US History of Trapshooting


Trapshooting is a sport where you stand 16 yards behind an underground target thrower and the thrower throws out targets. When you walk out on the line you shoot 25 shots at 25 targets. The history of trap shooting dates all the way back to the late 1700s, it originated in England and then they first started shooting in the US in the early 1800s. Before they had clay targets they would release live pigeons out of cages called “traps” and use them as targets. 


In trap shooting, there are three common disciplines, they are singles, doubles, and handicaps. Singles are the most common discipline and were the first discipline ever shot, when you shoot singles you stand 16 yards back from the trap and shoot the targets as they come out of the trap. Handicaps were also shot around the time they introduced singles. Handicaps are where you back up to 19 - 27 yards and shoot single targets but you are just farther back. Doubles were introduced in the early 1900s, when you shoot doubles you stand at the 16-yard line and shoot at two targets at once instead of one at a time. 


I have been shooting trap since I was about 10 years old. When I shot my first round ever I shot a 2/25 and now I average around a 22/25. I have shot 15 perfect 25/25 rounds in my 6 years of trap shooting. In my first year, I only shot singles but as I got older I have been shooting all of the disciplines. Every i have shot i have got Top Shooter for my grade. 




Have you ever been trapshooting, if so what's your best?


Would you ever try trapshooting?


Did you know that trapshooting dates all the way back to the 1700s?


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  • Well done Joel! I would like to see you expand a bit on the history of trapshooting and be sure to comment back on three different days.

  • Ya, I have been trapshooting before and I enjoy very much. My best that I have ever shot is a 25/25. Yes I have been doing it for a few years and it is pretty fun to do. I knew that trapshooting was a little older, but I didn't know it dated back that far. 

  • Ive never trap shot. Maybe. I did not know it was that old.

  • I have never been in trap shooting although I have thought about doing it before. I dont think I would try trapshooting just because I would be so far behind everybody else. I did not know that trapshooting started that long ago.

  • I went trapshooting last year, and I got like a 14 idk it was my first time. Yes I would do it again, it was fun, no i didn't know that. Thats pretty interesting that goes back like 300 years of trap shooting. I wonder what they shot back then.

  • I have been trapshooting before with just a couple guys in the family and it was really fun. My best score was probably much beeter then yours becasue im better then you. I did not know it went back that far.

    • It is very fun, you best is like half of my best.

  • I have never been trapshooting, and I don't think I ever will try it, just because I am not particularly interested in it. Although, my cousins and friends trapshoot, and they seem to thoroughly enjoy being apart of it. I was not aware that trapshooting went back that far.

  • I have never gone trapshooting before my dad used to do it. I would go trapshooting if I had the chance. 

    • If you do get  the chance you should do it. it is very fun. 

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