How to Shoot Sporting Clays: Essential Equipment

How to Shoot Sporting Clays: Essential Equipment

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It is very important that you have the proper equipment before heading out on the clay target course. This tip offers some suggestions for top of the line equipment which can be considered essential for a successful day on the range.


  1. PAUL ROBSON on October 27, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    @willis5053 porting wont reduce recoil on a shotgun by much . It can reduce muzzle lift a little so helps on a 2nd shot. Porting the top barrel is therfore pointless as you wont be taking athird shot.

  2. Clay Coach Online on October 27, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Chris does a lot of travelling and finds himself all over the world doing instruction and gun fitting!

  3. ms3bani on October 27, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    A pump is going to put them at a disadvantage for any game with multiple targets (doubles trap, sporting clays, skeet).

    But there is really no reason at all not to go with a semiauto.

    at best a limbsaver will lessen the shock on your shoulder, but your face will still get thoroughly beat up. and often it will increase the LOP enough to ruin the fit. If you have to fix a gun up with a limbsaver in order to make it suitable for shooting clays, you have the wrong gun imo.

  4. Fred Smith on October 27, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Good presentation

  5. Skeletal Remains on October 27, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Is this an American video, aren’t you from the North of England?

  6. kpowell121able on October 27, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    he didnt tell us what shells to use thats the only reason i watched it damn

  7. Mark Webb on October 27, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    I just started shooting clays. Well, shooting AT them. I even occasionally hit some. One thing is for sure, a pouch can be very handy to have, especially if you’re built like me. I’m a bit… round so it’s a little easier to find a pouch that will work than a vest. I used mine tonight for the first time and found it very indispensable.

  8. ms3bani on October 27, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Any good O/U clays gun is going to have light recoil because it is going to be very long and very heavy. Most pumps are very short and very light, not a great way to introduce to the sport. you can find a few pumps suitable (eg remington 870 wingmaster) but they are not common and you’ll end up spending as much or more than a good semiauto anyway. so you’re not really gaining anything.

  9. PertigueiroBR on October 27, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Para poder ser um atleta consitente não basta apenas, treinar tiros e mais tiros, há a necessidade de se informar e trocar esperiencias.
    Maravilha de aula.

  10. Journeyman on October 27, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for the education Chris, great video!

  11. samplec on October 27, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Chris seems like a good dude.

  12. Tim Blake on October 27, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    My hair keeps my head warm in the winter

  13. Suck My Durka Durka on October 27, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Can’t afford a Krieghoff!

  14. 800lb Gorilla on October 27, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    To anyone who doubts what a tiny shard of clay can do… it’ll draw blood. Ask me how I know.

  15. Clay Coach Online on October 27, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    @blackadder1966 We have actually had that pouch for years! I can’t remember where we got it from! I found some others for you on MidwayUSA . com. Here’s the address:

    midwayusa . com/find?&dimensionids=4294846152&newcategorydimensionid=11528

  16. La Voltare on October 27, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you.

  17. gainmelk on October 27, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Cogent points, 10/10 on knowledge imparted as well as presentation.

  18. Journeyman on October 27, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks Chris for the good information! Thumbs up.

  19. Clay Coach Online on October 27, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Chris is a left-handed shooter! It generally comes down to preference on which you gun you would like to buy, however, O/U are definitely the most common style of gun for shooting trap, skeet or sporting clays. It’s best to find a gun you find most comfortable. It could take a little, but once you find your gun you won’t ever want to get rid of it! Ask around at the club you shoot at and get plenty of suggestions and tips for guns!

  20. William Alan Williams on October 27, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Great informative video. I’m 70 this year and mostly live in Spain, and will be trying to obtain a shotgun license to go clay shooting, although the laws are a bit strict here.. Thanks for posting..Bill

  21. ****** on October 27, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Chris, you are an excellent instructor. Your instructions has made me a much better shooter and hunter. I hope you get a chance to visit Dallas Texas, I owe you a couple pints of Shiner Bock! Thx

  22. Mark Shirey on October 27, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Polycarbonate lenses are more impact resistant than CR-39 Plastic.

  23. LakeWater on October 27, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Anyone know what brand safety glasses he’s wearing? Or can recommend a high quality pair of another brand? Thanks!

  24. treefire44 on October 27, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks for the great info. I’m a beginner trap shooter, and I don’t have my own gun yet. Should I start with a semi auto? Also, I’m left handed; are you as well? Do you have any tips or things I should look for when I’m ready for an o/u? Thanks!

  25. ms3bani on October 27, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    not sure i’d recommend a beginner start with an O/U shotgun. most tend to be pretty expensive, especially clays models.

    i’d recommend beginners start off with a semiauto. they tend to be cheaper, soak up recoil, and are fantastically versatile.

    and wow are those ESP expensive!! i’ll stick with my peltors…

    krieghoff, ESP, you really can afford the nice toys chris 🙂 i bet you drive a lamborghini too 🙂

  26. Kevin papps on October 27, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Good information for the beginner. Easy and clear.
    I can lonly add is that when a beginner gose to buy a trap gun that is balance, not loose or light. The light ones are the hardest to get resold and every club has someone trying to get rid of theirs. I like Browning, I shoot a SKB 5000. Has the balance, could be a bit heaver.

  27. PAUL ROBSON on October 27, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Where can I get the leather ammo pouch from?

  28. Travis King on October 27, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    is your over under a Sporting, Trap or Skeet model ?

  29. Delta Zulu on October 27, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Great vid new sub here thanks mate.

  30. Josh mcbride on October 27, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    It broke my heart when he didn’t pull down an old sxs off the rack.

  31. AstroBri on October 27, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    ESP Ears , From $900 to $2100 Hummmm

  32. CSH3 on October 27, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you for your videos! Unfortunately I`m from a not too gun friendly country so I don`t have the "common knowledge" most of you americans have, therefore your easy to understand videos help me a lot. I have only shot airrifles / airguns, (won the first tournament I have ever participated in) and a .22 rifle. Now I plan to visit a trap/skeet range with two friends and am watching your videos in anticipation. The Piece of kit I learned to value really fast during indoor airrifle training was the humble baseball cap, it really helps with blocking out those ugly ceiling lights and helps you getting and staying on target easier.

  33. Clay Coach Online on October 27, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    It’s actually best to give the club a call that you’re going to visit. They can go over some of the things they offer you and what you need to be prepared when you visit. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and tell them it will be your first time shooting on their range. If it’s a good club, they will be very helpful and accommodating! Although it is highly suggested you get a pouch or vest. If you end up shooting a lot, it will definitely be more comfortable! I hope this helps!

  34. Will H on October 27, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    can’t sus out that accent. where are you from