Five Stand is a type of shotgun sport shooting similar to sporting clays, trap and skeet. There are five stations, or stands and six to eighteen strategically placed clay target throwers(called traps). Shooters shoot in turn at various combinations of clay birds. Each station will have a menu card that lets the shooter know the sequence of clay birds he or she will be shooting at (i.e. which trap the clay bird will be coming from).
Typical five stand targets are a rabbit, chandelle, overhead, standard skeet high house and low house shots, teal (launched straight up into the air), and an incoming bird.
Our 5-Stand field consists of 7 electric machines that are controlled from a central box located at the tower. The referee of the shooting squad can deliver either single or double clays for each shooter.
A squad consists of 5 shooters; each shooter takes a turn at each of the 5 stations until he/she completes 25 shots. The shooter will shoot one single bird, one following pair, and one true double at each station. (Each station will have a sign posted to let shooters know which birds they will be shooting.)
This facility was the brain child of Ralph and Ray McCray who did all the design and construction of the field. They made and set up the building that houses the shooting stands and delivered it to its present site. They also set up and wired all the machines throughout the shooting field. (No small feat!) Ralphs company Miramichi City Scrap Metals & Redemption Centre donated all the metal stands, wiring, switches, etc., needed to complete the project.
Note: The shooting station building has a steel roof which allows the shooters to remain dry if its raining.
Without the support of two local businesses our 5 Stand Field would not have gotten off the ground as we were short 2 electric machines needed to complete the course. Ralph McCray (Miramichi City Surplus & Metals) and Troy Watt (Mobile Equipment & Supply) came to our rescue and supplied 2 new battery operated clay target throwers which are now set up and operating.