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What is the difference between trap and skeet shooting?

Trap and skeet shooting are both disciplines of clay pigeon shooting, where a clay target or targets are released from a 'trap' (the release mechanism) and are hit with a shotgun.

Trap Shooting

In general, trap shooting clays are thrown from a single point in front of the shooter with their trajectory going forwards and away.

Trap Shooting Diagram

Skeet Shooting

In skeet shooting, the clays are thrown from two separate points on opposite ends of an arc.

Skeet Shooting Diagram
Clay Shooting

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