It’s no secret that we’re big fans of clay pigeon shooting here at Bath Shooting Ground! This thrilling and addictive sport has the ability to charm almost everyone who gives it a go, and gives you the opportunity to enjoy time in the fresh air while also testing your aim, timing and precision.

Here are 5 lesser-known facts about the history of clay pigeon shooting, and what makes it the sport we know and love today…

1. People haven’t always shot clays – before clay targets were devised in the 1800s, people used cricket balls, stones, glass balls and even potatoes to practice their aim!

2. The world record for the longest clay pigeon shot is 130 yards, which is the equivalent of almost 120 meters! Held by 26-time world champion George Digweed, the record remains unbroken to this day.

3. American shooter Tyler Leinbach holds the record for speed shooting, shooting 25 clays in an incredible 24.25 seconds, or one clay every 0.97 seconds! Reckon you can beat him?!

4. A clay pigeon is not actually made from clay, but instead a combination of petroleum pitch and talc.

5. The first traps were made from old top hats! Back in the days of shooting live birds, the pigeon would be kept under a top hat, with a string attached to the hat which was pulled on command to release the bird.

Ready to try your hand at this totally unique sport? Book a session at Bath Shooting Ground today, and we’ll happily show you the ropes.