Skeet Range Information

Skeet Update – 2017 in Review by Bob Ford

 

Skeet during our 4th year has continued to increase those participating and growing revenue.  However we are a far cry from busy.  We always welcome new or renewed skeet shooters, who not only have a good time, but come back for more.  The sport is easy to learn and challenging to master.  As the perfect example of that, I’m still trying to hit all 25 birds in one squad.  I’m learning the subtle nuances of clay birds that always launch from the high and low trap houses the same way.  The change in perspective when one is shooting from post one thru post 8 is amazing.  Fortunately there’s a lot of guidance from those who are masters of skeet, but they are not routinely hitting perfect scores either.  So there’s always room for improvement.

 

Truth is I’m primarily a trap shooter, but enjoy any challenge involving moving clay targets.  Trap is variable in what direction the clay birds launch, but skeet clay birds always come out of  the high house and low house on their same trajectory.  Hence this is real easy to learn.  I thought skeet would be boring for that reason, but have to admit the opposite has happened.  I’m trying hard to get a score comparable to trap, which I have been shooting twice as long.  The thing is, hitting a moving target seems hard, but only requires good concentration and technique.  One usually knows why there was a miss, and you get to try the exact same shot again!!!  Its really a simple matter of focus on the clay bird and let your inate eye hand coordination take over.  Easy for me to say, but it’s that simple.

 

So take it from me the sport of skeet is a lot of fun, easy to learn, never boring, and you can spend as much time as you want to master.  The sport is very social, but you can have as much or as little help as you desire.  There are shooters there who are better than I, but we are all willing to assist you to learn how to improve.  Thursday shooting will commence again April thru end of October and the first Saturday of the month.  Thursday hours are 3 PM until dark and first Saturday skeet is 10-4.  However if that doesn’t suit your shedule, I’m willing to open other days and hours if there is real interest.  You can contact me at 610-657-2178 or via e-mail at Robertf1@ptd.net.  All you need is a shotgun and shells with 7 1/2, 8 or #9 shot.   The clay birds are only shot roughly 20 yards away, so a more open choke is preferred, and no need for other than light shooting target loads.  So come on out and give it a try.  No matter what you capability it will improve in a very short period of time.

 

The fee for one round is $4.50

For questions contact Bob Ford: 610-657-2178 robertf1@ptd.net

 

Skeet Field

 

The Skeet range has a High House on the left and a Low House on the right, each housing a trap machine which throws the targets from their windows at 17-degree angles from the base cord across the target crossing point, which is 18 feet straight out from the center of Station 8. Each house sits three feet outside the circle, exactly at the rear of the shooting pads of Stations 1 and 7.

Here is a great link for more information on Skeet: www.claytargetsonline.com