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Get to Know Trapshooting

Olympic trapshooting involves the shooting of clay targets, launched from a ground-level bunker flying away from the shooter on the firing line towards a distance of 76m at various angles and heights. Each of the five firing positions or posts, have three associated machines in the bunker, angled left, right and straight-away. A squad of six athletes, using shotguns, take turns shooting targets from five firing positions, in rotation for a total of 25 targets. A computer control system randomizes the order but each athlete will receive two lefts, two rights and one straight-away at each of the five posts, for a total of the same 25 targets. Competitions usually involve a total of 75 targets over one day, or 125 targets and a finals round of 50, over two days.

The Rick Mercer Report visits 7 time World Champion, 6 time Olympian Susan Nattrass to learn about trapshooting.

In this video, he takes on ATA-style trapshooting which is easier than Olympic style. Rick was such a good shooter that we think he should take up the challenge of Olympic trapshooting.

Coaching - The Basics

Olympic trapshooting is very challenging, but a strong foundation based on proper form, practice and mental management will allow you to enjoy the sport to its full potential.

The International Sport Shooting Federation has a Resource page that is useful to all shooters, from beginner to expert.

The ISSF Official Coaching Guide - Olympic trap provides a comprehensive and detailed look into the sport. It is available from ISSF Coach, current ISSF Vice President, Kevin Kilty, direct from his website here.


The book is useful to coaches and athletes and covers "essential topics such as
– The fundamentals of shooting technique
– Developing advanced shooting techniques
– Developing advanced coaching skills
– Coaching at competitions
– Use of tactical planning in competitions
– Physical training for shooting
– The use of coaches and shooters diaries
– Sports science and its use in shooting



Susan Nattrass explains proper body stance and mount.

Susan Nattrass shares cold weather shooting tips.


A number of our members are willing to provide help. Several members have ISSF coaching certification and are often at the range. There is always a lively exchange of ideas between everyone.


If you are looking for coaching lessons, we can provide the names of several recommended individuals.

Our goal is to help you learn the sport, and to enjoy it in a safe, comfortable and welcome atmosphere.


Coaching clinics are often held throughout the year.
Email for more information.

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