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6 Best Clay Pigeon Skeet Throwing Device for Beginners Reviewed in 2020 (US & UK)

By Paul,
7th April 2018 | Updated: 30th April 2020

BOUGHT, TESTED, REVIEWED, RANKED

6 Best Clay Pigeon Skeet Throwing Device for Beginners Reviewed in 2020 (US & UK)

BOUGHT, TESTED, REVIEWED, RANKED

Last updated on 7th April 2018 by Paul

Quick Comparison

We interviewed 20 experts, visited multiple throwing farms and read innumerable online reviews to collect a list of 20+ of the best clay pigeon skeet throwing devices and 10+ manual skeet throwing devices. We tested all 30 devices in a controlled environment amid different wind speeds, with five shooters trying to hit the clays coming out of them, and have considered important features such as its performance, assembly, quality and ease of use in our reviews and ratings.

The result produced two clear winners: Do All outdoors Raven is our top automatic skeet thrower category and the Claymaster Shooter is our favorite manual counterpart.

We chose Do All Outdoors in the first category because it has a sturdy frame, throws singles and doubles with equal ease and comes with a generous warranty.

The Claymaster, meanwhile, is easy to operate, comes pre-assembled and one person could operate it without any help.

  1. 1
    96%
    96%

    Do-All Outdoors Raven Automatic Trap with Wheels

    To allow you to pull it easily, the Raven Automatic Trap has a handle and built-in wheels which you have to assemble before you get going. With a 2.5sec reaction time, its angle is adjustable between 5 and 35 degrees and it can shoot clays to a distance of up to 80 yards.

    Giving the automatic trap a professional look is the aircraft aluminum which not only polishes the tray but also gives the whole automatic trap thrower a silky, smooth texture. What’s more, to make it look sturdy, Raven has given this thrower a matte finish.

    From a safety point of view, the safety pin of this model, which prevents the the accidental release of the clays by stopping the arm, and the attachable safety ring are significant.

    It also has a foot pedal release system which, supplemented with a cord of 25 feet, allows you to adjust your timing in the field.

    Finally, the Raven automatic trap runs on a 12V marine battery which makes it compatible with both the Wobblers as well as the Do-All Outdoors remote.

    The battery has an integrated light which starts blinking every time the battery is low, plus a power on/off/release button that’s easy to use.

     

    The Good
    • Built-in wheels make it highly portable
    • Safe operations
    • One-user operable
    • Clays can cover up to 80 yards
    The Bad
    • Initial assembly isn’t easy
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  2. 2
    92%
    92%

    MTM 19-Inch Target Thrower (Red) Review

    Unlike, for example, the Trius One Step thrower, the MTM 19’’ target thrower only allows one throw at a time. It means that if you’re a beginner who’s looking to learn the sport, this thrower might be your best choice.

    Unlike other manual throwers which are hand-specific, the MTM 19’’ is ambidextrous – which means both right and left-handed users can operate it with equal ease. Its simple design allows a user to easily load the clay, hence requiring no maintenance.

    To prevent the thrower from accidentally slipping out of your hand, MTM has provided this thrower with a contoured, hard plastic grip. That means, regardless of how sweaty or dirty your hands get, the chances of losing your grip are pretty slim.

     

    The Good
    • Simple design
    • No maintenance required
    • Contoured grip
    • Best for basic users
    The Bad
    • Not enough features to attract professionals
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  3. 3
    90%
    90%

    Trius 1-Step Clay Target Shooter Review

    With the Trius 1-Step Clay Target Shooter you get another manual thrower which is equally adept at throwing singles and doubles. To make sure your target reaches an exciting distance, its chain pull-and-release mechanism has been designed to be effortless. What’s more, the trap comes pre-assembled and you don’t need anyone’s help to operate it.

    To enable you to release the target in one motion, the Trius trap requires you to increase the pressure on its arm by stepping on the pedal. The arm’s body, which is crafted with a combination of oil-filled bushings and aluminum, gives it a really sturdy build.

    More importantly, you can adjust the trap’s angle without any tools as Trius has given it a vertical angle. Adjusting the tension is similarly easy as the body of the trap has large knobs for the same purpose.

    Consequently, the thrower allows you to operate it deftly without needing any help from another person.

     

    The Good
    • Easy-to-adjust trap without using tools
    • Comes pre-assembled
    • Well-balanced
    • Single-person operation
    The Bad
    • The trigger of the pedal is faced awkwardly high, making it difficult to operate. Give it a try first!
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  4. 4
    80%
    80%

    Trius Birdshooter 2 Trap Review

    Just like the Trius One-Step, the Birdshooter 2 is a manual trap, however, the differences stop right there. Importantly, not only is the Birdshooter more lightweight than its counterpart, it also costs less.

    Despite its low cost, Trius has made the Birdshooter highly adjustable, with the result being that you could mount it on the ground or tire with equal ease. The whole equipment set comes pre-assembled, and thanks to its manual operation, doesn’t require any sophistication to operate it.

    Another area where the Birdshooter is similar to the One-Step trap is its body. Crafted of aluminum with traces of oil-bushings, you get same longevity from this model as that from its counterpart.

    More importantly, since the string’s angle makes it easy to pull, the tray covers considerable distances with minimal effort on the user’s part.

     

    The Good
    • Lightweight yet firm
    • Adjustable without tools
    • Sturdy aluminum body
    • Can be mounted on tire or ground
    The Bad
    • Nothing!
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  5. 5
    76%
    76%

    Do-All Outdoors - Fowl Play Automatic Trap Review

    Having a 25 clay target feeder (which the manufacturer claims could throw clays up to a distance of 55yards), the Fowl Play Automatic trap has a pretty impressive cycle time of 2.5seconds. It also gives you the option to test your shooting ability by giving the option of adding multiple extension cords to the trap.

    For safety purposes, Do-All-Outdoors has provided this trap with two features: an HI-Viz Orange Safety Ring and a safety pin. The former acts as a visual indicator that reveals the path the throwing arm would take. The safety pin, meanwhile, prevents the arm from an accidental release.

    The limit switch has been supplemented with a 25-foot-cord which has an adjustable limit switch to let you adjust your timing in the field. Also, if you can afford to pay a little extra, this trap is compatible with all wobbler kits, trap limos and remotes from the same manufacturer.

     

    The Good
    • Useful safety features
    • Has a 12V Deep Cycle Marine Battery
    • Compatible with all wobble kits, trap limos and remotes
    The Bad
    • Battery isn’t included in the package
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    72%
    72%

    Allen Company Claymaster Target Thrower Review

    The reason why we’ve recommended this target thrower is due to its impressive sturdiness, which, in turn, stems from its steel frame construction. And if you want more stability, it offers both the tire mount and the stake mount options. Performance wise, its adjustable tension arm spring enables the Claymaster to throw both singles and doubles with equal ease.

    The Claymaster prevents the clays from breaking in two by covering them with a cushioning pad that comes built-in inside the thrower. That said, it would require a helping hand to pull the release so that you (the shooter) could concentrate on his target.

    However, if you’re a single shooter with no help, the Claymaster gives you the option to mount it to a table. Still, we recommend taking help as the whole unit comes disassembled and it takes an hour or so to assemble it.

     

    The Good
    • Sturdy steel frame
    • Cushioning pad to prevent clays from breaking
    • Can be mounted on the table
    The Bad
    • Hard to operate alone
    • Takes about an hour to assemble
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Side-by-side

Do-All Outdoors Raven Automatic Trap with Wheels

  • Built-in wheels make it highly portable
  • Safe operations
  • One-user operable
  • Clays can cover up to 80 yards
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MTM 19-Inch Target Thrower (Red) Review

  • Simple design
  • No maintenance required
  • Contoured grip
  • Best for basic users
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Trius 1-Step Clay Target Shooter Review

  • Easy-to-adjust trap without using tools
  • Comes pre-assembled
  • Well-balanced
  • Single-person operation
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Trius Birdshooter 2 Trap Review

  • Lightweight yet firm
  • Adjustable without tools
  • Sturdy aluminum body
  • Can be mounted on tire or ground
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Do-All Outdoors - Fowl Play Automatic Trap Review

  • Useful safety features
  • Has a 12V Deep Cycle Marine Battery
  • Compatible with all wobble kits, trap limos and remotes
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Allen Company Claymaster Target Thrower Review

  • Sturdy steel frame
  • Cushioning pad to prevent clays from breaking
  • Can be mounted on the table
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Frequently asked questions

What is a Clay Pigeon Thrower?

A clay pigeon thrower is used in shooting ranges, sporting clay courses and trap clubs to shoot clay farther up in the air and over huge distances to see who can shoot with more accuracy and precision.

What is an automatic skeet thrower?

An automatic skeet thrower contains a detachable magazine where you put the clay, and a release cable with a foot pedal which operates the thrower.

At the top end of the price spectrum, an automatic skeet thrower includes features such as an aluminum throwing arm, high-capacity clay target holders and adjustable distance settings.

How does an automatic skeet thrower work?

An automatic skeet thrower runs either on a 12v battery or a power converter which you can plug in to get the thrower running. It has a magazine whose capacity varies in every model, which you have to fill for the thrower to launch the skeet into the air.

Once you’ve loaded it, there is a pedal at the bottom of the skeet thrower, and pressing it launches the skeet into the air.

What is Manual Skeet Thrower?

A manual skeet thrower relies on the power of your elbow to determine how much distance the skeet will cover. At the end of its stick there’s a U-shaped opening where you put the skeet and fix it before throwing it using your elbow and arm.

Also known as hand clay throwers, they’re made of plastic to add flexibility to the thrower, which allows you to increase both the speed and distance of the throw with minimum effort.

What’s the difference between an automatic and manual skeet thrower?

The distance covered is the major difference between the two, as an automatic skeet thrower, since it’s powered by a motor, forces the skeet to cover a greater distance.

If you’re working as a stand-alone hunter, you might not use the manual skeet thrower as it requires one person to throw the skeet and the other to aim at it. In contrast, since they activate via a foot pedal, you could throw and still have enough time to aim at the skeet of an automatic skeet thrower.

Finally, automatic skeet throwers also provide consistent results by taking out the human error factor. Their manual counterparts, by contrast, rely on the user’s power, so the throws aren’t quite as uniform.

What’s Best, Manual or Automatic Skeet Thrower?

It depends on how you intend to use the skeet thrower, as well as the level of your expertise. If you’re pretty experienced in the field and want the thrower to throw clays up to 50 yards, an automatic skeet thrower would suit you.

On the other hand,, if you’re a beginner who’s learning the trade, and who doesn’t know the ins and outs of the sport yet, a manual thrower would meet your requirements initially.

What is the base of the automatic skeet thrower?

Mounting to the bottom of the skeet thrower is its base, and this determines the distance covered and route taken by the skeet. If you don’t change the location of the trap thrower, the base will throw the skeet out in the same direction every time.

If you want the skeet thrower to change its direction every time, you have to separately purchase and install different types of bases available in the market.

What are the different types of bases?

There are two types of bases most skeet throwers normally are compatible with: an oscillating base and a wobble base.

As suggested by its name, the oscillating base oscillates the skeet left and right, making the clays which come out of the same spot move either to the left or to the right.

They don’t change the elevation of the skeet, just cause it to oscillate to make the target more challenging for the shooter to hit.

If you want to change the elevation of the skeet, go for a wobble base. They tilt the thrower and cause it to change the router taken by the skeet. Normally, people that prefer hunting quail and pheasant opt for a wobble base.

What are trap controls?

A trap control is the mechanism by which a trap thrower launches the clay into the air. They’re spring-loaded, purpose-made, and rotational or flywheel devices designed to launch the target at different angles, at a distance ranging up to 100 meters.

What are the Types of Trap Controls?

There are two types of trap controls which most clay target throwers provide: a handheld push button and a plug-in foot pedal.

If you’d be shooting alone, you’re better going for the plug-in foot pedal as it gives you enough time to shoot between the time you press the pedal and the time the clay is up into the air.

Hand-held push buttons, meanwhile, require the assistance of another person while the shooter readies himself and focuses on the target.

What is the Cycle Time?

The cycle time is the duration a trap thrower takes between the launches. That is, once it’s launched the first clay, the amount of time lapsed until it launches the second is the thrower’s cycle time. The best clay pigeon throwers have a cycle time of 2 seconds!

What is the difference between a Safety Ring and a Safety Pin?

Both are safety features which only the high-end automatic throwers provide. A safety ring is a visual indicator which tells in advance the path which the clay will take, hence allowing you to cover the area.

The safety pin, meanwhile, prevents the arm from accidental release.

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