Compak Sporting is a sporting, shooting activity involving clay pigeon shooting based on Sporting Clays. The name Compak Sporting is a protected, registered trademark with sports rules, owned by F.I.T.A.S.C. - Fédération Internationale de Tir aux Armes Sportives De Chasse This game is a variation of Sporting Clays.
The Game Described
As the name suggests, Compak Sporting is a "compacted" game of Sporting Clays, Let's look at Sporting Clays first - this is a shotgun sport usually spread over 12 to 36 stations (shooting areas) occupying around 200 acres (0.81 km2), presenting 2 or 3 different clay target s at each. One shooter will shoot the targets, followed by the next and so on. With Compak Sporting the space requirement is considerably less, and a squad of up to 6 shotgun shooters, (5 actively shooting), will stand in a straight line, each on a marked square (1 meter by 1 meter) and spaced 3 to 5 meters apart (i.e. the shooting line will be 12 to 20 meters long). In front of them will be the "target area". This is a rectangle 40 meters wide by 25 meters deep and positioned 4 to 5 meters in front of the line of shooters. (If the shooters are numbered 1 to 5, the rectangle will be centered on shooter 3)
The target area should be marked with four flags defining the four corners. Clay target s will be thrown by clay pigeon trap machines, of which there must be a minimum of 6. Every target thrown must pass over at least one side of the 40 x 25 meter rectangle. E.G. A target can be thrown from outside the rectangle and land inside, it can be thrown from inside the rectangle and land outside, it can be thrown from inside the rectangle and land inside (e.g. a Teal shot)or it can be thrown across both sides i.e. thrown from outside the rectangle and landing outside the rectangle but crossing some part of the rectangle during its flight. Shooters take turns shooting the various targets - these can be single targets or double targets (instant pair or report pair). Targets are released on a random time delay (0 – 3 seconds) after the shooter's call. There are numerous rules defining compulsory targets, traps, triggering systems, shooting stands, targets, trajectory-setting-tables, guns, ammunition etc. The full rules can be downloaded from FITASC Compak Rules
For more information on how this sport originated see A HISTORY of Compak Sporting.
Variations of the Game
Although Compak Sporting is an International shooting game with FITASC Defined Rules, there are many variations (prior to Compak Sporting) with designers using imaginative settings to play similar games. As mentioned in "History" above, Compak Sporting developed from the earlier Compact Sporting games. For a limited shooting area, Compact Sporting can provide a selection of various targets all shot from one "station". Sometimes called "Lazy man's Sporting Clays", a Compact Sporting layout can give a wide variety of target presentations without having to walk around a Sporting Clays Course. One advantage of Compact Sporting is that the game can be played / shot from under cover. Samples of covered decks show how to design a covered, sheltered facility where the game can be played in even the worst of weather conditions. Whereas Compak Sporting requires a minimum of 6 clay pigeon trap machines, it is not unusual for Compact Sporting games to use up to 15 trap machines. With the correct design, a covered Compact Sporting deck or platform can be used to host Compak Sporting Regulated Shooting Competitions.