Vice President of Shotguns: Walt Maki
MSSA offers five types of shotgun sports: Sporting Clays, Skeet, Trap, Wobble Trap and 5-Stand. Each discipline presents shooters with a variety of unique challenges.
Sporting Clays - The S/C field includes ten shooting stations where targets are thrown at a wide variety of angles. Typically, shooters will try their skill at ten targets per station. A complete round of sporting clays usually consists of one hundred targets. Shooters at MSSA can expect to see all sorts of targets like rabbits, springing teal, minis, overhead towers, hard crossers, etc.
Skeet - The Skeet field presents its own sets of challenging targets. The skeet field is set up with eight shooting positions in a semi circle marked by a green box. A typical round consists of twenty five targets. All targets are thrown from a ‘low house’ or ‘high house’ depending on the station the shooter is on. Shooters get to test their skill at singles, doubles, hard crossers, incoming and outgoing targets. There are currently eight skeet fields and more than enough room to shoot at anytime with no waiting.
Trap - The trap field is set up with five shooting positions. Each shooter shoots five targets per position taking turns with the other shooters in the group. Accuracy is the key here. Targets are thrown at various angles which change randomly. You¹ll never really know if your target will be thrown hard left or straight away. A normal round of trap consists of twenty five targets.
5-Stand - This shotgun discipline is similar to Sporting Clays but targets are set up in a circular pattern around a field. Normally there are eight targets which can be thrown as singles, report pair, true pair or following pairs. Five stand is a great place to practice a variety of shots including rabbits, going away targets, hard crossers, etc. You¹ll see a wide variety of targets at the five stand field. All shooting is done from behind the designated, roped off area.
Wobble Trap - If you¹re new to shotguns, this is the place to start. Wobble trap presents all going away targets in a random angle. There are five shooting positions from which to shoot. If fun and breaking a lot or targets is your goal, then this is the shotgun discipline for you.
MSSA is also the regional home for Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program competitions. Area high schools that compete at MSSA include:
- Fayette Academy
- Memphis University School
- St. Agnes
- St. Benedict
- St. George
- St. Mary’s
- Tipton County