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Clay Target Shooting Games

Clay Target Shooting Games for fun or competition

Our outdoor shotgun range offers various clay target shooting games for beginners and advanced shooters. Our game descriptions will help you understand the differences between these fun and exciting outdoor games.  Private or group instruction is available with an emphasis on safety.

Trap is easy to learn, but hard to master

In Trap, clay targets are thrown by a machine located at approximately ground level and covered by a "trap house” at the center of the field.

  • Targets are thrown rising and away from shooter
  • Random and unpredictable manner
  • A round of trap consists of 25 shots
  • Groups of five shots being taken from five shooting positions
  • Maximum of five people shooting per round (squad)
  • Shooters then rotate to the next shooting position and repeat the process

Wobble Trap

A variant of standard trap, the main difference is a more extreme target flight path than in standard trap shooting.

  • Targets are thrown up and down as well as side to side
  • Wobble trap is a good warm up for Sporting Clays

International Trap

Prince George’s County Trap & Skeet Center is one of 47 gun clubs in the U.S. that offer International Trap (International Bunker), an Olympic shooting event.

  • Single-target shooting
  • Considered more difficult than other trap versions
  • Targets distance, angle and speed are greater
  • Targets are thrown from one of 15 machines

Skeet is hard, but easy to master

In Skeet, clay targets are thrown from two fixed and stationary machines located in “high house” (left side) & “low house” (right side) of the field.

  • Targets are thrown side to side
  • Ever-changing angles of the target flight path
  • A round of skeet consists of 25 targets
  • 8 different stations around a semicircle
  • Angles change from station to station
  • Some stations include shooting doubles

International Skeet

Prince George’s County Trap & Skeet Center is one of 47 gun clubs in the U.S. that offer Olympic Games of International Skeet and International Trap (International Bunker).
International Skeet (Olympic Skeet) is a variant of skeet shooting and the specific variant used in the Olympic Games.

  • Two throwing machines at different heights and increased speeds
  • Series of 25 targets in a specific order
  • Some as singles and some as doubles
  • The shooter has a fixed position between them.
  • A random delay of between 0 to 3 seconds, after the shooter has called for the target
  • The shooter must hold their gun so that the buttstock is at mid-torso level until the target appears

Sporting Clays has been called golf with a shotgun

Sporting Clays is a shotgun sport that incorporates target presentations that will challenge a beginner or a seasoned shooter.

  • The shooting grounds are laid out in a ‘course’ of stations or stands
  • Clay targets are thrown at various angles and speeds
  • These variations can be changed to keep the course challenging from round to round
  • Clay pigeons are thrown in singles and pairs
  • The number of targets thrown at each station is up to each shooter or squad
  • The size of a course may change with a normal round consisting of 5-10 stations and 50 targets