When heading to the firing range, in order to stop the bullets from ricocheting around the building or stopping them from piercing through walls, bullet traps are implemented. To completely stop bullets in their tracks, making indoor shooting a completely safe and enjoyable activity, shooting ranges implement bullet traps along with meticulously engineering and using specific materials. Today we at Shooting Range Industries would like to elaborate briefly on bullet traps.
What is a Bullet Trap?
Bullet traps are a device designed to stop the bullets at a shooting range. The ultimate goal is the same, though there are varying designs of traps. Because its responsibility is to keep bullets from flying off and hitting anything else, the bullet trap is vital in a shooting range.
Types of Bullet Traps
There are a number of factors that should be considered when you design a shooting range. You need to find which bullet trap works best for your facility. Additionally, you need consider safety, noise reduction, space or footprint, upfront cost, air quality, cost, installation, maintenance, and lead management as well as shooting activities on the range. A few common bullet trap variations include:
Ballistic rubber block traps: With one of the lower costs trap is this type. For smaller ranges and forensic shooting ranges, it provides flexibility. With a small footprint, ballistic capacity, and self-healing properties, it is ideal for these applications. Resulting in the safe capture of the bullet, it will seal the bullet’s path following the round that has pushed through the surface.
Free-standing bullet traps: This option requires a flat concrete floor as they have no structural support or even any form of modification to the building. This is also known as modular traps.
Steel bullet traps: Optimal for the heavy volume use design, these steel bullet traps have the ability to stop all of the standard handgun rounds in addition to rifle rounds of up to 7.62 and a velocity of about 3,000 fps. Lead management is simplified as they collect the bullets easily.
Vertically-designed bullet traps: These traps are engineered to slow down gravity and collects bullets. Enveloping the bullet traps with the unique that allows you to connect to the inside walls of your shooting range. Compared to a horizontally-designed one, the goal is better achieved with vertically-designed bullet trap to contain the rounds.
How Do Bullet Traps Work?
Because bullets travel at such high velocities, stopping them is no easy feat. Due to its mass and motion, a bullet is projected from a firearm possesses energy, referenced as kinetic energy. To stop kinetic energy, it needs to be absorbed and transferred from the bullet into something else. This is the science involved in bullet traps. The specifically engineered design and materials of the bullet trap absorbs the kinetic energy of the bullet. For example, steel bullet traps are comprised of steel plates that are precisely angled to attain deflection in the bullet trap instead of ricochets or penetration. By transferring its kinetic energy to the materials in the bullet trap, the bullet is trapped.
Custom Shooting Ranges with Bullet Traps
To minimize lead exposure for customers, staff, and those maintaining the range, the shooting range commonly has a lead collection process attached to the bullet traps. Where lead can be toxic, collecting it is vital so the led can be easily collected and properly disposed of regularly. Shooting Range Industries offers a variety of bullet traps in our custom designed and built shooting ranges. Call us today to learn more.