Overview

Trap is the most popular shooting sport in North America with some 60,000 shooters that shoot at 83 million clay targets per year, be it recreational or in a registered tournament. There are three segments to trapshooting -16 yard event, handicap event and doubles.

  • 16 Yard Event: The shooter stands 16 yards from the trap house “on the 16 yard line”. The thrown targets will fly from 48 to 50 yards from the shooter, and have angles of 35 to 40 degrees. Targets are thrown at varying angles. Most angles are broken at a range of about 35 yards from the shooter.
  • Handicap Event: In this event, the shooter stands from 17 to 27 yards depending on the shooter’s previous scores. The better the previous scores the further back you shoot from.
  • Doubles Event: This event is shot from the 16-yard line but at two targets that are thrown simultaneously. The targets have an angle of 34 to 36 degrees and a distance of 44 yards. The shooter has one shot at each target “25 pair” = 50 targets

Trap shoots may be informal practice or registered events. The average shooter will break 12 – 15 targets on the first try trapshooting and gradually improve through the teens into the twenties. A perfect round is 25 broken targets.

Equipment

Firearms: The most used shotgun for trap is 12 gauge with full or modified choke, with 28″ to 30″ barrel. The shotgun can be a single barrel, over under, pump, and/or autoloader.

Ammunition: Shotshells may vary slightly with shooter’s preference. The load can be 2 ¾ dram or 3 dram equivalent of powder and 1 1/8, 1 or 7/8 ounce of #7 ½, #8 or #8 ½ shot size.

Targets: Regulation targets cannot be more than 4 5/16 inches in diameter and 1 1/8 inches tall, weighing 3 ½ ounces. They are made of a composition of pitch and clay or limestone, are saucer shaped and left black or painted orange, white or lime green.

History

Trapshooting gets it’s name from the device that is used to throw the clay target into the air. Trap simulates the flight of a game bird flushed ahead of the shooter. In the beginning live bird were used by releasing them from holes in the ground which was covered. Trapshooting is first mentioned in an English publication titled “Sporting Magazine” in 1793.

The Sportsman club of Cincinnati, Ohio introduced trapshooting in North America in 1831. Live bird where replaced by a variety of targets made of metal, glass and other materials. A catapult was used to launch these targets. In the 1880’s, clay targets much the same as used today were first developed by George Ligowski of Cincinnati and also credited with the development of the trap throwing machine.

In 1924, Vandalia, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, became the permanent home of the Grand (tournament) and home of Amateur Trapshooting Association. The Grand is a ten-day tournament held each August.

Chairman: Ron Edwards
Phone: 604-792-3440

17 May

Trap Report May 2018

By | 2018-05-17T10:04:24+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Trap Club|0 Comments

Had about 12 people out. Trap #1 needs repair, will be done by next monthly shoot. Next shoot May 20, June 17 is club trophies 125 rounds. Night practice April 12 - 5, 19th - 4, 26th - 4.

06 April

Trap Report April 2018

By | 2018-04-06T14:33:53+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Trap Club|0 Comments

Had 10 people out. A couple were trying out guns purchased at the HACS show. Practice nights start Thursday April 5th at 6:00 pm. This will continue until the end of August. Due to difficulty in hearing call for targets, request shooters on other ranges come after 1:00 pm. Next monthly shoot April 15, May [...]

02 March

Trap Report March 2018

By | 2018-03-02T10:19:27+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report March 2018

We had 6 people out. Due ot high winds, icy footing and cold, we shot 1 round. Next shoot March 18. Night practice start 1st Thursday of April at 6:00 pm.

04 January

Trap Report January 2018

By | 2018-01-05T17:05:53+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report January 2018

It rained all day. We ran 15 Novice, 12 B Class and 31 A Class for a total of 58 shoots. Thanks to Larry Danielson, Greg Wesselius, John Vernon, Bill Crowe, Bill Roseboom, and some people I did not have the time to note, things went well. Shoot ended about 1:30, cleanup 2:30. Next [...]

13 December

Trap Report December 2017

By | 2017-12-13T10:15:13+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report December 2017

Had about 15 people out. Due to rain it ended around 12:30. More shooters were complaining about shooting on other ranges. Puller could not hear call for target. Next shoot December 17, Turkey Shoot.

16 September

Trap Report September 2017

By | 2017-09-16T10:40:12+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report September 2017

Open House Peter Turgeon, Gary Wong and Ron Edward ran the section. We used three club shotguns and two of Peter's. 138 people shot at this station, 12 hit all five shots! The Trap Club donated five cases of targets and three flats of shells for over 700 rounds! Peter managed to fix the [...]

11 August

Trap Report July 2017

By | 2017-08-11T08:40:24+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report July 2017

Had 14 shooters out. Next shoot August 20. Handicap Trophies. 50. 24 yard. 25 individual. Interclub held at Mission: Mission: 118, Ridgedale: 117, Abbotsford: 98 Abby Team: Greg Wesselius 24, Ed Parsons 20, Nathan Gole 17, Lawrence Waardenburg 20, Ron Edward 17 As we host this shoot next year and it's very difficult to [...]

14 July

Trap Report June 2017

By | 2017-07-14T08:52:22+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report June 2017

About 17 shooters were out for the trophy shoot. 50 16yd - Brian Hazen 50/50 Guns Down - John Nadalin 20/25, won shoot off Doubles - Brian Hazen 44/50, won coin toss High Aggregate - Al Fadden 108/125, won coin toss Halfway through the shoot we halted while a fawn was inspecting the range, it came [...]

17 May

Trap Report April 2017

By | 2017-05-17T15:06:52+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report April 2017

Had 7 shooters out on the 16th. It's actually the first pleasant day this year. But Easter Sunday was a bigger draw. Next shoot May 21st. Night practice started April 6th, 4 shooters; 4 on the 13th; 9 on the 20th; 8 on the 27th. May 4th, 9 shooters cleared out when lightning came. [...]

07 April

Trap Report April 2017

By | 2017-04-07T08:52:01+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report April 2017

Had 12 shooters out. Once again the trap had to be pumped out. Next shoot April 16, May 21 Night practice starts April 6 at 6:00 pm every Thursday

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