Trap Adjustments & Other Things

  • The oil on SCM coil and long spring traps is now UV degradable!!

    Just put them out in the sun and watch them rust.
  • Dry Firing Traps - We recommend that a piece of wood wrapped with rubber be used to simulate a animals foot to dry fire our traps.  The inertia from the trap firing tends to brad out the jaws, bend dogs and spring pins. And can break the weld on the 1½ Dble Jaw.
  • Trap Pan Hinge Bolts in SCM #3 thru #4-½ size traps are stainless steel with brass nuts.  All other SCM traps have brass bolts and nuts unless otherwise specified. All traps made as of the year 2000 have 2 flats on the pan bolts to prevent accidental loss of the nut.
  • Pan Tension is useful in preventing small animals and birds from firing the trap.  It also prevents nearly all toe catches.  For instance, your target fur bearer's average weight is 20 lbs. = 5 lbs per foot. One half of that or 2-½ lbs maximum is a good starting weight.  The pan should hold 2 lbs and fire with 2-½ lbs. Too technical, most of those who use pan tension guess-t-mate with fingers & a screwdriver and soon do it just right.
  • Down Pan Stop.  First used by BMP coon trappers on SCM #11 long springs & #1-½ coil spring double jaw traps to prevent toe chewing.  For those who feel the need for a pan/dog engagement more like that of a fine rifle trigger, do as follows. (see the picture below)
    • Make a hole location on the end of the cross opposite the pan post.  The hole should all the to hit the screw when falling.
    • Pick a screw length that allows the pan to fire under all conditions.
    • Adjust the pan tension too 1 - 2 lbs.
    • Set the trap.  Pull the pan down until there is no more than 1/64" engagement between the dog & pan when the pan is level.
    • Now, fire the trap. When done correctly you will not feel the pan move, neither will the animal.
  • Nite Latch on SCM 1 pc (straddle) pans and crosses. Square your dog up and then file a small notch in it instead of the pan shank.
  • One Piece Pans & Crosses have been available on all SCM traps since 2006.  While the increase cost of the tooling to produce these parts, the cleverly designed gussets improve the strength greatly.  The notch in the 1 pc pan allows the exact dog engagement to be seen.  It also helps SCM to control costs which would otherwise be passed onto the trapper.
  • Setting Long Spring Traps should be done by hand or with a trap setter. Foot-setting is a NO-NO. Spring and base damage may result.