Rated 1 out of 5 by Realdiehl Poor quality, dangerous
Fairly easy to assemble, even though instructions weren't that helpful. Took a good while to adjust so the clays would fly properly and not break. On the second day, the weld began to crack and one of us almost lost a finger when it fired without warning. Very dangerous, and that was only on the second day.
June 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bull'seye99 Works well.
It does the job and the shooter can release and shoot at the same time. The only problem I had was no operating instructions and I had to figure how to make it work. A nice youtube vedio on its operation would be nice. Well worth the money.
May 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by pull - shoot - missed it Good, but needs some adjustment
Out of the Box - was easy to assemble (although wrench that is included is useless -- will need a socket set). Went shooting, hammered stakes as instructed for stability. Had 5 misfires in first 50. Took apart swing components, greased them well. Second time shooting had no misfires. Adjustable elevation and pitch is nice - but not easy enough to switch mid session. It would be nice if the stakes were a little longer and there was a heavy attachement to keep it stable (plan to use a tire rim for ease of transport and weight).
April 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Neoisnothte1 Great clay thrower
This is a great buy. I have used it a few times and really like it.
February 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by GuruBeast Works Great After Some Tinkering
I love to shoot but don't have a ton of money so I bought this from the local Dick's.
The directions it came with were absolute garbage, but I was easily able to figure it out by looking at the picture on the box, it isn't too complicated to put together but additional wrenches are needed for the smaller nuts. It comes with a field wrench which fits the bolt for tightening or loosening the spring, and for the bolt that controls the horizontal angle of the arm. It was fairly easy to put together without the instructions.
I expected it to work right out of the box but the swing arm would stick after being released. It wouldn't throw anything unless you gave it a nudge. I thought that maybe I had to bend the piece that connects the spring to the arm but found this to be unnecessary. YOU CAN FIX IT WITHOUT BENDING ANYTHING. I had to take off the piece that connects the swing arm to the base, and put a little bit of graphite on it. (Don't use a liquid lubricant as it will gum up). After this, the problem was solved right away. It worked every time.
I then took it out to test with some pigeons and found that some were breaking, and others were not going very far and at crazy angles. To get it to launch straight and fairly far, adjust the tension on the spring so that there are only about 6 threads not through the hole. The pigeon holder should also be more towards the middle-back, and have a decent amount of tension on the pigeon to keep it from coming out too early.
One last adjustment I made was to the piece that holds the arm when you cock it back. It seemed to wobble a little too much, and hit the metal next to hit. I inserted a very thin washer on the bottom to address the wobbling problem and it worked perfect. this created some more friction though so the spring wasn't as strong anymore. I inserted a slightly bigger one and now it works great.
After these few adjustments, it works great and haven't had any problems since. The smaller the clay, move the pigeon holder forward more.
This thrower is not for someone looking to take it out of the box and start shooting. It takes some time to put it together, fix it up a bit, and set all of the adjustments. Took me about 3 hours for everything but could be done in less if you know what to work for. With some time and a little effort, it works great.
January 7, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Robert Would not buy again
Bolt on arm has a welded nut. Weld broke after 20 throws.
November 23, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by MDY Decent product for price
The only problem I had with the thrower is sometimes if you load the clay all the way foward it will break when thown. Overall a pretty good thrower for my boy to practice on. Throws doubles fairly good also.
November 5, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Smokie Do not buy!!!
Didn't even get through 20 clays before the weld on the hinge broke! If I could give this product less then one star, I would.
September 30, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Diesel Horrible Directions
I'm sure this thing works great, but getting it to work with horrible directions is not fun. I had to look at a you tube video to see how to set up the sliding clay set. Putting this thing together took me an hour an a half as well because the directions are horrible. Aside from all that, for the money it's a solid clay shooter from what I can tell. Can't wait to try it out again now that I know how to use the clay set on it. Just keep in mind that the way the clay set is put on it packaged is basically the opposite of the way it's actually supposed to be. You have to rotate it and slide it down to the pivot side.
July 23, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Steelhead Good Product just check the box first.
Works great. Totally adjustable and easy to put together. First one I bought was missing the clay holder that adjusts along the throwers track. So rushed to exchange it before I headed out to a shooting vacation in the mountains and didn't put that one together until I got to my destination. On this second one the handle was stripped and did not screw in correctly. So had to deal with it.
July 17, 2012