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Thank you for visiting our Internet site. Clay pigeon shooting is the sport of shooting with a shotgun at special flying targets, known as clay pigeons or clay targets. An olympic sport, it has been around for longer than most people realise.

Do it Locally!
As a clay shooting club, S&DGC has been in existence for more than 30 years in the North Hertfordshire area. We are affiliated to the national governing body, the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association.

What is a shotgun?
A shotgun, as defined by law, is a smooth barrelled gun, not being an air gun, with barrel length of 24 inches or more and not exceeding 2 inches in diameter. For clay pigeon shooting the maximum permitted bore of shotguns is 12, equivalent to 0.729 inches diameter, and barrel length vary from 26 to 34 inches.

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Why is it called a Clay Pigeon?
The terminology commonly used by clay shooters often relates to times past, when live pigeon competitions were held. Although such competitions were made illegal in 1921, a target is still called a 'bird', a hit is referred to as a 'kill' and the machine which projects the targets is known as a 'trap'.

Clay pigeon shooting is currently enjoyed by 9 to 90 year olds of either sex. It is a very addictive hobby that can be enjoyed with just a few friends on a very informal basis or in a more organised fashion at a local gun club or shooting school.  It is also an extremely competitive sport that is governed and regulated by the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, commonly known as the CPSA, which organises annual County, Regional and National Championships. At international level the England and Great Britain teams consistently win honours and medals at the European and World Championships, as well as the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Clay pigeon shooting is also one of the country's fastest growing sports with CPSA membership increasing by 180% in the last 10 years and the number of affiliated clubs increasing by 130% over the same period.

Participants in the sport come from a wide variety of social backgrounds with a particular increase in the number of women and children coming into it, making clay pigeon shooting more and more a family orientated sport.