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Trapshooting Timeline

  • 1750- Origin of trapshooting in England.
  • 1810- First documented history of trapshooting at the Hornsey Wood Pigeonn Club in England.
  • 1831 - Inauguration of trapshooting in America. The first official records were kept at the Sportsmen's Club in Cincinnati.
  • 1840 - New York Sportsman's Club held its first trapshooting competition.
  • 1866 - First glass ball competition.
  • 1880- George Ligowsky of Cincinnati created the clay target.
  • 1885 - First national trapshooting tournament staged in New Orleans.
  • 1890- Interstate Trapshooting Association was formed.
  • 1900- First Grand American held at Interstate Park in Queens, New York.
  • 1909 - First automatic trap machines were used.
  • 1911- Doubles was introduced for the first time.
  • 1913- First Women's Trapshooting Club (Dupont Gun Club in Wilmington, DE)
  • 1919- Name was changed from Interstate Association to the American Trapshooting Association.
  • 1923 - American Trapshooting Association later became Amateur Trapshooting Association.
  • 1924- Permanent ATA home built in Vandalia, OH.
  • 1969- New addition to the main clubhouse. The Hall of Fame was dedicated.
  • 1976 - Youth Trapshooting Program was undertaken in conjunction with the Trapshooting Hall of Fame.
  • 1977- All-American team selection became an official function of the ATA.
  • 1980- First National Trapshooting Day.
  • 1998 - A Day at the Range was introduced, an educational seminar that introduces females to the sport of trap.
  • 1999- Grand American World Championships celebrates its 100th anniversary.
  • 2006- The Grand American debuts at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex - Sparta, IL
  • 2012- The ATA offices relocate to Sparta, IL
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Amateur Trapshooting Association
1105 East Broadway
P.O. Box 519
Sparta, IL 62286

Phone: 618-449-2224
Fax: 866-454-5198


Youth Trapshooting Program
Phone: 618-449-2224 ext. 110
Fax: 866-454-5198
aim@shootata.com

Trapshooting Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 281
Vandalia, OH 45377

Phone: 937-660-5663
Fax: 937-660-5664