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

16 September

Trap Report September 2017

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

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|

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|

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|

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|

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

28 February

Trap Report February 2017

By | 2017-02-28T15:51:23+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Trap Club|

We had 12 shooters out. It was necessary to pump out the trap. Due to the ground fault switch extension cords were used to power the machine. Next shoot March 19, April 16. Night practices start April 6 at 6:00 pm each Thursday until August 31.

04 February

Trap Report Jan 2017

By | 2017-02-04T21:45:52+00:00 February 4th, 2017|Trap Club|

We had 11 shooters out. Thank you to Dave Graham for providing a torch to heat and bend the door stop on the supply shed. Ian Schroeder shot a 25 straight. Good start to the year. Next trap shoot February 19, March 19.

18 January

Trap Sub-Club Report January 2017

By | 2017-01-18T16:45:30+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Trap Club|

Dec 18th Turkey Shoot. Had about 5 prize shoots, 30 A Class, 13 B Class, 8 novices. Thank you to Barry Fooks, Dave McLean, Al Fadden, Rick Nelson and Ron Edward for making this shoot successful. Snow and cold cut down on the number of attendees. The fact the garbage container was locked hindered the [...]

11 September

Trap Report September 2016

By | 2016-09-11T20:13:39+00:00 September 11th, 2016|Trap Club|

July 17, had 6 shooters out, shoot lasted an hour and a half. Open House, we ran through 127 people, used 5 cases of targets and 26 boxes of ammo. We ran out 15 minutes before shutdown. The 68th Interclub shoot was held at Ridgedale. Mission 123 x 125, Ridgedale 122 x 125, Abbotsford 114 [...]

15 July

Trap Sub Club Report July 2016

By | 2016-07-15T12:08:49+00:00 July 15th, 2016|Trap Club|

Had 8 shooters out. 50 Singles won by DAve Graham with 45/50 Guns Down: Larry Danielson 14/25 WSO Doubles: Greg Wesselius 40/50 Hi-Aggregate: Greg Wesselius 95/125 Night Practice, June 16 - 5, 8, 10. July 7 - 3, 8. Greg Wesselius has agreed to take First Aid course for Trap Club

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