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The Essentials of Trap Shooting | Duluth Pack

People are antsy to get outside now that the nation-wide stay at home orders are starting to wind down. So, what new outdoor activities should you consider now that you can go out? Go trap shooting with a group of friends. Even though some restaurants and bars might still be closed, gun clubs are open. Trapshooting is a great American sport that is even older than professional baseball in this country. So, what do you need to know about participating in this exciting sport?

Trapshooting dates back to the late 1700s. The first recognized competitive event was held in Cincinnati Ohio in the year 1831. The original targets for the sport were birds released hats in a random sequence. Glass balls would come to replace the birds in the 1860s. The clay discs that are used in today's competitive shooting arrived to replace the glass bulbs in the early 1880s, about the same time Duluth Pack was founded (1882).

A typical round of singles trap is shot in five frames of five (25 shots total) with five shooters. Each shooter takes turns from left to right calling for the machine to launch a clay (target) and a point is awarded if the clay is hit. After five shots the shooters rotate a position to their right and the person who originally was started the frame shoots first for the entire round. The round is over when all five frames are completed, and scores are tallied depending on how many clays were hit. Then there’s an intermission before another round; most rounds are played in sets of 2 (each person shoots 50 times total).

Double trap follows the same format as single but there are two targets launched in succession. An over and under break-action shotgun offers an advantage over a pump since you don't have to rechamber a shell. It is recommended to play single trap if you're a beginner.

Now that you know how to play, you’ll want to make sure that you have the proper gear for the sport.

First things first, you’ll need a shotgun. A 12 gauge is customary and offers an advantage over a 20 gauge because of its larger spread pattern. Any action 12 gauge works fine but again, a traditional trap gun is break action, over and under.

Making sure you have the proper accessories can make your trap experience so much better. A trap holster and belt is a convenience that should not be overlooked. Rather than having to put your shells in a stand or on the ground, you conveniently have a box of shells on your hip ready for the next frame.

After you’re done shooting, you must clean your firearm. Cleaning after shooting prevents any rusting or corrosion that might occur over time. At Duluth Pack, we offer gun cleaning pads to help keep your table and counter surfaces clear of any potentially harmful chemicals, oils, or scratches.

You also want to be sure that you are safely transporting your firearms. Minnesota law states that firearms must be unloaded and transported in a fully sealed case unless you put it in the trunk. Duluth Pack understands its sportsmen and women along with its hunters and we have created a solution for safe firearm transportation. We manufacture a wide variety of different gun cases to fit your style and firearm.

Lastly, remember to stay safe. There are risks with any situation that involve firearms so make sure you take appropriate precautions. Use proper gun safety etiquette and always remember to wear ear and eye protection.

Happy trapshooting, friends!