History of Trap

history-trap-02Participation in trapshooting continues a grand old tradition. Trap began in the U.S. around 1825. The first recorded match was shot six years later in Cincinnati, where Americans led the way in developing artificial targets. Glass balls stuffed with feathers were used at first, but soon clay targets become the standard for the sport. The greatest trap shooters of the 19th century included Adam Bogardus, Ira Paine and Annie Oakley. In a one-day exhibition, Bogardus broke 5,681 glass balls before missing, and Oakley shot 4,722 of 5,000.