Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club
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Frequently Asked Questions

IS IT SAFE?
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
WHEN DO YOU SHOOT?
WHAT IS ENGLISH SPORTING?
HOW IS IT SHOT?
HOW IS IT SCORED?
WHAT GUN SHOULD I USE?
WHAT CARTRIDGE SHOULD I USE?
HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY CHANCES?
WHY DO I HAVE TO SHOOT FROM A CAGE?
WHAT SCORE SHOULD I BE AIMING FOR?
CAN I BRING MY FRIENDS TO WATCH?
WHATS THE YOUNGEST AGE FOR SOMEONE TO BE ABLE TO SHOOT?
I HAVE NEVER SHOT BEFORE OR HOLD A SHOTGUN CERTIFICATE, CAN I STILL HAVE A GO?
WILL NEW SHOOTERS BE SUPERVISED?
CAN I HIRE A GUN?
CAN WE CATER FOR CORPORATE SHOOTS?

IS IT SAFE?
Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club takes shooting safley very serious. The club has trained safety officers who ensure that not only is the shoot safe for those enjoying the sport but for members of the public who may be passing nearby the shoot.

Never be afraid to ask a question with regard to safety and if you would like to try the sport but feel that you need to know more about the safety of you and others, we would reccommend that you explore the BASC (British Association of Shooting and Conservation) and the CPSA (Clay Pigeon Shooting Association) websites also shown on our links page.

Alternatively, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to offer help wherever we can.
 
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
All fees associated with shooting at Running Hill CPC can be found here.
 
WHEN DO YOU SHOOT?
Our calendar of shooting dates can be found here.
 
WHAT IS ENGLISH SPORTING?
The English Sporting dicipline evolved from its early roots as a means of guns practicing for game shooting out of season. Targets are varied to simulate the varied game targets seen in the wild.

The English Sporting layout usually presents the shooter with two different targets that fall into one or more of the following: quartering targets, crossers, driven, overhead, rabbits, springing teal etc.

Today, as the most popular form of clay shooting, English Sporting provides a shooting environment that offers different layouts and a constant challenge.
 
HOW IS IT SHOT?
An average round at Running Hill CPC will comprise of five stands. Each stand will throw 2 targets either as a pair or the second target on "report" (after the trapper hears the bang from your first shot). The course setter at Running Hill CPC tries each shoot to create a varied and challenging course.
 
HOW IS IT SCORED?
Did you break the target? Yes, well that's 1 point, did you miss? Yes, well no point but better luck next time. It is simply a matter of how many targets have been broken and each shooter has the responsibility of carrying their own scorecard that was issued when you registered at reception.
 
WHAT GUN SHOULD I USE?
A suitable sporting gun would normally have a 28" or 30" barrel with multichokes. For longer targets 32" barrels can be more useful as it steadies the gun more. Some guns do not have multichokes and are of the "fixed choke" type, typically a fixed choke gun would normally be choked a quarter or a half. It should be noted that a sporting gun has to be able to cope with a variety of different target situations.
 
WHAT IS THE BEST CARTRIDGE TO USE?
Many shooters carry a selection of size 7.5 to 8 for mid-long distant targets and size 9 skeet's cartridges for the close targets. The heaviest load is 28gr. It should be noted that we operate a FELT WAD ONLY policy, anyone found to be using plastic wads may be asked to leave.
 
HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY CHANCES?
Prior observation of a target is the key to success. Whilst waiting to shoot take some time studying the flight of the targets, pay particular attention to the order of simultaneous pairs. This should help you but don't completely rely on this as the weather particularly gusts of wind can dramatically alter the target.
 
WHY DO I HAVE TO SHOOT FROM A CAGE?
Running Hill CPC is proud of its safety record, cages are in place to limit your angle of fire, leaning out to pick up targets early or late is STRICTLY forbidden.
 
WHAT SCORE SHOULD I BE AIMING FOR?
Of course you should be aiming for 100%, as a positive mental attitude goes a long way. However, a good beginners score would be around 50% (Running Hill CPC offers a challenging course).

80% and above would see yourself enter the heights associated with the most talented shooters.
 
CAN I BRING MY FRIENDS TO WATCH?
Feel free to bring a few friends along to watch, they must however remain behind the firing points at all times and obey instructions from the safety officer at ALL times.
 
WHATS THE YOUNGEST AGE FOR SOMEONE TO BE ABLE TO SHOOT?
The club welcomes anyone who has an interest in experinceing the sport of clay pigeon shooting, however if you are below the age of 16 you must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Ideally you should contact us and we will be happy to talk to you and try to cater your needs.
 
I HAVE NEVER SHOT BEFORE OR HOLD A SHOTGUN CERTIFICATE, CAN I STILL HAVE A GO?
If you do not possess a shotgun certificate then you can still shoot under the supervision of a certificate holder. If you do not have a friend with a certificate then a member of the club may be available to supervise you. In this case you should contact us prior to your visit to ensure there will be someone available.
 
WILL NEW SHOOTERS BE SUPERVISED?
Absolutely!! Your fist time clay pigeon shooting can be a very exiting experience however the safe handling of a firearm, its use and a firm understanding of safe shooting will only come through experience and being guided by an experienced shooter, as such we ensure that all novice shooters are accompanied and instructed in the safe use of a shotgun.
 
CAN I HIRE A GUN?
The club has a number of guns available to hire, we charge a nominal fee of £5 per 50 bird round per person towards their maintenance and upkeep. There are a limited number so you should contact us prior to your visit to ensure there will be one available.
 
CAN YOU CATER FOR CORPORATE SHOOTS?
We are a small members club that operates as a social and sporting venue, though we run a number of corporate days through the year. If you are interested in visiting us a small group you should check out our corporate page for more details.
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