Winter 2019

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D id you know that clay target sports are more than 100 years old? The first patent for a clay target was awarded to George Ligowsky in 1880. Ligowsky also designed the first modern target thrower—'trap'—designed to launch clay tar- gets. He was trying to find a different type of target than the glass balls filled with feathers that were being used for shooting sports at the time. The problem with glass balls was that they were very fragile and expensive to make. Ligowski solved the problem by using materials that were far cheaper. Ligowsky's invention made shooting sports more affordable, and spurred the development of many types of clay target shoot- ing sports. Today, the most common clay target shooting sports are trap shooting, skeet shooting, sporting clays and 5-stand. TRAP SHOOTING Trap shooting is a clay target sport in which a squad of up to five athletes compete at one time. The athletes take positions in a semi-circle around a structure from which clay targets are launched. That structure is commonly known as a 'trap house.' The athletes are positioned on five stations 16 yards away from the trap house, and the targets are thrown at various angles at a direction away from the athletes. Athletes take turns to shoot at five targets at each station. Then the athletes change stations in a clockwise manner—the athlete on station one will move to station two, two to three, three to four, four to five, and five to one. The process continues until all athletes have each shot at 25 targets. 32 PULLUSA MAGAZINE WINTER 2019 THE FIELD S C ORING TA BL E STATE OF CLAYS THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLAY TARGET SHOOTING SPORTS Illustrations by TOM RICHMOND DID YOU KNOW? Trap shooting has been around since the 18th century and utilized glass ball targets before clay disks were intro - duced in the 1880s.

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