Page 2 of 2What is trap shooting?
American trap is broken down into three categories: 16 yard singles, 16 yard doubles and, handicap which is shot between 19-27 yards.
In singles, each shooter takes one shot at each of five targets in each of the five positions in sequence, while sanding 16 yards from the trap house.
The trap rotates back and forth so it is impossible to know which way the target to going to come out.
Handicap is the same as singles, but shot from further away. Adult male shooters start at the 20 yard line and women and sub-juniors at 19 yards, and they work their way back, “earning yardage” for shooting a score of 96 or higher, winning a championship or other major event or shooting the highest score when 15 or more competitors shoot that event.
No two shooters on the same squad should have a difference of more than three yards between them.
Doubles is shot from 16 yards and the trap is fixed to fire straight away with the left and right targets appearing to be straight away when standing between positions four and five and one and two respectively.
Two targets are thrown at the same time, with one shot per target allowed.
There is no second shot on any target in American trap singles or handicap.
When shooting American trap for practice or fun, a squad of five will shoot 25 targets each for a total of 125.
Registered ATA shoots require shooters to shoot 50, 100, or 200 targets per event. Most of these shoots are for personal average or handicap yardage.
American tap is shot with lead target ammo, with a shot size between 7-1/2 and 0.
Ammunition is allowed a maximum of 1-1/8 ounce of shot and maximum velocities vary with shot mass; 1,290 feet per second for 1-1/8 ounce, 1,325 feet per second for one ounce, and 1,350 feet per second for 7/8 ounce.
Maximum loads are generally only needed for long handicap or the second doubles shot, noted Johnson.
If you have questions or need further information about trap shooting, Contact Shevlin, Johnson or Glimm. They would be more than happy to discuss shooting sports and trap with you.
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