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Introduction to shotgun shooting

The majority of shotgun users are either clay pigeon shooters or game shooters and some will do both. Whichever form of shotgun shooting you are interested in there is some common ground which the beginner ought to know.
 
Licence
To lawfully possess a shotgun you must obtain a Shotgun Certificate from the Police. Application forms are available from most police stations.
 
Security
To obtain a Shotgun Certificate you will need to prove to the police that the shotgun will be storred securely. This will normally involve purchasing a steel security cabinet. Prices range from 100 -200 depending on specifiaction.
 
Lessons
Go to any shoot as a novice and you will be bombarded with advice (mostly well intended) however so much information offered all at once can be confusing. It is worth investing in some lessons with a recognised coach who can start you off in the right direction.SHOOTING TUITION
 
Once you have had some tuition / experience you will want to purchase a shotgun and accessories to make the most of your sport. The table below lists what you may need when starting out.

Shotgun
Either over and under or side by side
12 gauge the most used calibre. Smaller calibres may be suitable in certain circumstances.
Cartridges 
For clays 7 or 8 shot is recommended. Heavier loads for game.
Hearing & Sight protection 
Ear muffs (electronic or passive). Registered clay shoots now require eye protection to be worn.
Gun cleaning kit
Always clean your gun after use. This will help keep the gun safe to use and keep its value. 
Gun slips & cartridge bags
Gun slips are essential for transporting your gun to and from shooting.
Shooting clothing
Made with the shooter in mind there is a range of clothing designed to keep the shooter comfortable in all weathers.
 
Shooting Organisations
2 of the larger shooting organisation are BASC (British Association for Shooting and Conservation) and the CPSA (Clay Pigeon Shooting Association)