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Indoor range bullet backstops

Old 10-11-2005, 06:14 AM
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Default Indoor range bullet backstops

I'm not sure if this is the right forum but I couldn't find one that is?

What do indoor pistol ranges use for a backstop behind the targets? I'm particularly interested in the ranges that allow you to shoot up to a 44 mag.

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Old 10-11-2005, 10:19 AM
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Default RE: Indoor range bullet backstops

The one I used to shoot at had a heavy guage steel backdrop. Don't know how thick it was just because I never cared to ask. What I do know is that it has to be angled (top towards the shooter) so that the bullet fragments go down into a trap. The trap is usually 3 feet or so high and the top is angled toward the backdrop. Make sense? If you're planning on building one, make sure to do your homework. I'd hate to think what could happen if you did it wrong. The Discovery Channel did a show on this about a year ago. Search their website, they sell the videos. As for the forum, this probably would have done better in the gun forum.
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:16 PM
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They were showing one you could buy on the show "shooting usa" it looked like a big hunk of black rubber but I think it stopped up to 44mag, it was one of the products they were pushing so id say check their site and see if you can find it. I know its still around because ive seen jim shooting guns inside a building at the thing.
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:31 PM
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i built one several years ago out of 1/4" plate, i angled the back down and put a front plate on it, it held up very well to hard cast lead bullets out of a .38/357 i also put sand in the bottom of it, thing worked great but was very very heavy[:@]

here is a link to some commercial traps and the rubber mentioned earlier, i have not shot at the rubber but have heard good things, best of luck, oh yea i always shot in basement[:-]

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