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What Kind of Equipment Do I Need to Shoot Trap? 



You can use any shotgun gauge, up to 12 gauge. Using anything smaller than a 12 gauge entails a loss of hitting power. Some do choose smaller guns for their lower weight and reduced recoil. Over/Under, Pump, Semi-Autos are all fine. You only need to be able to shoot one shot at a time unless you plan to shoot doubles.



You may use up to 1 1/8 ounce of shot in 12 gauge. You may use shot sized 7 1/2 and smaller. Like gauge sizes, a lower shot size number refers to a larger shot size. The maximum velocity allowed is 1290 feet per second for 1 1/8 ounce loads. You may use slightly higher velocities for lighter loads, and the whole thing gets really complicated. Why bother with all that? Just get some 1 1/8 ounce #8 shot target loads.


Other Helpful Stuff:

  • A Shell bag for your full box and a larger bag for empties

  • A range bag to carry all your gear and shells

  • Eye and ear protection is a must.


Need More Help?

There are always more experienced shooters available to help you out. All you have to do is ask!

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