The Mainville Sportsmen’s Club Trap range is open every Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
The type of trapshooting described here is known as American or Down-the-Line trap. It is the oldest and most basic, of all the Trap disciplines. American trap is shot over one trap machine which has a fixed elevation but constantly changing angles. The clay target is thrown away from the shooter and must travel between 50 and 55 yards. The height of the target is adjusted so that at a distance of 10 yards from the trap its height will be between 8 and 10 feet. The angles at which the target is thrown (to the left and right of the shooter), is constantly changing and should appear random and unpredictable. The maximum target angle is normally 22 degrees either side of center, but can be a maximum of 47 degrees.
A round of trap consists of 25 shots, with groups of five shots being taken from five shooting positions. There is a maximum of five people shooting per round which is called a squad. Each shooter on the squad shoots five shots from each of the five shooting positions. The shooters take turns shooting such that the first shooter will shoot one shot, then the second shooter takes their shot, etc. until all five shooters have shot 5 shots from a given shooting position. The shooters then rotate to the next shooting position and repeat the process.
Each shooter took two shots from each of the 12 stations and used the 25th for a snap shot at the target from the center of the circle. And the design served their purposes perfectly — leaving few, if any, possible field shots unpracticed.
See http://scskeet.com/Beginner_skeet/Beginner_Skeet.htm for a detailed history of the sport.