Clay shooting is the art in which a person aims at special flying targets. This art requires a lot of attention and now this sport has become immensely popular all over the world. Let us discuss something about the history of this game. It was commenced way back in the year 1880. At that time, pheasant and grouse shooting were mainly popular in the UK, but as far as the other parts of world are concerned, they were completely unaware about this sport.
It was during the period from 1883-1887, when this sport saw significant amount of changes in in terms of its development as it was then when shooting was witnessed when the first clay target was introduced in the game.
This form of clay shooting became an integral part of the Victorian and Edwardian hunting parties at that particular moment of time. But in place of other flying objects, numerous birds were used as targets.
And to master in this skill of shooting, a majority of people used to do regular practice of their shooing skills. And in order to make this art as a profession and to learn it in the best possible way, institutions such as the Shooting Schools in London catered the desires and installed traps and towers so that they could facilitate flight of game birds.
But later on, a lot of other targets (apart from just the birds) were introduced as a discipline in shooting. It was the same time when this game got an international identity and it got the name of sporting and tournaments were held in London to promote this sporting activity. But let me tell you that before initiation of clay shooting, England saw immense popularity as far as the game of glass ball is concerned. It used to take part in several parts of the United States as well. If we will have a look at the history, then the books say that the first ever tournament of glass ball was held in 1867 in Boston. But, due to some reasons, it didn't get its desired place.
Coming to the beautiful place of France, clay shooting saw a big revolution during the time frame when the first hand throwing device, the "Hand Trap" was used in shooting in the year 1927. This device gave a huge popularity to this game. The guy who invented this throwing device was known as, Emile Laporte. In this particular sport, the machine that is used to throw the targets is known as trap and it is crafted of a spring which was loaded with throwing metal arm.