The Western Australia Clay Target Association (inc) is responsible for administering the sport of Clay Target Shooting in Western Australia for the Australian Clay Target Association.
To promote, encourage and develop the sport ofClay Target Shooting for our members.
To increase public support and understanding of in the use of firearms to participate in our chosen competitive firearm sport in a safe, friendly controlled club environment.
Clay Target Shooting is a sport that can be enjoyed by the whole family with Mum, Dad and the Children all participating. Why not try it and join in the fun as a recreation at a local gun club, or at a competition level from registered club events to state, national and international competitions. These include World Championships, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
Since it's introduction into Australia in 1924 and the eventual inauguration of the present governing body know as the Australian Clay Target Association Inc (ACTA) , the sport has grown to its present strength of approximately 300 clubs with some 13,000 registered members.
Clay Target Shooting offers many types of competition which gives shooters an opportunity to specialize in the discipline that best suits them. ACTA disciplines include: Down the Line (Trap), Skeet, Tower, Ball Trap, Sporting Clays and three Olympic disciplines, ISSF Trap, ISSF Double Trap and ISSF Skeet. These are all shot at clubs throughout Australia, although some may not have the facilities to cater for all disciplines. Competition events are normally run in graded sections (AA-A-B-C) which provides equitable competition for both the novice and the experienced shooter. Sections for Ladies, Juniors and Veterans are often added as further encouragement.
Contact your nearest clubs to see what is involved with clay target shooting and what coaching they can provide. Most clubs have provisions for non-shooters to come and try the sport, which may include the use of a loan gun. However, to shoot regularly you must obtain a firearms license and join a club. The Police issue firearms licenses . Click on the link to take you to the WA Police Firearms Website That registry will have details on what you need to do to obtain a firearms license.Once you have joined a club you can then participate in club shoots, practice days and any other shoots held by the ACTA affiliated clubs. Should you wish to buy a gun, members of the Committee of your local club can advise you on the type you require and where to purchase one locally. The WA Police Firearms Website will be able to tell you what the legal requirements are to buy and own a gun.
Your club membership will include membership to the ACTA. When you join your club the ACTA will issue you with:
1. A shooters record book in which you will have recorded your shoot results from any Club, Zone, State or National competition shoot that you enter.
2. An ACTA badge.
3. A rule book for Trap, Skeet and Sporting shooting.
4. A monthly copy of the Clay Target Shooting News, the official journal of the ACTA.
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Safety can never be stressed too much, and with the ACTA a firearm is always treated as loaded unless seen to be different. You, the individual, become the safety catch of all firearms and everything else on the firearm becomes a mechanical device. It is therefore essential that safe firearm handling becomes the first rule for all participants.
1. Treat any firearm with the respect due to a loaded gun.
2. Never point a firearm in fun or jest.
3. Carry the firearm so that you can control the barrel even if you stumble.
4. Become the safety catch of the firearm.
5. Load the firearm only when it is your turn to shoot.
6. Always unload when the red flag is shown or at the referee's command.
7. Ensure you have the correct calibre cartridge for the gun in use.
8. Do not play with or modify firearm mechanisms.
9. If a firearm misfires keep the barrels to the front and wait for the referee.
10. Firearms and alcohol do not, and never will, mix.
Safety is your responsibility, not someone else's
1. Club Presidents and Committees are honorary, they respect your constructive criticism and expect your assistance and cooperation.
2. It is your responsibility to ascertain your squad and layout and be on time.
3. While on the tracks, respect the other shooters' rights to perform without interference.
4. In the Trap discipline, do not move from your track until the shooter on your right has shot.
5. In the Skeet discipline, unload before leaving the shooting station.
6. Remain on the layout until the last shooter has finished.
7. Dress in a neat, clean and tidy manner.
8. Respect the referee's decision and do not obstruct his vision.
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Down The Line layout Down The Line Shooting, or "Trap Shooting" takes on several forms, but no matter the variation, they are all shot over a standard measured layout. This layout is made up of five (5) lanes or tracks that are displayed from fifteen (15) metres (from the target machine) to twenty-five (25) metres, with the lanes tapering towards the traphouse. The most used pad on this layout is fifteen (15) metres, which assumes the title of common mark. However, a handicap system is shot with the individual shooter's ability and skill deciding the handicap meterage.
In Down The Line Shooting, the targets are thrown from an above ground traphouse which is in front of the tracks. This is done by an oscillating machine which is released electrically by a voice command system on the shooter's command of "pull". The targets are thrown within an arc of 22 degrees right and 22 degrees left of a centre line taken through the centre of number three (3) track. The distance is set to attain a predetermined height and distance. Therefore the shooter knows the height and distance that the target can attain, but not the angle the individual target will be released on when the command "pull" is given from a single oscillating machine. It is the unknown factor that makes the discipline of Down The Line Shooting challenging and exciting.
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American Skeet is the standard variety most shot within Australia. This discipline is shot over a standardised eight (8) pad system, set between a High and Low traphouse. This semi-circular layout starts with number one (1) pad at the High House through to number seven (7) pad at the Low House. The number eight (8) pad is set midway between the flight line of the targets. Skeet is shot in brackets of twenty-five (25) targets, but with a set program from pad to pad. Each competitor knows where the target will appear from, going to and what speed it will attain. The challenge is the constantly changing angles, with neither left or right handed shooters having the advantage at the end of the round.
With each competitor in a rotation starting at pad one (1) a single High followed by a single Low is shot at. To complete number one (1), a pair of targets are simultaneously released. Pad two (2) is shot in identical manner as was pad one (1). Pad three, four and five are completed by shooting at a single High and a single Low target from each. Pad six (6) is then taken by shooting a single High followed by a single Low. A pair released simultaneously are then taken to complete the pad shooting Low first. Pad seven (7) is shot in the identical manner as was Pad six (6). Pad eight (8) is a single High followed by a single Low target. At this point, if no targets have been lost, the number eight (8) Low is released to make up the bracket of twenty-five (25). If this is not so, then the first missed target is repeated as the twenty-fifth (25) target. Unlike DTL, only one (1) competitor occupies the shooting pad at any one time, completes that sequence of targets and ensures the shotgun is unloaded before leaving the pad to allow the next squad member to compete. Skeet shooting is a constantly changing angle of targets, and the competitors ability to learn and maintain a smooth action is what makes this discipline challenging and exciting.
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ISSF Trap Layout ISSF Trap, or as it is more commonly known "Trench", is best described as the Olympic Discipline of Down The Line. This style of shooting has a high degree of difficulty, is challenging and can be very rewarding. The ISSF Trap over each bracket of twenty-five (25) targets is a fair and equal competition, for at rounds end all competitors have shot at the equal style of targets. This layout is a five (5) pad system, but only 15 metres is used and set straight across the rear of the ground level trap house. Inside this trap house are 15 machines set in five (5) banks of three (3). Each machine being set to a predetermined height, angle and distance, called a program, varying from machine to machine.
In ISSF Trap the shooters are usually in a squad of six (6) and using a rotation system call for their targets by a voice activated microphone. This system is controlled by a computer that scrambles the target program so no individual can anticipate which target will be thrown. The target angle is unknown, 0 degree to 45 degrees, the heights varying 1 metre to 3.5 metres, set at 10 metres from the machines, and the distance thrown also varies 70 metres to 80 metres. With these factors making for a high degree of difficulty, two shots per target are permitted. A round of ISSF Trap is twenty-five (25) targets, but generally shot as competitions of 125 plus a 25 target final. As with DTL, squad members move across the five pads until reaching Pad five (5), and after emptying the gun then proceed around the rear path until reaching Pad one (1). Rotation is then restarted until the bracket of twenty-five (25) targets has been completed. The referee in this discipline indicates a hit target by silence and a missed target with a blast from a hooter. Targets may vary in colour but as a general rule are fluorescent orange.
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ISSF Skeet Layout
ISSF Skeet is the second Skeet Discipline shot in Australia, but the style is participated at World Cup and Olympic level. Like Skeet, the rounds are shot in brackets of twenty-five (25) targets, but from this point there is little similarity. For although the ground layouts are the same distance, the targets thrown are quite different in speed. Three other differences that become visible are gun position, time delay on target release and the sequence of target release. The gun is held in a down position where the toe of the stock must touch a mark on the hip until the target visually appears. This position is held from the command "Pull" until the targets appear, which is within a time delay of 0 seconds to 3 seconds. All these variations with the ISSF Skeet make for a higher degree of difficulty.
With each competitor on rotation, starting at Pad one (1) a single High target is shot. Then to complete pad one (1), a pair of targets are simultaneously released targets is taken (High shot first). Pad two (2) is shot in identical manner as was Pad one (1). Pad three (3) is then taken by shooting a single High target, followed by a single Low target. A pair of simultaneoulsly released targets is then taken to complete this pad (High first). Pad four (4) is shot in the identical manner. Pad five (5) is shot in the identical manner as pads three and four but in the pairs, Low is shot first. Pad six (6) is then taken by shooting a single Low target. A pair released simultaneously are then taken to complete the pad (Low first). Pad seven (7) is completed by shooting a pair released simultaneously (Low first). Pad eight (8) and final station is shot by taking a single Hightarget followed by a single Low, to record a bracket of twenty-five (25) targets. As in standard Skeet , only one (1) competitor occupies the shooting pad at any one time, with the same safety rules. ISSF Skeet is a constantly varying time release discipline coupled with changing angles. This, with the different gun hold position, tests the competitors ability to control, making it extremely challenging and exciting.
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Five Stand is very similar to Sporting Clays in that a wide variety of targets are thrown. No two five-stands are exactly alike. There are five "stands" or stations to shoot from. There are usually somewhere between 6 and 8 traps that throw targets. Participants shoot in turn at each of the 5 stands and various combinations of targets are thrown from the traps. There is a menu card that will advise the shooter of the sequence of targets. Five Stand is a great way to get a Sporting Clays like experience in a small amount of space, with very little walking. Typical five stand targets are a rabbit, chandelle, overhead, standard skeet high house and low house shots, teal (launched straight up into the air), and an incoming bird.
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