What is the difference between Skeet and Trap Shooting?

Trap vs Skeet

Different shooting disciplines have always been used throughout the years for shooters to get their practice in for game shooting.
Now Trap shooting and Skeet shooting are popular types of shooting in their own right.
We get asked quite often by new shooters, What is the difference between Skeet and Trap Shooting?

In this blog we will explain the differences between these shooting disciplines.

There are a number of differences between the two, with the main being that the clay targets in Trap move away from the shooter. The clay targets in Skeet shooting cross from side to side.

 

Trap Shooting

In Trap shooting you shoot at targets travelling away from the shooter. Each shooter will fire 5 shots from each of the 5 shooting positions, which will make a total of 25 targets each round. Clay targets are launched from a station which is placed partially underground.

Trap shooting starts with the person on station 1 firing their first shot, and is then followed by each of the other shooters on the rest of the stations until they have fired all 5 shots. All shooters then move along to the next station. The shooter on station 5 will walk behind the rest of the stations to station 1. All station changes must be done with an empty shotgun which will have it’s action open.

What is the difference between Skeet and Trap Shooting?

 

Skeet Shooting

The Skeet shooting discipline involves clay targets crossing in front of the shooter from a High and Low tower. The clay traps within the two towers are 40 meters apart and shoot the clays across a semi-circle of different shooting positions. The targets will always be at the same trajectory and velocity.

The clay trap in the high house is 10 feet above the ground and the trap in the low house is 3.5 feet from the ground. A round of skeet involves both single and double target presentations.
Similar to trap, shooters move around the different shooting positions to complete a round. Also similar to trap are the different shooting positions, creating different shooting angles.
Each round of Skeet is made up of 25 targets.

International Skeet shooting is slightly different. International skeet employs a different sequence of targets, and are also a much faster targets.
The target release can be up to 3 seconds after the shooters call. Skeet shooters also use a low gun mount. A low gun mount is when part of the shotgun is below the shooters hip when calling for their target.

What is the difference between Skeet and Trap Shooting?

 

What is the difference between Skeet and Trap Shooting?

 

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