After practicing how to shoot a steady target, you can now start practicing how to shoot a flying target. Clay pigeons will be very helpful for honing your skills. These practicing buddies are inexpensive, anyway.
Although clay pigeons are inexpensive, the automatic thrower costs around $200. The manual clay pigeon thrower is cheaper at around $12. The cheaper thrower is already a good deal but you can still have a cheaper thrower. This thing won’t cost even a single cent. Most probably, you already have everything you need to finish this project. Continue reading the following steps and be guided:
Prepare the Thrower’s Base
You will need two pieces of paint can lids to make up the thrower’s base. Clean the can lids by removing the paint stains, dusts, and other dirt particles.
- Once clean and dry, apply some rubber cement or superglue along the lids’ edges. Do this on the outside part of the can lids. The interior sides should be the ones exposed once gluing is finished.
- Wait until the glue or the rubber cement is dry. Put a clay pigeon on the lids and trace a letter “U” around it. Make the trace a little bigger than the clay pigeon. The round clays will be placed on top of the base, so, it should be a bit bigger. To trace the “U,” trace the circle clay first. And then, draw two straight lines that are parallel to each other. The lines should be drawn outside the circle trace you made earlier. Now, you can probably see the letter “U.”
- Using a hacksaw cut the straight lines. Perfect the letter “U” by cutting one side straight. This portion is where the clay pigeons will pass on when being thrown. So, there should be no obstruction on the way.
- Draw a straight line from the bottom of the letter “U” going to the edge. This line should be parallel to the two straight lines you made a while ago. Draw another line. This one should have a 45-degree angle from the line you just made.
- Start drilling two holes through the “U” shape. Each hole should be on the angled line and should be one-inch apart. Start drilling on the starting of the line.
Prepare the Thrower Handle
A broomstick or any similar stick can be used as a thrower handle. Clean this thing first before you drill two holes on it. The first hole should be an inch from the handle’s end. Drill another hole that is an inch away from the first hole.
Flatten a portion of the cylindrical handle. Position the handle straight up, with the drilled holes on top. Start cutting a portion on top’s center. Reveal at least three-inch flatten portion.
Putting Everything Together
Place the flatten portion of the handle on the drilled holes of “U” base. Make sure that the two holes on the handle and the two holes on the base are perfectly aligned. Insert bolts to put the handle and base together. Secure the bolts with washer and wing nuts.
Arrange the thrower so it should have a 135-degree angle from the handle.
Your homemade clay pigeon thrower is now ready for use.