Shooting clays can trace its roots back to the early 1900’s when several British shooting schools started using gold targets to practice for upcoming hunts. Before long clay was adopted for the targets instead of gold, and clay pigeon shooting quickly attracted a large following. In 1925 the first British Open was held in England, and the sport has been steadily gaining popularity since. However, Americans wouldn’t get their first taste of sporting clays until 1980 when Author Bob Brister wrote an article about it in Field & Stream Magazine.
Later that year, Remington’s Lordship Gun Club in Connecticut held the first American sporting clays competition. Five years later, in 1985, the United States Sporting Clays Association or USSCA was formed in Houston, Texas. Throughout the 1980’s the sport continued to catch the attention of American sportsmen everywhere, and was well on its way to becoming a beloved national pastime.
By the late 80’s, the National Skeet Shooting Association formed the National Sporting Clays Association or NSCA to provide rules, regulations, and best practices for the sport, and to promote Sporting Clays across the country and world. You can find more info about the sport HERE at the NSCA website. Today sporting clays is one of the fastest growing sports in America, annually encouraging more than three million people of all ages to participate in this excellent hobby both competitively and recreationally. Read more at the Long Blog!
To learn more about the exciting world of sporting clays check out either of these awesome websites! Professional Sporting Clays Association or Colorado Sporting Clays Association