Skeet shooting Information

Skeet shooting is one of the three major types of competitive shotgun shooting at targets . There are several types of skeet, including one with Olympic status , and many with only national recognition.

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. For the American version of the game, the clay discs are 4 5/16 inches in diameter, 1 1/8 inches thick, and fly a distance of 60 yards . The international version of skeet uses a target that is slightly larger in diameter , thinner in cross section , and has a thicker dome center, making it harder to break. International targets are also thrown a longer distance from similar heights , resulting in a faster target speed.

The firearm of choice for this task is usually a high-quality, double-barreled over and under shotgun with 28/30 inch barrels and open chokes. Often, shooters will choose an improved cylinder choke or a skeet choke , but this is a matter of preference. Some gun shops refer to this type of shotgun as a skeet gun. Alternatively a sporting gun or a trap gun is sometimes used. These have longer barrels and tighter choke. Many shooters of American skeet and other national versions still use inexpensive semi-auto and pump action shotguns with great success. The use of clay targets replaced the more traditional target of live birds, as a cheaper, more humane and more reliable alternative, one reason they are also called clay pigeons.

Wikipedia, Skeet shooting, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skeet_shooting (as of Apr 7, 2010)

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