Trap Shooting at NCRGC

If you have never shot trap, no problem! We can help you learn the basics. NCRGC trap events are generally open to the public and we welcome everyone from beginners that want to learn, to experienced shooters that, when asked, tend to share their wisdom!

What do you need to bring?

  • Shotgun
  • Eye and ear protection
  • A vest or shell/shooting pouch for holding shotgun shells and the empty hulls
  • 25 shotgun shells for each round that you would like to shoot; 7 ½ to 9 shot size only

(Loaner equipment may be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Loaner equipment includes everything listed above.)


Terminology -

Bird or target: a clay pigeon
Post or Station: Refers to the position on the trap field where you stand and shoot. 
Squad: The group of shooters that line up on the different posts during a trap event.
Round: One complete cycle consisting of five shots from each of the five posts, which will require 25 shotgun shells and targets.
Pull: The verbal command to call for the target to be released. Other commands may be used.
Change: A command that is called when everyone changes post positions after shooting five shells from a post.


Trap shooting basics -

Clay targets are thrown by a trap in a “house” or “bunker” set in the ground at the center front of the trap field. The clay targets fly up and away from the shooters (from beneath and in front of them), who are positioned behind the trap house on the “shooting line.” The targets are thrown from a trap that oscillates from left to right, and because the trap is out of sight from the shooters, the shooters don’t know which angle the target is going to travel until they call for it.


There are five Posts on a trap field. The left position is Post 1 and goes in order to the far-right position, which is Post 5. The first Post 1 shooter is the squad leader. The squad leader always shoots first at each Post. NCRGC only has Posts at 15 yards from the trap house and does not accommodate scoring handicaps.


Making your way around the posts -

Shooters each line up on a post / station and then take turns shooting. When ready, the shooter on post 1 loads their gun and calls for a target. The next shooter should only load their gun and call for a target after the shooter on the previous post has taken their turn.


After all shooters have fired five shots from their post, the command “Switch” will be given and the shooters all move to the next post and repeat, with the shooter at post 5 moving to post 1.


This repeats until all shooters have finished the round by firing five shots from each of the five posts, totaling 25 shots/targets.


Rules & Regulations -


Please familiarize yourself with the Rules & Regulations before attending an event.


We look forward to helping you have a safe, fun, educational and enjoyable experience when you come out to shoot with us. If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to

Want to learn more about Trap and other upcoming NCRGC events? Visit the NCRGC calendar

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