Helice ZZ-Bird Shooting
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Helice shooting, also known as ZZ or Electrocibles, is a particularly challenging variation within the shogun disciplines. As will other shotgun sports like skeet & trap shooting, 12 bore shot-guns are the largest gauge permitted to be used and 28 grams /1 oz is the largest shot charge permitted.
The wickedly small targets, called ZZ Birds, consist of a central "witness cap" equipped with winged plastic propellers on either side. The wings simulate the erratic, unpredictable flight of a live bird, making helice shooting a bitter challenge but also a rewarding exercise.
During helice shooting competition, the shooter stands within a marked space on the shooting stand. When the shooter is in position, with their gun held in any position judged safe by the referee, it's time for the fickle ZZ birds to fly.
The oscillating electric motor in the helice ZZ bird launcher spins the target at high revolutions and launches it, either on command, at regular intervals, or randomly. Typically, the shooter calls "Ready" and the machine operator must reply "Ready". The shooter then calls for the action to begin with a call of "Pull" on which command the bird is launched. Once the ZZ bird has been launched, the shooter has two shots to hit the target. The competitor only scores points if the witness cap is dislodged from the propellers and lands within a fenced area. Target flight times are short and unpredictable, compounding the difficulty, so speed and accuracy are at a premium.