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Our Mission

The mission of the USHA is to promote the growth of Helice, an exciting form of artificial target shooting which is rapidly becoming more and more popular, especially in Europe and the United States.

Helice Basics
USHA Box Targets

Helice shooting — also known as ZZ and Electrocibles — is a particularly challenging shotgun sport.

12 bore shot-guns are the largest gauge permitted to be used. 28 grams/1 oz is the largest shot charge permitted.

The 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.

During competition, the shooter stands inside a marked space on the shooting stand, with his/her gun held in any position judged safe by the referee, from gun-down to fully mounted. As soon as the shooter is at the designated mark and loads the gun, the operator will start the machines (launchers).

An oscillating electric motor in the helice 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 helice using the call of "Pull" on which command the helice is launched.

Once the ZZ bird has been launched, the competitor has two shots to hit the target. The shooter only scores points if the witness cap is dislodged from the propellers and lands within a fenced area (ring).

Target flight times are short and unpredictable, compounding the difficulty, so speed and accuracy are at a premium.

Read current Helice competition Rules and Regulations...

The Helice Ring
5-Box Ring

The helice ring, illustrated at left, is where the actual shooting takes place. The ring shown is a typical 5-box (five machine) layout, which is the standard, most commonly-used layout for USHA competitions.

Click the thumbnail image to view the layout full size.

Rings should be located on a level shooting field. Preferably, the general direction of the shooting should be North or North East with the axis going through the Shooting Stand and the Middle machine.

Helice rings typically include either five or seven box launchers, which are arranged in a semi-circle in front of the shooter's position. For five-machine layouts, the machines are positioned between 4.50 meters and 5 meters apart.

View or Print a Full-Page 5-Box Helice Ring Setup...

Twenty-one meters beyond the launchers is a rigid, semi-circular fence, twenty-four inches high. This fence marks the outside border of the shooting area (into which all scoring targets must fall). The mesh size of the fence must not allow the White Centre Cap of the Helice to pass through. The distance from the Helice Machines to the Barrier should be a maximum of 21 meters.

Helice Videos

The videos provided here illustrate the configuration and scale of the helice ring, as well as the position of equipment and participants. They also give a hint of the fast action typical of helice competitions.

The first video was shot during a recent USHA sanctioned match in Texas.

The second video was shot at the British Helice Grand Prix in 2011, hosted at the West Kent Shooting School in the United Kingdom.

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