In the traps and target production for the shooting industry since 1927

The story begins at the end of 19th Century when The Laporte Family founded its very first construction company….Then came 1927!
In 1927, Emile Laporte, a great hunting enthusiast, developed his first hand thrower, the “Projector No.1”, to allow his hunting friends to train during periods of closure. It is a spring-loaded wooden launcher and it was manually operated by a metal arm.
His invention revolutionized the shooting sport.
The machine weighing only 5 kilos was sold throughout France and Belgium.
The pigeons were made of clay at that time, and launched this same year.
In 1931, annual production was close to one million pigeons per year. Today it is a million pigeons a day!


In the 19th century, the LAPORTE family was renowned for the quality of the building materials (stone, paving stones, etc.) that came from quarrying. During the Second Empire, it specialized in the manufacture of “ballast” for the Railways and the Metro, thus becoming a major public works company. After 1918, Emile Laporte and Compagnie Enterprises became manufacturers and distributors of building materials, bringing together a dozen factories spread over French territory.

A passion and a family passion …

In 1930, Emile Laporte created a second model of launcher that was even more powerful.

During his presentation, his young son Pierre was at his side and posed with the new machine. He began a lifelong passion and enthusiasm for the sport and he naturally took the ownership of the company after the death of his father in 1936.

Pierre Laporte continued his work with the same passion and drive for progress. As early as 1947, he invented the first automatic machine to make pigeons. The company developed numerous innovations, with, for example, the launch of Rabbit, a rolling target that simulates the trajectory of a hare in the hunting trails or in 1956 the birth of the “Junior Trap 75”.

An Olympic Ascent

In 1960, Pierre introduced Laporte to the Olympics and the company became the official beggar of targets and launchers to the Roman games.

This collaboration was the result of decades of hard work, perseverance and dedication. The brand was selected again for the Tokyo Games four years later, and tthe company continued to succeed and progress by consistently developing new products, including the SKEET 1000 and the TRAP 2000 in 1966.

The year 1969 marks a new age of the company with the establishment of a new target plant in Sermaize, in the Marne.

Three Generations of Excellence

In 1972, Jean-Michel Laporte, the current CEO, took control of the company with the same desire to create new designs.

As early as 1973, he launched a new model, Trap 125, and added the following year, a Police and Military Target Division. The brand Laporte was selected twice for the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976 and Moscow in 1980 furthering the company’s reputation for quality and excellence.

The growth continued and Jean-Michel Laporte instructed his teams to create a series of more innovative products with simplify operation, without compromising the exceptional quality of the product. Over the years, legendary launchers such as Trap 185 (1985), Auto-Rabbit (1987) and Teal-Trap (1988) have emerged. A new launcher plant was set up in Biot in 1990.

The experience and the brand image allowed Laporte to obtain a unique contract with the famous WINCHESTER rifle brand. In the same period, the “Telegenic Flash Pigeon” was launched throughout the world and it is used exclusively for the Olympic Games.

An ecological commitment for future generations …

In 1990 Jean-Michel Laporte was the first developer of biodegradable materials and introduced the use of environmentally-friendly paints. Since the new materials that are respectful to our environment have been added to the range of Laporte products that have strived to maintain a responsible approach.

The New Millennium

The year 2000 marked a turning point with the acquisition of two European competitors: one in Bottesford in England and the other in Formerie in L’Oise. With a production capacity of 200 million targets and 3000 machines per year, Laporte became the world’s leading manufacturer of “targets and launchers”.

Jean-Michel Laporte is working in parallel to diversify its exports to more than 80 countries. It developed new markets such as the Middle East, China and Australia and strengthened its distribution network.

Laporte’s reputation in terms of reliability and quality led Laporte to be once again chosen as the official beggar of targets and launchers at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The brand was also a part of the Beijing Games in 2008, in London 2012 and also its eighth Olympic games for Rio in 2016

A well targeted future…

A well-targeted future …

With an experience of more than 80 years, 8 Olympic selections and more than 2500 customers on five continents, the name Laporte is an integral part of the history of shooting sports. He continues to create history today and will continue into the future with his sounds Frédéric and Thomas Laporte who have inherited the same passion, the same taste for innovation and performance.

The launch of the WeShoot mobile application in 2015, dedicated to the Community of Shooters, marks a new turning point in the history of the company.

The pioneers are still changing the future!

Practice makes Perfect

Laporte has been involved in the clay shooting industry since 1927 and remains totally committed to the sport and to its future development. The Laporte name has stood for quality and first-class services since 1927. Our worldwide after-sales service and technical support reputation has become over the years THE reference in clay shooting.

Jean-Michel LAPORTE

Chairman of LAPORTE Goup

Jean-Michel’s great father created the Laporte Co. almost 100 years ago.

Our traps have an excellent reputation for reliability. Strides are continually being made in:

  • Changes to increase performance
  • Better value for money
  • Durability in all weather conditions
  • Versatility with Laporte traps available for use in all disciplines
  • Compatibility, which enables the operators to use all brands of clay targets throughout the world


Merchandising – e-Commerce

One of Jean-Michel’s son, Thomas is passionate about photography, video, new technologies and of course the job he thing alongside his father.

Laporte was the first company to make available:

  • The first manual and automatic traps
  • The “Flash” target
  • Environmentally friendly clays

Jean-Michel using the first hand trap made by his grand-father

Laporte is an international company with branches on five continents. This international team prides itself in:

  • The group’s active membership within the various Shooting Federations
  • Experienced and world-class shooters who are part of the Laporte Family

Supplied The Biggest Clay Shooting Events Since 1960

ISSF Games – Olympic

  • 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2012 London, England
  • 2008 Beijing, China
  • 2004 Athens, Greece
  • 1980 Moscow, (Former) Soviet Union
  • 1976 Montreal, Canada
  • 1964 Tokyo, Japan
  • 1960 Rome, Italy

Competitions Pit Olympic Double Trap And Skeet

  • 2015 World Skeet, San Antonio, USA
  • 2015 ISSF WorldCup, Accapulco, Mexico
  • 2015 Panamerican Games, Toronto, Canada
  • 2015 Indian National Games, Kerala , India
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 2014 World Skeet, San Antonio, USA
  • 2013 World Skeet, San Antonio, USA
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games, New Delhi, India
  • 2010 Asian Games, China
  • 2010 World Cup England ISSF China and Mexico
  • 2010 Jharkhand National Games, India
  • 2010 10th Championships of the America, Brazil
  • 2009 Jinan National Games, China
  • 2009 World Cup ISSF Egypt and Belarus
  • 2009 World Skeet San Antonio, USA
  • 2008 ISSF Pre-Olympics and Games, Beijing, China
  • 2008 World Cup ISSF Suhl, Germany
  • 2008 ISSF Kerville World Cup, USA
  • 2008 World Cup ISSF, Rio, Brazil
  • 2008 ISSF Youth Games, Malaysia
  • 2008 World Skeet San Antonio, USA
  • 2007 All Africa Games, Algiers, Algeria
  • 2007 Asian Clay Championships, Handcuffs, Philippines
  • 2007 Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2007 World Skeet San Antonio, USA
  • 2006 XX Central American – Caribbean Games – Colombia
  • 2006 15th Asian Games, Doha, Qatar
  • 2006 World Cup ISSF Suhl, Germany
  • 2006 ISSF Kerville World Cup, USA
  • 2006 World Cup ISSF, Cairo, Egypt
  • 2006 Asian Clay Shooting Championships in Singapore (ISSF)
  • 2006 World Skeet San Antonio, USA
  • 2005 Fitasc European Sporting Championship Limassol / Cyprus
  • 2005 South East Asian Games, Manila – Philippines
  • 2005 ISSF World Cup Final, Dubai – UAE
  • 2005 Games Central American countries, Guatemala
  • 2005 World Skeet San Antonio, USA

European Championship Sporting Compak

  • 2013 St. Petersburg
  • 2006 Andenne – Namur
  • 2005 Coullons
  • 2002 Moscow
  • 2000 The Rabot
  • 1999 Nevremont

World Championship Sporting Compak (Started In 2004)

  • 2009 Coullons
  • 2006 Ambès
  • 2004 San Antonio

Hunting Championship Course World

  • 2015 Desert Shooting Championship, Dubai, UAE
  • 2015 San Antonio National Championship, USA
  • 2014 Desert Shooting Championship, Dubai, UAE
  • 2014 San Antonio National Championship, USA
  • 2013 San Antonio National Championship, USA
  • 2009 San Antonio World English
  • 2007 Prague
  • 2007 San Antonio World English
  • 2005 Southern Counties, UK
  • 2005 San Antonio World English
  • 2004 Signs
  • 2003 Claythorne Lodge
  • 2003 San Antonio World English
  • 2002 Dornberg
  • 2000 Durbuy
  • 2000 San Antonio World English
  • 1999 Thiers

European Championship Open Course

  • 2007 The Cherry
  • 2005 Limassol
  • 2004 Prague
  • 2003 Prague
  • 2002 Monfortinho
  • 2001 The Rabot
  • 1999 Castillejo

Continental Championship Open Course

  • 2008 Oceania Games, Noumea – New Caledonia
  • 2006 Pan African Championship, Marrakech – Morocco
  • 2006 Triangular Martinique
  • 2006 Oceania Fitasc Themes – New Zealand
  • 2005 10th Arab Games, Algiers – Algeria
  • 2005 Oceania Games, Noumea – New Caledonia
  • 2005 Triangular Guyana

Universal Championship Pit

  • 2009 Southern Counties – Field. of the world
  • 2008 Ychoux – Field. of the world
  • 2007 Tangiers – Field. of the world
  • 2004 Alba Serena – Field. European
  • 2003 Antibes – Field. European
  • 2000 Valencia – Field. of the world