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Clay Pigeon Shooting

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Clay Pigeon shooting is an Olympic sport broken up into three major categories

  • Trap

  • Skeet

  • Sporting


Skeet and Trap being the two most popular forms of this sport in South Africa.

DATeam uses 12 gauge shotguns with 24 grain low impact cartridges, and the

orange Olympic clay's for visibility.

This fun and safe activity is enjoyed by all. 

With this amazing Team building a team will learn a lot from safety,stunts and
the fun behind clay pigeon shooting.

The main focus is SAFETY is very important.

At selected venues where there is a SASETTA and SABS accredited shooting


The selected group is divided into specific teams and each person will be judged

on overall performance. The range master will ensure that you and your team

will shoot from four different areas. There is a low range clay pigeon

station, which moves away from you and then two high range clay pigeons

stations that move horizontally in front of the your team. Personalized

tuition/pointers are given to each and everyone, by DATeams SA’s top

Provincial & Springbok / Olympian shot.


Shotguns and ammunition are supplied by our management team, and

everyone is briefed about safety procedures and protocol.

Your last shot is a “duck shot” (overhead snap shot) this will really test everyone’s reflex skills.

Clay Pigeon Shooting Disciplines

Clay pigeon shooting is divided into three major categories, this is broken down

further into 20 different disciplines.

  • Trap

  • Skeet 

  • Trap: In the Trap Shooting, there are five different categories


The most popular clay pigeon shoot in South Africa is Down-the-Line (DTL)


This specific trap discipline  was initially banned in the United kingdom in

1921, when life pigeons were used. Clay Pigeons  later substituted them.

This discipline is most popular in the common Wealth Countries and

South Africa, where as double barrel shotguns are used. (Under and Over)

The competitors  fire off two shots, at a single clay pigeon target, once

released from a trap machine. Standing on the station the team members  calls out ‘Pull’, and the Clay Pigeon is then released from the trap and  you shoot.

The shotgun used, is a 12-gauge, and the cartridge is a 7.5 load, we use

either the Olympic standard  24-grain shot or the lighter 21-grain.

This gives a softer recoil impact on your shoulders. (This is a lot easier and and

a definite ‘win for woman’ competitors)

Speed & Layout:

The average competition speed of a clay pigeon once released, is

approximately 60 kilometers an hour. (This may vary, depending on settings

and wind)

Traditionally the DTL layout has five half-moon areas approximately

15 meters from the traps. Angle of trajectory of clay varies from 0 to 22 degrees, this is released from either side of the trap machine.

The distance it throws the clay pigeon target, is approximately is 40 to

48 meters. Speed will be affected due to the tension of spring and wind

velocity on the day.

During a competition, the scoring works on the first clay pigeon bird killed.

Each competitor receives points from first shot fired; If  one misses,

a 2nd shot is fired, 2 x points are then awarded’.

If  you totally miss, then a zero (0) is awarded.

There are four stations that we shoot from and total of 18 x shots are fired

from each station during a complete round.          

Please note, during a team build session approximately 20 shots are fired,

this is due to most of the delegates not being proficient, as most of them,

generally have not fired a shotgun before.

DTL is one of the easiest disciplines for beginners, and tailored or specialized

shotguns are not required for team building sessions.

The highest score on the day wins the prize.


Trap Clay Pigeon Shooting with Specific Pick up Point & Follow through

Automatic ball Trap (ABT)

ABT gives the competitor a definite variety of clay's pigeon targets, which

vary in angle, trajectory, height and speed.

The clay's pigeons assimilate different game birds flights and patterns, that keep

you guessing and on your toes.

The flight of the clay pigeons, are moving fast and away from you, as you walk

towards them.

This discipline is more difficult, as one needs to master the basics of walking,

balancing, remaining calm and relaxed. This will improve on your reflexes

and speed of shotgun to the ready position, before you shoot.

Do not snap shoot, as follow through is critical to compensate for the curved

flight of the bird.

The correct mental attitude and follow through will ‘Win’ on the day.

Olympic Trap:

Olympic trap is an  Olympic sport and is  definitely several steps up from ABT.

Probably one of the most challenging disciplines, there are 15 concealed

traps and in five groups of  three. Each competitor takes turns to shoot at

the fast clay targets moving in a clockwise direction. On his or her call

of ‘Pull’ the targets are released

randomly in different directions, order and angles.

This makes it an exciting, competitive and challenging sport.

(This takes clay pigeon shooting to another level)

The Olympic trap clay's are geared to travel 76 meters, at varying elevations and

45 degrees either side of the center of the trap.

Scores, are based on number of clay's killed, per single shot fired.

Universal Trench or International Trap:

This is based around Five interesting Traps that have been installed in a

trench in front of the demarcated shooting area.

The traps are set at different levels, speeds and angles. The competitor will

call ‘Pull’ and randomly any one of the five traps will explode into action and

release the clay at an angle of up to 45%. The traps elevation is set to fly

the clay at 1.5 to 3,5 m above ground level for 65 to 70 meters.

There are 10 different schemes available.

Sporting Clays:

With sporting, variety is the name of the game.

This discipline was based around live game activity, flushed pheasant,

bolting rabbit, dropping duck, etc

This is based around the English sporting discipline and 

Fédération Internationale de Tir aux Armes Sportives de Chasse (FITASC)

Sporting is the most popular form of clay pigeon shooting in the United Kingdom

and is growing in demand in South Africa.

The specific target stands, will incorporate a large variety of targets, all moving

along the same paths and speed, either in single or double target format.

Target Layout:

You will be broken into different groups or squads of six team colleagues to cover

25 targets at a given time. There are also interesting additional structures and

combinations to this discipline can have an infinite variety of “stands”.

English sporting is the most popular form of clay shooting in the UK, and a

course or competition will feature a given number of stands with a predetermined

number of targets, all traveling along the same pathand speed, either as singles or doubles.

Each stand will feature a different type of target; e.g., crosser, driven,

quartering, etc. 

Super Sporting is a hybrid of the two preceding varieties.

Skeet shooting:

This is a fast moving sport of relatively close-range crossing targets, presented

from a high tower on the left of the range and a low tower on the right.

Shooters take it in turns to shoot from eight different positions (or pegs)

set in a semi-circle.

There is a set sequence of targets, which includes doubles – simultaneous   birds in the air from both towers, crossing in the air in front of the shooter.

The Olympic discipline, Olympic Skeet, is very similar, but targets are faster

and the rules are slightly different.

Clay Pigeon Shooting, Gun Position & Stance



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