GIVING IT A SHOT: Cody Simmons and Daniel Clayton are both 17 years old and are beginning in the sport of clay target shooting, simply because they thought it would be enjoyable.
GIVING IT A SHOT: Cody Simmons and Daniel Clayton are both 17 years old and are beginning in the sport of clay target shooting, simply because they thought it would be enjoyable. Jake Jones

Young guns charged up for clay targets

CODY Simmons and Daniel Clayton are the newest shooters on deck at Gladstone Clay Target Club; two 17-year-olds who simply enjoy the thrill of shooting guns.

Having decided last week to give it a go at the local club's Christmas shoot, the pair surprised themselves with just how good they were.

Simmons and Clayton finished mid-field on the day, even with little experience behind them.

"My first try was all right, the second I got a fair bit better and this time was good," Simmons said, having been to two social days before.

Clayton though was completely new to the sport, taking his mate's word on how exciting it would be.

It didn't let him down, far outweighing the odd shoot on farms during his childhood.

"I have shot a couple of guns, just out in the bush," Clayton said.

"I hit a Milo tin and some random things."

Now both Simmons and Clayton have been taken by the clay target sport, with multiple events to compete in.

While buying their own guns and getting licences is not yet on the cards, they plan to return for competition borrowing the club guns again, as well as bringing more mates along to try it out.

"I will probably get into it. I have not looked into being a member yet but I will," Simmons said.

"My brother was going to come too but had a sore back.

"We also have another mate who wants to come but didn't come today."

After giving up rugby league because of starting a new apprenticeship recently, Clayton is also looking at making shooting a regular thing.

Filling the void from his previous sport, he is keen to get the adrenaline pumping again.

"I am concentrating on my job, but if I get to like it I will come up here a lot."



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