What is Skeet?

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What is Skeet ?

Skeet Field IllustrationSkeet is a clay target shooting sport. There are 2 types of Skeet, American Skeet which is administered by the NSSA (National Skeet Shooting Association) and Olympic skeet which is also one of the ISSF shooting events.

Skeet is a recreational and competitive activity where participants attempt to break clay disks flung into the air at high speed from a variety of angles. The firearm of choice for this task is usually a high quality shotgun although many American skeet shooters still use inexpensive semi-auto and pump action shot guns with great success. The use of clay targets replaced the more traditional target of live birds, as a cheaper and more reliable alternative.

The Game of Skeet
The event is in part meant to simulate the action of bird hunting. The shooter shoots from 7 positions on a semi-circle, and an 8th position halfway between stations 1 and 7. There are two houses that hold throwers that launch the targets, one at each corner of the semi-circle. One house launches targets from 10 feet above the ground ("high" house) and the other launches it from 3 feet above ground ("low" house).

  • At stations 1 and 2 the shooter shoots at single targets launched from the high house and then the low house, then shoots a double -- where the two targets are launched simultaneously.
  • At stations 3 through 5 the shooter shoots at single targets launched from the high house and then the low house.
  • At stations 6 and 7 the shooter shoots at single targets launched from the high house and then the low house, then shoots a double.
  • At station 8 the shooter shoots one high target and one low target.
  • The shooter must reshoot his first missed target, or if no targets are missed, must shoot his 25th shell at the low house station 8. This 25th shot was once referred to as the shooter's option as he was able to take it where he preferred. Now, to speed up rounds in competition, the shooter must shoot the low 8 twice for a perfect score.

Skeet shooting has been an Olympic event since 1968. Olympic Skeet differs from ordinary Skeet in that the targets are shot in a different order, are faster and will appear with a delay of between 0 and 3 seconds after the shooter has called for them. In addition, whereas in American skeet the shooter may call for the target with the gun held "up" ie. pre-mounted on the shoulder, in Olympic Skeet the shooter must call for the target with the gun held so that the gun butt is at mid-torso level.

Source: ShotgunSports.com