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Why the 16 yard line?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Bisi, May 22, 2010.

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  1. Bisi

    Bisi TS Member

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    I'm sure this has been asked before, but why the 16 yard line? How did they pick 16 yards to start shooting from? I could understand 10 yards that is a nice round number, even 15 yard line or 20 to start shooting from, but - 16 yard line?? I'm guessing somebody started to shoot 50 feet, behind the trap house, but the 17 yard line is closer to 50 feet than the 16 yard line. Anybody know for sure??

    While we are at it, I've always wondered why the NBA uses the 24 second clock too. I could understand a 60 second/ 1 minute clock or a 30 second/half minute clock, but how in the hell did they come up with a 24 second clock??
     
  2. V10

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    If you can believe Wikipedia:



    "It first came to use in 1954 in Syracuse, New York, where Danny Biasone, the owner of the NBA's Syracuse Nationals, experimented using a 24-second version during a scrimmage game. According to Biasone, "I looked at the box scores from the games I enjoyed, games where they didn't screw around and stall. I noticed each team took about 60 shots. That meant 120 shots per game. So I took 48 minutes - 2,880 seconds - and divided that by 120 shots. The result was 24 seconds per shot."[4][3] He then convinced the NBA to adopt it for the 1954-55 season. The Nationals went on to win the 1955 championship."
     
  3. Bisi

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    Thanks V10, that explains the 24 second clock. Got that one solved.

    Now, anybody know why we started shooting from the 16 yard line and not from a nice round number like the 15 or 20 yard line?
     
  4. shannon391

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    Why a .12 gauge? why not a .15?
     
  5. Mohave60

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    There was a 14 ga.
     
  6. Gun Dog

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    Why a 12 GA.? Because 10 GA. bucks a little to hard for trap.
     
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    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    I think the 16 yard line was once considered about the max for the loads of the day for muzzle loaders shooting pigeons? As shells and guns improved, longer yardages were added for more difficulty to where we are today. That too has stalled at the 27 yard line for nearly 60 years.

    Hap

    I recall reading that some of those pigeon shoots began at the 10 yard line and extended to the 16.
     
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