3 Things to Look for in a Clay Target Thrower

An electronic trap machine is a great way to practice your shotgunning skills

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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 offseason 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

Superior Hold

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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.


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Easy To Move Around

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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

Wireless Remote Operation

Compact And Portable

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Most clay pigeon throwers have at least some sort of wired foot-pedal control. But the trend here, as everywhere else, is the 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.