OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Shooters always welcome. Any of our Member Trap Shooters will be more than glad to help explain our Safety Rules and Trap Shooting techniques and pointers. New shooters should stop by and talk to the range officers first. They will be happy to help you get started and answer all questions.
New shooters are required to sign the Manville Sportsmen’s Rod & Gun Club Waiver form, demonstrate firearm proficiency, and qualify before shooting on a regular trap line.
For beginners that would like to get started off on the right foot, stop by to get the details and start having fun!
- Sundays – 9:30 AM until 12 noon (EXCEPT on some holidays and on Sundays when there is a monthly club meeting. Check our Facebook Page for details.
- Wednesdays – 5:00 PM until 7:30 PM
- March thru October – Lower Trap Field
- November thru February – Upper Trap Field
- Members: $3.00 per 25 shot round
- Non Members: $3.50 per 25 shot round
- Juniors: $2.25 per 25 shot round
- PAT-TRAP® Automatic Doubles Machine with Wobble.
- CANTERBURY® Wireless Voice Release System.
- High Output Flood Lights for Wed evenings
- Well maintained Club House on each Trap Field with wood burning stove.
Trap shooting is one of the three major forms of competitive clay pigeon shooting (shotgun shooting at clay targets). The others are Skeet shooting and sporting clays. The sport is in some ways a replacement for a game where the targets were live pigeons. Indeed, one of the names for the clay targets used in shooting games is clay pigeons. The layout of modern trap shooting is different from skeet shooting in that there is only one house that releases targets and the shooters only move through 5 different positions.
Trap shooting has been a sport since at least 1793 when it used real birds, usually the Passenger Pigeon, which was extremely abundant at the time. Fake birds were introduced around the time of the American Civil War as the Passenger Pigeon was nearing extinction and sufficient numbers were not reliably available. Clay targets were introduced in the 1880’s.