5 Intense Yet Fun Shooting Sports for Unique Experiences

Luckily, in the summer Olympics alone, there are fifteen different kinds of shooting sports. Some of these involve a pistol, while others use a gun and a rifle; or rather all three in some of the shooting sports.

If you wish to awaken the competitive side of yourself, you might want to try out some creative ways to make your shooting skills worth the effort. All you have to do is look for shooting sports activities in your neighbourhood, get your weapons ready and head out for a memorable experience.

That said, if you’re new or want to experiment and challenge yourself with different kinds of shooting sports, this article is for you. 

Without further ado, let’s look at different kinds of shooting sports. 

1. Clay Pigeon Shooting 

Clay Pigeon Shooting

In this activity, you are supposed to shoot a flying disk in midair with a shotgun. The discs actually mimic the flying birds (therefore the name – clay pigeon shooting) and account for a good practice run for the bird hunters before they head out for the real thing. 

There is something extraordinarily satisfying about shooting your target and watching the clay pigeon break into a million pieces. Some say that the sound of collision is more enjoyable than the sport of shooting itself. So if this is the feeling you fancy, you should try clay pigeon shooting.

2. Target Shooting 

Target Shooting

Target shooting is the most common and popular type of shooting. It is exactly what it says; in target shooting, all you have to do is use the gun of your choice to shoot from a particular distance. 

Ahead of you, you will find the typical circular target with levels for keeping the score. Therefore, you are awarded points based on where you hit. Think of this shooting sport as throwing darts – except for the darts, you are shooting bullets instead! 

Lastly, people choose their poison in this sport, some use pistols while others use rifles.  

3. Cowboy Mounted Shooting 

Cowboy Mounted Shooting

Cowboy mounted shooting is fast, exciting and requires preset skills like speed, rate, horsemanship and a steady hand at shooting. 

It is a multi-level shooting sport where not only does the shooter need to ace their target, but also needs to be a smooth horse rider. 

Obviously, safety is the most important element in such challenging sports, so make sure you’re trained enough in all the levels of skills this shooting sport asks for, before entering the arena. 

4. Game Shooting 

Game Shooting

Game shooting refers to hunting and shooting all kinds of wild animals. It has become quite popular over recent decades and can be enjoyed as walked up or driven.  

If you’re looking for one of those experiences where you hunt your food, game shooting is for you. It is, again, very common but very popular – all for the right reasons. Game shooting develops and asks for a great set of skills because this activity brings out results that are tangible while allowing you to closely enjoy nature. 

5. Metallic Silhouette Shooting 

Handgun Metallic Silhouette
Minnesota shooter John Richards takes aim during the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette World Championships at the OKC Gun Club near Arcadia, OK, Friday, July 13, 2012. More than 600 shooters from four different countries are competing. By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

As the name suggests, metallic silhouettes are an important element of this shooting sport. Meant to mimic shooting live animals, these metal elements become targets in the shape of silhouettes of various mammals.  

This is a perfect sport when you want to practise before the actual game shooting. This is because metallic silhouette shooting is comparatively easier than actual hunting given that the metal targets do not move.   

Rifles and pistols, both are used in this sport. So if this rings a bell, you should try it for yourself! 

In a Nutshell… 

Shooting is the best kind of outdoor activity filled with adrenaline rush and when you try creative ways of shooting, you’re surely going to have one hell of a time!

On a different tangent, shooting is also a great team-building activity for your corporate days out. It can bring out a true sense of collaboration and communication amongst your team members. Gun shooting can also be a great way to spend quality time with your friends and family.

That said, contact nearby arenas that offer this great activity and look out for competitions that they might schedule. 

Since it is peak festive season, get your slots booked well in advance for a hassle-free shooting experience. 


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