|Since I seem to be gathering photos, videos and experiences centered around sporting clays I felt it was time to build a page on some of
these activities. The photos below will be shown full size if you click on them.
|Last update 07/25/09
|This is the place where I spend a lot of time. If the music business is my main number one activity in my life
this may be number two. If you click on the photo above it will take you directly to the Moore N Moore website.
Both of my two sons have gotten totally involved in the sport as well. Sporting clays is a great family activity. If
you are a golfer (which I am not) you may also find sporting clays a sport worth pursuing.
|Before I go too far forward I would like to take a moment to present a bit of info on what sporting clays is all about. Many folks may think of skeet or trap and sporting clays is
In 1920 in the town of Andover,
Massachusetts, a small group of upland
game hunters took to shooting clay targets
as a means of practicing their wing shooting.
As friendly rivalries started to develop
amongst the group, a uniform series of shots
were developed to keep the competition fair
and even for all. It was from this crude
beginning that the modern day version of
skeet shooting developed into what is now
an international sport practiced by hunters
and non-hunters alike.
Charles E. Davies, an Andover,
Massachusetts businessman and avid
grouse hunter, is recognized as the inventor
of the skeet game as we know it.
The word "skeet" is derived from the
Scandanavian word for "shoot."Credit for
naming the game goes to Gertrude Hurlbutt,
a Dayton, Montana housewife, who in 1926
won a contest for naming the new game.
Among the thousands of entries in the
contest were "Bang" and "Bye Bye Blackbird."
Skeet Shooting today involves 10's of 1000's
of people across North America and the
world. There is American Skeet, International
Skeet and English Skeet. Each form of Skeet
Shooting varies slightly from the other.
The National Skeet Shooting Association is
the governing body for American Skeet. More
than 20,000 skeet shooters shoot "registered
targets" that are sanctioned by The National
Skeet Shooting Association each year.
If you want to shoot better in the field, enjoy a
day at the gun club, or compete with the top
skeet shooters in the world for honor and
glory (notice that I left out money), then skeet
shooting is a great sport.
The basic difference between skeet shooting
and trapshooting is that in skeet, most of the
targets are crossing targets and in
trapshooting, all of the targets are outgoing
Trapshooting was developed in England late in the 18th century. The first
targets were live pigeons, which were released from cages known as
traps. The sport was first practiced in the United States early in the 19th
century and was popular by midcentury in a number of areas, notably
Cincinnati, Ohio, and the New York City area. In subsequent decades the
scarcity of live pigeons prompted trapshooting enthusiasts in the United
States to create ingenious artificial targets. The substitute targets first
tried included glass balls filled with feathers and solid iron pigeons
mounted on long metal rods. Platter-shaped clay pigeons were
developed about 1870. The subsequent introduction of standard-ized
traps facilitated nationwide competition. The first U.S. national
championship match took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1885.
The Amateur Trapshooting Association, with headquarters in Vandalia,
Ohio, is the governing body of U.S. and Canadian trapshooting. Under its
auspices numerous trapshooting competitions, notably the Grand
American Handicap, take place each year. Trapshooting competition
takes three forms: singles, handicap, and double-target shooting. In all
three the targets are hurled from one trap, and 12-gauge shotguns are
used. In singles shooting, contestants fire from a series of five stations
located 16 yd (14.63 m) behind the trap. At a signal from the contestant,
the clay target is hurled forward into the air, away from the firing line. In
order to simulate the unpredictable flight patterns of birds taking wing,
the targets are sprung out of the trap at various angles and in various
directions. The clay pigeons rise to a minimum height of about 10 ft
(about 3 m) and, unless hit, fall to the ground about 150 ft (about 45 m)
from the trap. Champions often hit 100 out of 100 targets.
In handicap trapshooting, contestants possessing superior records
must shoot from stations located 17 to 27 yd (15.54 to 24.68 m) behind
the trap. The added distance, or handicap, enables trapshooters of only
average ability to compete on equal terms with experts. In double-target
shooting, the trap springs two clay pigeons into the air simultaneously in
In Standard American Trap a single target is thrown from a trap house 16
yards forward of where shooters stand for “Singles Trap”. All targets are
thrown at the same elevation and speed – approximately 40 mph. The
targets do however vary in horizontal position and are thrown randomly
anywhere from 22 ½ degrees left to 22 ½ degrees right of the field
centerline. “Handicap Trap” is a slight variation from Singles, wherein
shooters are handicapped – based upon their ability – and shoot from a
position further away from the trap house. As with other American Trap
games, you only get one shot at each target – so load only one shell in
the gun at a time for singles or handicap.
American Doubles Trap has many similarities to Singles Trap. All the
targets are the same elevation, they are thrown at about the same
speed, and the field width is still 22 ½ degrees left and right. In Doubles
Trap, two targets are thrown simultaneously – but they are always thrown
in the same horizontal position with respect to the trap house. Since
there are two targets, you are allowed to load two shells at a time.
Continental Trap increases the difficulty of the game. Targets vary not
only in horizontal position, but also in vertical position. The field width can
be as wide as 45 degrees left and right of centerline, and targets are
thrown faster at about 51 mph. Because continental targets represent
more of a challenge, two shots are allowed for each target – therefore
two shells may be loaded for each target.
Sporting Clays is 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 gamebirds, such
as flushing, crossing, incoming and other
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.Â
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.
|Before I continue on even further I would like to thank Pat Moore. He has been my instructor and the instructor for my two boys. He has
taught me 95% of what I know when it comes to this sport. The other 5% or so has come from Guy St. Louis and the other many helpful
folks that call this place their own place to have a great time.
Pat was a full time exhibition shooter and champion trap competition shooter. He and his wife and son now own Moore-N-Moore.
|Being a great teacher and mentor is 25% ability and proficiency in your
craft and 75% personality with a lack of ego and the skills to pass on your
knowledge. Pat Moore seems to have in excess of these percentage that
add up to more than 100%
|Cory Moore on the left and Guy St. Louis on the right. Both have helped me
more than I can say. I am sure Cory will kick my butt for posting the photo
of him after he spilled the BBQ beans all over himself. Maybe he will pity
and forgive and old guy like me.
Below is a video from June 14th. It has not been edited. Below the video
below I will have links directly to youtube for videos from July 12th and later.
I will also post some still shots.
|Below are some unedited video links from July 12 2009 at Moore-N-Moore Club
These are high def but may take a while to process on youtube in high def. You can
watch in full screen format if desired directly off youtube by double clicking on the
video. There are only a few videos posted here but there are many more and will be
many more posted via links below.
Check back from time to time as I have a lot of videos and stills to upload.
|video 1 video 2 video 3 video4 video5 video6 video7 video8 video9 video10
video11 video12 video13 video14 video15
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|This is one of the videos from the links above but I thought I would like to post it here as well.
This is Guy St. Louis. He is a great shot and has given me a lot of great advice and many pointers.
The first time I met Guy was when I was getting a lesson from Pat Moore. Guy was out shooting and
Pat asked if he would take a few minutes to step in so I could watch Guy and learn a few things from
somebody else. After Guy hit everything he shot at and after Guy waited until the clays were launched
and in the air to load his gun ... and then shot a pair from his hip ... my first thought was ... I never
want to shoot against this "Guy". A few weeks later I was in a group of five folks competing against
each other and he was one of the five. Needless to say, I came in last but leaned a lot from Guy and
Mike Zozaya who was also a lot of help to me (and also cleaned my clock on that day as a side note).
|Below are shots from the July 25th 2009 Mulligan shoot