When my best mate finally plucked up the courage to ask his missus to marry him I was given the honour of being best man, which of course meant organising the stag party and stitching him up as much as possible in the process.
After getting the evening's entertainment sorted I wanted to book an activity that would keep the lads out of the bar for as long as possible, so I decided on a clay pigeon shooting experience. Even though none of the lads had been clay shooting before they were quickly won over by the combination of guns and blowing stuff up!
In total there were 12 of us in our group, and even though this was our first clay pigeon shooting experience we still wanted to look the part, which meant wearing as much tweed as possible. We arrived at the site looking like complete idiots but the instructors were up for a laugh and got us signed in really quickly.
After we'd signed in we were given a full safety briefing and shown how to handle the shotguns safely. Before the instructor took us out to the shooting stands we were given safety glasses and ear defenders to wear too, and once we were fully kitted up he showed us the trick to nailing the first clay. Because there were so many of us we were split into two smaller groups, and we took it in turns to face the clays, which meant there was the added pressure of the lads watching. Luckily I managed to blow the first clay to pieces which kept them quiet, and you can't beat the feeling of nailing your first clay.
The shooting ground had loads of different traps and shooting stands, and we faced clays that headed in pretty much every direction. I'd booked a 25 clay pigeon shooting experience which meant we took on five clays at five different shooting stands, and to say we were all first timers we ended up with some fairly impressive scores.
The lads loved our clay pigeon shooting experience, and even though the groom ended up at the bottom of the the scoresheet he definitely won't forget his big day in a hurry.