This sport requires silence, precision, nerves of steel and, above all else, good aim. Clay pigeon shooting is becoming increasingly popular in Catalonia, because it is a way of training for hunting or a way of simply measuring one’s skill.
It began in the 19th century, when it was decided to replace the animal in the practice of pigeon shooting with a clay pigeon that had very similar flight functions.
It is a sport that is all about speed. While in other types of shooting, the most important thing is to achieve the highest precision possible with each shot, in clay pigeon shooting, one must move swiftly. In most cases, one shoots intuitively, given that there is no time to leisurely take aim.
The goal is to shoot a mobile target that measures eleven centimetres in diameter, moves more than one hundred kilometres per hour, appears suddenly and flies away quickly. Therefore, there are just a few seconds to lift the weapon, align it with the target and shoot.
This sport can be practiced all year round. Catalonia has various centres in the main Catalan cities and their outskirts.
One good place to practice is the Olympic facilities in Mollet del Vallès, just a few kilometres from Barcelona. They have a clay pigeon shooting field, in addition to galleries where one can perfect their precision and aim.
Another field is Can Piqué, in Montcada i Reixac (also close to Barcelona), which has facilities for practicing clay pigeon shooting and archery. Official competitions are also held here.