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3 Things to Look for in a Clay Target Thrower

Electronic clay throwers are easy to operate and a lot of fun if you’re shooting with friends.
Electronic clay throwers are easy to operate and a lot of fun if you’re shooting with friends. (Champion Traps and Targets/)

It’s not always convenient or economical to belong to a private sporting clays club. But electric target throwers allow you to set up a one-man range anywhere there is room to safely practice. They’re a great way to hone your shooting skills in the off season or get in a little tune-up work between waterfowl or upland hunts. Look for these features when considering an investment in your own home range.

Recycle Speed

If you prefer fast and furious shooting, make sure the thrower you buy has a fast recycle speed.
If you prefer fast and furious shooting, make sure the thrower you buy has a fast recycle speed. (Do-All Outdoors/)

The rate at which a thrower can launch successive birds is important if you are trying to shoot doubles. Look for a recycle speed in the range of 1.75 to 2.5 seconds for all-purpose shooting.

Portability

Clay throwers with wheels are easy to transport.
Clay throwers with wheels are easy to transport. (Champion Traps and Targets/)

A clay thrower is a relatively heavy piece of equipment, ranging anywhere from about 45 to 125 pounds. Even on the low end, that’s a handful. Throwers with integrated wheels make it easier to move the machine from place to place on the range or in storage.

Remote Control

A thrower that’s able to toss clays at different angles will help shooters practice different real-world scenarios.
A thrower that’s able to toss clays at different angles will help shooters practice different real-world scenarios. (Champion Traps and Targets/)

Most clay pigeon throwers have at least some sort of wired foot-pedal control. But the trend here, as everywhere else, is wireless remote control. Also pay attention to the launch angles, which range from 0 to about 45 degrees. Some are infinitely adjustable, while others have a limited set of fixed positions.

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