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Importance of Safe Bullet Traps & Backstops when Plinking a BB or Pellet Gun & Firing Traditional Guns

Quite a few avid shooters have air-guns in different forms, whether you use it for plinking or applied exercises. Most choose to shoot these non-lethal guns in their own personal designated area since you can easily take weapons such as air-soft, BB guns, or pellet guns, and practice with them anywhere. People turn to methods of collecting the projectiles in order to contain the projectiles for easy cleanup, or evidence removal. With this in mind, we at Shooting Range Industries would like to help you construct some bullet traps for nonlethal replicas, especially if COVID-19 has limited your gun range use. We would like to take the opportunity to discuss the differences between them since there is some confusion between bullet traps and backstops.

Bullet Trap

To stop the projectiles shot, a bullet trap is designed and engineered to hinder the projectiles progression as the targets are posted in front of the trap.


Adding extra protection, the backstop stop any projectiles that misses the trap. If there is a bullet trap being utilized, the need for the backstop is minimized and the backstop takes the brunt of the force and stops the projectiles if there is not a trap.

Bullet Trap & Backstop for Shooting BB Guns

To offer protection, a trashcan on its side and layered with wadded up newspapers, and stopping the BB was the old-school DIY method. Depending on the on the power behind the rifle, BB is traveling with force. The lower power rifles break down the paper over time and use, whereas the high-powered rifles can shred through the paper quickly. Keep in mind that the paper will only slow down the projectile and doesn’t absorb the impact. You can try another DIY product, or a commercial grade product. The DIY solution is to use wall-to-wall carpet. Robbing the projectile of its velocity efficiently is done with wall-to-wall carpet since it prevents a bounce back effect. Hang a section of wall-to-wall carpeting down for easy cleanup and place a trough at the bottom to contain the BBs.

Pellet Guns

Because these pellets are made of lead and lead is a softer material, the lead absorbs the energy and deforms on impact. Making the need for a better bullet trap than the BB projectiles, the large chunks are initially torn away followed by smaller specks and their natural design offers higher velocity. Even thin sheeted steel can be blasted through with a velocity pellet gun. Like one designed for .22 projectiles, a heavy-duty bullet trap is better.

Importance of Safe Backstops when Shooting

Backstops are highly recommended with any bullet trap you decide to use. In the event you are a single shooter, plinking away in your yard, a humble backstop is all you need. To protect anything behind it just ensure that it is big enough. Something more industrial sized should be installed on ranges, obviously. While engaged in firing your weapon, safety is the most important application and it is your duty to protect yourself and others, no matter if you spend time on the range, or plink with mild air-guns.

Custom Modular Shooting Ranges with Built In Bullet Traps & More

Shooting Range Industries designs and manufactures custom portable metal shooting ranges with all the necessary safety features such as shooting stalls, ceiling guards, bullet traps, ventilation systems and more. Call us to learn more today!

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