Sporting Clays

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Clays, Trap or Skeet? What's the difference?

Sporting Clays is one of three popular shooting sports where clay pigeons are shot with a shotgun for fun, practice or in matches.

Sporting Clays is the closest thing to actual field shooting of all shotgun sports. The sport dates back to England in the early 1900s when trap shooting used live pigeons. With the introduction of clay targets, the sport began to take on the popular form known today. But rather than using standardized distances, target angles and target sizes, sporting clays courses are designed to simulate the hunting of ducks, pheasants and even rabbits. A shooter may face a different shooting challenge in each session.  Six different sizes of clay targets give the participant the experience of actual hunting conditions, so you can see why the sport is so popular with hunters.


By contrast, Trap Shooting is one of where there is only one "house" that releases targets and the shooters only move through 5 different positions.  Trap is broken down into three categories: 16 yd singles, 16 yd doubles and, handicap which is shot between 19 and 27 yds. In singles each shooter takes one shot at five targets in each of the five positions in sequence and is shot while standing 16 yards back from the trap house. The trap that throws the clay pigeons rotates back and forth so it is impossible to know which way the target is going to come out. Handicap is the same as singles but shot from further away. You start at the 20 yd line and work your way back as your average improves over time.  Parma Rod & Gun Club has Trap shooting facilities as well.

Skeet refers to an old Scandinavian word meaning "to shoot." It stands for a competitive target shooting sport that was invented in America in 1920 by several Massachusetts men who wanted to improve their aim before hunting season. Their system of simulating the flight pattern of live birds with the use of hand-propelled, inanimate targets began as a spirited game between hunters. Today, a modern version of that game has become an international sport in its own right for hunters and non-hunters alike. It is the fun of the game and the thrill of marksmanship that unites all skeet shooters.  Like Trap, skeet has fixed several firing positions and two fixed "houses" that fire clay birds for the shooter.

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 Who May Shoot?

We welcome all shooters who may legally bear arms, and do it safely.  We fully expect that those shooters will accept the greater responsibility that accompanies owning and shooting firearms. 

We will not accommodate those who wish to use skills acquired through our matches for criminal intent, or those that do not take safety seriously.

Membership and Fees:

We also hope you will choose to join the Parma Rod & Gun Club to take advantage of our range and shooting pits. Membership in Parma Rod & Gun Club is not required to participate in Sporting Clays matches or practice sessions. Members will be asked to pay a $10.00 range fee for Sporting Clays matches, and $13 for non-members.

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