Down-The-Line Trap Shooting
"Down the Line" is one of the oldest forms of clay shooting and is a good discipline for beginners to learn to shoot.
The shooting layout consists of a central 'trap house' from which the targets are released upon the shooters call of 'pull'
The shooters stand behind the trap house on one of 5 pre-set positions (running left to right behind the trap) 15 metres behind the trap house.
Shooters will on occasion shoot from further away than the 15 metre mark depending on the type of competition being shot or their handicap (or grade). The targets are all thrown from the trap house in a 'going away' direction. The traps are able to throw single targets or pairs, the traps are also able to move along both the vertical and horizontal planes to add to the degree of difficulty.
Depending on the actual event being shot a single shot and sometimes a second shot can be taken at a target or targets.
Trap shooting is considered to be one of the more popular disciplines within clay target shooting as it is relatively less complicated to master than the others.group of trap shootersIt is common for an automatic 'voice release' system to be used, these prohibit conversation within the squad as the noise would activate the trap into releasing a target.
A squad usually consists of 5 shooters, one for each lane, however a 6th shooter may 'back up' on a lane on occasion.
Shooters move along to the next station after completing a shot. They must have an empty gun (no cartridges loaded, spent or otherwise before leaving the station).