What is clay pigeon shooting?

Clay pigeon/target shooting is a form of country sport which simulates shooting airborne game using disc-shaped clay targets which break up when hit by accurate shotgun pellets.

There are over 20 different disciplines within this sport, however they can all be grouped under the categories of trap, skeet, and sporting.

The terminology used within the sport often relates to times gone by, when live pigeon competitions were held. These were made illegal in the UK in 1921, however a target  is still known as a "bird" and a hit a "kill". The machinery which projects the targets is still known as a "trap", a name that comes from the cages in which the birds used to be held.

You can find more information on the CPSA website.

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