With some major debates and controversy, bullet traps have endured a variety of numbered and diverse technology that is nothing but abundant in misguided theories and misunderstandings. Where some bullet traps come closer to containment and disposals others seem to miss the mark. Considering all the data and statistics and science, we at Shooting Range Industries take a closer look at the assortment of bullet traps so you can weigh in your options.
Vertical Funnel Bullet Traps
Using a series of vertically oriented funnel boxes to collect the bullets, vertical funnel traps deflect the bullets utilizing the impact plates into a deceleration chamber located at the back of the trap where the bullets are accumulated and contained. Vertical chambers are mounted next to each other individually, as the vertical edges from top to bottom to construct the trap. Some are hesitant with a potential ricocheting that might occur.
– Engineered with exceptionally sturdy steel.
– Simplistic lead collection for more ease.
– Requires less ground to occupy.
– Is not adept for close range firing or cross lane firing.
– Fragmentation of bullets.
Wet Funnel Bullet Trap
To reduce bullet fragmentation on impact, the wet funnel trap integrates sloping steel plates. The bullet’s energy is dissipated when they hit the plates and are managed to the narrow end of the funnel and enter the deceleration chamber. The lower plates are continuously treated with an oil water mixture flooding to keep the steel well lubricated, while the higher plates remain dry to receive the impact. A holding tank is electrically pumped to recycle the enhanced water treatment, as it flows over the plates and down into the holding tank, it can then be used to spray the plates again in a constant cycle.
– Steel is highly durable.
– Bullet fragmentation is significantly reduced.
– Minimizes the lead dust.
– Adequate for large caliber weapons.
– Higher expenses for maintenance, product and daily use.
– Requires excessive floor space.
– Water is chemically treated.
– Produces high levels of humidity.
– Frangible ammunition is not always effective.
– Diligent and frequent maintenance for filters and electrical pumps.
– Non-modular construction.
Rubber Block Bullet Trap
Similar to the design and concepts of the rubber granule trap, the difference is the rubber granules are fused together with latex glue to construct a solid component. Serving as an additional wall the rubber blocks are stacked on top of each other. When a bullet is shot into the trap, it hits the rubber wall, stopping the projectile and absorbing the bullet.
– Only small space is required for placement.
– Captures and stores bullets as hole.
– UV breakdown.
– Diligent, frequent, and excessive ongoing maintenance.
– Fire Hazard.
– Structure will eventually collapse with use.
Vertical Rubber Granule Bullet Trap
Large steel chambers are loaded with rubber bits in a rubber sheet, which is penetrable, across the front to keep the rubber granules in place.
– Requires only small place.
– Lead dust level reduction.
– Has the ability to keep some bullets intact as a whole.
– Excessive and ongoing maintenance.
– Fire hazards.
– Service costs.
– Low volume restrictions.
Custom Shooting Bullet Traps Range Equipment Design Solutions
Other bullet traps include; Rubber Lamella Trap, Escalator Trap, Venetian Blind Trap, Water and Plate Trap, Pit and Plate Trap, and Sand Berm Trap. All having their pros and cons, finding the bullet trap right for your particular needs is a batter way of narrowing down your options. Shooting Range Industries recommends a vertical funnel bullet trap design in our custom indoor shooting ranges.