Sporting Clays / 5 Stand
The most fun you can have with a shotgun
Sporting clays/ 5 Stand was originally established to simulate the kind of shooting one could normally expect to find in the field.
Unlike other conventional clay target shooting disciplines, where targets all follow regular and standard trajectories from course to course, no two sporting clays ground are the same and no two grounds have the same targets. However, every shooter on a given sporting range on a given day receives exactly the same targets as their fellow competitors.
In Sporting Clays, aspects of the natural terrain at the ground are fully utilised so that competitors are shooting amongst trees, rocks, uphill, downhill and overhead.
We are lucky at Caboolture Clay Target Club in that our sporting layouts are located in a true bush setting (just ask the regular kangaroo spectators - no kidding!) with varying terrain types from dense forest to open wetlands.
Many targets are deigned to mimic the behaviour of real-life birds and animals, from rabbits which roll and bounce along the ground to the 'springing teal' which springs from cover to rise high in the air before falling (that's if you don't shoot it first).
Other targets have no comparison, such as the larger but very thin "battue" targets that turn on their side at the end of their trajectory or the tricky "super-mini" which whizzes past at high speed.
There are 5 stations,or stands and 3 to 8 strategically placed clay target throwers (called traps).The shooter is presented with 5 targets at each stand,first 3 targets are thrown as a single followed by a pair which could be a Report Pair (2nd target released after 1st shot has been fired), Sim Pair (2 targets thrown at the same time) and Trailing Pair (2nd target released after a preset timed delay).