guide to double trap

ClayPal Guide to Double Trap

what is double trap?

Double Trap is an Olympic shooting discipline governed by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) along with Olympic Trap and Olympic Skeet.

Each round of Double Trap consists of 30 targets, made up of 15 simultaneous pairs with a single shot taken at each target. A simple points system is used for scoring with a single point awarded for each hit.

Double Trap uses three traps (see layout diagram) with each pair sent in a 'random' sequence from two of the three traps. During the course of a round every competitor will receive one pair from the left and middle traps, one pair from the middle and right traps and one pair from the left and right traps, on each of the five shooting stands. These pairs will be sent in a random sequence but each competitor will have received the same targets by the end of the round.

A standard event consists of five rounds making a total of 150 targets.

In major and international competitions the top six shooters progress into a semi-final where they shoot 15 pairs from stands two, three and four. Scores from the qualification rounds are NOT carried forward so competitors start from a zero score. The competitors who shoot the third and fourth highest scores in the semi-final shoot another 15 pairs in a 'Medal Match' to determine who wins the bronze medal. The top two scorers in the semi-final shoot another 'Medal Match' to determine who wins the gold and silver medals. Any ties are decided by a shoot-off using pairs from the left and right traps repeating stands two, three and four until the tie is broken.

Double Trap pairs are now released immediately upon the call of the shooter (previously there was a random time delay of between 0 and 1 second from the shooter's call to the targets being released).

Double Trap is shot in squads of six over five stands using a 'shoot and move' method where the shooter moves to the next stand to their right after taking each shot (stand five moves round to wait behind stand one).

Note: Double Trap should not be confused with the domestic discipline Double Rise which is based on two fixed Down The Line targets.

Double Trap Layout

how is double trap set up?

Double Trap requires three traps set in a trench 15m in front of the shooters and is usually set up on an Olympic Trap layout, using the centre three traps.

The three traps are all fixed, with the left trap set at an angle of 5° to the left, the centre trap set straight ahead and the right trap set at 5° to the right.

All targets should travel 55m with the centre target set slightly higher than the other two. The left and right targets are set to be 3m high at 10m from the trap, whilst the centre trap is set to be 3.5m high at 10m.

which cartridges can be used?

As with all Olympic disciplines, Double Trap must be shot with cartridges that have a maximum load of 24g and shot size no greater than 2.6mm.

what are the double trap 'schemes'?

Double Trap is shot using pairs known as 'schemes': Scheme A, Scheme B and Scheme C (sometimes referred to as Schemes 1, 2 and 3).

Scheme A uses the left and middle traps, Scheme B uses the middle and right traps, Scheme C uses the left and right traps. The targets are therefore presented as follows:

Double Schemes

double trap facts

  • Richard Faulds MBE won a Gold medal at the 2000 Olympics
  • Charlotte Kerwood won a Gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games at the age of 15
  • No one has ever shot a perfect score in Double Trap, the current World Record is 148 ex.150
  • Ladies can no longer compete in international Double Trap events after it was removed from the Olympic programme in 2004
  • Peter Wilson MBE won a Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics
  • Steve Scott & Matt French won Gold and Silver at the Commonwealth Games in 2014

current world records

Record Country Name Date Event
148/150 Great Britain GBR Tim Kneale 09/06/2014 WC Munich (GER)
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