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How Do Ballistic Rubber, Steel, Vertical Funnel, Free Standing & Other Bullet Traps Work?

Bullet traps are implemented in order to stop the bullets from ricocheting around the building or stopping them from piercing through walls when heading to the firing range. Shooting ranges are put into effect bullet traps along with meticulously engineering and using specific materials to completely stop bullets in their tracks, making indoor shooting a completely safe and enjoyable activity. Today we at Shooting Range Industries would like to discuss bullet traps. At a shooting range, bullet traps are a device designed to stop the bullets. Though there are varying designs of traps, the ultimate goal is the same. The bullet trap is vital in a shooting range since its responsibility is to keep bullets from flying off and hitting anything else.

How Do Bullet Traps Work?

Stopping them is no easy feat since bullets travel at such high velocities. A bullet is projected from a firearm possesses energy, referenced as kinetic energy, due to its mass and motion. It needs to be absorbed and transferred from the bullet into something else to stop kinetic energy. This is the science involved in bullet traps. The bullet trap absorbs the kinetic energy of the bullet due to the specifically engineered design and materials of the bullet trap. Instead of ricocheting or penetrating, steel bullet traps are comprised of steel plates that are precisely angled to attain deflection in the bullet trap for instance. The bullet is trapped by transferring its kinetic energy to the materials in the bullet trap.

Bullet Trap Types

When you design a shooting range, there are a number of factors that should be considered. Noise reduction, space or footprint, upfront cost, you need consider safety, air quality, cost, installation, maintenance, and lead management as well as shooting activities on the range as well.
A few common variations of bullet trap include:
Ballistic rubber block traps: This is one of the lower costs trap. It provides flexibility for smaller ranges and forensic shooting ranges. These applications are ideal for these applications due to the small footprint, ballistic capacity, and self-healing properties. It will seal the bullet’s path following the round that has pushed through the surface, which results in the safe capture of the bullet.
Steel bullet traps: In addition to rifle rounds of up to 7.62 and a velocity of about 3,000 fps., optimal for the heavy volume use design, these steel bullet traps have the ability to stop all of the standard handgun rounds. As they collect the bullets easily, lead management is simplified.
Free-standing bullet traps: Since they have no structural support or even any form of modification to the building, this option requires a flat concrete floor. Free-standing bullet traps are also known as modular traps.
Vertically funnel designed bullet traps: In addition to collecting the bullets, these traps are engineered to slow down gravity. You are allowed you to connect to the inside walls of your shooting range as the bullet traps envelops a unique design. The goal is better achieved with vertically designed bullet trap to contain the rounds, compared to a horizontally designed one.

Custom Shooting Ranges with Bullet Traps & More

The shooting range commonly has a lead collection process attached to the bullet traps to minimize lead exposure for customers, staff, and those maintaining the range. Collecting it is vital so the lead can be easily collected and properly disposed of regularly since the lead can be toxic. There is a variety of bullet traps offered by Shooting Range Industries in our custom designed shooting ranges. To learn more, contact us today!

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