By Kyle Jillson | March 29 2014 14:40

Shooters move to American shotgun disciplines in skeet and trap as ACUI Clay Target Championships continue

2014 ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas - It's a bright and sunny day at the NSSA-NSCA National Shooting Complex, where hundreds of collegiate shotgun shooters have descended to compete in the ACUI Clay Target Championships. The days are long, but fun, as the students go through round after round on the fields and scramble to finish their homework here and there.

Now that the International events are finished, competitors have moved on to the American variants of trap and skeet. Today the action is at the complex's lower fields, where shooters are engaging in American Skeet.

So what's the difference between American Skeet and International Skeet? Clays in International, or Olympic, Skeet are thrown after a random zero to three second delay once the shooter has called for the target. The clay is also a bit larger, gets thrown faster and farther, and shooters must begin from a "low gun" position. In American, you start in "high gun," ready to shoot with the shotgun up to your shoulder. International Skeet also features more sequences of doubles.

The differences amount to an easier - but by no means a cakewalk - time for less experienced shooters. As a result, the American events are the most popular at ACUI due to many teams, and shooters, being relatively new to the sport.

There's still a lot of skeet to shoot today, and there will likely be more than a few ties that need to be broken at the end of the day. In the meantime, enjoy some photos:

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