5-Stand Sporting Clays, or simply 5-Stand, is a relatively new shotgun game which will debut at AGAC in April. 5-Stand is only offered at scheduled shoots with Range Safety Officers present. At this time, 4 shoots will be scheduled each month – 2 shoots for beginners and 2 shoots for more advanced shooters. The cost is $10 per round which includes ammo appropriate for our range. We currently offer 12 gauge and 20 gauge ammo. We may offer additional gauges as interest in the sport increases.
5-Stand is similar to traditional sporting clays, offering shots at targets from a multitude of angles and distances, but does so by placing five shooting stations side-by-side, only a few feet apart.
The advantages of five stand from AGAC’s viewpoint, is that a much smaller parcel of ground is required as compared to sporting clays. Therefore, 5-Stand shooting does not shut down any other part of the range. Also, only 6 to 8 target machines are needed to throw targets for all five shooting stations. AGAC has 8 target machines.
For the shooter, there are several advantages to 5-Stand as compared to sporting clays. As mentioned, a round takes only one box of shells, so the cost of shooting is less. And you can shoot a round of 5-Stand quickly, usually in only about half an hour’s time even with a full squad of five shooters.
A typical round of 5-Stand involves shooting five targets at all five shooting stations, requiring a box of 25 shells to complete the round. Usually, a single target is thrown from each shooting station, followed by two pairs of targets. The pairs may be thrown on-report, as a following-pair, or as a true-pair. On-report means that a second target is thrown as soon as you fire at the first target; in other words, on report of the gun. A following-pair means a second target is thrown automatically a few seconds after the first. And with a true-pair both targets are thrown simultaneously.