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American Trap – Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA)

"Trap shooting has been a sport since at least 1793 when it used real birds, usually the Passenger Pigeon, which was extremely abundant at the time. Fake birds were introduced around the time of the American Civil War and clay targets were introduced during the 1880's. The most basic of all the trap disciplines. Standard targets are thrown as singles. The horizontal direction is randomized with a maximum angle of 22 degrees measured from a line from the trap to the middle station. The height at which the targets are thrown is constant. The distance is constant at 50 yards. A squad of five shoot in rotation from five stations arrayed in an arc located 16 yards behind the trap house; 5 targets are thrown at each station, after which the shooters move to the next station on their right. A round is 25 targets with one shot allowed at each target."

Handicap Trap

The same as American Trap, except the shooter stands further back than 16 yards – but no longer than 27 yards. The ATA reviews handicap yardage for shooters every 1,000 targets as part of their handicap system.

Wobble Trap

Wobble Trap is a variation of standard trap. The main differences are more extreme target flight paths than those seen in standard trap shooting (the trap oscillates up and down as well as side to side). Shooters are allowed two shots per pull, and shooters at stations 1 and 5 stand at the 18 yard mark while positions 2 - 4 stand at the 17 yard mark. Although this version of trap is not sanctioned by the ATA, many shooters consider it to be both more challenging and engaging as well as a more realistic preparation for bird hunting. More experienced shooters will often shoot from the Skeet positions to increase the difficulty.