Since it's introduction into Australia in 1924 and the eventual inauguration of the present governing body know as the Australian Clay Target Association Inc (ACTA), the sport has grown to its present strength of approximately 300 clubs with some 14,000 registered members.
The rules and regulations governing the sport are drawn up by the ACTA, with which every shooter must be registered before entering into competitive shooting. With this registration comes the advantage of insurance while on registered grounds, a monthly magazine and a handicap card which enables you to be accepted on any registered grounds around Australia and even overseas.
Clay Target Shooting takes many forms, including:
1. Double Barrel - 2 shots allowed per target.
2. Single Barrel - 1 shot allowed per target.
3. Double Barrel Points - 2 shots per target. (Score 3 points first barrel or 2 points for a second barrel hit)
4. Double Rise - 2 shots. (One each at 2 targets thrown)
5. Deauville Doubles - 2 shooters (team) double barrel at 2 targets thrown.
6. ISSF Trap - 2 shots allowed per target.
7. ISSF Double Trap - 2 shots. (1 each at 2 targets) Skeet - 1 shot allowed per target.
8. ISSF Skeet - 1 shot allowed per target.
All competition rounds, with the exception of Double Rise and Deauville Doubles, are shot in brackets of 25 targets. The ACTA has, since the mid 1970's, had an Australia Wide Coaching scheme set up with a National Director of Coaching through State Coaching Directors to Zone Coaches down to Club Coaches. This coaching system is there for use by you - the ACTA registered shooter.
Safety can never be stressed too much, and with the ACTA a firearm is always treated as loaded unless seen to be different. You, the individual, become the safety catch of all firearms and everything else on the firearm becomes a mechanical device. It is therefore essential that safe firearm handling becomes the first rule for all participants.
1. Treat any firearm with the respect due to a loaded gun.
2. Never point a firearm in fun or jest.
3. Carry the firearm so that you can control the barrel even if you stumble.
4. Become the safety catch of the firearm.
5. Load the firearm only when it is your turn to shoot.
6. Always unload when the red flag is shown or at the referee's command.
7. Ensure you have the correct calibre cartridge for the gun in use.
8. Do not play with or modify firearm mechanisms.
9. If a firearm misfires keep the barrels to the front and wait for the referee.
10. Firearms and alcohol do not, and never will, mix.