Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay pigeon shooting, also known as clay target shooting, and formally known as Inanimate Bird Shooting, is the art of shooting at special flying targets, known as clay pigeons or clay targets, with a shotgun or any type of firearm.

The terminology commonly used by clay shooters often relates to times past, when live-pigeon competitions were held. Although such competitions were made illegal in the UK in 1921, a target is still called a "target" or "bird", a hit is referred to as a "hit" or "kill", a missed target might be described as a "bird away" and the machine which projects the targets is known as a "trap".

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