Jon Hofer Memorial 5-Stand
Located at the range in the Spotted Eagle recreation area behind the fair grounds in Miles City. 5-Stand is held once a month and is open to everyone. The cost for a round (25 clays) is $5.
5-STAND Sporting Clays consist of targets shot in 25 bird increments from five shooting stands with each shooter rotating from station to station. At this time our club offers six different trap throwers. Targets are released in a predetermined set sequence marked on a menu card in front of each shooting cage.
The following are common terms used while shooting at the 5-stand:
- Squad — up to five shooters
- Round — refers to 25 clay pigeons/shells
- Bird or target — a clay pigeon
- Pull — when you give a verbal command, such as “pull, heyah, yep” to call for the clay pigeon to be released
- Stations — The positions at 5-stand where you will shoot from. There are five stations or stands.
- Singles — you can load two shells and shoot at a single target
- Report double — On the shooter’s call, one bird is launched. When the shooter fires (and whether they hit or miss the target), the second target is launched. It is launched “on the report” from the first shot.
- True pair — two clays are thrown at the exactly the same time
- Safety is our number one priority on the range. The shotgun action must remain open and the gun must be unloaded until you are at the line ready to shoot. Acceptable, safe directions for your muzzle are straight up or downrange., Break-action shotguns that are open may have the muzzle pointed toward the ground. Do not walk to the line or change posts with a loaded gun. You must wear eye and ear protection anytime you are on the range.
- Shell/shot size allowed: 7½, 8, or 9. (The smaller the number, the larger the shot size).
- At 5-stand, you can load two shells in your gun.
- Do not load until it is your turn to shoot. Your gun should be empty and open with your hands off your shells until you are standing still at the station.
- When you are not at a shooting position, your gun needs to be visibly clear and unloaded.
- All shooters must finish shooting before moving to the next station — stay in the cage. When changing stations, your gun needs to be unloaded, action open and pointed in a safe direction (see the first bullet point). Never point your gun to either side while moving. Walk around the other shooters to get to the next station. A full squad will fill all five stations. Rotation is from left to right. The person who starts on station 5 (far right) will rotate to station 1 (far left).
- Make sure you announce the house number for the targets you want to shoot and then call “pull” (e.g., #1 and #5, etc.).
- Pick up your empty shells.