Labrador Trap & Skeet Club
PO Box 28, Labrador City, Labrador, A2V 2K3
Est. 1964


Club History
                 
        A group of local recreational sport shooters started shooting Trap over a large body of water now known as Big Wabush Lake in the late 1950's. In 1962 after a few years of having to lug the ad-hoc equipment to the beach at Sandy Point every weekend and then having to break it all down again when finished , they decided to form a club. They scouted some potential permanent locations and working with the Iron Ore Company of Canada decided on a spot on Smokey Mountain.
       
        In 1962 the first building was put in position which served as the temporary club house for the shooters. In 1962 the official Club was  formed and the work to expand began. Land was cleared and a new trap field was built. In 1970 an official Skeet field was added to the site and the existing Club house was expanded. Many birds were shot over manually operated machines until 1972 when two brand new, then state of the art, Western electric Skeet machines and one new Trap machine were added to the ever expanding Club. Skeet dominated the shooting style for the next ten years at the Club. In 1980, land was cleared and developed for a second skeet field as the Club was constantly increasing in size and demand for more facilities was increasing.

        Many of those new members were recruited and introduced to the sport during this time by Bill Giblin.  Mr. Giblin was also responsible for many of the improvements to the facilities at the Club over the years and adamantly worked to better the Club by organizing numerous activities to promote the shotgun sports. Our Club exists in part today because of his efforts and the dedication of his team of sportsmen and women. Both Bill Giblin and former member, as well as .20 Gauge Ladies  World Skeet Champion, Louise Lemieux-Doaust are both recognized  in the Canadian Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame.
Unfortunately,  with the sudden downturn in the iron ore markets and resulting layoffs that rocked the community for close to a decade, the land was cleared and prepped for development but the second skeet field was never built.

        Despite the negative impact of the iron ore market, the Club continued forward. Other Club members stepped up and helped to further develop the Club. Gordon Parsons, who would often travel to compete in pistol and sheet shooting events around Canada and in the USA, would often take on new shooters and guide them with his booming voice and unique personality to become better Skeet shooters. Apart from developing shooting skills you were always guaranteed a few laughs with his humorous and often non-conventional style of coaching.  

          In 1990 two of our members were fortunate enough to discover a new shotgun game called "Hunter's Clays". This was of course the predecessor to the now very popular game of Sporting Clays. What made this game so interesting was the fact that it was not played on an established field as such. Instead portable machines were used to launch clay targets over different areas to simulate birds flying in realistic hunting situations. Local terrain and weather determine the type and presentation of the targets so no two courses are alike. Thanks to the timeless effort and course developments of Mr. William (Bill) Testu, Sporting Clays remains the busiest shotgun event today at the Labrador Trap & Skeet Club.
   
            The covered firing point on the 100 meter range was developed in 1993. Target holders for Combat Pistol shooting as well as a multitude of various steel targets and silhouettes were fabricated at this time too. Target holders for long range rifle and general plinking were also constructed and remain in use today with future expansion now currently planned.

            The Club has continued to evolve throughout the 1990's and continues to do so more than fifty-five years later. In 2021 a new Club House was officially opened and the original old structure was demolished. Many changes have been made / continue to be made to remain current with today's firearm legislation and the demand of the evolving sport shooter.  In doing so, the Labrador Trap & Skeet Club remains the largest government certified gun club in Labrador, allowing the use of all classes of firearm on the premises.


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