In Memory of J.B. Milano

Remington Target Thrower

John Milano's older brother David traded for an old Remington Target Thrower used to launch clay targets for skeet shooters. David soon found that the device had been left cocked in the throwing position and over time had weaken the spring. As hard as one might launching a clay target you couldn't get any distance as the target would only travel about thirty feet falling to the ground. After numerous attempts to fix the problem David was ready to throw the thing away. John suggested that David take the thing over to dairy farm and see if Mr. Strong farm foreman who did all the repairs on various farm equipment. John and I rode with David on our bikes over to the farm to see what could be done. Mr. Strong looked at the device and tried throwing a clay target with it. He asked David to leave it and give him several days to see if he could put the power back in it. Several days went by and we three went back. Mr. Strong had taken it apart and replaced the hand held handle with an baseball bat and new bigger spring he got from a farm implement. To load the thing it took two people. One holding the bat and the other to pull the spring back locking it in the firing position. A skeet was placed in the saddle and the thrower swung the bat like hitting a ball. That skeet went out of sight. By trial and error one learned that swinging the bat in an upward motion would send the clay target skyward. Mr. Strong got his reward by the excitement we three boys showed when launching skeet's.

We took the thing back home and David got out about dozen clay targets and we rode over to the upper field at Park Road Elementary School where John and I got to launch two each, and David the rest. We rode our bikes down the lower field to see where they landed. Much to our amazement not a single clay target was found. It didn't take long to find out where they did landed. The local radio station reported that a number of homes had been bombarded by mysterious clay targets located across Sugar creek from the lower field. Several car windshields were broken, holes were ripped into canvas awnings and even roof damage was reported. The police were looking for the the vandals that caused the damage.

The modified Remington Target Thrower was hidden and only brought out when the Milano bunch went far out in the country where they could safely use it.