Last weekend I took Lee to an open clay pigeon shoot day as a late birthday present. Clay pigeon shooting, and well shooting in general, is something I have wanted to do for a very long time, and shooting is also something Lee is very interested in doing. Once I found out there was an open shoot day near me I HAD TO GO!!
I’ve never really thought about what it would feel like to hold a shooting gun or fire it; I was not expecting it to weigh so much though! Now don’t get me wrong, this was not heavy by any means but, I simply was not expending there to be any weight to it at all. I had a smaller gun and therefore mine was a lot lighter than a normal one would be.
Open days for this kind of thing don’t appear very common, and it did take me a while to find this website – most places offer experience days which are £60+ each 😱 The event I found was also in an amazing location – out in the middle of nowhere right near where I work. Very easy to find and get to. Very open and spacious.
Neither of us really knew what to expect; we thought we would just be given a gun, and left to do our own thing. OOHHHH NO! Since neither of us had done anything like this before or even held one we were given a lesson each instead. Lee was much better than I was – this was bound to happen with him having shot different guns before (in a controlled environment with a qualified instructor, but much smaller guns at static objects) and me needing glasses to see properly; you can’t wear glasses while doing this! I’m not blind at all, just astigmatism in one eye and shortsighted in the other – both great when you have to look at a little ball at the end of a gun! 🤷🏼♀️
We were taught how to hold the gun properly, when to shoot, how to aim for it and how to hit the clay at different positions. Lee being a lot better than me was quickly onto having 2 different clays shot at the same time to hit. By the end of the lesson both of us came away completely loving it and thinking of how often we will come back.
This experience is something I will definitely be looking forward to doing again and getting better at. We are going to aim to go back once a month!
Until next time,
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