Shooting Tips for Beginners!

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Clay pigeon shooting in Scotland has gained popularity in recent years. With many areas protected under various wildlife conservation acts, clay pigeon shooting gives people the chance to hone their skills at shooting without harming any of our stunning wildlife.

When you first start shooting, however, there are a couple of hints and tips which can greatly help you perfect your aim and hit your mark every single time!



As a beginner to the wonderful world of clay pigeon shooting, you may have never held a rifle before, let alone shot one. First and foremost, listening to your instructor is vital, not only for your safety, but for the safety of your fellow shooters. While it’s important to listen to your instructor’s safety rules and tips, it’s also a good idea to talk and listen to your more seasoned shooters. You never know, you may learn a neat trick to help you shoot you’ve never heard of before!




Shooting clay pigeons isn’t like shooting a standing target. Shooting a moving object requires you to track your mark and anticipate its trajectory before you shoot. Shooting ahead of where your mark will be is a skill you’ll learn as you shoot. The key is practice and patience. If you find you’re having trouble anticipating the trajectory of your clay pigeon your instructor or a fellow shooter may be able to see how you can improve your aim.



Breathing has a massive effect on your aim.

When we inhale or exhale our shoulders shift position which, unfortunately, shifts our aim. This is a subtle difference in the way we stand and, believe it or not, is one of the main reasons why a lot of people have trouble hitting their mark. The trick is to inhale as you step into your position, exhale to steady yourself and settle your stance and then shoot. Bang! You’re on target!



If you’ve never shot a rifle before there are a couple of things which can stop you from getting that perfect shot.

The first is the shock of hearing a deafening bang from the barrel of the gun, and the second is feeling the kick of the rebound. Both of these factors can make you flinch which, in turn, can have a great impact on your aim. To help lessen the blow of the flinch, you will notice seasoned shooters wearing safety equipment such as ear protectors. You might also notice how they lean into the rifle instead of away; this is to help steady them when the rifle rebounds. They’re small additions to your shooting, but trust us, they help a lot!


What are you waiting for? Hone your shooting skills today and get in touch with us on 01786 359 585 for more information or to book your clay pigeon shooting experience!