5-Stand is a clay target shotgun game that is fun and a challenge to any shot gunner. The game consists of 5 different shooting stations arranged in line with each other. The game starts with up to 5 shooters; one at each station. Each shooter gets to shoot at 5 different target presentations from each station. A full round consists of 25 targets per shooter.

Eight traps are used on the 5-Stand field. Each trap throws a clay target in a unique presentation that simulates running rabbits to springing teal. Targets are also thrown in incoming, outgoing, quartering-away, quartering-in and other angled patterns.

On the first pass at each stand, the shot gunner gets a single target from one of the numbered traps. The shot gunner may shoot a second shot at this single target if he/she misses with the first shot. Next, each shooter gets what is known as a Report Pair of targets. This means that the first bird in the pair is thrown when the shooter calls for it and the second bird is automatically thrown after the shot gunner shoots at the first target. On the third and final pass on each stand, the shooter receives a True Pair of targets. True Pair means that two clay targets are thrown simultaneously on call from the shooter. Each shooter then moves to the next stand. This comes to a total of 5-targets at each stand for a total of 25 clay targets per game. Note that a shooter should bring at least 30 shells to the line since it is possible to take two shots at first single target at each station.

Of the games shot at the Coeur d’Alene Skeet and Trap Club, 5-Stand is probably the closest to a small game / bird hunting simulation. Our traps are changed each week to offer new and unique challenges to our shooters.

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5-Stand at the Coeur d’Alene Skeet and Trap Club

5-Stand is very popular at the club. We operated the 5-Stand course Wednesday through Sunday. The club also includes 5-stand in our two league tournaments annually. New shooters are welcome and encourage to try our 5-stand course. Our staff and members are always happy to help you learn the game.  

Five Stand is very similar to Sporting Clays in that a wide variety of targets are thrown. No two five-stands are exactly alike. There are five "stands" or stations to shoot from. There are usually somewhere between 6 and 8 traps that throw targets. Participants shoot in turn at each of the 5 stands and various combinations of targets are thrown from the traps. Usually there is a menu card that will advise the shooter of the sequence of targets. Five Stand is a great way to get a Sporting Clays like experience in a small amount of space, with very little walking. 

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