Clay Shooting Lessons in Staffordshire: Learn the Basics

A man enjoyin his first clay shooting lesson at a range in Staffordshire, aiming his rifle upwards with guidance from an instructor, standing outdoors.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been shooting for years, there’s something special about clay pigeon shooting.

It’s a sport that’s grown from its roots in hunting live birds into something that brings people of all ages and backgrounds together. From its humble origins in the early 1800s to becoming an Olympic sporting event, clay shooting demands skill, focus and passion.

In this guide, I’ll give you everything you need to feel confident stepping onto the shooting range. I’ll walk you through the ins and outs of clay targets, how shotguns work and the different ways you can enjoy clay shooting.

Whether you’re into the precision of trap shooting or the fast-paced action of sporting clays, there’s something here to spark your interest and fuel your passion.

What is Clay Pigeon Shooting?

In simple terms, clay pigeon shooting is about establishing the line and speed of small, flying discs with your shotgun, and breaking them into pieces with carefully timed shots. But it’s more than just shooting – it’s an experience that captures the excitement of hunting without harming any animals.

Inspired by the age-old sport of hunting live birds like pigeons and pheasants, clay shooting has evolved into a safe and enjoyable activity for people of all ages and skill levels. Instead of hunting game birds, shooters target biodegradable clay that’s launched into the air from traps.

These clay targets come in many different shapes and sizes, mimicking the flight patterns of birds and animals in the wild. From standard round discs to smaller “mini” clays and tricky “rabbit” targets that bounce and roll along the ground, there’s a challenge for everyone on the shooting range.

Safety is paramount in clay shooting, with strict rules and precautions in place to protect all participants and bystanders. 

With proper guidance and respect for the rules, clay shooting offers a rewarding and fulfilling experience that brings people together in a shared passion for the sport.

Understanding the Basics of Clay Shooting

At BW Clay Shooting, I want you to receive much more than just a cursory introduction. Here’s a deeper look into what you’ll uncover in our introductory courses:

  • Safety First: First and foremost, your safety is paramount. We’ll cover not only the basics but also look into practical scenarios, making sure you’re equipped with the knowledge and confidence to handle any situation safely and responsibly on the shooting range.
  • Shotgun Essentials: From the classic elegance of side-by-side shotguns to the precision of over-and-under designs, I’ll guide you through the differences in your clay shooting equipment, teaching you about each type and helping you find the perfect fit for your shooting style. We’ll also explore the intricacies of cartridges and chokes, discovering how these can influence your shooting performance.
  • Clay Pigeon Varieties: There’s a diverse range of clays for shooting, each with their own exciting challenges. With BW Clay Shooting, you’ll learn to identify and tackle a wide range of clay pigeon varieties – from the standard saucer-shaped disc to the deceptive rabbit clays that bounce and roll unpredictably, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to take on any target that comes your way.
  • Clay Pigeon Traps: Ever wondered how those clay pigeons soar? My courses will explain the mechanics behind clay pigeon traps, showing you how these devices launch targets with precision and consistency. You’ll learn to anticipate different trajectories and adjust your line accordingly, sharpening your reflexes and honing your shooting skills.
  • Shooting Techniques: Shooting isn’t just about pulling the trigger – it’s about technique, finesse and consistency. With BW Clay Shooting, you’ll master the CPSA shooting method – a proven approach that emphasises proper stance, mount and follow-through.

At BW Clay Shooting, through personalised instruction and hands-on practice, I’ll help you refine your shooting technique and improve your performance on the range.

Tailored Instruction with BW Clay Shooting

At BW Clay Shooting, I pride myself on offering personalised services that cater to your individual preferences:

  • Personalised Learning: My courses are tailored to you, whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned shooter. With modules covering everything from the basics to advanced techniques for competition shooters, I’ll ensure you get the most out of your experience.
  • Flexible Options: Whether you prefer one-on-one tuition or thrive in a group setting, BW Clay Shooting offers flexible learning options to suit your style. From hourly sessions to full-day excursions, we work around your schedule to make learning convenient and enjoyable.
  • Unforgettable Experiences: Looking to spice up your team-building event or celebrate a special occasion? My shooting experiences are designed to create lasting memories. Let me take care of the details while you focus on having fun and bonding with your group.
  • Expert Guidance: BW Clay Shooting’s experienced coach, Brent, is more than just an instructor—he’s incredibly passionate about sharing his knowledge and expertise with you. Whether you’re refining your technique or preparing for your next hunt, he’s here to support you every step of the way.
  • Bespoke Adventures: Dreaming of a customised game shooting day? Tell me your vision, and I’ll strive to make it a reality. From selecting the perfect location to organising refreshments, I’ll handle all the details to ensure your experience is seamless and enjoyable.
  • Concierge Service: Sit back, relax and let me handle the logistics. BW Clay Shooting’s concierge service ensures that your clay shooting experience is stress-free from start to finish. Whether you need assistance with transportation or accommodation, we’ve got you covered.

At BW Clay Shooting, we believe that every shooter deserves a tailored experience that meets their needs and exceeds their expectations.

Eager to experience the exhilaration of hitting your first clay target? Reach out to Brent at BW Clay Shooting today to schedule your lesson and start your journey to becoming a skilled clay shooter in Staffordshire.


BW Clay Shooting is prominent at Garland’s Shooting Ground in Tamworth, Staffordshire Thursday to Saturday. 

Looking for Clay Shooting Lessons Near You?

If you’re not local to Staffordshire and are looking for shooting lessons closer to home, don’t hesitate to get in touch – with a National list of partners, I’ll happily arrange your clay shooting lessons at a reputable ground in your area.