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Trap shooting is
almost like playing golf with a shotgun. Instead of whacking a ball with a club, you
shoot a flying clay target with a shotgun. A sport where the entire family shoots
together and in tournaments to compete against each other and self. Websters
Collegiate Dictionary: Trap Shooting: shooting at clay pigeons/targets sprung into
the air from a trap.
TRAP SHOOTING IS A HIDDEN SPORT
AND IS STILL QUITE
RESERVED FOR THE RICH AND
BUT THAT'S CHANGING FAST
The elite resorts of the world all offer trap shooting
recreation. Special low-power loads are used to hit clay targets, sort of like
"skeet shooting." It is hardly a boring sport and it is exiting and
challenging. Surprisingly, there are over six-thousand registered competition shoots
taking place nationally and worldwide yet you would hardly know it! It truly is a
hidden sport. That is, until you get into the game and discover the wide range of
opportunities. You may even meet familiar faces you didn't know were shooting these
events. It is a secret sport, to a degree, but shouldn't be.
Once you get into the game and discover the wide range of
opportunities, you will realize that trap shooting is a bigger sport then you may have
realized. Hundreds of thousands of American, Canadian and Europeans are competing in
the big shoots every year worldwide. People just like you; layman, professional and
businessmen, women of all ages with or without families are competing in the sport and
having a great time.
Besides shooting, children of all ages do shoot at these
events, and the fantastic parties that follow are not to be missed. The food and
prizes are simply first-class treasures. The camaraderie among shooters is
incredible. If you're looking to meet some great people... you have to try trap
shooting. You may meet a movie star, producer or film director, authors and other
famous celebrities. They have been known to attend small and large shooting events
to break a few targets for relaxation and fun. Don't be intimidated as most of us
are "just plain folk" having a grand ol' time.
Children of all ages do shoot at these events. It's
really fun to watch as they are pretty darn good too! Fantastic parties follow the
shoot are not to be missed. The food is great. This really is a true family
sport where all participate, meet new friends and have fun together.
Prizes are first-class treasures. New cars,
trucks, silverware, thousands of dollars in cash money is awarded. You don't
have to win First Place to win money with the option system. You may win money and
prizes on the Luck Of The Draw and other sub-events. There are more chances to win
in this trap shooting sport than any other sport!
If you haven't tried trap shooting you
are missing out on a great time. There are registered shoots throughout the nation
in each continent. It's really a massive sport. Did you know? There are
over 8.5-million shotgun shooters worldwide!
HOW DO I BEGIN? I'VE NEVER
SHOT A SHOTGUN BEFORE ?
It is really easy to try this great
sport. There are rod & gun clubs near you in every city and town that
sponsor trap shooting events. There are registered P.I.T.A. and ATA trapshoots
throughout the state, every weekend, all year round. There are worldwide events too
in England, Spain, Italy, Egypt, etc. Come on out, bring a friend and try something
"different" that you have never experienced before. Make sure you attend
one of the big registered shoots where all the "big action" and "big
money" prizes are in full swing.
No matter what your age, male or
female, you will find trap shooting to be a wonderful and "very different" sport
that you have never experienced before. Even if you are not sports inclined, you
will enjoy trap shooting! Unlike golf, bowling, tennis, basketball, etc., there are
no physical limitations or requirements to lift, bend, twist, run, jump and get all out of
breath. Don't forget to bring your shotgun (some clubs have loaners for you to
try, some don't). We are a friendly bunch who just love to help new shooters join
the sport for fun and games.
Don't be bashful, we realize that we
were all new shooters at one time. You're welcome and we want to see you have a good
time. But hitting all those targets are not so easy... and that's what makes trap
shooting so addictivley fun and challenging. Many club members just shoot for the
fun of it, for the sheer joy of seeing those little clay targets explode into balls of
black smoke. And that's fine. But trap shooting has always been a "money
game" in many of the competition shoots. There are many fine shooters who take
these events very seriously. You can compete for the money or just the prizes or
both. The choice is yours.
Once you attend just one of these
registered competition shoots you will say to yourself, "Where have I been all my
life? This is great sport, and lots of fun!" The friends you will meet
and the vacations you will take will be... well, life-changing experiences you'll treasure
your entire life. Give trap shooting a try. If you are feeling blue, down in
the dumps, bored, feel left out, lonely, and just need that "something" in your
life to turn your life around... trap shooting can do it, believe me. One thing I
guarantee, you will never find a sport like trap shooting that fulfills the inner
experience. You will never meet a nicer bunch of people! Don't miss out on
life's rewards. Trap shooting can breath new life into being. Mark your
calendar and lets go!
HOW TO START
Any major sporting goods store can tell
you where the nearest Rod & Gun club is located in your area. Most are not
listed in the Yellow Pages. You can contact the Amateur Trapshooting
Association ATA, Trap & Field Magazine and Shotgun Sports Magazine. All can
guide you into this exciting sport. They list all the club locations and shoot
schedules. In Europe Clay Shooting Magazine and Pull Magazine will get
you on the starting path. You can explore our Shooting
Links Page to find more information. While you're at it, ask the magazines to
send you a free complimentary issue. Tell them James Russell sent you and you'll get
a free trial issue. Call this phone number right now to get a free
issue of Shotgun Sports Magazine 1-800-676-8920
THE GIRLS DON'T ONLY SHOOT... THEY WIN !!!
Photo courtesy of Clay Shooting Magazine. DTL Women's shooting team.
HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE USA & CANADA
The ATA in America has more than 100,000
members! The ATA alone conducts over 6,000 shooting tournaments at 1,300 gun
clubs each year! This does not count the P.I.T.A. which add a thousands more.
Not to mention all of Europe too! In total 8.5 million shotgun target
It's hard to believe so many trap shoots are
taking place each year, hundreds each month and you didn't even know about it. Trap
shooting has always been a secret sport.
You Have a Disability?
You may still play... click HERE to find out more!
OKAY, I WANT TO KNOW MORE
Do women play the
sport? Absolutely! All ages. There are
many women trap shooting and competing in competition. Barbara Mandrell shoots and
she has been responsible for introducing many women into the sport. Also, women are
now trap shooting the Olympics. At every registered shoot, women are present and
shooting for the the prizes... and many take the prizes and money too! There are
professional women trapshooters who compete in the major shoots nationwide. It's not
a men only sport.
Can I bring my
children? Of course you can. It is a family sport. Children as
tall as your nylons trapshoot. There's no age limitations, generally.
You should attend a registered shoot to see just how much fun the entire family is really
don't they? Yes, but low-power loads are used and recoil reduction shooting
vests and shock absorber devices diminish jolts. Don't worry about recoil, it won't
hurt you. If you shoot a gun that fits you recoil will not be a problem... and it
won't punch you in the shoulder like you see in the movies. The trap shotgun's
are in comparison safe & sane versions.
I can't play golf
due to injuries. Can I shoot a shotgun? Yes.
Many people with injuries and our disabled citizens in wheelchairs trapshoot. Unlike
golf, bowling or tennis, there is no extreme twisting of the body when trap
shooting. No exertion is required. It's a life-long sport. The typical
gun only weights 8-pounds and the angle of swing is very shallow to point the muzzle at
the target. Trap shooting is a great sport for persons with disabilities.
I feel queasy
about guns. I wouldn't like them! You
won't feel queasy around the caliber of people you will meet at trapshoots. Once the
initial shock of "guns" are seen, held and shot, you will understand the game
the rich and famous have been playing for decades. I didn't like guns until I
tried trap shooting, but now I love trap shooting.
I don't like
hunting so shotguns and I won't mix? Absolutely not. Many
competitive shooters don't hunt at all. They simply enjoy shooting at fast flying
clay targets. Trap shooting is a different sport. There is money to win in
clay target shooting, fine silver and gold gift prizes, even new cars and
I'm too nervous to
begin. What should I do?
First, visit a gun club that offers trap
shooting and tell the manager, "I've never fired a shotgun before. Can you show
me how to play this trap shooting game?" That's all you need to do. They
will show you the game... and you'll be glad you came.
Is it an expensive
sport? It can be if you want it to be. You don't have to shoot all
the events. You can shoot the handicap money events. It will cost approx. $20
to shoot the handicap (long-yardage shooting). You don't need an expensive
gun. There also are many fine used guns on the market that are like brand-new and
will shoot for years without any major repairs. The standard breech-opening
trap gun has very few moving parts. Repairs, if any, are performed by gunsmiths at
low cost. Compared to golf equipment... trap shooting is dirt cheap!
What sort of
parties do they have at trapshoots? Basically, the event is one huge
party! Some last a couple days, others a week or two... in nice country
atmospheres. The meals served are banquet-style and the portions are far from
skimpy. If you don't shoot well, you'll sure eat well. Raffles and other prize
events are conducted. It's like camping out with a large group of friends. Few
sports can link you up to such outdoor fun-filled rendezvous as trap shooting can.
When the shoot ends people gather to enjoy each other's company.
What can be so fun
about shooting at a clay target? Oh, you just have
to experience the thrill for yourself. I guarantee it will be fun, fun, fun!
This is a sport where all ages mix and mingle and compete against each other in a
Is the sport
stressful? It can be if you are a serious
competitor. But most people come just to shoot and have fun. If so, the stress
relief is incredible as you smoke those targets into balls of dust. Frankly, I
joined up for trap shooting after I found how much fun it was... and it was a
stress-reliever! So, if you are suffering from "stress" trap shooting can
take a ton off your mind. It's really therapeutic.
Will I be accepted
in the group? Oh, yes. You will, you
will. You'll meet so many friendly people you'll wonder why you didn't get into trap
shooting years ago. Just show up and be yourself and you'll fit right in.
What sort of women
shoot trap? All sorts. From; "I swear she's a model"
to the girl next-door. Trap shooting is still an elite sport, but it is not
dominated by any specific class, as it was a few years ago. The doors are open for
Okay, where do I go
from here to try the sport?
Just surf our Web site and our Shooting Links page.
Photo taken by;
The Bishop, California, Trapshooting Club
set in the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. A nice peaceful getaway! These
trap shooters are shooting the handicap yardage, standing 25 & 26 yards further
distant than the traphouse that throws the flying clay targets. It's much more
challenging at these distances. The gal sitting is Betty, pushing the button to
release the target and keeping score. These lucky trap shooter's are just having
fun! You can locate this club through a fine trap shooting web site... Click on in. Barstow
Gun Club on our links page.
Bishop Gun Club P.O. Box226, Bishop, CA 93514
DID YOU KNOW?
There are 8-million clay target shooters?
Over 6,000 registered competition trap
the USA alone?
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