Roger Henrie Wing Shooter

Reviewed By Steve

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We, it seems, are one of the lucky ones as the Roger Henrie target thrower is no longer available to buy ready made. Don't fret though because he is selling the plans which will allow you to build your own. At just $20 the plans are a steal as there can hardly be an archer in the world who wouldn't want to try his luck at an aerial target.

In reality the thrower is dead simple and when you see it for the first time you will say " I could make one of those in a couple of hours" and it's true, with his plans you could. It also works out cheaper than having a bulky parcel sent through the post.


The one we have ready made by Roger himself came with a dvd which explains the various permutations you can use to set up the thrower. In addition to having "birds" thrown vertically it will hurl them away from you, towards you or even flat across you with a few simple adjustments.

It was also supplied with 2 foam discs and a mini football, in fact it will throw virtually anything. the trigger device is straightforward and you can set it off yourself by using the foot loop that is built into the trip wire, one swift tug with the foot and the target is airbourne.

Although the supplied length of trip wire (string) is about 18 yards, you could add more if you started getting really good. the discs themselves will be thrown 25 foot in the air or more if you just use one, the real beauty is that every shot is different, you need fast reaction, good instincts and not a little skill, we have been practising when the opportunity allows and even when the target gets hit it still feels like we got lucky. Be warned though, you can lose an afternoon with this launcher, not to mention all your arrows if you don't invest in some Flu Flu's.

The one we are using was made with red oak, you can see from the photos that it consists of a few lengths of wood, a few steel rods and a big spring, all of the parts would be easily obtainable from a local diy shop and the spring can be found easily online. Despite it's deceptively simple design Roger has spent some time perfecting the little touches that make this such an enjoyable thrower to use. It is in essence two "A" frames joined together to support a throwing arm much like a trebuchet power by a spring.

The whole machine is fixed to the ground using a screw in ground anchor which will stop the whole thing bouncing about when it launches. In operation it is simple to use, just cock back the throwing arm, set the trip wire and move back. A quick tug on the trip will send your target up, when you see some folk on the net who have videoed themselves shooting discs they make it look easy. The first time we ever used this we had 50 people each with 6 arrows from a distance of just 20 yards, that's a total of 300 arrows over six throws.. I am ashamed to admit we had just one hit between us all.

Either buy the plans and make one for yourself or persuade your club that it needs a target thrower, to be honest I don't think too much persuasion will be needed as this little machine is just total fun.

Click here to go to Rogers Site


Features & Design
Rogers wing shooter is a classic case of form following function, he has designed the machine to throw foam targets in to the air as a speed and tempo which allows the archer a good chance at hitting it if he is good enough.  Excellent size, shape and with enough power for the job - 5 Star thrower.
Couldn't fault the thrower at all, wether you shoot it from close or far it presents a wonderful target. The bonus is that with a few adjustments the thrower will throw straight up or hrizontal or even away from you.
Value for Money
With the plans available for just $20 this is a project you cannot pass up.
Superb !! get the plans - you know you want to !!


Your Comments

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  • Posted by: Nick Cox on Jun 21, 17:38

    Inspired by your review I am making one of these for possible use at our club using Roger’s plans. He’s a good guy to deal with. I have a question for you though. In his plans he refers to 5 1/2” ‘grommets’. Not sure whether he means washers and its not quite clear enough where they go. Any chance you could have a look (or even take some pics) of your device and give me a clue ? Any help much appreciated. In exchange I will let you know how the build goes and whether it works. Might also try experimenting with different foams for the targets unless you guys know of a UK source for them too.


  • Posted by: Steve@archers-review on Jun 21, 18:26

    Hi Nick,
    once you have the machine built it will have been worth all the effort. The “grommets” he refers to are, I believe, split pins – I had a look over the whole thrower for things that were around 5 1/2” and there was nothing – however the split pins were 2 3/4” long – the two sides come to 5 1/2”. Depending on the number specified, and on our machine there are 6.
    There isn’t anything else on our that I would describe as a “grommet” – I have mailed you anyway..

  • Posted by: Jim Calamaris on Jul 4, 18:34

    Can you by one already made from Roger? And if so, how much is the cost and how do you get in touch with him? Thanks Jim

  • Posted by: Steve@archers-review on Jul 4, 19:19

    we are in the process of adding more info regarding the Wingshooter along with details of how you can contact Roger. I have mailed you in the mean time.

  • Posted by: Linda Thompson on Jun 30, 13:04

    Hi, where can i buy the plans from

  • Posted by: Chuck on May 21, 14:38

    I was wondering if the plans were still available for Roger Henrie archery disc thrower. And where also can I buy the disc to load with it. Thanks

  • Posted by: Steve@archers-review on May 21, 15:57

    Hi Chuck, just click the link at the end of the review to go to Rogers site.. as regards the discs, the ones we used were from 3 rivers.. hope this helps..

  • Posted by: ANDY ANDERSON on Mar 23, 02:38

    Hi Need to know how to buy plans.Pres. said to get one build for our shoot in June. (Wash-Ida Traditional Bowman) Mailing address please…..20.00 waiting plus tip……Thanks Andy

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