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Are you curious about how to get started or a little nervous about showing up at your first registered shoot? Attending your first big shoot can be down right nerve-wracking and a little unsettling. That's where we can help!

We were all new to the sport at one time or another. From SAFETY, to tips, to lessons, the ASCA is here to share advice and help you get started with one of the fastest growing shotgun sports in the country!


Any participant in any sport that involves the handling and use of any type of firearm, must place the highest priority on SAFETY. So we will cover that first. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and can mean the difference between an enjoyable outing and a tragedy.

Shells handled safely
Actions open
Firearms pointed in a safe direction
Eye and ear protection is required
Target fragments can be dangerous
Because safety is EVERYONE’S responsibility!

ALWAYS treat every gun as if it was loaded.
ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
ALWAYS know your target and what is beyond.
ALWAYS know how to use the gun safely.
ALWAYS be sure the gun is safe to operate.
ALWAYS use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
ALWAYS wear eye and ear protection.
ALWAYS store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
NEVER point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
NEVER use alcohol or other drugs before or while shooting.

Be aware that many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.

Some general safety rules on the sporting clays field are as follows:

ALWAYS keep your action open when you are not in the shooting stand.
ALWAYS keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
ALWAYS handle ammunition with care.
ALWAYS obey any ammunitions restrictions for a particular course or station.
ALWAYS obey all posted rules and regulations at each club.
 obey all posted rules and regulations at each shooting stand.
 load your shotgun until you are in the shooting stand.
NEVER load more than two shells into your shotgun.
NEVER step out of the shooting stand with a loaded gun.
NEVER step out of the shooting stand with a closed action.

If you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to bring it to the attention of a shoot or range official.


Shotgun target sports date back to England in the late 1700′s when “box shooting” used live pigeons released from box traps with a pull cord, thus we have today’s popular call of “Pull!” requesting the release of the target.

New Shooter Etiquette

First of all, welcome to the fastest growing shotgun sport in the country. It is a great sport and lots of fun regardless of your skill level. Here are some guidelines to make your participation more enjoyable and avoid some potential embarrassment. It will also put you at ease in knowing what is expected of you as a participant and good sportsman.


James E. Rasmussen

Personal Instruction

NSCA Level 1

Pinnacle Shooting Sports

Personal Instruction | Target Setting 

Contact: Scott Cusanek

Terry Abbott

Personal Instruction

Rio Salado Sportsman Club
NSCA Level 1

Wayne W. Bixenman

Personal Instruction

Mesa, AZ
NSCA Level 2

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