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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.
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. To prevent molding or premature deterioration, dry canvas dummies thoroughly following retrieves in water. 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.
NOTE: When training on water, make sure the launch tube in each dummy is dry before re-launching. If water is in the launch tube when the dummy is placed on the launcher, it can enter the firing port, drowning the load and causing a misfire. We recommend having multiple dummies available so the wet ones can dry between launches.
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 ensure 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 your 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!
"Wow! I don't spend the time to do many reviews, but I felt it necessary in this case. Flawless functionality, truly an excellent product & training device. I shouldn't have waited so long to make this purchase."
Wow! Used for the first time today at my local state lake. Flawless functionality, truly an excellent product & training device. I don't spend the time to do many reviews, but I felt it necessary in this case. I've corrected two retrieving issues with my lab in just one session! Money well spent, I shouldn't have waited so long to make this purchase. Thanks!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2921 Reviewed: Featured Review
I bought this for a friend. I've had a Retriev-R-Trainer about 35 years, and it works great. I've also had another brand. Looks similar, but isn't very good. I did not want to see him get this one. Thanks Russ
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6416 Reviewed:
So glad to get this in record delivery time! Last one (same brand- over 16 yrs. old) finally wore out. Have one dog who thinks that this is the only way to play...every day! Thanks for great service and only a few days waiting for the dog. She was pretty excited when that package arrived!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 13032 Reviewed:
"Have used launcher multiple times since I received it and it works very well."
Newer version of an old one I've had for many years. Stored the old unit with a dummy on the launcher. Moisture got in and rusted the two together permanently. Great unit for solo training. Great service from Gun Dog Supply!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 22167 Reviewed:
"Perfect training tool for any retrieving gun dog!"
I've used Retriev-R-Trainer launchers for over 40 years and they are hard to beat. The one I just purchased replaced one I bought at the BX annex at the Pentagon in 1968 or 1969. I've got two others, one of which goes way back also. The one I replaced was still functional except for wear on the firing pin which resulted in inconsistent firing. The grip designs were different back then I couldn't figure out how to replace the firing pin, so I replaced the whole thing.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27428 Reviewed:
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