When it comes to team building or corporate entertainment in Scotland, there is nothing worse than being faced with an activity you haven’t attempted before. Competitive streak aside, you simply don’t want to make a fool of yourself in front of your boss or fellow delegates and would like to at least know the basics before your first attempt, right?
If you are worried about being too much of a novice, read our top tips for how to shoot better ahead of your next team building day.
Stance is Everything
In order to master the art of clay pigeon shooting, you need to get your standing position just right in order for you to be able to twist your body and swing in order to aim for your target with precision. Right handed? Point your left toes towards your kill zone, step it out in front and place your weight on it, ready for action. Left handed? Switch.
Hold Your Gun Correctly
First and foremost, do not be tempted to hold your gun down by your waist. Instead, place the butt of the shotgun on the inside of your shoulder joint and hold it very tightly. This is where it should sit until you take fire. It is likely that your instructor will spend some time with you getting the gun into the right position, so don’t worry about this too much.
Open Your Eyes
Contrary to popular opinion and tradition passed down through the ages, you should avoid shooting with one eye closed. Instead, find your target and take fire with both eyes wide open. You will be far more likely to hit your target this way.
Dress to Impress
Finally, make sure you wear something comfortable so you can relax and enjoy the day. Although the age old tradition comes hand in hand with wax jackets and tweed, save it for another day and wear comfortable jeans and something warm instead. Going OTT on the outerwear is likely to scream novice.
Although you will no doubt have plenty of guidance from your instructors on the day, these are just some things to keep in mind before you venture into the world of shooting.