Dating back to the 18th century, trap shooting is a competitive shotgun sport where participants shoot at clay targets launched from trap machines, typically located in a small underground bunker or house. Participants take turns standing behind a firing line of five stations and calling for a target to be released. The trap throws the target into the air in random paths, simulating the flight patterns of birds. The shooter then aims to hit the target while it's in mid-air. The difficulty of trap shooting lies in the unpredictable trajectory of the targets, as well as the speed at which they are launched. This requires quick reflexes, sharp hand-eye coordination, and precise aiming. There are three major disciplines of trap shooting: singles, handicap, and doubles.
In registered trapshooting, the rules specify that targets must be thrown no less than 48 yards, no more than 52 yards, and should be between 8 and 12 feet high and 10 yards from the trap. Shooters must stand a minimum of 16 yards from the trap houses.
Trap shooting competitions are regulated by the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA). Lake Lotawana Sportmen's Club holds shoots in accordance with ATA rules and participants must register for each shoot. The shooters scores are recorded in the ATA office where all records are kept and yearly averages computed. The records are used for handicapping and classifying shooters. ATA membership forms are available at all registered shoots.
Each trap field contains five shooting stations, concrete walkways with yardage markers, and a trap machine. The trap machine is housed in the structure in front of the stations from which the clay targets are launched. As the game progresses, each shooter moves along to the next station on the field.
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