Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What if I just want to try the sport to see if I like it?
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  • A: Come along to the club on the 3rd. Saturday each month- the club has guns you can use. You will need to complete a form and provide proof of identity, (a drivers licence will do).
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  • Q: Is Clay Target Shooting a safe sport?
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  • A: Yes. Clay Target Shooting is very safe . Comprehensive safety rules are conspicuously displayed & strictly applied. View Safety Video
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  • Q: Is the sport well regulated and controlled?
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  • A: Yes. Clay Target Shooting is regulated by its National organisation (ACTA) and controlled by its State body, its zones, and the individual Clubs.
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  • Q: Is clay target shooting recognized internationally?
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  • A: Yes. Practically every country in the world participates in clay target shooting. It is a major Olympic sport.
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  • Q: How many different types of clay target shooting are there?
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  • A: These are called shooting disciplines and there are quite a number. Trap, Skeet, Tower, Sporting Clays to name a few. These will become familiar to you as you progress in the sport. Competition and practice is available in any or all these disciplines.
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  • Q: How often can I shoot at my club?
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  • A: We usually have one Trap, & one Skeet and one Sporting competition each month and the club is available for practice anytime. The club has now installed token machines which allows anyone to practice or have a competition anytime. Tokens are available from the office.
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  • Q: What if I feel nervous when I first start?
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  • A: Everyone feels a little apprehensive at the start. A club member will stand next to you to assist and will continueto do so until you feel fully confident.
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  • Q: Are there handicaps and grades?
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  • A: Yes. You will always be handicapped and graded according to your ability. Grades are AA, A, B & C. There is also a Junior grade for shooters under 18yrs and veterans grade for those over 65. Handicaps are based on measured distances from the trap.
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  • Q: Can I get coaching & what does it cost?
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  • A: Yes. assistance is always available and includes instruction on gun safety and handling. This service is free.
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  • Q: What sort of equipment do I need?
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  • A: Start with a 12 gauge shotgun which normally is of the 'under & Over' type, we recommend that new shooters borrow & try many different shotguns before purchasing their own. The club will loan you a shotgun if you haven't one. Ear and eye protection are recommended. A shooting jacket is optional.
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  • Q: Where can I purchase Ammunition?
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  • A: Ammunition is available from the Club office or from sporting stores in your town.
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  • Q: What sort of Police Firearms Licence do I need?
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  • A: Category 'A' firearms license is all that is necessary. You must belong to a clay target club or have another genuine use for a shotgun. Follow these three simple steps... [ I ]: Join our club. [ 2 ] Apply for a shooters license. (we will help you)
    [ 3 ] Come on out & enjoy!
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  • Q: Is there a dress code for Clay Target Shooting?
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  • A: There most certainly is. You will require closed shoes, joggers or boots. (no thongs) casual dress but no singlets and no camouflaged apparel of any kind.
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  • Q: What facilities can I expect to find at a Club?
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  • A: All Clubs provide basic amenities. Most have various forms of refreshment and food facilities available. This club has a licensed bar and fully equipped kitchen and dining areas.
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  • Q: Will I be able to compete at other Clubs in Australia?
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  • A: Yes, most certainly. This is one of the most rewarding features of our sport. The friendships made and social interaction on these occasions is a large part of this most enjoyable pastime .
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  • Q: What is the highest level I could achieve?
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  • A: Many competitors such as Michael Diamond, Russell Mark & Desiree Baynes have reached Olympic standard and have won Gold, Silver, and/or Bronze. Others have become Zone, State, or National champions. Many achieve a warm satisfaction from simply competing or just being part of a great activity with a group of fine sportsmen & women.
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  • Q: Am I covered by Insurance?
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  • A: There is a basic insurance Cover for loss of income & against injury whilst on the grounds plus compulsory third part insurance.
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  • Q: Can I shoot at other than clay targets whilst at the club?
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  • A: Absolutely not! It is an offence to shoot at any thing other than targets or pattern board, including all wildlife on our grounds. Any activity of this sort will result immediate expulsion & may mean loss of license.
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  • Email our secretary now:  secretary@tctc.org.au