Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Olympic Flash Skeet & Trap Targets

ISSF Rules (Govern Body)

In Qualifications and Shoot-offs before the Finals “Flash” targets containing green powder of non toxic material may be used.

In Finals events and Shoot-offs required after the Finals “Flash” targets containing red powder of non toxic material must be used.

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Laporte of France provided the clay targets used at the Olympics.  The targets came from a Laporte manufacturing facility in France and not from its facility in the UK.

200,000 targets were contracted for and provided.

International Targets is the standard for this type of shooting. A slightly larger and heavier target as seen in American Skeet and Trap due to the much higher speeds and distances the target has to travel.

At my old club we had to modify the racks on the old Winchester machines in order to make them fit.  Don't remember the details, but it was not simply throwing them in the machine.  We also had to change out the arm to throw International Targets.  I suggest you read your owners manual or contact the manufacturer.

International targets as seen in the Olympics can be purchased from White Flyer or imported by Laporte into North America.  Lawry Canada makes an International Target, but I don't believe they sell the  Flash type.  In any case, be prepared for sticker shock!

You can make flash targets using any target for your club (fun shoots) if your willing to put in a little time.  I suggest setting up an assembly line.  Newspaper cut in a circle, Carpenters Chalk (hardware store) and glue to hold it all together.  Start with a small amount of chalk.  Throw and shoot at a few.  Once your satisfied, go for the gold!

I've also seen plastic wrap used. You just have to mess around and see what works. 

A few outtakes from a video shot for a club promotion using flash targets. VIDEO

51 machines were also provided by Lapote for the Olympics, manufactured in Biot, France.

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