A challenging clay target game designed to simulate field shooting. On a Sporting Clays course, shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of game-birds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shots.
Courses are laid out in natural surroundings and typically include five or 10 shooting “stations” with shooters moving from one station to the next to complete the course. Each “station” presents shooters with a different type of shot. At a “grouse station,” for example, shooters might face flushing “birds” that zip in and out of the trees. At a “decoying duck” station, incoming targets may float in toward the shooter.
Most courses make use of natural features such as woods and ponds to create a realistic setting for each type of shot. At any “station,” targets may be thrown as singles, simultaneous pairs, following pairs (one target right after the other), or report pairs (the second target launched at the sound of the gun being fired at the first).
To further challenge shooters, target size may vary from the standard trap/skeet clay bird to the smaller “midi” and “mini” targets, or a flat disc shaped “battue” target. There are even special “rabbit” targets that are thrown on end and skitter across the ground.
The Sporting Clays course here at FSC offers a mostly wooded course with various “field like” conditions such as woodpiles, brush, multiple angled shots at various simulated game that provides a challenging competition and a great way to enhance or develop proficient hunting skills.
Common accessories -includes wearing a vest or pouch that will hold at least 25-50 cartridges or “shells” for singles and/or doubles events. Most ranges and clubs require eye and ear protection, as FSC does. Typically using lead shot ammunition, with shot sizes (for lead shot) ranging between #7 ½ and #9.
Typically shot with a 12 gauge shotgun. Smaller gauge firearms (e.g. 20 gauge) can be used, but no allowance is given. Shotguns can be specialized being adjustable to better fit the shooter, or can be of a factory hunting configuration. Stocks may have a “Monte Carlo” (fixed, raised “comb”) configuration and/or include a comb height adjustment, a butt plate adjustment for length, angle or both, with typically having longer barrels (30-34 inches), possibly with porting and the majority feature interchangeable choke tubes as opposed chokes of a “fixed” constriction to allow for compensation of shot size /distance and shooting style of the competitor in order to break the most targets.
Additional information about 5 Stand/Sporting Clays and about the competitions, history, and services/equipment please see their website http://www.nssa-nsca.org/index.php/nsca-sporting-clays-shooting/ and rulebook for qualifying arms and ammunition.