Home > Shooting > Target Shooting

Target Shooting

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 22 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Target Shooting Clay Pigeon Shooting

As the name suggests, target shooting involves using air rifles and pistols to aim at designated targets. Clay pigeon shooting is an example of target shooting. All forms of target shooting are highly skilled and require lots of discipline, concentration and control. Staying calm is also an important part of target shooting as the line between success and failure is minute.

Getting started

You don't need to have your own equipment to take up target shooting. There are target shooting clubs throughout the UK, and they can provide you with the right guns and other equipment. Choose one that has been approved by the British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BACS). For those who are new to the sport, the main cost will come from joining one of these clubs, but this is relatively inexpensive. Finding one in your local area shouldn't prove too difficult. The Go Shooting website allows you to search for local shooting opportunities in your region.

A lot target shooters opt to enter the sport using air rifles and pistols. They have the advantage of costing less than some other types of equipment, and are fairly easy to get the hang of. Although many move on to using other forms of equipment, this isn't strictly necessary. Many target shooters choose to carry on using air rifles and pistols throughout their shooting careers, including professional shooters who use these in Olympic competitions.

Clay pigeon shooting

Clay pigeon shooting is a fun form of target shooting. As is suggested by the name, it involves shooting clay pigeons. See our article on 'Clay pigeon shooting' for more information on getting involved in the sport.

Practical shotgun shooting

Practical shotgun shooting involves racing against the clock to shoot all of your targets. If you miss a target, you can move closer to the target and try again. As with all target shooting disciplines, a high level of skill and accuracy is needed to be successful.

Practical rifle shooting

Practical rifle shooting involves shooting targets from a distance of between 100 and 600 yards, although the exact distances often vary. The only necessary equipment is a rifle and appropriate ammunition. To shoot on a competitive level, you'll usually need to have telescopic sight and large capacity magazines, but beginners are not advised to buy a brand new rifle before turning up. Initially, basic equipment will serve you just fine.

Target shooting is a flexible sport that lets you set your own boundaries. Once you've learnt the ropes and become a competent target shooter, you can enter a wide range of shooting competitions from the local level (shooting club competitions and events) right through to the national and international level. If you're good enough, you could even find yourself representing your country at the World Championships or the Olympic Games. Unlike many other sports, age isn't a deciding factor in success. Great Britain has won many Olympic medals in recent years, and these shooters have varied in age. If you've got the required talent and aptitude, don't feel that your age will automatically hold you back.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
I would like some details regarding Target Shooting with Air Rifles, given the name Air Rifle it gives the impression that this is a fairly noiseless sport, is there a significant contrast in the sound of an Air Rifle Target Shooting over a distancecompared to to using Shotguns.
Smokey - 22-Jun-17 @ 10:34 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • RuralSports
    Re: Game & Grouse Shooting
    Keith48 - Your Question:A party of rough shooters entered the grounds of an equestrian centre and moved into fields with grazing…
    20 November 2017
  • Keith48
    Re: Game & Grouse Shooting
    A party of rough shooters entered the grounds of an equestrian centre and moved into fields with grazing horses. My Daughter had a…
    19 November 2017
  • Iknowmorethanyou
    Re: Arguments For Hunting
    i disagree fully. the animal suffers. end of
    15 September 2017
  • T H
    Re: Shooting Seasons
    rita , if you don't agree with country life and its sport , then why move there in the first place , I f he didn't shout and control what is about…
    7 September 2017
  • mrschips
    Re: Arguments For Hunting
    Why do you use 'bagged foxes' then? Why do some Hunts breed their own foxes in order to hunt them? Why do some Hunts breed foxes in order…
    20 July 2017
  • RedInToothAndClaw
    Re: Arguments For Hunting
    From the strictly ethical environmental point of view there is no problem compared to the factory farming of animals, fox hunting is no…
    4 July 2017
  • Smokey
    Re: Target Shooting
    I would like some details regarding Target Shooting with Air Rifles, given the name Air Rifle it gives the impression that this is a fairly…
    22 June 2017
  • Drew
    Re: Arguments Against Hunting
    Anyone who hunts a fox should be hunted down
    10 June 2017
  • FRECKLESFIEND
    Re: Arguments For Hunting
    Higher.. . No fox us is chased for 5 hours! So Ignorant ! The whole day lasts 5 hours but any one fox will only be chased for max 20…
    5 June 2017
  • astroflash
    Re: Arguments Against Hunting
    Yet another fox killed by a pack of dogs as posted on facebook. Naturally the huntsman say it was an accident, Correct me if I'm wrong…
    5 March 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the RuralSports website. Please read our Disclaimer.