SKEET & TRAP SHOOT RANGE - HISTORY
Sand Point Naval Air Station

Bldg. 21 Magazine - Arch Type Bldg. 48 Localizer Building
Bldg. 49 Target Gun House - Skeet Range Bldg. 50 Target Gun House - Skeet Range
Bldg. 102 MOTOR TESTING BUILDING Bldg. 103 Gasolinr Tank
Bldg. 104 Gasolinr Tank Bldg. 105 Gasolinr Tank
Bldg. 106 Gasolinr Control Pit
Bldg. 107 Fuel Oil Tank
Bldg. 108 Sewer Pump
Bldg. 121 FIELD HOUSE SKEET
Bldg. 122 Inert Storage Building
Bldg. 140 Radio Generator House
Bldg. 146 Oil Storage Tank
Bldg. 147 Trap House - Over Water
Bldg. 148 Trap House - Over Water Bldg. 149 Trap House
Bldg. 150 Trap House Bldg. 151 Trap House
Bldg. 152 Trap House Bldg. 153 Trap House
Bldg. 154 Trap House Bldg. 155 Skeet House
Bldg. 156 Skeet House Bldg. 157 Skeet House
Bldg. 158 Skeet House Bldg. 159 Skeet House
Bldg. 160 Skeet CONTROL House Bldg. 161 Skeet CONTROL House
Bldg. 162 Skeet CONTROL House Bldg. 163 Skeet CONTROL House
Bldg. 203 Ordance Material Storage
Bldg. 212 Semi Portable Engine Test House
Bldg. 312 Small Arms & Pyrotechnic Magazine
 

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 second thrower was added at six o'clock when the game adopted a half-circle routine.

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.

The 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



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