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ISSF Trap, Trench or Olympic Trap, as it is also known, is one the three clay target disciplines shot at the Olympics. It is shot from 15 meters from the trap house or trench roof with the gun mounted before the shooter calls for the target. There are 15 traps in total in the trench with only three traps per each of the five shooting positions through which the shooters circulate. With 25 targets presented to each shooter per round, each shooter will receive a repeat of the same target through the course of the round, however the sequence of each target will be presented in a random format to each shooter. As in all Trap disciplines the targets are released in a going-away trajectory from the shooter with approximate speeds of 100 kph. The targets can also be thrown at 45 degrees either side of center and at varying heights between one meter to three and a half meters at point ten meters from the traps.

ISSF Double Trap

Shooters alternate on the five positions the same as Olympic trap, but shoot at 2 targets that are thrown simultaneously with fixed trajectory from two trap machines positioned in a trench at 15 meters from the shooters. The shooter holds the gun to his shoulder and the targets are released in a going away trajectory from the shooter. The shooter has one shot at each target.

Ball Trap

The layout is similar to Trap, where the shooters stand 15 meters (in an Arc) from the throwing arm, however, the roof of the trap house is at ground level. There is similarity to ISSF Trap also, this is because of the distance and angles at which the target is thrown. i.e. 76 meters +or- 1 meter in distance and at heights varying between 1 meter and 3.5meters at 10 meters from the trap house. The targets are thrown in a 90 degree arc. Simply, Ball Trap utilizes a single machine in Continental mode but with greater targets speeds and angles. Ball Trap is very popular in Europe because of its similarity to ISSF Trap. It compares to ISSF Trap which utilizes 15 machines that are set to predetermined angles prior to the commencement of each days competition. It is easily understood why Ball Trap is referred to as the poor man’s ISSF Trap, (some will argue that this discipline should be the norm in Australia and not Trap as it tests all shooters’ abilities and makes it unlikely that there will be long shoot offs to determine winners). The ACTA allow this discipline to be shot with a half second delay using 28gr. loads, however, the ISSF ruling body specify instant release using 24 gr. loads.

ISSF rule, instant target release using up to 24gr loads only.

ACTA rule, 1/2sec target delay using up to 28gr loads only.