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.

Trap Club practice nights costs are $6 for 25 targets. You can also purchase 12 gauge ammo at $9 a box or bring your own.

Chairman: Ron Edward
Phone: 604-792-3440

October 2020 Trap Report

The interclub shot at Agassiz on September the 13. The Abbotsford team consisted of; Greg Wesselivs 22 Daryl Jantzen 19 Dean Wohlberg 15 Ed Parsons 15 Jordy Thiessen 22 The total final score : Mission 109 Agassiz 103 Abbotsford 93 Chilliwack 83 The club had twelve people [...]

By |2020-09-25T10:23:36-07:00September 25th, 2020|Trap Club|2 Comments

Trap Report September 2020

Aug 16, 4 shooters out, temp was 35+. Next shoot Sept 20 Oct 18. Interclub at Agassiz Sept 13. Aug 6 practice night in spite of bad highway and feeder road tie ups 9 shooters out. Aug 13: 9, 16: 12. Nathan is willing to run practice night into Sept.

By |2020-09-04T08:59:27-07:00September 4th, 2020|Trap Club|0 Comments

Trap Report August 2020

July 19 had meeting of Trap Club members. Ron Edward, Nathen Cole and Daryl Jantzen will be signing officers on club account. Discussion on old trap machines, retain and possibly mount on side wall or tower. Discussion refurbishment of trap gun rack - Nathen will take charge. Discussion on patterning plate - need main [...]

By |2020-08-07T09:04:23-07:00August 7th, 2020|Trap Club|2 Comments

Trap Report June 2020

May 28 first night practice 11 people out. Due to COVID club trophies will not be shot this year as the 200 bird would end in Jan. Next monthly June 21.

By |2020-06-05T08:13:50-07:00June 5th, 2020|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report June 2020

Trap Report January 2020

Had about 35 people out. Around 40 prize shoots were shot. Thanks to Daryl Jantzen for running counter, Ed and Dave for clean up and Ron Edward for pulling targets. Next shoot January 19th.

By |2020-01-10T10:11:06-08:00January 10th, 2020|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report January 2020

Trap Report December 2019

Due to rain only 2 people shot on the 18th. 2 others watched. Trap donated a turkey to the Dec 5th meeting. Dec 15th is the Turkey Shoot A win for each 6 person squad. Jan 19, 2020 is the start of the 200 Bird Trophy. Your best score each month for 8 months. [...]

By |2019-12-06T09:12:57-08:00December 5th, 2019|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report December 2019

Trap Report Sept Oct 2019

August: 9 shooters 50 single - Daryl Jantzen 45/50 Guns Down - Greg Wesselius 21/25 (49 in shoot off) Doubles - Greg Wesselius 43/50 Hi Aggregate - Greg Wesselius 108/125 Night Practice 16x 14, 11, 17 Thanks to Dan and Audrey for helping unload targets. 7 of us unloaded 378 in 1.5 hours. Nathan Gole [...]

By |2019-10-04T08:41:16-07:00October 4th, 2019|Trap Club|2 Comments

Trap Report August 2019

The Inter-Club was held on the 14th at Ridgedale. Chilliwack was hosting but was unable to use their range due to scheduling. Results: Mission - 119 Ridgedale - 117 Abbotsford - 101 Agassiz - 100 Chilliwack - 99 High Gun - Brian Hazen, Ridgedale - Score 25-24-25. It took 2 rounds of shoot-off to [...]

By |2019-08-09T10:07:27-07:00August 9th, 2019|Trap Club|Comments Off on Trap Report August 2019
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