SKEET & TRAP SHOOT RANGE - HISTORY
Sand Point Naval Air Station
The name of Skeet Shooting
is accredited to Gertrude Hurlbutt, the winner of a naming contest held
in 1926. "Skeet" is roughly
"to shoot" in Scandinavian.
Skeet shooting was
originally "clock-shooting" because of its originally circular field
with only one trap, or skeet thrower, at the 12 o'clock position. A
thrower was added at six o'clock when the game adopted a half-circle
Trapshooting was developed in England late in the 18th century. The first targets were live pigeons, which were released from cages known as traps. The sport was first practiced in the United States early in the 19th century and was popular by midcentury in a number of areas, notably Cincinnati, Ohio, and the New York City area.
substitute targets first tried included glass balls filled with
feathers and solid iron pigeons mounted on long metal rods.
Platter-shaped clay pigeons were developed about 1870. The subsequent
introduction of standard-ized traps facilitated nationwide competition.
The first U.S. national championship match took place in New Orleans,
Louisiana, in 1885. CLAY TARGETS ON LINE