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Pat Trap problem

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by VNVET, Jan 5, 2009.

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  1. VNVET

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    Yesterday I was at the club watching some guys shoot singles and I noticed all the targets were skewed off to the right in flight. There was no wind at all but it looked like every target was not flying in a straight path to the stake. The left side of the target looked high causing the target to bank to the right. Is this an adjustment on the machine????????? Does anyone know what causes this?
     
  2. 320090T

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    Make sure the elevator is going all the way up. Tipped targets often are an optical illusion in the morning. To check, level the base, not the launch plate. A worn brush will cause targets to go right also.
     
  3. JBrooks

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    It is often the sunlight hitting at an angle in the morning. Did they straighten out later?
     
  4. ric3677

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    In Great Falls Mt....it's the wind LOL

    Shoot well and have fun....Rickyd
     
  5. Pull Bang

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    On the back of the plate where the target sets there is a guide that is held by a single bolt. SLIGHTLY loosen this bolt and push the guide forward about 1/8 inch. If this does not correct the problem, move it back to where it was prior to adjusting (put a scribe mark on the edge of the plate so you know exactly its original position). Than, pull it toward you about 1/8 inch. Keep working with this guide until the target stays flat during its flight.


    Good luck.


    Frank
     
  6. N. J. BOB

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    Pull Bang, I think you are talking about the doubles finger. It has nothing to do with singles.
     
  7. Barry C. Roach

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    Listen to Pull Bang
     
  8. VNVET

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    The machine is level and has been throwing good targets. The brush is new and I havent checked the elevator. The singles finger is nylon and seperate from the doubles finger and I was not aware the doubles finger had anything to do with the singles target. Could the singles finger have slipped out of adjustment?
     
  9. ric3677

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    If you haven't checked the elevator, do so...look for a broken spring. It may even be laying on the floor and you can rebend it and make it work.

    And yes the singles finger can come out of adjustment. If you have another machine you can look at where it should be, or look in the manual.

    Rickyd
     
  10. phirel

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    First, all targets will normally curve a little bit to the right. This is due to target spin. Next- Listen to JBrooks. Well set targets should look tipped to the left when the Sun is low in the morning. That is an optical illusion.

    I get the best targets when the platform is not quite level. A 1/4 tip up of the right side (facing the thrown target) seems to work best for me. Pushing the finger forward will tip the left side of the target down. This finger can slip.

    Pat Ireland
     
  11. VNVET

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    Thanks to all who replied to my question. Since this machine has always thrown good targets, I feel some thing has gotten out of adjustment and the singles finger seems the most likely cause. This machine was recently serviced, cleaned, lubed, Uni-Band replaced, target brush replaced. No intentional changes to the singles finger but during the cleaning it could have slipped. I do have the instruction manual and I need to review it for adjustment procedures for the singles finger.
     
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    Has Pat Trap added a singles finger in addition to the Finger used for Doubles right hand target? Post-2
     
  13. 320090T

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    Post-2, I am trying to visualize this too and can't come up with it, might have to go to the club and look at a trap......
     
  14. GoldenWest

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    You could have a magazine out of time which would allow the target to slip down to the doubles finger. Ck to make sure the target is loading on the elevator correctly. If it is not what happens is the target comes down on top of the Teflon finger that guides the target into the brush, when the arm comes into a cocked position it pushes the target down in stead of straight across into the brush. Just something to look at while your checking.
     
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