Fairfax Rod & Gun Club


02/11 Valentine NSSA Registered Skeet Shoot

03/11 GMU NSSA Registered Skeet Shoot

04/21-23 VA Open NSSA Registered Skeet Shoot

06/16-18 Mo-Joe Open NSSA Registered Skeet Shoot

07/21-23 Bull Run Open NSSA Registered Skeet Shoot


Skeet is shot at clay targets released from a high trap and a low trap. The targets cross at a midfield stake that is 21 yards equidistant from each of the seven shooting stations. Station eight is located next to the midfield stake. A round of skeet begins at station one and progresses in a counter clockwise direction through the eight stations. Single targets, one from the high and one from the low houses, are shot at each station. Double targets that are simultaneously released from both houses are shot at stations one, two, six and seven. At the shooter’s first miss, he is given a second shot at the missed target. If he breaks all the targets including high and low eight, he then shoots his 25th shot at low eight.

The Thursday evening skeet league is a great way to learn the game.

It is important to observe the hard and fast rule that shooters and spectators must wear both eye and hearing protection at all times on all ranges.

The events are listed on the Club Calendar located here:

The governing body of skeet shooting is the National Skeet Shooting Association, and rules and other pertinent information can be found on their website:

Registered skeet shoots:

  • Advanced reservations are recommended; check the match bulletin for details.
  • Competition for the first rotation usually begins at 9:00.

Usual course of fire:

  • Four rounds of 25-targets with each gauge – 12, 20, 28 and .410 bore.
  • Doubles shot at all stations 1 through 7 and back to 1. Two 24-target rounds and two 26-target rounds, alternating.


  • Each of four gauges are competed – 12, 20, 28 and .410. Competitors need shoot only those gauges they choose.
  • Often competitions are held for only one or two gauges.
  • A shooter may shoot a smaller gauge in any competition; e.g., 20 or 28 gauge in a 12 gauge event, etc.


  • Cylinder or Skeet, as the targets are from 20 to 25 yards distant.


  • 100 rounds per gun, No. 9 shot, with a few extras for potential gun malfunctions, broken targets, etc.


  • A shotgun and ammo of the proper gauge/bore.
  • A pouch or vest to hold shells.
  • Eye and ear protection.

Match fees:

  • Vary with the event; check the shoot program.

Practice fees:

  • Check the price list in the club house.