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    Troy Miller set up a Display at the Old South HRC training day Saturday. I got to see the Slingers close up and was very impressed.
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    Our club ordered 2 of them. It's been too cold and snowy to use them much, but they do seam well build. I do have concerns about the adjustable legs and wish we would have customized them to get legs unfold separate from the top to help in adjusting the throw. Everyone that saw it liked the release mechanism. Everyone's initial reaction was quite positive.

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    I've got 7 wingers; 1 Slinger Winger Realistic (the smaller one), 1 Zinger Winger and 5 Gunners Ups. Finally got fed up yesterday with failures out of some of them, working intermittently, probably plug issues. So, I just ordered 1 more Slinger Winger Realistic and 2 Slinger Winger Originals. I may recondition the others and sell them at hunt tests.
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    I bought a Slinger Winger Realistic a month ago, currently also have 3 SOG Gunners Up. I like the SOG but if I were starting over I would go with the Slinger Winger, like the quick setup and simplicity.

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    Our club bought 2 slingers over the winter. We've used them a little, but yesterday we had a pretty good sized training day and used them all day. They performed very good and we elected to buy 3 more. They are very easy to set up and everyone liked the release. They are pretty solid and don't move very much. A lot of time for our test, we have younger kids working the winger stations. After reading about someone's horrible injury here and experiencing a near miss with my gunners up this spring, the slingers seam like the best option for us.

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    Last night, I went onto the Slinger Winger website for the first time in months. Some changes. There is now a third model called the Extreme. I may have to try one. It has double pulleys and apparently will launch a bird 40 yards. All wingers now come in your choice of silver or black powder coat. Here's the new winger. There are two videos on this page: https://www.cedarspringsretrievers.c...linger-extreme

    Plus, the stickman design has changed. The stickman is now wearing blue pants. https://www.cedarspringsretrievers.c...-page/stickman

    UPDATE - I just bought an Extreme!
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    HRCH Meglyn's Maramaxx Daisycutter MH-30 (Daisy)
    SHR Meglyn's Eye on the Prize JH (Molly)
    Meglyn's Timbrhuntn ValleyGirl (Lilly)
    Meglyn's Prime Time to Leave Me Lucille SH (Lucy)
    Meglyn's Lionheart MH (Little Guy)
    Meglyn-Firemark's I am NOT a Lab SH (Goldie)
    Meglyn's Lil Miss Sureshot SH CGCA(Annie)
    In memory of Chevy, HR Meglyn's Silverado Slim SH, July 20, 2006, HR Meglyn's Blue Ridge Belle MH, July 19, 2008 and HRCH Meglyn's Honest Abe MH, Aug 9, 2013.

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    Don - now that you have all 3 models, which one do you prefer? I'm currently looking at buying my first one and trying to decide between the Original and the Realistic. Any insight would be appreciated.

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Smith View Post
    Last night, I went onto the Slinger Winger website for the first time in months. Some changes. There is now a third model called the Extreme. I may have to try one. It has double pulleys and apparently will launch a bird 40 yards. All wingers now come in your choice of silver or black powder coat. Here's the new winger. There are two videos on this page: https://www.cedarspringsretrievers.c...linger-extreme

    Plus, the stickman design has changed. The stickman is now wearing blue pants. https://www.cedarspringsretrievers.c...-page/stickman

    UPDATE - I just bought an Extreme!

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    Between the Realistic and the Original, I think I would go with the Original. There's actually very little difference in the throw with the two, but I recall a long time ago, when I bought #s 2, 3 and 4, I asked Scott the same question and he said the Original so I bought two of them and one Realistic. If you've got limited space to transport, then I'd probably go with the Realistic. The Extreme throws super long, but I think it's best for specific uses, like eraser birds or establishing the Area of Fall a long way from the winger to insure the dog is focusing on the fall and not the winger. Also, the Extreme is so robust, you can't simply push the pouch down to reset (unless you're built like Arnold Schwartzenegger). You have to unhook the bands to reload. One other suggestion - Scott attaches both bands on a side to the same ring. That's fine, but if you want the flexibility of being able to hook one band to the higher hook and one to the lower hook, get a couple of the rings from Home Depot (they're sold 2 to a package) and put a ring on each band. You can probably tell from my posts that I think Slinger Wingers are the absolute best wingers on the market and I own "the big two" and Slingers.
    HRCH Meglyn's Maramaxx Daisycutter MH-30 (Daisy)
    SHR Meglyn's Eye on the Prize JH (Molly)
    Meglyn's Timbrhuntn ValleyGirl (Lilly)
    Meglyn's Prime Time to Leave Me Lucille SH (Lucy)
    Meglyn's Lionheart MH (Little Guy)
    Meglyn-Firemark's I am NOT a Lab SH (Goldie)
    Meglyn's Lil Miss Sureshot SH CGCA(Annie)
    In memory of Chevy, HR Meglyn's Silverado Slim SH, July 20, 2006, HR Meglyn's Blue Ridge Belle MH, July 19, 2008 and HRCH Meglyn's Honest Abe MH, Aug 9, 2013.

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    Nice topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serene_banks View Post
    Nice topic.
    And great wingers (and stickmen and retired gunner releases)!
    HRCH Meglyn's Maramaxx Daisycutter MH-30 (Daisy)
    SHR Meglyn's Eye on the Prize JH (Molly)
    Meglyn's Timbrhuntn ValleyGirl (Lilly)
    Meglyn's Prime Time to Leave Me Lucille SH (Lucy)
    Meglyn's Lionheart MH (Little Guy)
    Meglyn-Firemark's I am NOT a Lab SH (Goldie)
    Meglyn's Lil Miss Sureshot SH CGCA(Annie)
    In memory of Chevy, HR Meglyn's Silverado Slim SH, July 20, 2006, HR Meglyn's Blue Ridge Belle MH, July 19, 2008 and HRCH Meglyn's Honest Abe MH, Aug 9, 2013.

    www.meglynretrievers.com

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