Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM
Library Sportsmen’s Association has an International Trap bunker and we are the only club in Western Pennsylvania to have a bunker that is open to the public!
It all started with a simple email to LSA from Alex Dupre but the story behind that email isn’t simple at all… When Alex had the opportunity to acquire a complete set of traps that had previously been used in the Olympics, he bought them. Then he traveled across the country to pick them up and deliver them to Pennsylvania.
Alex decided to partner with a club and use those trap machines to promote International Trapshooting and give youth shooters the same opportunity that he and his brother had. Enabling more young athletes to develop into Olympic hopefuls! He sent emails to several local clubs to garner interest for building a bunker. Association President, Bob Englert, was of the first to respond and set a meeting with Alex to determine what was involved and if it was possible at LSA. Bob then presented their plan to the board.
The Officers and Directors looked at this opportunity with enthusiasm and quickly realized the two major benefits of having an Olympic Trap bunker. Not only would it give youth shooters a unique opportunity at a chance to shoot their way to the Olympics, but it would also set LSA apart from all the other clubs in western Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.
After a vote, the Board of Directors and membership quickly approved the funding and the bunker team, Bob Englert, Alex Dupre, and his brother Ian Dupre, started designing and building the Olympic Trap Bunker and field. After several months of construction the bunker was ready for use and Alex complimented it by saying “it’s one of the nicest bunkers I’ve ever been in." What started as just an idea via a simple email has become another great improvement to LSA. It gives our members another discipline to shoot and truly sets us apart from all other clubs in the area.
To support our original goal of using this bunker to promote youth shooting, we let
our youth shooters use the bunker first and had a youth-only day on June 3rd, followed by a members-only Opening shoot on June 4th, 2023.
BUNKER TEAM (left to right) Alex "AJ" Dupre, Ian Dupre, and Bob Englert.
Raised in Champion PA, brothers Alex & Ian Dupre are accomplished shooters and members of LSA. From scholastic teams to an outstanding 9 national championship titles, both men have competed and won on national and world stages! Alex & Ian are passionate about sharing their expertise with shooters of all skill levels.
Culver Military Academy
Lindenwood University- Shooting sports team
3X ACUI Collegiate National Champion
3X Pennsylvania State Champion
2-Man Team National Champions (Dupre brothers)
GRAN MONDIALE PERAZZI - Daniele Perazzi Challenge Champion, 2014
Baschieri & Pellagri (B&P) USA Masters Cup, 2016
Culver Military Academy
Hillsdale College - Shooting sports team
NRA All-American team, 2016
Winner, International Trap (College Division)- USA National Championship, 2016
HOA combined trap event - Midwest Invitational, 2013
Interchangeably referred to as "International Trapshooting", "Olympic Trap", and "Bunker Trap" is an international target shooting discipline. The trap house is built underground with the roof at ground level. It is approximately 60ft long and just under 50ft (15 meters) away from the shooting stations. There are a total of 15 trap machines (3 for each position) configured in a fixed throwing direction such that one trap throws right, another left, and the third straight.
International trap allows shooters to use two shells per target (with the exception of match finals). Participants shoot 5 targets from 5 positions for a total of 25 targets in a round. Each shooter gets the same targets during a round of 25, thrown at a random sequence. From each position, shooters will get two right, two left, and one straight targets. Target presentation is in random order.
Looking for a basic overview of bunker trap? Check out this video from Arizona Game & Fish.
First, the speed of the targets. American trap clay targets fly at around 45 mph. Traditionally, international targets fly around 68 mph. This extra speed requires faster reaction times! Second, international traps do not oscillate like ATA machines. The machines fly at wider angles, up to 45 degrees and various heights. Although each round includes the same 25 targets for each shooter, the sequencing of the targets thrown are different per station, per target.
Any shotgun is permitted provided it can shoot 2 shells. We recommend using a 12 gauge. During practice, you are welcome to use any ammo you'd like including re-loads. However, International Target Loads (7/8oz - 24 grams, factory) are required for competition matches.
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