Taking part in clay shooting in Bristol is the last thing I would have ever thought I would do on a business event. It’s certainly one of the strangest team building activities in which I’ve taken part. Usually team building involves some rather pedestrian activities inside an office and they’re often rather boring. When our boss said our next one would take place outside, I thought we’d be doing mountain or rock climbing or some such thing. You can imagine my surprise when we headed down to a clay shooting club near Bristol. I’m sure I wasn’t the only person in shock.
I thought a couple of co-workers were going to start crying. Apparently people don’t like guns and are scared of them. The boss insisted on pushing forward and we went in and met with some employees for our training session. Apparently the club often hosts various businesses for this type of sport, but we were the only ones there that day. We got to examine and handle the weapons and learned how to shoot them and handle them safely. Then we went out to one of the shooting ranges to start our bonding experience.
My thoughts on the experience? It’s fantastic. I’d never fired a gun before and let me tell you it’s an incredible experience. I now understand why gun owners are so vehement about holding on to their ability to own firearms. In this country that makes you a monster, but shooting clay pigeons out in the country is far from harmful that I sincerely hope the government never takes this away from people. In fact, I’m looking into joining the club and coming down here on the weekends to do more shooting. It’s an enjoyable and safe activity and you get to enjoy the outdoors while doing it.