Where has the time gone. Last week I mentioned going clay pigeon shooting again and here we are a week later and I’ve not provided an update to you and even worse Al and Anthea’s holiday is over and they have gone home!!
We decided to go to another club this time as we had heard good reports about it. so at 10am Anth and Al our friends joined us for the beautiful scenic journey to the Limassol Shooting Club which is just a short drive from Limassol.
We arrived at the club and went inside to find the person who would provide us with guns and shotgun cartridges and tell us everything we needed to know about the club and shooting there.
We passed the cafe/bar area which looked really good and onto the office to register and go shooting. There was also an outside seating area for relaxing and avoiding the direct sunlight.
As Phill and Al had shot before we didn’t need anyone to take us out so we were provided with one gun between us (safer that way and after all only one person was shooting at a time anyway) and 200 shotgun cartridges and a 150 clays to shoot. We also received a card (similar to a credit card) which was required to load the clays using the machine at the chosen shooting area – they are released in blocks of 25 and then the card must be re-inserted again for the next 25.
Everything to me was different from the EGG Club at Episkopi – no training session nor was a gun safety walk-through required. I was told this was because Phill and Al had shot before and therefore not needed. To get to the shooting zone we were directed back to the car and told what direction to go to find an empty shooting area. Too far to walk and in the middle of nowhere.
All very excited we found one empty shooting area so out of the car we got with all our cartridges and the gun we were sharing – on this occasion we did not get measured for the gun like we did at Episkopi but nonetheless we were still very keen to have a go.
Getting everything ready and figuring out how everything worked we set about trying the various traps where the clays are released from. The above picture shows the device to release the clays with the buttons marked A through to E – the clays were released in different directions each with a different name to mimic a real pigeons flight.
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 the UK in 1921, a target may still be called a “bird”, a hit may be referred to as a “kill”, and a missed target as a “bird away”; the machine which projects the targets is still known as a “trap”.
Targets (Clays) are released into the air either as singles or doubles (depending on competency level) from one or more traps situated some 15 m in front of the shooter, and are generally going away from the firing point at varying speeds, angles and elevations. The most common types of release are known as:
- Down-The-Line (DTL) Single Barrel
- Double Rise
- Automatic Ball Trap (ABT)
- Olympic Trap
- Double Trap
- Universal Trench
- Helice (or ZZ)
Ear defenders on as a matter of priority even if you weren’t shooting to ensure there was no damage to our ears while we were shooting. All ready to go we each took turn at shooting and of course to release the clay from the chosen trap we shouted PULL!! The idea is to follow the “bird” and of course hit it before it lands……..
I was really pleased as based on what I had learned on the previous visit I somehow managed to get the gun into a better position this time around as I didn’t have any bruising on my face or shoulder when we had finished. So I seemed to be getting the gun in the right position in my shoulder and also resting my cheekbone on the gun comb. The downside was that I only hit one clay – not sure now that this is the sport for me – another one ticked of the list that I am bad at – to add to the already long list – golf, putting, tennis, badminton, swimming, snorkelling, – too many to mention – the list is endless!! Maybe I need to stick to cooking and baking!!
We finally finished shooting and returned to the club house to return the gun and have a cold drink as 2 hours in 28 degree heat was worthy of a well deserved drink.
Drinks over we left and headed to Limassol Old Port for a late lunch and then the most beautiful scenic drive home along the old coast road to Coral Bay.
What a great day and such good fun – well worth the journey.
Yet another great day out with friends in Cyprus.