My family is a bunch of trained shooters. We go out to shoot our shotguns pretty much every weekend. We have gear for cold and hot weather shooting. It is not tedious or ever like a chore. We look forward to shooting every weekend. Our favorite gun sport is clay shooting. Those little brightly coloured clay disks remind me of the game of golf. That game can be fun, relaxing, frustrating and competitive all in one game! Our hobby has grown over the years until all the adults have custom shotguns fitted to each person’s size and reach. Our young son is quite adept at throwing clays into the air by hand and hitting them with rocks. He is really learning how to lead a target early, and he will be an amazing shot when he is big enough to handle a shotgun.
If you have never been clay shooting, it is just taking shotguns that shoot out a wad of projectiles with every shot. You have to adjust how far in front of a clay disk to shoot in order to hit them every time. Their distance and position from you can greatly vary, and you need to adjust and shoot quickly before the clays hit the ground. When you hit one, it shatters into a cloud of dust that makes it plainly evident you hit it. They are painted in bright colors for you to see them as they fly through the air. You can launch them by hand with an assistant using a slinging device, or you can use an automated clay pigeon thrower. The clays are still called clay pigeons as they are a target practice item that was used to learn how to shoot birds. Now it is a sport unto itself. It can be really fun.