Trap Shooting Basics
Safety while shooting a round of trap:
- Ear and Eye protection must be worn on the trap field at all times.
- Shotguns must be unloaded and breached open at all times, unless it is your turn to shoot.
- Shotguns must be unloaded and breached open while rotating from one station to the next station.
- When shooting Singles or Handicap targets, load only one shot shell when it is your turn to shoot.
- When shooting Doubles targets, load only two shot shells when it is your turn to shoot.
- Shotguns must only be shot from a shooting station on a trap field.
- Shot size for trap shooting should be no larger than 71/2 shot size, 11/8oz, 3 dram equivalent loads.
- One round of trap shooting consists of 25 targets.
- There are five stations to shoot from on a trap field.
- Each shooter will shoot five targets from each station.
- Once a shooter has shot five targets from one station, he/she then rotates to the next station.
- Rotating consist of moving left to right.
(If you are a shooter who begins on station five, after your fifth shot, you will rotate to station one.)
- Shooters must shoot from all five stations.
(Five targets from five stations equal 25 targets per round of trap.)
- Most often used shotgun for a round of trap is a 12-gauge shotgun.
Categories of Trapshooting:
There are three different categories that a trap shooter can shoot:
Singles, Handicap, and Doubles.
- Singles - 16 yd line - All 25 targets are shot from the 16 yard line.
- Handicap - All 25 targets are shot from different yardage groups.
(Yardage groups: 19-21 yd line, 22 - 23 yd line, 24 - 25 yd line, and 26-27 yd line.)
- Doubles - Two targets shot at one time. All targets are shot from the 16 yard line.