What is the finest $300.00 to $400.00 Clays Launcher Available?


September 14, 2015, 12:22 PM
Hi all:

I have a place lined up where the property owner will let me shoot clays. I am thinking about investing in a low cost launcher for some practice sessions. I would often be shooting by myself but sometimes with a friend who could man the launcher so it sounds as if I need something with a footpedal to launch or something that will automatically launch at present intervals?

Something that obviously holds a decent amount of clays too. Does such a machine, in the $300.00 to $400.00 range that is not a piece of junk exist? Need to be fairly light and portable. Anything with variation or oscillation would be a huge plus but this is probably too low budget for that? I am spoiled by the Atlas Trap Co AT-250 Oscillator that we use for teaching the Boy Scouts how to hit clays, but $2k plus the size and weight make this impractical for me from a budgetary and size weight standpoint. In a perfect world, I could have the launcher in the bed of my truck, preloaded, back up to my spot, put down the tailgate and start shooting. Then close the tailgate, put my gun in the truck and go home. That's probably just a fantasy ;-) there will have to be lifting, loading, hassling and cursing involved, right?I would like to hear about your experiences with inexpensive electronic clays launchers. A one at a time mechanical launcher isn't going to work for my needs.

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September 14, 2015, 12:45 PM
Take a hard look at the Do-All Raven trap. I've seen two at the public range and they perform great. The machine's have a 50 bird magazine and a larger motor than the White Wing trap Do-All makes.

One guy has a 12 gauge extension cord (50ft) leading from his pickup truck bed to the firing point. A type 27 battery is very heavy, but I've seen guys using a jumper pack to power a trap.

The price you are talking about does not include the battery, that's extra.

September 14, 2015, 01:15 PM
You might also look to see if any local gun clubs are either going out of business or upgrading and getting a used commercial machine. Those 50 year old Winchester single stacks run forever with very few parts that need replacing; but they are heavy

September 14, 2015, 08:42 PM
I bought an Aerial Assault 3 and have been quite happy with it. I also got the wireless remote and I can walk around and get any angle.

September 14, 2015, 10:32 PM
Anyone have any experience with the Champion EasyBird launcher? It generally gets good reviews, is in my price range and has optional oscillator and wobbler attachments as I get more budget.

I have to move this in and out of my pickup bed by myself so a heavy commercial machine probably won't work very well. The Aerial Assult 3 has been discontinued, am looking to see if there is a replacement model out.

Thanks for the feedback and suggestions so far, keep it coming.

September 15, 2015, 11:17 AM
There are four clay clubs in the greater LA area

September 15, 2015, 05:14 PM
There are many shooters that do not want to get involved with club shooting. Casual clays at public or private ranges are as much fun if not more.

September 15, 2015, 05:46 PM
Which is not as readily available in the greater LA area.

September 17, 2015, 12:12 AM
i love my champion wheely bird.
about 50 pounds, holds 50, foot pedal release.
it'll run over 500 throws on a lawn tractor battery.
throws 65 yards .

$250.00 on amazon with free shipping.

September 17, 2015, 10:13 AM
Just got the morning news, Gander Mtn. has the Do-All Raven on sale for $300.
The Raven has wheels and a handle to pull it around.

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