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Trap Basics

Trapshooting is a game of movement, action, and split-second timing. It requires the accuracy and skill to repeatedly aim, fire and break a clay disc which is hurled through the air at a speed of 42mph, simulating the flight path of a bird fleeing a hunter. Trapshooting's continual growth and expanding popularity is due to the fact that people of all ages, incomes and abilities can compete. The shooter is required to shoot at a target after he calls "pull." It does not matter in scoring if the shooter hits only a small piece of the target or whether he shatters the target. The target is considered a "dead" or "lost" bird. If the target is hit it is "dead." It is the shooters responsibility to check his own score.

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 stand a minimum of 16 yards from the trap houses but can move back up to 27 yards known as a handicap. Shooters will shoot 5 single shots from 5 shooting posts rotating to each until the round of 25 shots is complete.  The preferred shot size is #7 1/2 to #9, but nothing larger than 7-1/2 should ever be used.

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Trap is open:

Friday Night shooting begins at 6pm

Sunday Morning shooting begins at 9am

Cost per round:

$5.00 QSC Members

$6.00 Non-Members

Quinton Sportsmen’s Club
346 Jericho Road
Salem, NJ 08079

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