What is a Zinger Winger™?
Winger™ is a remote bird launcher used to train working dogs
to better mark the flight of downed game. It is typically
used in training for field trials, hunt tests, waterfowl and
What models do you offer? Which one is
best suited for me?
4 models of launchers (The Mini-Z™, The Field Trialer™, The
Hunt Tester™ and The Uplander™). Each has its own style, dimensions
and weight to fit individual needs. Your choose will be based
upon a number of factors such as how much room you have in
your vehicle, your ability to physically carry the winger,
what you use for training (ducks, pigeons, bumpers, Dokkens,
etc.) and how high and far you require the mark to be thrown.
Go to the feature section of each model to see their specifications
and see the Comparison chart for an overview.
What is your most popular model?
Trialer is the standard everyone goes by. It is small, compact,
light and throws a long, high mark. Close behind is the Mini-Z.
This winger is popular among the ladies and storage challenged
because of its small compact size and weight. Because of its
ultra small size you end up sacrificing some performance for
size but not much. Many people have commented that even the
Mini-Z's throw could be toned down a bit.
What sizes do they come in? Can I fit them
inside my vehicle?
is our smallest model measuring 25" by 49" and folds to 1
½" flat. This model is best suited to the "storage challenged"
and will fit easily into SUV's, mini vans and the backseat
of the smallest compact car. The Field Trialer is 16" longer
measuring 25" by 65" and folding to 1 ½" flat. This model
fits easily into the back of short box trucks and the breezeways
of dog trailers. The Hunt Tester is our largest winger measuring
25" by 79" by 1 ½". This model would fit into a long box pick
up or on top of a trailer rack.
What is the Zinger Winger™ made of? What
do they weight?
Wingers™ are made of high grade aluminum tubing. The Mini-Z™
weighs 12 pounds while the Field Trialer™ weighs 15 pounds.
Even the larger Hunt Tester™ weighs in at a respectable 19
pounds. Our Uplander™ box launcher weighs in at 8 pounds.
How easy is it to set up?
takes 10 -20 seconds. That's right! You simply swing the legs
out and bring the "U" frame up into a locked position.
Do I need to anchor a Zinger Winger™ down
using ground stakes?
Wingers are stable free-standing units. No ground stakes are
needed to keep them in place. Less time setting up means more
Is it easy to load? What's involved in
Wingers are very easy to cock and load. You first start by
hooking the pouch to the release arm. You then hook up four
rubbers and load the bird.
Does the Zinger Winger Co. manufacture
a "box style" bird launcher for releasing live birds?
now make the "Uplander" which releases all sizes of live birds
including chucker, pigeon, quail, pheasant and duck. The Uplander
can also be used to launch small and large bumpers, Dokkens
and dead birds for teaching marking.
How far will they throw a mark?
Wingers™ have some of the highest and longest throws
of anything you will see. Depending on the model you can get
a throw as long as 45 yards or as short as 10 yards. See Comparison
Chart for specifics.
Can a Zinger Winger™ fire an attention
getting “shot” like a 209 primer?
Multi-Shot™ Sound release has the capability to fire a 209
primer as well as a .22 and .32 caliber blank. The .32 blank
offers the same sound range as a 12 gauge popper load. The
design of our sound chamber forces the shot up into the air
instead of into the ground. This makes for a louder report.
What do they cost?
vary depending on the model and accessories. Go to our secure
online store for current pricing. Remember, you do not need
to purchase anything to browse the online store.
Can I adjust the arc and length of throw?
Zinger Wingers can be quickly adjusted to change to height
and length of throw. The degree of adjustment will depend
on the model. See Comparison Chart for specifics.
far off the ground is the remote receiver mounted? Does it
affect the range of my electronics?
receiver is mounted 4-6 feet off the ground depending on the
model. This allows for the best reception possible especially
in rough terrain. Receivers mounted at ground level do not
work as well because of interference from grass, shrubs, trees
and rolling terrain.
I already own remote release electronics.
Will they work on a Zinger Winger™?
and Dogtra operate on all Zinger Wingers out of the box. Innotek,
Bumper Boy and other electronics will work with some modifications.
You will need to let us know if you intend on using a system
other then Dogtra or Tritronics.
How safe are Zinger Wingers to use? Can
my kid load and operate your wingers?
Winger products are among the safest and best built on the
market it cannot be stressed enough that they can be dangerous
tools if not handled properly. The forces generated by Zinger
Wingers and any other launching device can cause severe bodily
injury if proper operating procedures are not followed. For
that matter it is the policy of the Zinger Winger Company
to discourage young and inexperienced individuals from operating
Does the Zinger Winger use solenoids or
servos in its release mechanism? What’s better?
Zinger Wingers launchers are now available in either servo or solenoid versions. There is a common misconception that solenoids do not work as well as servos and that they wear out quickly. In fact solenoids are simply electro-mechanical devices that are made to last millions of cycles. Ultimately the design of the release mechanism as well as the care and maintenance of the remote winger and electronics are what dictates whether you will have a winger that functions properly. Zinger Winger has produced thousands of reliable wingers using solenoids without problems. Servos have an advantage over solenoids by providing more torque to pull the trigger on the release mechanism. They are more forgiving then solenoids as they are less prone to contamination from dust and sand. A disadvantage is that they are susceptible to water damage which the solenoid is not. For this reason if you order a servo driven launcher it is recommended you do not train in wet areas where the release and servo may come in contact with water.
Can a Zinger Winger™ be used manually?
- I’ve seen cheaper launchers
that are supposed to do what a Zinger Winger™ does? Why
should I buy a Zinger Winger ™ bird launcher?
their long list of features Zinger Wingers our products are
built to the high standard. Our service is second to none. If
something goes wrong along the way we will stand behind our
product and look after you our customer. Our reputation is built
on this philosophy and that is what you are buying when you
purchase a Zinger Winger product.
How long will the rubbers on the winger
people have reported their rubbers lasting 2 - 3 years you
can expect them to last up to a year under normal use. It
will all depend on how well you look after your equipment
and how often you use the winger.
- Is there anything I can do to increase the life of my rubbers?
number one enemy of the rubber tubing is UV rays from the sun.
Limiting the exposure to sun when not using the winger will
greatly increase the life of the rubber.
Where do I purchase replacement rubbers?
visit our secure "online store" to order replacement rubber
kits and other accessories for your Zinger Winger launchers.
Is it okay to dry fire a Zinger Winger
launcher without a bird in it?
I misplaced my manual. Can I get a replacement?
us and we will send you a replacement manual at no charge.
Are the wingers available in different
colors? Can they be painted?
Wingers come in their natural aluminum finish. The aluminum
can be spray painted any color.
- Can my Zinger Winger™ be used in the rain?
release components of the winger are made from aluminum and
stainless steel and normal exposure to rain will not affect
its performance. Regular care and maintenance (link) after such
usage should be performed.
How is the remote receiver mounted to the
our exclusive “ReceiverLok™” to mount receivers.
If I encounter problems with my winger
what should I do?
Go to our
“trouble shooting” guide of our website to see
if your problem can be addressed there. If that fails call
us directly and a customer service representative will assist
Will bungee cord work in place of rubber
same specifications bungee cord will work but the performance
of the winger is greatly reduced. Bungee cord has an outside
nylon casing that’s designed to protect the inside rubber
from exposure. This casing limits how long the cord can be
stretched. Because it does not stretch as far it will not
give you as near a throw as the heavy duty rubber tubing that
comes with your Zinger Winger™.
Will a Zinger Winger™ launch "live" birds?
optional "Live Bird Restraint Pouch" will keep live birds
in place until you are ready to launch them. They can be ordered
from our secure online store.
What happens if I don't like my purchase?
Winger Co. has a 30 day money back policy. If you are not
satisfied with your purchase within that period return the
product for a full refund.
Can I retro-fit my old winger with your
Multi-Shot™ Sound release?
"Multi-Shot Sound™ release mechanism can be retrofitted to
almost any winger. Conversion kits for older Zinger Wingers
are available complete with instructions. Contact us for details.