Clay pigeon Shooting Disciplines Explained

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Clay Pigeon Shooting – All Round Explained

All Round is a mixture of disciplines combined in one overall round. All registered All Round competitions must consist of 100 targets and be shot in sequence as follows: 25 Single Barrel DTL, 25 ABT, 25 English Skeet and 25 English Sporting. All four disciplines must be shot in accordance with their own technical rules and regulations. There must be a maximum of give shooters in a squad and each shooter must start in the same position for each round. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

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Clay Pigeon Shooting – Automatic Ball Trap Explained

Automatic Ball Trap is the second most popular Trap discipline shot in the UK next to DTL. An ABT squad consists of six shooters. Only one target is taken at each stand before moving to the right for the next target. Two shots are allowed at each target but unlike DTL, either shot scores equally. ABT targets are faster and have a greater range of angles and heights than DTL. They are thrown on random trajectories from a single trap in front of the centre stand. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

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Clay Pigeon Shooting –  Compak Sporting Explained

Because they look very similar, Compak Sporting and Sportrap are easily confused. However, Compak Sporting has one less stand and a different order of shooting. There are three compulsory target trajectories, right to left, left to right and straight on, with two additional trajectories at the designers discretion. Five traps will be used to provide a variety of targets and a sign in front of each enclosure will inform the shooter of the combination of shots. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

Clay Pigeon Shooting – Double Rise Explained

The procedures and layouts for Double Rise are the same as those for DTL. Targets are thrown simultaneously on separate trajectories. Unlike DTL where the trap is set to a random pattern, the traps for Double Rise are fixed to throw one target to the left and the other to the right. Each shooter fires one shot at each target. Because there are five stands and two targets per stand, rounds are shot in multiples of five doubles. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

Clay Pigeon Shooting – Double Trap Explained 

Double Trap is an Olympic discipline similar to Double Rise. Instead of a single trap throwing two fixed trajectory targets, three trap machines alternate to throw simultaneous doubles from any two traps. The procedures and layout are the same as Olympic Trap. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

Clay Pigeon Shooting – DTL Explained
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Double Trap is an Olympic discipline similar to Double Rise. Instead of a single trap throwing two fixed trajectory targets, three trap machines alternate to throw simultaneous doubles from any two traps. The procedures and layout are the same as Olympic Trap. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

Clay Pigeon Shooting – Skeet Explained

Skeet is a word of Scandinavian origin, though the discipline originated in America. Targets are thrown in singles and doubles from 2 trap houses situated some 40 metres apart, at opposite ends of a semicircular arc on which there are seven shooting positions. The targets are thrown at set trajectories and speeds. The main disciplines in this group are English Skeet, Olympic Skeet and American (NSSA) Skeet.
 

Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

Clay Pigeon Shooting – English Sporting  Explained

The English Sporting discipline has the sport’s biggest following. While the other disciplines only use standard targets, in Sporting almost anything goes! Targets are thrown in a great variety of trajectories, angles, speeds, elevations and distances and the discipline was originally devised to simulate live quarry shooting, hence some of the names commonly used on Sporting stands: Springing Teal, Driven Pheasant, Bolting Rabbit, Crossing Pigeon, Dropping Duck, etc. Disciplines in this group include English Sporting, International (FITASC) Sporting, Super Sporting Sportrap and Compak Sporting. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

Clay Pigeon Shooting – FITASC Sporting Explained

This discipline can have an infinite variety of ‘stands’ . ENGLISH SPORTING is the most popular form of clay shooting in the UK, and a course or competition will feature a given number of stands each of which has a predetermined number of targets, all travelling along the same path and speed, either as singles or doubles. Each stand will feature a different type of target i.e. crosser, driven, quartering etc. INTERNATIONAL (FITASC) SPORTING gives a much greater variety of targets in terms of trajectory and speed, and is shot by squads of six competitors in rounds of 25 targets at a time. Super Sporting is a hybrid of the two preceding varieties. There are also other formats such as Compak Sporting and Sportap in which five cages are surrounded by a number of traps, and shooters fire a specific combinations or singles from each stand according to a program displayed in front of the cage. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

Clay Pigeon Shooting – Handicap By Distance Explained

In DTL and Single Barrel events, a handicapping system may be used for different classes of shooter. C class shooters stand at 17 yds (15.5m), B class at 19 yds (17.4m), A class at 21 yds (19.2m), AA class at 23 yds (21m). For safety reasons only shooters of the same class are squadded together.  Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

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Clay Pigeon Shooting – Helice Explained

A different form of flying target competition, which cannot be called clay shooting as the targets are made of plastic! Plastic propellers holding a detachable centre piece are rotated at high speed and released randomly from one of five traps. They fly out with in an unpredictable way “buzzing” through the air to give the discipline its colloquial name of ZZ. It is designed specifically to simulate as closely as possible the old sport of live pigeon shooting which was made illegal in this country more than 70 years ago. It is great fun to shoot, but can also be a very competitive sport with World and European Championships being held on the continent every year. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

Clay Pigeon Shooting – Olympic Skeet Explained

Olympic Skeet is an Olympic shooting discipline which is particularly challenging and requires smooth and efficient gun movement. Olympic Skeet has seven set stations set in a semi-circle, with an eighth station mid-way between stations one and seven. Olympic Skeet is very similar to English Skeet and the targets are predictable in both. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

Clay Pigeon Shooting – Olympic Trap Explained

As it’s name indicates, this is one of the disciplines which forms part of the shooting programme at the Olympic Games. A trench in front of the shooting stands, conceals 15 traps arranged in 5 groups of 3. Shooters take turns to shoot at a target each, before moving in a clockwise direction to the next stand in the line. Targets for each shooter are thrown immediately upon the shooters call and are selected by a shooting scheme that ensures all competitors receive exactly the same target selection, but in a unpredictable randomised order, from any one of the three traps directly in front of them. Olympic Trap targets are set to travel 75 to 80 metres at varying elevations and with a maximum horizontal angle of 45 degrees either side of the centre line. Scoring is done of the basis of 1 point per target killed, regardless of whether this is achieved with the first or with the second barrel. A simpler and cheaper to install variation of this discipline is known as AUTOMATIC BALL TRAP (ABT) where only one trap is used and target variation is obtained by the continuous oscillation of the trap in both horizontal and vertical directions in order to give the same spread of targets as in Olympic Trap. Similarly, the targets are also thrown to a maximum of 80 metres.  Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

Clay Pigeon Shooting – Single Barrel Explained

Single Barrel events are shot on a DTL layout and all rules and procedures are the same, with the following exceptions: 1) Only one barrel may be loaded and only one shot taken at a target. 2) A spent cartridge or ‘snap cap’ may not be used to guard the unused barrel. 3) Scoring is a ‘hit’ or a ‘lost’, one point for a hit, and no points for a loss. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

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Clay Pigeon Shooting – Skeet Doubles Explained

The layout in Skeet Doubles is the same as English Skeet; a 50-target competition shot in two rounds. Instead of singles and doubles, only doubles are shot on each station. The first round comprises 24 targets, shooting one double from each of twelve stations. The second round comprises 26 targets, shooting one double from each of thirteen stations. There are no optional or nominated targets in Skeet Doubles. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

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Clay Pigeon Shooting – Sportrap Explained

Sportrap looks like a mini English Sporting layout and the targets are similar. Sportrap is also similar to Compak Sporting, both are a Sporting layout fitted into a limited space, often set up temporarily on a Skeet or Trap layout. Five targets are thrown on each stand: consisting of a single target, a simultaneous pair and a report pair. Four or five traps may be used to provide a variety of angles and trajectories. The traps will be labelled A to E from left to right and a board in front of each stand will inform the shooter of the order and combination of shots. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

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Clay Pigeon Shooting – Universal Trench Explained

A variation on the theme of trap shooting, sometimes known as “Five Trap”. Five traps are installed in a trench in front of the shooting stands, all set at different angles, elevations and speeds, and upon the call of “Pull!” by the shooter any one of the five machines, selected at random, will be released. Horizontal angles can vary from 0 degrees to 45 degrees either side of the centre line and target distance is between 60 and 70 metres. Elevations can vary, as in other trap disciplines (except DTL), between 1.5 and 3.5 metres above ground level. Ref: CPSA at https://www.cpsa.co.uk/disciplines

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