Skeet clay pigeon shooting at Crowland Gun Club

IMG_0397Of all the different clay shooting disciplines, Skeet is one of the finest ways to get to grips with the sport because a full round of 25 shots will provide the shooter with a wide range of targets, at different angles and different distances.

But, Skeet is certainly not purely designed as an introductory method to learn the art of clay pigeon shooting. Once you’ve accustomed yourself to the many targets, the next step is to hit them all, time after time. Not an easy feat in anyone’s book!

In fact, Skeet is an Olympic shooting discipline – the same set-up as we shoot, but with faster clay pigeons, traps that release the clays on delay timers and stringent rules as to where the gun is held before each shot is taken.

The Skeet layout at Crowland Gun Club is always open, with the clay traps adjusted before each shoot to ensure each clay flies exactly as it should, providing consistent targets at all times.

Skeet layout

SHOOTING SKEET

There are 25 shots in a round of Skeet, and those shots are taken from seven different stands (or stations, as they are also known) positioned in a wide semi-circle. There is also an eighth stand in the centre, which is used when shooting Olympic Skeet.

The clay pigeons are thrown from two trap houses which face each other at either ends of the semi-circle. The trap to the left is named the High house (as it’s the taller of the two), while the trap on the right is called the Low house.

The clay pigeons fly as per the diagram above, crossing in the centre above stand 8, and directly in front of stand 4.

A set sequence follows where shooters are given targets launched from either the High house or the Low house individually, or both at the same time. The team of shooters start on stand 1. Once each shooter has their turn at their targets, the squad of shooters moves to the next stand.

As you can see from the diagram, the shooter is faced with a varied set of challenges, with targets travelling straight overhead and coming almost directly towards you (as on stand 1), to two targets travelling swiftly from left to right, and vice versa (on stand 4). Then there’s all the different angles inbetween.

If trying your hand at Skeet appeals, why not drop us a line? We’ll be only too happy to see you on one of our shoot days. You’ll find all the information you need at our Contact Crowland Gun Club page.