This sport requires silence, precision, nerves of steel and, above all else, a good aim. Clay pigeon shooting is becoming increasingly popular in Catalonia, as it is both a way of training for hunting and a means of measuring one’s marksmanship. It began in the 19th century, when the bird in pigeon shooting was replaced with a clay pigeon that had very similar flight functions. While the most important thing in other types of shooting is to achieve the highest possible precision with each shot, in clay pigeon shooting, one must move swiftly. This means that in most cases one shoots intuitively, as that there is no time to take leisurely aim. The goal is to shoot at a moving target which measures eleven centimetres in diameter, moves at over one hundred kilometres per hour, appears suddenly and flies away quickly. There are therefore just a few seconds to raise the weapon, aim it at the target and shoot. The sport can be practiced all year round. Catalonia has various centres in and around the main Catalan cities. One good place to practice is in the Olympic facilities in Mollet del Vallès, just a few kilometres outside Barcelona. They have a clay pigeon shooting range, in addition to galleries where you can improve your precision and aim. There is another range at Can Piqué, in Montcada i Reixac (also close to Barcelona), which has facilities for clay pigeon shooting and archery. Official competitions are also held here.