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The lawful use of firearms is by no means all about self-defense, protection of lives or property, or combat situations. There are millions of people who regularly engage is shooting firearms of all types for recreational purposes.

Whichever firearm or discipline you with to try the instructors at GUNPLAY USA can give you a successful head-start. If you are a hunter, training in any of these sports will improve your game harvest.

Handguns

 

Bullseye Pistol

There are a number of sport shooting venues that use handguns. The granddaddy of all is Bullseye Pistol, or Conventional Pistol. This course is fired from 25 and 50 yards. The shooter shoots with one hand, fires a specified number of shots within a certain time frame. This is truly precision shooting. Visit this LINK for detailed information about this popular sport.

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International Defensive Pistol Association matches.

IDPA as a sport is quite simply the use of practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated “real world” self-defense scenarios. Shooters competing in IDPA events are required to use practical handguns and holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense use. No “competition only” equipment is permitted in IDPA matches since the main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual, not his equipment or gamesmanship.

IDPA is the ideal sport for those who have the desire to learn the safe and effective use of a handgun in defensive situations and have a barrel of fun and camaraderie while doing so.

International Practical Shooting Confederation

IPSC shooters need to blend accuracy, power, and speed into a winning combination. Multiple targets, moving targets, targets that react when hit, penalty targets, or even partially covered targets, obstacles, movement, competitive strategies, and other techniques are all a part of IPSC to keep shooters challenged and spectators engaged.

Rifle (Rim-fire and Big-bore)

The rifle training/instruction may be divided into two categories, high power and small bore.  These two types may be further subdivided as follows.  High power competition fired with service or match rifles at 200 to 1000 yards  and hunting rifle training designed to help the hunter develop or improve skill in the use of the chosen rifle.  This training would include range estimation, wind reading  and shooting from field positions.

Small bore rifle (.22 rimfire) training may be divided into small bore competition fired on targets at 50 and 100 yards and hunting rifle training.  Hunting rifle training is designed to help the hunter hone his skill with the .22 rimfire.

All rifle training will provide the student with complete knowledge of the fundamentals of marksmanship, the basics of zeroing a rifle and the use of firing positions for both range and field.

Shotgun

There are several shotgun sport disciplines. Here are some of the more popular.

Skeet.  Skeet is a challenging shotgun-clay target game. There are 25 shots in a game (singles) and 50 shots in doubles. The shooters take turns shooting from  designated stations at crossing targets. Fun for men, women and children. This game can be enjoyed with any shotgun capable of firing two shots in rapid order. An open choke (skeet or IC) is the most successful. A skeet gun can be either 12, 16, 20, 28 gauge or a .410 bore. The .410 is not a suitable fun for a beginner or a child. The 20ga. is preferred for those shooters.

The orange lines show the path of the targets.

Trap

Trap is another challenging and fun game for shot-gunners - young or old. The shooters stand on one of five stations on a semi-circle and fire at targets traveling away from them at various angles, then after 5 shots advance to the next station until 25 shots have been fired. The 12 gage is the preferred gun for this game though many are successful with a 20ga. A full or modified choke is preferred. The basic Trap game is 25 shots fire from a station 16 yards from the trap. A single shot gun can be successfully used. For Doubles Trap a two shot repeater is necessary. A pump action, semi-auto or double barrel gun is necessary for doubles.

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A Typical Trap Field

Sporting Clays.

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 game birds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shots.

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.

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.

Either a 12ga. or a 20ga. gun is desirable for successful sporting clays shooting. As there are many doubles targets, a repeating gun is needed - pump action, semi auto or double.

Much like a golf course, a sporting clays range may cover several acres. Many shooters use golf or clays karts to save the long walks between stations. Many commercial sporting clays ranges rent such karts.

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A Sporting Clays Station

Five-stand.

Five Stand is very similar to Sporting Clays in that a wide variety of targets are thrown. No two five-stands are exactly alike and the same facility may be different on your next visit due to the placement of the target traps. There are five "stands" or stations to shoot from. There are usually somewhere between 6 and 8 traps that throw targets. Participants shoot in turn at each of the 5 stands and various combinations of targets are thrown from the traps. Usually there is a menu card that will advise the shooter of the sequence of targets. Five Stand is a great way to get a Sporting Clays like experience in a small amount of space, with very little walking.

A Five-stand field

GUNPLAY USA can introduce you to any of these safe, fun, educational shooting disciplines. Give us at call...

Roy Plumlee - 972-524-4224

rwplumlee@aol.com

 

Ed Waynick - 972-979-4209

gunplay@tx.rr.com