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trap machine install

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by jmac_cope, May 1, 2012.

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  1. jmac_cope

    jmac_cope Active Member

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    We are constructing a trap house with a new trap machine. Can anyone tell me what the relationship is between the height of the throwing arm and the grade (ground level) at Post #3 (16yds)?
    ATA specs say the height of the trap house is a min of 2'2" and Max 2'10" above the grade. Is that the only criteria or is there one for the height of the throwing arm?

    JMAC
     
  2. Beretta687EELL

    Beretta687EELL Well-Known Member

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    The arm should be the same height as the cement pads that you stand on. Bill Malcolm
     
  3. clayman51

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    If you are using a PAT trap be sure to allow enough room to load the targets. Once you establish the Arm height you may have to raise the roof height to allow enough room to load the targets.

    Dennis
     
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    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    Beretta687EELL has the right answer, though some think its open to interpretation.

    Also, make sure the "target release point" is centered in the house (left to right), and not the machine's carousel. If you center the carousel in the house, the targets will come out way right of center.
     
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    Just to throw this out. I thought the shooting station and the foundation for the machine had to be the same height. Now you all are saying just the arm has to be. Which is right?
     
  6. scott calhoun

    scott calhoun Well-Known Member

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    It's all in the ATA rulebook.

    XIII. Standards for Traphouses, Targets, Target Setting, Guns
    and Ammunition

    B. TRAPHOUSES
    Traphouses must adequately protect the trap loaders and shall not
    be higher than necessary for that purpose. It is recommended that
    traphouses constructed after September 1, 2003 shall conform to the
    following specifications:

    1. Length not less than 7 feet, 6 inches, nor more than 9 feet, 6
    inches.

    2. Width not less than 7 feet, 6 inches, nor more than 9 feet, 6
    inches.

    3. Height not less than 2 feet, 2 inches, nor more than 3 feet, 0
    inches, the height to be measured from the plane of the number
    3 shooting position.

    It is recommended that the throwing surface (throwing arm or plate) of
    the trap machine be on the same level as that of Post 3 and the target
    height setting pad.
     
  7. Oregunner

    Oregunner Well-Known Member

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    If you are installing a PAT trap, download the manual, and it explains it. Mark
     
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