Best of Washington 2012: Best Place to Take Aim

You don’t have to drive hours outside the city to take aim at clay pigeons.

By: Washingtonian Staff

Illustration by Scotty Reifsnyder.

A bright-orange clay disk arcs high into the air as you track its path with the barrel of a shotgun. A gentle squeeze of the trigger and the target explodes across the sky.

Clay-target shooting is a blast—literally—and there’s no better place in the area to try it than the Prince George’s County Trap and Skeet Center.

In trap shooting, clay targets are launched away from the shooter; in skeet, targets are launched sideways; and in sporting clays, launchers are positioned along paths in the woods. A beginner group lesson ($40) includes instruction on gun safety; after that, it costs $6 a round for trap or skeet, $22 for sporting clays. Best of Washington 2012Gun rental is $10 plus ammunition. 10400 Good Luck Rd., Glenn Dale; 301-577-7178; pgparks.com.