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Trap Shooting

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Trapshooting is a specific discipline of clay target shooting. Trapshooting is a game of movement, action and split-second timing where targets are flying away from the shooter. The trap fields are located on the Shotgun Hill area of RBGC and are equipped with voice activated traps so no trapper is required to launch targets and shoot the game.


Participants will be assigned to a squad of shooters and each squad will shoot 25 target rounds in turn.  Shooters will shoot 5 rounds from each of the 5 shooting stations taking turns in rotation on each shot.  After all have fired 5 shots in the station unload and all shooters will advance one station to the right with station 5 moving to station 1 so that all shooters have 5 shots from each station until all have fired their 25 targets. 


Trap is generally shot with a 12 gauge shotgun equipped with a modified to full choke. A sub-gauge shotgun may be used but is a slight handicap because of fewer pellets in the shot load. In addition to a shotgun a shell pouch or vest is needed to keep shells at hand and keep the flow of the match moving smoothly. Safety glasses and hearing protection are required for everyone on the field.  Trap is shot with lead target ammo with a shot size between 7 1/2 and 9. Ammunition is allowed a maximum of 1-1/8 oz. shot load.

Getting Started

It is easy to begin shooting trap since almost any sporting shotgun is acceptable to begin. This takes the least capital outlay and permits the shooter to determine if trap and clays shooting is of interest. New shooters will find that the established shooters are very helpful to explain the procedure and assist in getting into the game. Come watch a match to observe the process and talk to the shooters. For more information contact shotgun hill shotgunmanager@rbgc.org


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