Trius One Step thoughts?


Jorg Nysgerrig
October 31, 2007, 05:49 PM
I don't have any friends. Is a Trius One Step thrower a good way to go?

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Larry Ashcraft
October 31, 2007, 05:56 PM
Great thrower. Sm twisted my arm until I got one a couple years ago. I'm small (5'7", 140 lbs) so it throws me a little off balance when I throw a bird, but I'm still able to use it by myself.

The bigger question of course is; Why don't you have any friends? :p

October 31, 2007, 07:53 PM
I bought one for solo shooting and it works fine, glad I bought it.

October 31, 2007, 10:07 PM
Highly recommended.

November 1, 2007, 02:30 AM
I have one--works great. A few tweaks might be in order, like duct-taping where the spring goes boing! against the frame and chews the paint off. Depending on where you use it (loose dirt or grass, soft or hard ground), you might want to screw the front legs to a piece of 2x4 as a crossbar to keep the legs from sinking in too far. Also, while assembling, check it over for burrs. Mine had some really sharp ones on the clip that holds the bird, and I sliced my fingers open more than once before figuring out where they were.

Chris Orndorff
November 1, 2007, 03:10 AM
Love mine!

Jorg Nysgerrig
November 1, 2007, 11:53 PM
Thanks for the replies. There's no better endorsement for a product than strong positive feedback from knowledgable folks who've been there and done that.

Can anyone expand on what toivo mentioned? Sinking in won't be a problem, but how well does it work on hard ground? I have one of the standard $30 mechanical ones, but the ground around here is too hard to get the legs to go on and even if you do get it secured, it's damn near impossible to work reliably yourself. Where I shoot, the ground is pretty hard, all gravel and clay. Is it going to slide around too much on that?

Unless anyone chimes in and recommends otherwise, I'm going to pick one of these up. Anyone have any other tips to make my lonely existence with it more enjoyable? :)

As far as friends, Larry, I'm hoping this has the same effect as playing solitaire. As soon as you get started, someone comes along to help you play. ;)

November 2, 2007, 07:19 PM
It will bounce a little bit on hard ground, but it still works OK. Remember, your foot is stomping down on it as it throws the clay, so it isn't really going anywhere. The worst that happens is it gets a little bit off-kilter. You may want to re-align it between shots, or you may not: Letting the angles change keeps things interesting.

On soft ground, the front end digs in deeper and deeper, which means it isn't throwing the clays as high. Also, once the front legs dig in, you can't change the side-to-side angle without picking it up. With the two-by-four, you just nudge it with your feet to move it from side-to-side for a new angle.

I'd say just get it and do the modifications you need to make it work with the terrain where you mostly shoot.

November 2, 2007, 09:41 PM
I put a 2x4 cross brace on mine also. It will dig into normal ground otherwise. Put some sticky back sandpaper on the throwing arm. You can then place birds at various spots on the arm and the bird will fly in different ways without moving the thrower. Stack two birds and you can shoot doubles that stay close together, align the birds one behind the other on the arm and one bird will fly left and one right. I experimented alot with bird placement with some challenging results. The cross brace also makes it easy to change elevation of your throws without having to reset the thrower, just place spacers under the end. After a year of heavy use the step arm cracked but a friend braced and welded a repair - good as new.

Jorg Nysgerrig
November 14, 2007, 06:09 PM
Just wanted to report back. I picked one up last weekend and shot up a box or so of shells. Worked great so far.

I've already lost some paint at the spot toivo mentioned, I'll have to hit that with something to cover it up.

After I get the hang of it a bit more, I'll try New_geezer's sandpaper suggestion.

Thanks for the good info, everyone!

November 14, 2007, 08:26 PM
You're welcome.

November 17, 2007, 10:44 AM
I don't know why I haven't bought one of these yet. Think I'll order one this weekend.

Anyway, quick question on use. Do you just step on it with your front foot then move your foot to the side to get your propper stance for shooting?

Jorg Nysgerrig
November 17, 2007, 03:39 PM
Assuming you shoot right handed, you just step on it with your left foot. I just shot with my foot still on the trap. It seems like it would be awkward, but it wasn't.

I just put another 125 or so clays through mine this morning. Had a buddy with me, so we were "throwing" for each other. (See Larry, I just had to get a trap I could run by myself and shooting buddies come out of the woodwork.)

This thing is great. 125 clays thrown with almost no effort. Just step on the lever.

November 17, 2007, 03:50 PM
I don't have this model, but I do have a portable thrower and one thing I did to completely eliminate the jumping was to replace the lower frame with 2x6's (3 pieces in an H shape that collapses). Then I pounded a 12" log spike through the end of each 2X6 (pre-drilled of course). All I do to set it up is reform to the H shape and stomp the log spikes into the ground. It has never moved even with the spring tightened all the way down for max velocity.

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