Sporting - Beginners Guide
What is FITASC Sporting?
FITASC Sporting, is a shooting discipline which forms part of the
‘Federation Internationale de Tir Aux Sportives de Chasse’
based in Paris. FITASC as it is more commonly known, is an international
form of Sporting Clays and enjoys a following the world over. Many
would argue that it is the ultimate challenge in clay target shooting.
What format is used?
The competitions are mainly shot over 100 targets made up of four
layouts of 25 targets, or "Parcours". GB selection shoots
will have 150 – 200 targets, shot over 2 days, whilst the
European and World Events have 200 targets, shot over 4 days.
There are two variations in the format, known as "old system"
and "new system". The new system accommodates more shooters
but requires considerably more traps, whilst the old system is still
more favoured as the purest form of the sport.
The old system comprises five traps on a layout with three different
shooting positions. The positions are marked by a 1 metre diameter
hop placed on the ground. A squad of six shooters shoots the sequence
of targets from Peg 1 and then moves on to Peg 2, then Peg 3. The
downside of this system is that only one squad can be 'in action'
on a particular layout at one time.
The new system will have three or four shooting positions on each
layout,(it has been known for five shooting positions at European
or World Championships),but each position will have its own set
of traps. This means that a squad can be shooting from each position
at the same time. This system allows more shooters to compete in
a day but costs are increased considerably. World and European Championships
will always be set on the new system with up to 8 parcours being
On arriving at the stand, the squad is shown the targets they will
shoot. The first shooter will shoot all their singles from that
stand and will then step off to allow the next shooter to move forward.
The doubles is then shot with shooter number 2 starting, number
1 having dropped to the last person to shoot. On the next layout,
number 3 shooter will lead off and so on. This means that a different
shooter starts each time. Double targets can be simultaneous, on
report or following, "raffael" in FITASC terminology.
On single targets, full use of the gun is allowed and a kill is
recorded whether the first or second shot breaks the target. For
the doubles, there is no requirement to fire one shot at each target
and a competitor may fire both barrels at one of the targets if
they wish. There is no penalty for doing so and the target will
be scored if broken with either shot.
The Gun Position!
Gun position until the target appears, is strictly monitored. The
heel of the stock must be touching the body below a horizontal line,
25cm down from the top of the shoulder. This line is always marked
on the shooters vest to aid the referee. If the shooter moves his
gun before the target is visible they will be warned immediately
by the referee. Repeated instances will result in targets being
Shooting takes place in a 1m hoop, the shooter has great freedom
of movement and is not restricted in any way. Safe gun handling
is of the highest importance.
FITASC targets are not limited to standard clays and you will see
all types, battues, rockets, rabbits, midis and minis, in use. The
variety adds considerable interest and makes accurate reading of
the target more difficult.
Cartridge load is now restricted to 28 gram, but this reduction
has not noticeably affected scores. FITASC can be shot with a regular
Sporting Clay gun but many will opt for the longer barrel lengths.
Come and join us!
If you have never shot FITASC then do make the effort to try it.
There are four GB selection shoots throughout the year which are
open to all shooters who are members of one of the UK National governing
bodies. The atmosphere at the World and European Championships is
amazing and you should plan to attend one of these great shoots
at least once.