From fighter pilot to skeet shooter

Published: Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 06:19 PM.

In mentioning the sign to Lillie, Devlin found that the two of them have more in common than the states of Tennessee and Florida.

The men went out to the skeet range in January and since then have enticed others to join them.

"I had gone skeet shooting once 30 years ago, and I don't even own a gun," said Devlin. "I have to borrow a gun when I go."

He now goes out once a week with three others from the area and has found a new hobby.

"It's a skill level you develop of pointing the barrel of the shotgun, then putting a little lead on it to stay with the skeet when it is released," he explained.

Devlin describes skeet as shooting at a small clay disk that is approximately 4 inches in diameter, otherwise known as a clay pigeon. The clay pigeon is launched over a field from nine high and low stations.

Skeet is one of four major types of recreational and competitive shotgun target shooting sports. Participants, using shotguns, attempt to break the clay disks that are flung into the air from two fixed stations at high speed from a variety of angles at the stations set up in a semi circle.



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