Trap-shooting with a Shotgun
Trap-shooting with a Shotgun
Now that I have told you about targets that are fixed, swinging and in free flight for rifle shooting, I want you to know about trap-shooting with a shotgun.
To begin with, trap-shooting is the only kind of target practice with a shotgun that is worthwhile and it is the finest sport in the world. To do trapshooting you ought to have a space about 70 by 70 yards; of course you can do a little trap-shooting in a smaller space, but to get the most pleasure out of the sport you should have a fairly good-sized field, and it follows that the larger the field the more powerful traps you can use and the more costly they are to buy and to install.
But you can get a lot of fun and practice out of the cheapest and smallest hand trap. The cheapest one is made by the Chamberlain Company; it is called the Ping-pong and costs only $1.50. The simplest ones are made by the Marlin Company, and these are sold under the names of muzzleloader and breech-loader.
The latter kind is shown in Fig. 54, and the target, which in this case is a clay pigeon—that is, a flat disk made of clay and pitch about y$ inch thick and 3 inches in diameter—is dropped into the trap at the breech. You can throw targets with it to a distance of 20 or 80 yards and at a rate of 15 or more a minute.
Another thing about this trap that is good, is that it has a shoulder strap made of rubber, and this allows you to throw your targets with your right hand while you hold your gun with your left hand, and the instant you throw the target you can let the trap go and it will not fall to the ground. The muzzle-loader is just a plain trap and costs $2.25, while the breech-loader costs $3.50.
The Du Pont Company makes a hand trap (see Fig. 55) that works like a gun in that you hold it in your hands and pull a trigger like a gun, when a clay pigeon wings its way through the air, and as far as shooting is concerned a clay bird is just like a quail, or pheasant, or a duck, but as far as eating goes, why, I'd rather have crow, please.
With these little hand traps you can practice at your own time and place. It's truly great sport, so get in on it as soon as you can.
Regulation traps that are intended to be set in a pit 16 yards from the firing point, and which are built to throw a clay pigeon not less than 45 yards nor more than 55 yards and to a height of between 6 and 12 feet at a point 10 yards from the trap, can be bought for as little as $4.50, while one of the same type that will throw the target with a quick change of angles can be had for $6.50. These are the Extension and the Expert traps made by the Leggett Company. A good trap for a small club is shown in Fig. 56.
A really good trap should throw the target at an angle unknown to the shooter to within 45 degrees of each side of a straight line drawn through No. 3 firing point, as shown at A in Fig. 57. Where double targets are thrown by a trap they should be thrown at an angle within 60 degrees of the straight line drawn through No. 3 firing point and the trap, as shown at B in Fig. 57.
The shaded parts of the diagrams A and B show the angles and distances of the various traps. The firing points 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 should be separated from each other by from 3 to 5 yards; that is, they should be 3 yards apart when the firing points are 16 yards from the trap and 5 yards when 23 yards from the trap.
Unless you have started a club it is not at all necessary to have a trap which will throw two targets at the same time, or doubles as they are called, but if you start a club—well, then things are different and you can get whatever you want.
Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.
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