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It's all about politics -- equal time for Remington target thrower

With the presidential debates currently taking place and the necessity that Democrats and Republicans receive equal time, I felt it proper to discuss this week the Remington target thrower. Recall last time we had dialogue on the Winchester thrower. These two sporting companies are akin to the two big political parties. Let's start with some limited history on the Remington Arms Company.

Around 1816 legend has it Eliphalet Remington II felt he could construct a better and more durable gun than he could buy at the time. The end result was this young man building a flintlock rifle on his fathers forge. Later that year, Eliphalet entered a shooting match with the gun he had built himself. This effort resulted with the long and storied history of the famed Remington company. Even though he finished second, orders for new Remington rifles and barrels began to add up from the many other contestants at that match. Before Eliphalet left the shooting match he was in the gun business.

Initial production of Remington guns began in Ilion Gulch, N.Y. However, shortly after its' beginnings the company moved to a location near the newly constructed Erie Canal. In 1865 Remington and Sons was incorporated as a stock company. In 1873 this company began to diversify with its' involvement in typewriters.

Remington knives had their start in 1920 as the company began better utilizing excess manufacturing capabilities created due to World War I. The Remington clothing line began in 1926 with the initial selling of decorative patches bearing the companies' logo. There is much more important history to discuss about this American icon company, but that information can wait for a later date. Time to share details on the Remington target thrower.

This thrower just does not have the collector appeal of the Western-Winchester, and there are a number of reasons for that. Still, that does not mean this item is not collectible. It's most desired by those who search out Remington sporting items. The complete thrower is 18 1/4" long. The durable wooden handle is 13" in length. The black metal end should have the words, Remington, Automatic Hand Trap, Remington Arms Co., Inc., Made in U.S.A., Pat. No. 2,122,984.

Compared to the Western thrower, this piece is very drab and not visually appealing. The same formula holds true for the packaging. The box is yellow/black with limited graphics and 18 1/2" long. One side panel gives instructions on proper use, one promotes how much fun you will have while using the thrower and the last panel is used to market Remington shotgun shells. Interestingly, the graphics regarding their shotgun shells can help date this item. Value is limited on even the best thrower/box combination.

A check on eBay found throwers in poor condition with an asking price of $15. Considering the additional cost of shipping, I feel that figure is too high.

The accompanying photo shows a Remington thrower in near mint condition and box in fair shape. The pair is in a private collection and purchased for less than $15 back in 2003. I find that buy more realistic than the other one mentioned. Even though I am repeating myself, remember you can probably buy used (still collectible throwers) for less money than plastic new ones. Collectible and usable is a hard combination to beat. Until next time, may all your searches be successful.