when looking down a telescope.
E – Ear defenders – Ear defenders are vital to protect the shooter’s hearing when firing a gun whilst clay pigeon shooting.
F – Felt wad – A felt wad separates the powder in the shotgun cartridge from the shot and pushes the shot down the barrel after the powder has ignited. Unlike a plastic wad this is made from wood fibre and is bio-degradable.
G – Gun – This is the term for an individual shooting a gun out in the field and is always with a capital G.
H – Hobby – Clay pigeon shooting is fast becoming one of the most popular hobbies for a group of friends all over the East Midlands.
I – Instructors – We have a team of qualified instructors ready to guide you through your first session of clay shooting.
L – Load – The number of shot pellets packed into a cartridge which is measured in grams and known as the ‘total weight’ of the shot.
M – Muzzle energy – This is the energy with which a projectile leaves the barrel and it can be measured in ft.lbs.
O – Ocular Lens – This is the telescopic sight nearest to the shooter’s eye.
P – Proof – Proof is the process of checking a firearm is safe which is usually done by firing a special test cartridge which exceeds gun tolerances by 30%.
Q – Quarry – Quarry is the target of your shot, for example – a clay pigeon.
R – Reloading – This is the process of refilling empty cartridges so they can be used again, which increases accuracy and is more economical.
S – Shotgun – Shotguns have a single or double barrel and fires shots contained in cartridges that are placed in the chamber of the gun.
T – Telescopic Sight – Telescopic sight is rather like a telescope and magnifies the target.
W – Wad – Wad is the packing that keeps the shot in position in the cartridge and can be made from plastic, fibre or felt.
Y – Young Shots – Young shots is a term that usually covers shooting youngsters up until the age of 18.
Z – Zoom – Zoom describes the magnification of a scope.

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