What to Wear: Clay Shooting

What to Wear: Clay Shooting

Whether you are a beginner or keen shot, clay pigeon shooting is a brilliant individual and team sport, and is one of the fastest growing in the UK at the moment. Clay pigeon shooting now has at least 20 different forms of regulated competition called disciplines, although most can be grouped under the main headings of trap, skeet, and sporting. Online and particularly in our shop at Bisley, we stock a wide range of clay specific clothing and accessories.

Below we have highlighted some key essentials you will need when clay shooting. View the full clay shooting range here.

Ear Defenders

Safety first, whatever discipline of shooting. We recommend wearing a pair of ear defenders, but especially for clay as more shots are fired on a clay ground.

They range from very simple Disposable Foam Ear Plugs to very technical ear defenders which removes only the harmful noise; our best sellers are the Peltor Sport Tac Ear Defenders. Make sure your hearing protection has a comfortable fit that doesn’t impede gun mount. 

To view the full range, click here.

Eye Protection

All clay shooters should wear eye protection, quite often a clay ground can provide this for you, but double check before you arrive.

The range of shooting glasses we have are perfect as this ensures you have maximum protection and the correct lens for certain lights when shooting.

For ever-changing British weather conditions, the Browning Claymaster Shooting Glasses feature 5 interchangeable lenses to ensure optimum performance.

We also offer a wide selection of replacement Oakley lenses for different lighting conditions.

To view the whole range, click here.


As most clay shooting is within the summer months, a light shirt will be sufficient - or even a polo.

New for this season, the Beretta Men's Corporate Polo Shirt is made with a cotton and elastane blend for superb comfort. To view our range of men's T-Shirts and Polo Shirts, click here. Or, if you are looking for a more formal shirt, you can view our men's range here.

We also offer a range of shooting shirts for ladies, which can be found here.

Shooting Vest

This is the most essential piece of kit for most clay shooters.

The Seeland Winster Men's Softshell Waistcoat  is perfect. The Winster vest has an adjustable back and is made from a stretch fabric for optimum comfort and complete freedom of movement.

A shooting vest makes it easier to access your ammunition, as large pockets at the front will hold an ample number of cartridges.

To view our range of shooting vests for men, click here.

Or, to view our range for ladies, click here.


Especially if it is a really sunny day, a baseball cap or flat cap will keep the sun out of your eyes. For added protection from the sun, the Harkila Herlet Tech Cap has an optional neck covering.

The Beretta DryTek Fleece Lined Hat GTX® is perfect for the colder months as it is waterproof and fleece lined to help keep you warm and dry in those spring showers.

With a range of caps from fantastic brands such as Browning, Beretta and Harkila, you will find both style and practicality all rolled in to one. View the full range here.


If it is wet wellingtons are perfect, the Arxus Unisex Primo Leather Zip Boots are perfect, available in UK sizes 5-11 and lined with calf leather, which provides the same comfort as a leather boot.

If it's warmer, a sturdy pair of trainers or walking boots are perfect, something like the 5:11 Tactical Speed 3.0 Shooting Boots.

View our full range of men's shooting boots here.

You will also find our full range of ladies shooting boots here.

Waterproof Jacket

If you are going to wear the coat while clay shooting, it needs to fit well and not restrict movement.

If you are clay shooting in Winter however you will need something much warmer, a William Evans Tweed Shoot coat will keep you dry.

For ladies, the Musto Abbottsford Lightweight Tweed Jacket is available in UK sizes 8-18 and designed for superb flexibility.

To view our full range of waterproof jackets, click here.


In regards to any extras you might need for the day, a Musto Shooting Towel can be very useful to keep your hands clean.

Maybe also a Shooting Bag or Cartridge Bag to carry cartridges, chokes and any extra clothing you think you'll need for warmth.

The majority of Shooting Vests come with added protection, or there may be space to insert a Recoil Pad. These are highly recommended to absorb the impact of the shot.

These are the key essentials when it comes to clay shooting, but you can find our full range of products available here.

Where to Shoot

We recommend Bisley Shooting Ground, it is just 30 miles from central London and is located within 3,000 acres of stunning Surrey heath and woodland. It is described by many as the country’s top shooting school with industry leading coaching.

William Evans has a shop adjacent to the Bisley ground, so if you've forgotten anything you might need then our team will be more than happy to help. If you wish to have cartridges ready to collect on arrival or for any more information, please call +44 (0)1483 486 500 or email bisleyshop@williamevans.com.

William Evans Ltd.
The Old Armoury,
Queens Road, Bisley Camp,
Brookwood, Surrey,
GU24 0NY, United Kingdom

We look forward to welcoming you.