Down the Line

Down-the-line (DTL) clay target shooting is a variation of trap shooting.  The DTL shooting layout is set up with 5 stands in a crescent shape 15m from a traphouse.

Down the Line shooters

Upon the competitors voice command, an oscillating trap machine throws a target at a random angle between 0 and 22.5 degrees to either side of centre.   The targets are set to land 48m +/– 2 m from the traphouse.  The average speed for a down the line clay target leaving the traphouse is 70km/h.  The competition is shot in 'squads' of a maximum of 6 shooters.

There are further variations of DTL, including single barrel, points, continental and double rise.