lab. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. let me tell you this thing kicks a$$ with the medium loads it came with shot probably 250ft my newest dog is 6months and although the report was louder than i thought she handled it well and her excitement about it is off the hook definitely worth the 80bucks
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3496 Reviewed: 2013-08-22
Hunts. I don't recall seeing a warning about how strong these things are, but it had been about 13 years since I last used one of these. The first time I tried to test it out it came out of my hand and I lost the dummy. This is purely a user error.
Definitely loud, and very strong. Only use this where you have 100+ yards of clear area to train in.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1832 Reviewed: 2011-08-30
field bred english cocker. field bred english springer spaniel. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Competes. If you have to train alone, the Retriev-R-Trainer is a valuable tool in the steadying process. Our traing group also uses them for re-enforcing steadiness by lining up our steady dogs and sending one at a time while the others stay seated (hupped) during the retrieve. This process is repeated until all dogs get atleast one retrieve.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2035 Reviewed: 2011-08-31
Italiano Spinone. Owns 4 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes. The launcher shoots the dummy a long way. The first time I used it I was amazed, not knowing what to expect. I got the combination of knowing whether my dogs were gun shy and training them to retrieve the dummy on land and water. I like it alot. I recommend it to anyone who wants to train their hunting dogs or even just for fun watching their dog retrieve in water or land.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1976 Reviewed: 2011-08-31
Lab. Hunts. Family pet. I really like this product to add distance and excitement to training. It is not the best for marking work as the bumper is being launched from the line and is not being thrown out in the field. But for someone that is training by them selves, as I do most of the time, it is a great item to have.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1849 Reviewed: 2011-08-30
Wire Hair Pointing Griffon; Golden Retriever. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. They love it. We launch from our deck and they run BACK through the house to retrieve them from the pasture...works smoothly perfectly every time. No quibbles or issues.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1837 Reviewed: 2011-08-30
Black Lab. Hunts. Family pet. This product has been excellent for getting my dog use to the gun shot along with retrieving the dummy. Great product I would recommend to anyone, even dog owners who dont use their dog for hunting.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1836 Reviewed: 2011-08-30
Lab. Hunts. Family pet. Works well and fires the dummy alot higher and farther than I could possibly throw it. The sound when it's fired is REALLY loud. My dog doesn't have any trouble standing next to me when I fire my shotgun. However, when I fire this he always tries to back away a few feet. We'll see if he gets used to it but it's alot louder than I expected from a .22 cal charge. Overall it serves it's purpose and works well for launching dummies.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1833 Reviewed: 2011-08-30
labrador. Owns 11 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Good tool. Never had a problem with it after several years and hundreds of rounds. Suggest getting a shoulder mount with it as the recoil will get to your hand and wrist.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1835 Reviewed: 2011-08-30
Rhodesian Ridgeback. Hunts. Family pet. I like the concept but it actually shoots too far and its very powerful in the hand. a lighter load or something that can be shot pain free multiple times would be great
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1830 Reviewed: 2011-08-30
labrador retriever. Hunts. Family pet. Well, the first three times I used this launcher, the training was great. I used the yellow .22 blanks, and took proper care of the launcher and launcher dummies. However, the fourth time I took the launcher out for training, I launched 3 dummies. On the fourth shot, nothing happened. I checked the launcher and blanks thoroughly and could not find any problems.
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1841 Reviewed: 2011-08-30
Combines the sound of the shot with the flight of the dummy.
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The Retrieve-R-Trainer Dummy Launcher combines the sound of the shot with the flight of the dummy. Varying distances from 100' to 200' can be attained accurately and easily by using different power loads and dummies. The Retrieve-R-Trainer launcher is guaranteed for 3 years from date of purchase against factory defects.
Note: The Retriev-R-Trainer should only be used with dogs which have already been satisfactorily conditioned to
gunfire. The use of "heavy" loads will shorten the useful life of the dummies. Increased distance can be obtained by using the plastic dummies and by varying the angle of fire.
For safety purposes, we recommend that you handle the Retriev-R-Trainer as you would a firearm.
To prevent molding or premature deterioration, dry dummy thoroughly following retrieves in water.
The Retriever-Trainer set includes the dummy launcher, one white canvas dummy, instructions and 100 medium loads.
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The Retriev-R-Trainer is a practical aid for training retrievers. Training dummies designed for the use with it can be power thrown two to three times farther than hand thrown dummies. They are useful on land or water. Extra dummies can be used to throw doubles, triples, etc. The Retriev-R-Trainer uses blank power charges for throwing power. The accompanying report eliminates the need for a blank pistol.
Blank Power Charges:
Choose your power charge based on the distance you wish to throw the dummy. Use only those charges intended for the Retriev-R-Trainer:
User must thoroughly clean the barrel, chamber, and hinge areas with a good gun cleaning solvent after each use. Failure to properly maintain the RRT Launcher may result in serious injury or death. You may purchase the RRT Cleaning Kit to simplify this process. A small amount of gun oil applied to the hinge area after cleaning will help to insure smooth operation. Cleaning of the chamber can be enhanced by using a .22 caliber wire brush. Also, thoroughly clean and dry the inside of the dummy tube after each launch to be certain that, prior to each time you launch the dummy from your launcher, it is free of debris both internally and externally. Failure to properly maintain the aluminum insert tube in your dummy may result in serious injury or death. A rubber "O" Ring in a grove near the outer end of the barrel provides a seal for the release gases of the power charge. This "O" Ring will wear causing some of the gases to escape, thereby reducing the flight distance of the dummy. Apply a thin coat of Vaseline, or any other lubricant safe for use on rubber components, to prevent drying and cracking of the o-ring. Replacement "O" Rings are available separately.
Preparation for Firing:
Place an RRT training dummy over the barrel and slide it down. The distance of the throw can be controlled by how far the dummy is placed down the barrel -- all the way for maximum distance, less for shorter throws.
Open the breech by pressing the thumb release/latch located in the middle of the launcher just above the hand grip. The launcher will now pivot open exposing the open chamber for receiving the blank power charge. Fully seat the charge in the chamber as you would a single shot rifle or shotgun.
Close the unit and press the thumb latch to insure that it is fully closed.
Firmly grasp the launcher handle in one hand with the thumb latch oriented toward the shoulder of the holding arm. The heel of the holding hand should be facing the thumb latch and your fingers should be wrapped firmly around the grip. Your thumb will be closest to the Pull Knob. Bend the elbow slightly and position the launcher about waist high and one foot from you body. Aim about 45° from the horizontal off to your side toward the target area. Pull the firing knob back to its fully extended position and release it to launch.
NOTE: NEVER DRY FIRE your Retriev-R-Trainer!
Cautions and Warnings:
Your RRT Launcher is not a firearm, but the same handling, care, and safety precautions must be exercised. Your Retriev-R-Trainer is provided with certain built-in safety features, but these are not substitutes for safe handling practices, which include the use of ear and eye protection as well as the use of heavy leather gloves.
Firing the dummy is equivalent to firing a six to eight ounce bullet. A heavy recoil and loud report should be expected, especially when using red power loads. ALWAYS use eye and ear protection and wear heavy leather gloves when firing.
Expect a loud report when the launcher is fired. Prolonged exposure to loud report may affect hearing to dogs and surrounding persons.
Never attempt to load your Retriev-R-Trainer with bullets or charges other than those recommended.
Always remove the training dummy from the barrel of the launcher before storage.
Before loading or firing, ALWAYS make sure the barrel and the metal insert in the dummy are free of obstructions.
The Retriev-R-Trainer is NOT A TOY! Do not allow children to play with or operate the unit.
NEVER POINT OR FIRE The Retriev-R-Trainer AT A PERSON OR ANIMAL!