Down The Line
“DTL” as it is called, first appeared in Great Britain when the “Inanimate Bird Shooting Association” was formed in 1892. It proved extremely popular and was even shot under floodlights in the early 1930’s. It is the longest running clay shooting International Discipline.
A full squad consists of 5 shooters; only one of which shall shoot at any one time. The shooters comprising the squad shall stand at the designated firing marks from 1 to 5 (from left to right facing the trap) in the order in which their names appear on the score card.
When all is ready and correct, the Referee shall call “Line Ready”. Competitiors may then load two cartridges into the gun, but all guns must remain open.
The first competitor only, shall adopt a shooting stance and when ready shall call “PULL”. Whereupon, the clay target shall be released from the trap by acoustic release. The first shooter may shoot at the target with one or two shots and the resulting score is recorded.
If the competitor scores a “kill” with the first shot, then they shall be awarded 3 points, and if the competitor scores a “kill” with the second shot, the competitor shall be awarded 2 points. If the competitor fails to hit the target with either shot, the target shal be called “LOST” and no points shall be awarded.
Provided that a “NO BIRD” has not been called, the shooter on the second firing mark may then follow the same procedure, followed afterwards by the third shooter and repeated for numbers 4 and 5. After shooter number 5 has shot, number 1 shall call again for a target and this sequence is followed by all the shooters in the squad until the shooters have each shot 5 targets.
The referee shall now call “CHANGE” and each shooter move one place to the rights, except for shooter 5 who takes the position of shooter number one. When walking between stands, each shooter must ensure that the gun is open.
The shooter leaving number 5 firing mark to take up position number 1 firing mark, must move to that position by walking behind the line of shooters and with the gun open and empty of cartridges or cases. When all shooters are again in proper position and ready to shoot, the Referee shall call “LINE READY” and shall do so after each change and before the commencement of shooting.
When all of the members of the squad have shot at the required number of targets from each firing mark, this will conclude the shooting at this particular stage. At this point the Referee shall call “Unload and Check Your Scores” whereupon all guns shall be open and emptied of any cartridges or cases
Targets may be thrown as singles, report pairs, following pairs and simultaneous pairs. A report pair is where the second target is launched at the sound of the gun firing at the first target. A following pair is where the second target is launched from the same trap as soon as it is safely possible after the first target. A simultaneous pair is where both targets are launched at the same time either from one or two traps.
Based on sporting targets and shooting from designated stands, Sportrap is squaded with a maximum of 5 per squad. A round will comprise of 25 targets and will be shot as singles and doubles.
Automatic Ball Trap
ABT as it is known is a trap discipline similar to DTL in that there are 5 shooting positions. However, instead of shooting five targets on one shooting stand before moving to the next shooting position, shooters shoot at one target before moving to the next shooting position. The trap is a multi-oscilating (in both horizontal and vertical directions) electrically operated trap. The targets are acoustically released at random and continuously changing angles and elevations. The trap is also fitted with an interrupting device which makes it impossible to predict the trajectory of the targets.
English Skeet is discipline shot from 7 shooting positions in a semi-circle. The targets are released from two traps housed in towers to the left and right of the semi-circle. The trap to the left is known as the high tower and is 3.05 metres high. The trap to the right is known as the low tower which is 0.91 metres high. As the shooter moves positions around the semi-circle, the angles of the targets change.
The targets are shot in the following sequences:
Station one : 2 singles and a double
Station two : 2 singles and a double
Station three : 2 singles
Station four : 2 singles and a double (the shooter must nominate the first target of the double to be shot at).
Station five : 2 singles
Station six : 2 singles and a double
Station seven : 2 singles and a double
Optional or repeat target – first target missed or a single from either High or Low station 7.
The first target to be shot at in singles on station 1-6 will be the high target, but on station 7 the low target will be taken first. The first target to be shot at in the doubles on station 1 and 2 will be the high house, and on station 6 and 7 shall be the low house.