“Double Trap”, Twice The Fun With Colonel Smoothbore
By OutdoorAly

Posted: May 12, 2013

After last week’s short study of International Trap or “Bunker,” this week we will look at the other bunker game, double trap.

An excerpt from a white paper prepared by USA Shooting for the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation – 7 March 2002, describes double trap as the following:

“Double Trap has been a part of the Olympics since 1996. Squads of six shooters fire in rotation in rounds of 40 targets for women and 50 targets for men. Each shooter is presented with the same set of targets during the round. Targets emerge in pairs upon the shooter’s call from an underground bunker containing 15 throwing machines, the center of which are used in this event.


One shot may be fired at each target. Men fire a 150 target qualifying round in one day, while women fire a 120 target course in one day. The top six shooters from the qualifying round proceed to the medals final round, firing an additional 40 target round for women or 50 target round for men, with the final score added to the qualifying score to determine the medalists.” The same field is used in double trap as is used in the bunker singles game. Only the three traps on post 3 are used in double trap.


American Kim Rhode won the women’s double trap gold medal twice (1996, 2004). In addition, Rhode won bronze in the event in 2000. Women’s double trap was eliminated after the 2004 Olympics. Rhode then switched to the skeet game and won the silver medal in the 2008 summer games. In 2012, Rhode dominated the field at the Olympic Games to win the women’s gold medal in skeet. Kim Rhode is the only American to win medals in 5 consecutive Olympics. I personally believe that women’s double trap was dropped from the Olympics because Kim Rhode was almost impossible to beat.


I have two NRA Pistol classes scheduled in June. A NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course on June 15 and a Personal Protection In The Home Course on June 29. The PPITH course satisfies the firearm safety requirement for a CWP. If you want more information or wish to enroll in the courses, just go to www.guncoach.net.


Next week we’ll begin a short study of the history of the clay target sports.

Be safe and good shooting.

Colonel Smoothbore

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