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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  • I have never done trapshooting but I would maybe do it someday. I did not know it went back that far

    • If you ever get the chance you should definatly try it. 

  • I have never been in trap shooting, but my dad was a trap coach for a couple years when my brother did it, I've tried trap shooting but it wasnt really high on my list of intrests. I liked to watch trap when my brother did it, its fun to watch. I didn't realize trap dated back that far, it is really old. 

  • I have trapshooted like twice and it was in Arizona with my dad's friend who is a coach for trapshooting. I was pretty good, but I don't remember what I got on it. I was fun, but after a while my arm got tired and it started to hurt from the shock of the gun. 

    • it is fun. sometimes your shoulder might hurt after shooting. 

  • Yes, I have been trap shooting but I don't know what my best is probably better than yours. Yes, I would try trap shooting because It is fun. I did not know that trap shooting went back to the 1700s.

    • I do not think that your best is even close to mine. Yes trap shooting is fun. 

  • I have not been trap shooting but it sounds fun to do as a hobby, I would trap shoot if i had equipment and experience to do it. I did not know it went way back it seems like its a recent event or hobby but thats crazy thats old and having lots of history behide it

    • It is a very fun hobby, if you get the chance to shoot trap you should try it. 

  • I have never been trapshooting and I'm guessing if I tried I wouldn't do very good. I would want to try trapshooting just because I feel that it could be fun to try a new sport. But like I said I don't think that I would do very good. I didn't know that trapshooting dated back to the 1700s.

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