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Trapshooters may have had a consistently easier time finding targets prior to the 1969 Grand. That is, before oscillation was interrupted.
For a historical perspective, iTrapshooter.com spoke with Mr. Ian Brotherston of Western RetroProducts and Mr. Jim Printz of Rhodeside, Inc.. Based in Vancouver, B.C., Brotherston’s company makes an automated loading kit with accessories to rebuild and convert older trap machines. Rhodeside, Inc., located in Piqua, Ohio, sells trap machines and repair parts.
“An interruptor was actually a gear found in the Winchester Western White Flyer Trap, which were the predominant trap up until 1991.,” Brotherston explained. “If a machine didn’t have an interruptor in, it would go back and forth. Shooters could count and when they called pull, if they knew they were going to get a right handed target they could cheat.”
Rhodeside made the first interruptor for trap in 1969. The addition of the gear was to interrupt oscillation so a shooter couldn’t read the trap during handicap and singles.
“The first year they put it on at the Grand, they had how many hundreds of people who shot 200 straight. During the shoot off, they had interrupters on the traps and more then 50-60% missed at least one out of twenty-five. They didn’t know where the target was going to be,” Printz said. “Once they called to the target and it wasn’t where they thought it would be, they had to look for it.”
After the first usage, the ATA wanted every trap to have interrupters on it.
“Like playing cards,” Printz said. “They try to make it now so that no one has an unfair advantage over anyone else as to where the target will be.”
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Are today's trapshooter's better? Interruptor vs. the voice call.
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