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June 12, 2013

Outdoors: Trap mechanics key to success of shoot

Trap mechanics key to success of shoot

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"We try to start April 1 or the closest to that date possible," Grecsak said. "Putting it in simple terms we check over every part of the trap house right from the carousel, which holds the targets, right down to each and every moveable part associated with the working of the trap. We vacuum everything to make sure there is no dust or loose particles which eventually could become a problem.

"We check everything to make sure no parts are loose and grease and lubricate all areas that require that type of attention and we perform these tasks on each of our traps, and when that is finally done we go back to the first trap and repeat the entire process again."

The entire cleaning and repairing process could take as little as one hour, or if there are any necessary major repairs, the time could increase depending upon what needs to be repaired and if ordering parts need to be figured into the repairs. However, much of what is needed is already on the premises and in stock.

Once the traps have been the gone over the second time they are all individually tested to make the sure the speed is right. This is accomplished through the use of a radar gun.

"We must be sure the speed of the targets coming out is right and consistent for the event," Grecsak said. "It's important that they are leveling out correctly. You want the targets to come out flat so the shooters can see the back of the bird.

"The day before the event, we radar the traps again and make sure they are at the proper speed (42-43 mph for singles and between 39-40 for doubles) and the speeds are checked every day of the shoot."

Before even the first targets are loaded into the traps, all the electronics are inserted and checked to make sure everything is working properly electronically. Then, once the brain (computer) is inserted, everything from the microphones to the carousels that house the targets must be thoroughly checked, looking for anything from visibly broken wires to computer components that may or may not be functioning properly.

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