TRAP SHOOTING - THE
What will you expect when you visit a trap shooting gun club?
A welcome handshake! As you are given the tour by the club manager, you'll
see men and women with shotguns firing at fast flying targets. By now you're either
itching at the bit to give it a try or a tad shy of asking to give it a shot. Just
You have likely noticed by now the shotguns are not breaking the
air with sonic booms and shoving shooters backwards, as you see in Hollywood movies.
Instead, you hear a soft pop sound. Doesn't look as dangerous as it appears,
right? Good Glory, even women and children are out there shooting! Where
have I been all my life? Hmmm, those targets look inviting. How could anyone
miss shooting flying clay targets with a shotgun? Well, I guess you are about to
find out just how easy it is... to miss!
NOW WHAT HAPPENS?
If you brought your old shotgun with you, just purchase your ticket
and get in line (I told you it was a popular sport). If you don't have a gun?
Ask the club manager for a loaner to try the sport. One way or another
they'll get you a shotgun. Please do remove your wedding ring before handling
anyone's shotgun (or wear a glove) so as not to accidentally gouge any scratches on the
wood. Some of these guns are very expensive!
You will be taken to the trap stations (also called posts or pegs)
and given safety instructions. Easy to remember.
Keep gun pointed out into the trap field at all time. Do not turn
around with the gun so as not to point it at anyone by mistake. You will need to
wear eyeglasses and ear plugs. Many clubs sell them, but it's best to bring at least
sunglasses with you.
Keep the gun unloaded until it is your turn to fire.
When it is is your turn, insert the shell, close the chamber, place gun
on shoulder, yell "Pull."
The target will soar out of the trap house. Point the gun at
target and pull the trigger. Don't worry if you miss, the average shooter will only
hit 6 targets out of 25 on the first try. And even less on the second try,
sometimes! By the third or fourth try you'll likely be hitting more of them.
In a month, you most certainly will be hitting a lot more!
Hit or miss, eject the spent shell and start again from step #1 again.
You do this four more times then,
Step to the next station post and shoot 5 more times. At this
point most new shooters begin to feel the thrill of the game. This thrill never
leaves. It lasts a lifetime. You will become addicted at this point and there
is no cure, except to break more targets! However, it's a good addiction so gorge yourself
You will change stations five times, taking five shots on each station
for a total of 25 shots per trap. Game ends for this practice round of trap
shooting. You just shot your first round of trap shooting. In competition you
will shoot 4 traps consecutively for a total of 100-shots at 100 targets.
You just had the most fun you've had in a very long time. I have
never, not once, seen a person try trap shooting and walk away without smiles and grins
vowing, "I want to do that again!" This is no boring sport,
that's for sure.
And, you just made yourself a bunch of new friends, too. Trap
shooting is the fastest way to meet people. Try it!
This is only the beginning of the fun and friends to be for you.
Just wait until you get into competition shoots! That's where the big fun is.
IS THERE MORE?
Yes. You likely just shot the 16-yard
singles targets above. Now ask the club manager if you can try the handicap targets.
Here you'll step back to the 20 yard line and shoot the targets at a greater
distance back from the traphouse (the traphouse contains the machine that throws the
targets). You can move back even further to 27 yards, but you have to be a good
shooter to shoot there. The handicap lines is where the "big money" is to
be made in tournament shooting.
IS THAT ALL?
Nope, you're not done yet. Now you will
take a try at double-trap (also called doubles) where you must now stand on the 16 yard
singles line and shoot two targets simultaneously. Don't worry, you won't hit them
all, few do. This is called the fun game by many tournament
shooters. You'll soon find out why.
ANY MORE FUN?
Yes. Many clubs have a ABT (Automatic Ball Trap) also known
as Wobble Trap or Continental. This game is like double-trap except the targets fly
out of the trap house with surprising angles. Some will rise sky-high and others
will cut the grass. They don't shoot this game in competition in the United States,
for fun only. Other countries offer ABT competitions. Is there more?
Yes. Most trap shooting gun clubs offer skeet and sporting clays games.
It's time to eat. And I mean eat!
Shooting stirs the juices and the food is usually always well made and
presented by the women who volunteer. You don't have to cook if you don't want to.
This sport does not require that everyone rotate duties. There are workers and
there are shooters. So, feel at ease. You won't be asked to work on your day
off to get some badly needed recreation in your life.
IS THAT ALL?
No. You go out and do it all again, but
this time you hit more targets! You have more fun. You've meet new friends.
You have a new place to call home. You can rest and relax in the clubhouse and
chit-chat with other shooters. You'll not find another cordial environment like
you'll find with trap shooters. It's a long tradition of pure friendliness that is
highly regarded and envied by other sports. The camaraderie is very strong.
You'll fit right in, on your first day!
HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING TO
Some only bring $10 to shoot a little bit and
get a meal (The club should welcome a new shooter with a meal on the house, but if they
don't, please forgive the oversight). $15 will get you to shoot all the games and
then some. It's not that expensive when you add up the "fun value."
There's no-charge for that!
DO THEY SHOOT AT NIGHT?
Yes. Many clubs host informal fun
shoots and league shoots and have lights. And when those targets are hit they
explode like bursting fireworks. It's quite a site to see. Try it
sometime. If the club doesn't have lights, other nearby clubs do. Many
shooters travel from club-to-club just to shoot with their out of town friends. Some
travel 150 one-way or more!
WHAT CLOTHING SHOULD I WEAR?
A loincloth would do. There are no
clothing rules. Most shooters wear long-billed hats. You'll get one very soon
either from the club, a new friend, or manufacturer who sponsors trap shooting.
Generally, just wear what you want. Shorts are fine. For the ladies,
high-heels would not be appropriate for trap shooting, so wear sneakers or any flat-sole
shoe. Bring sunglasses with you. Dress for the weather.
HOW DO I MAKE MONEY?
Everybody want to know that one! You can
make money in trap shooting and many shooters do to at least help pay expenses.
You'll need at least 3 to 6 months of practice on Sunday's first, but you'll likely be
winning turkey's, hams, and other prizes the club sponsors before you progress to the
registered shoots; where the expensive trophies (gold belt buckles, silver bowls, etc) and
money is offered. Thousands of dollars! Now you know why the rich people
wanted to keep this sport all to themselves. You can even turn this sport
into a tax write-off! That's right, you can. Since you are competing
for money you can declare this sport a "business" and deduct all your expenses,
gun, shells, practice fees, hotels, meals, etc. Not bad, huh?
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