Last Update August 9th, 2017: I’ve listed 10 best clay pigeon thrower from 5 different manufactures which is for me was among the best seller products in amazon.com marketplace. All of the items listed are under different types/categories of trap thrower which I will explain below.
I will include the advantages and disadvantages of each category to help you choose the best trap machine that not only will meet your needs but also may save your budget.
Table of Content:
- 1 Table of Content:
- 1.1 What is a clay pigeon thrower?
- 1.2 What is an automatic Clay Pigeon Thrower
- 1.3 Champion WheelyBird Vs Do All Raven
- 1.4 Manual Clay Throwers
- 1.5 Hand-Held Thrower : Skeet/Trap on a Budget
What is a clay pigeon thrower?
Clay pigeon thrower used to launch those clays high into the air and over long distances to see who the best shot with a shotgun is. This machine is commonly used at sporting clays courses, trap clubs, and shooting ranges but today you can easily buy it online or at any stores that sell this stuff for personal use.
As a matter of fact, there are already so many kinds of these clay throwers circulating in the market today. Hence, people get confused when it comes to choosing the best clay pigeon thrower that they can buy.
The list of clay pigeon thrower below and the analysis that follows will help you decide what the best clay pigeon thrower that suites your needs. We all have our particular favorites on what makes a good clay thrower, and so am I.
What is an automatic Clay Pigeon Thrower
Automatic trap thrower is normally powered by a 12-volt battery, then the clays released either by a wireless remote or by a foot-operated switch. With the long extension cords available for the hand and foot switches, you can easily change your angles around the machine, no matter where you’re standing.
Auto feed clays – This type of trap can store a stack of clays in a hopper and systematically feed clays one at a time onto the throwing mechanism. The capability to store up to 50 clays in a cartridge at one time is a big advantage especially for advance shooter because you don’t need a buddy to feed the clays at all times.
A good stuff usually comes with an eyes opener price tag. They are obviously more expensive compare with hand traps and manual non-electrical thrower.
The price of this product in amazon.com marketplace is ranging from around $200 up to $600. But if you are really serious in shooting sport then the price should not be a problem to you.
The first 2 items in this review is Champion WheelyBird Auto-Feed Trap and Do-All Outdoors Raven Automatic Trap with Wheels. These 2 auto trap are among the best seller product in amazon.com for auto trap machine.
What differentiate these 2 auto trap with others in their segment is the wheels and handle for easy movement at the shooting range.
Champion WheelyBird Vs Do All Raven
Making a comparison between both is unavoidable because they come with a lot of similarities. Let’s look at the likenesses of the features among WheelyBird and Raven :
- Both have built in wheels with handle
- Wheels is made from plastic
- Foot pedal cord ( can be extended )
- Powered with 12 volt cycle battery
- 50 target capacity
- Thrower capability – 50 to 60 yards
- Clay cycle time – 2 to 3 seconds
- Origin from China
- Lightweight and portable
- Adjustable angle
- Comes with DVD and manual assembly instruction
Champion WheelyBird Auto-Feed Trap
First of all its very compact, very easy to handle – the weight is minimum, about 48 pound and with a two-wheeled frame with pull handle you can conveniently moves it around without any major problem.
It isnt required you to have any technical skill to assemble this things because it comes with DVD instructions for assembly, operation and adjustment. Straight from the box you will get an instruction manual and DVD, bolts and nuts, washers, plastic wheels, frames, clay guide rods, swing arm protectors, pedal release, battery cables etc.
The battery cable is very soft, yet thick and durable but a little bit short, its about 3 feet. The pedal release button is very responsive and comes with a 25 feet cable. The swing arm is all aluminum and its look great. For the assembly it will take about 20 minutes and its pretty much common sense on how to put it on together.
The clay holder can hold about 50 targets and very easy to refill. One thing about reloading the clay is, you need tohold the ‘release’ switch first because if you don’t the clay will keep dropping to the swing arm.
This trap can throw about 50 to 60 yards and the cycle time for the thrower is 2 sec if not even faster and the throwpath is very consistent. SO consistent that afte a few throw you will get boring. But don’t worry because the angle is easy to adjust.
What i like most about Champion WheelyBird Auto-Feed Trap is the auto operated mechanism and a good number of clays you can put in the holder plus the wheel and pull handle.
With this machine you can really focus on your shooting practice and it will be easier for you to get motivated to go out and have fun shooting. Overall, this device works great and obviously much better experience than using manual foot operated units.
I can tell you that this trap has the quality, very well made and durable even though its made in China. This is a must have trap and absolutely within your budget.
* Wireless remote compatible – Champion single remote release sell separately
* 50 target capacity
* No wobbler kit option – You can go for Champion Easybird for wobbler capability
* 48 pounds
Do all outdoors Raven Automatic Trap With Wheels
Sharpen your shooting with the do all outdoors Raven automatic trap thrower. Do all outdoors really help shooters turn in shooting sport into your own activity. This easy to use automatic throwing makes your shooting trap a lot easier and a lot more fun.
With just a press of the foot pedal, Raven launches the clay targets up to 80-yards. It can load up to 50 target magazine for more shooting and less downtime.
The raven has a couple new features, first and most excitingly this trap thrower have a new hand crank on the back. This hand crank is gonna allow for it to adjust the spring tension of the trap door in the field. If you want the back of the spring tension of, just close the clay out there.
After that all you have to do is crank up the tension with your hand without having to use any kind of wrench. So this will go from obviously 55 to 80 yards at full strength tension which is great for tournament trap or practice.
The handle with an easy rolling wheels make taking this to and from the field easy and the powerful motor cycle smoothly and send clays flying with no hang-ups to jam. With this auto trap, you can practice both passing and straightaway shoot and no one has to throw for you. The 25 foot chord with pedal let you operated the thrower yourself. Practice makes perfect so for more fun at the trap range and more success in the field, grab this one now for yourself.
* Wireless remote compatible – Do All Outdoors single wireless remote sell separately
* 50 target capacity
* Wobbler Kit – Sell separately ( please bear in mind that when you fix this wobbler kit to your do all raven, you will lost the wheel functions. The wobbler kit is design for serious shooting enthusiasm )
* 47 pounds
* Stylish look – Elegent black and good looking aluminium swing arm
Do All Outdoor White Wing Auto Trap
The White Wing Auto Trap can be consider as a rival of the WheelyBird auto trap. This thrower can hold up to 25 clay targets at a time with an auto-feeder that smoothly loads the targets onto an aluminum throwing arm without breaking the clays.
The drop down aluminium throwing arm also gives the White Wing an incredibly throws the targets between 50-60 yards continuously. You also can adjust the throwing angle between 5 degrees and 30 degrees
The White Wing’s is solid. It is made from a powder-coated steel frame and a sturdy four-leg base that can be simply set on the ground, and you just need 10 minutes or less to assembled it. Other things to highlights here is a foot pedal release that can easily be extended using standard extension cord.
White Wing auto feed trap is a bit cheaper than the Champion WheelyBird auto trap, but it is not as mobile as the Champion Wheelybird. You need to buy separately the Do-All Outdoors Automatic Trap Limo that is designed to hold any of the 4 Automatic Trap Throwers that Do-All Outdoors makes. Other than that, this machine is worth to buy.
Champion EasyBird Auto-Feed Trap
Champion had produced lots of great and well-made thrower machine. That’s why, we would definitely recommend champion traps to anyone. Champion easybird is another great autofeed trap thrower machine that you can consider.
This auto thrower could be my personal choice with its adjustable throwing ranges and smooth cycling, the easybird trap makes easy for shooters to have lengthy practice session and fun with family and at the range.
The auto-feed detachable magazine holds 50 targets and can throw clay from 55 to 65 yards. You can also make your practice challenging and fun with the easybird wobbler base and oscillating base. The wobbler gives you 25 degrees a vertical movement and the oscillating base has 2 ARC settings for ATA competition. Please note that this two items and the trap taxi are sold separately.
Made in USA, this professional –grade trap is ideal for skeet, trap and sporting clay. This is one trap that rises to the challenge of fast action and rugged service.
Manual Clay Throwers
The second 2 items are Trius One Step Trap and Do-All Outdoors Professional Single 3/4 Cock Trap. This is a manual thrower, meaning that you will need a buddy to load and set the clay(s) by hand onto the machine arm. Furthermore, this kind of throwers uses a spring-loaded device which is hand cocked and then released by hand or foot.
If you are in a tight budget, this manual thrower is a best choice for you to consider instead of the more luxurious auto electric throwers. The fact that this is a manual thrower, you need to manually set up clays and cocked the launchers and it can only load with singles or doubles at one time.
Trius One Step Trap
One easy step cocks & releases target. One person can throw and shoot! The newest member of the TRIUS line, the One Step has become a very popular seller.
Whether you enjoy shooting alone or with a group, the TRIUS One Step is almost effortless to use. Arm is set and targets are placed on arm without tension.
Step on pedal to put tension on the arm and release targets in one motion. Aluminum arm plus oil impregnated bushings deliver years of trouble-free shooting. Throw regulation singles plus piggyback doubles.
High Angle Target Clip Included! Large knobs for adjusting tension and vertical angle make the TRIUS One Step trap fully adjustable without tools.
Do-All Outdoors Professional Single 3/4 Cock Trap
Do all outdoors has been really really proud of these traps. These is true sporting clays type trap and have three pivot mount.
What is interesting and unique about these trap is there actually has a true one-way roller bearing clutch.
Its super quiet and easy to cock and gives you enough power to throw a single or doubles standard targets, 80 to 100 yard. Your can also throws all five clay types as singles or stacked doubles.
The cocking mechanism swings back around three-quarters of the way so you don’t have to make a long, strenuous reach every time you reload.
The unique design can be set up as a bench supported by a trailer hitch.Take this portable clays thrower with you to your backyard or any open country for hours of practice and fun.
Hand-Held Thrower : Skeet/Trap on a Budget
The last two products is MTM Clay Target Thrower with Pivotal Arm Swing and SureThrow Clay Target Thrower.
These two products are the least expensive solution to throw a clay pigeon. It is a plastic hand-held device which grips and releases that clay pigeon when a person swings it.
You can get this low-tech device at as low as $8 in amazon.com marketplace plus more with this simple device you can launch a clay at any angle you want.
You need to practice a little bit to throw the clays and the thrower can launch only one or two clays at a time.
MTM Clay Target Thrower with Pivotal Arm Swing
I may said that this is the world’s easiest, handheld clay target thrower. No tricky gimmicks, no tangled bands or expensive mechanics to fumble with, just easy, affordable clay launching fun.
The EZ-3’x new (patent pending) Power Pivot Arm makes sending clays easier than ever before.
People who normally lack the arm strength for a hand-held target thrower suddenly find themselves with no mechanical adjustments, means hours of challenging, fast paced shooting fun, at a price, less than a box of birds.
WingOne W1-R Hand-Held Clay Pigeon Thrower
Wing One makes clay throwing almost effortless with their revolutionary design and quality construction.
WingOne makes their products here in United States, I think its somewhere in Montana. Not a lot to say about this hand held thrower just because how simple it is and it just got one moving part that works great, and that is the reason why it works so well.
But there is a couple of things I like about it. First, because it never breaks clay while lunching. Second, it is very easy to use, even your grandparents can throw clay with it for sure. And third, you can throw clay pigeon anyhow you want it, meaning that the clay fly just like the trajectory of a bird.