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    Default homemade bumper launcher

    Has anybody tried to build a homemade bumper launcher? similar to a bumper-boy?

    I've already built a couple wingers, but I like the idea of being able to run more than one mark before having to reset...

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    BUY
    1... 10', 1 1/4" schedule 40 pvc
    2... 1 1/4" 90 degree elbows
    1... 1 1/4' X 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" X 1 1/4" 4 way
    1... 1 1/4" X 1 1/4" X 1 1/4" T

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    2... 1 1/4" X 12" ( legs)
    1... 1 1/4" X7" ( tail stock)
    1... 1 1/4" X 5" ( body- section that fits in upper T and Lower 4 way
    2... 1 1/4" X 4" ( Spacers... placed from 4 way to 90 degree elbow
    1... 1 1/4" X 1" ( bushing) over handle of launcher
    1 ...1 1/4" X 7" ( mounting bracket for actuator)
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    Attached are a few pictures of mine. Let me know if you have questions...Cost about 250 to build...more than half of what a bumper boy cost. launcher2.jpg

    launcher3.jpg

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    Retriever trainer launchers have been around forever. The problem for me was always the electronics. Thirty years ago I thought of mounting two on a platform, just could never figure out the remotes. To say I was happy when BB introduced there's is an understatement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lash View Post
    Retriever trainer launchers have been around forever. The problem for me was always the electronics. Thirty years ago I thought of mounting two on a platform, just could never figure out the remotes. To say I was happy when BB introduced there's is an understatement.
    My late father built two 4-shooters in the early 70's that we used for years. He designed communication satellites and tracking stations for NASA so if he could control a satellite in space why not throw a bumper in a field. An additional bi-product of the space program.
    The remotes were model airplane remotes. The receiver batteries of the era were large (about 6"x4"x2"). Each unit weighed about 15lbs.
    I still have the units but like John like my Bumper Boys.

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    PS I also had an electric bumper for hard mouth dogs.
    You order a Lab; ask a Golden; but negotiate with a Chesapeake!

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    http://www.retrievertraining.net/for...emade+launcher

    Here is another thread. I made some also. Some pictures are in the thread above.

    Steve

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    I would be willing to buy one of these two shooters if someone wants to make one for me or sell one.

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    some of you guys are pretty creative, and not to take away from the designs, But so far it seems like the launchers are "holders" for hand held launchers. Has anybody built one from scratch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newf View Post
    some of you guys are pretty creative, and not to take away from the designs, But so far it seems like the launchers are "holders" for hand held launchers. Has anybody built one from scratch?
    The handheld launchers are inexpensive enough and the design tested for safety that it does not make sense to try to make them. The blanks have so much power that someone could get hurt if it came apart. That said, it would be pretty easy to make one if you have a metal lathe and some skills.

    I have thought about making a spring loaded bumper catapult to throw multiple standard bumpers. Weight and safety are concerns, however.

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