Labrador Trap & Skeet Club
PO Box 28, Labrador City, Labrador, A2V 2K5
Est. 1964

Club History
        A group of local recreational sport shooters started shooting Trap over a large body of water now known as Wabush Lake in the late 1950's. In 1962 after a few years of having to lug the ad-hoc equipment to the shore 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 at Smokey Mountain.
        Land was cleared and in late summer of 1962 and the first building, which served as a temporary Club house for the shooters was put in place. In 1964 the official Club was formed and the work to expand began. More land was cleared and a new Trap field was built. In 1970 an official, regulation size Skeet field was developed on 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 Western Electric Trap machine were added to the ever expanding Club. The surrounding hillside was also clear-cut thanks to the many Club volunteers eager to improve the new site. 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 growing and the 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 responsible for many of the improvements to the facilities at the Club over the years and adamantly worked to better the Club. He often organized 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 by the Canadian Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, with the sudden downturn in the iron ore markets and the resulting layoffs that rocked the community for close to a decade, the land that had been cleared and prepped for construction of the second skeet field saw no new field built and remains idle to this day.

        Despite the negative impact of the iron ore market, the Club continued forward. More Club members stepped up and helped to further develop the facilities. Gordon Parsons, who would often travel to compete in pistol and skeet 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, Pistol or Rifle shooters. Apart from developing shooting skills you were always guaranteed a few laughs with his humorous and often non-conventional style of coaching.
          In 1984 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 a typical established field as such. Instead, portable machines were used to launch clay targets in wooded areas over different terrain 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. A multitude of challenging courses were fully established by late 1989 thanks to the timeless effort and course developments of Mr. William (Bill) Testu. More than 35+ years later, Sporting Clays remains the busiest shotgun range today at the Labrador Trap & Skeet Club.
            The 100 meter rifle range was built in late summer of 1984 after a huge surge in pistol and rifle shooting at the Club. Target holders for Combat Pistol shooting as well as a multitude of various steel targets and silhouettes were fabricated as were target holders and berms for large caliber rifle shooting and general rimfire plinking. The rifle / pistol range continued to be very busy despite the previous economic downturn of the early 80'and a small trailer was installed as a staging area on the 100m range in mid summer of 1985. The rifle / pistol range
continued to see significant use by the outgoing RCMP, the incoming RNC, the local Army Cadet corps, the local patrol unit of the Canadian Rangers and by Wildlife Enforcement officers both for their certifications, as well as for the certification of new hunters as part of the provincial Hunter Saftey Program. The trailer previously used as a staging area was eventually removed and in 1993 an enclosed Covered Firing Point was constructed making the use of the rifle & pistol range even more popular as shooters were now protected from any inclement weather.

            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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