I wanted to be able to practice
my target pistol shooting at home when the weather was
too cold or in summer, way too hot and humid or when time
did not permit a trip to the range. To this end I decided
to buy a match air pistol and an indoor range setup
seemed like the perfect way to get in a lot more practice
and the neighbors will be none the wiser!
searched the internet for silent pellet trap designs and
I did find a couple which were the same basic concept. I
could have bought one but as usual decided to go about it
the hard way and try to make one myself and I am no
carpenter nor cabinet-maker but usually the finished
product looks fair to midlin'. The point I am making here
is, 'if I can do it, you can do it too'.
I had some
3/4" ply for the back stop board in the shed but not
much else so a trip to hardware store to buy some lumber
and hardware was in order and I parted with about $15.
The most expensive part of this whole project is going to
be the duct seal, I am going to need enough to get about
1 to 2 inches deep. For 6lb of duct seal cost around $30
with s&h. That worked out to about 1-3/4" deep.
1-3/4" (6 lb) of duct seal and and the 3/4"
plywood back stop, it should stop pellets from my low
power airguns. All the lumber was 1" poplar planks.
Overall dimensions are 19" high x 17-1/2" wide
x 12" deep. Overall weight is around 28lb ... there
is no way this trap is going to tip or fall over!
may click on the targets below to open and then save the
targets in pdf format to your PC to print out on
8-1/2" x 11" paper or card stock. Card stock is
my preferrence I have found.
If you decide to make this Silent Pellet Trap or similar,
I bear no responsibility, neither expressed or implied
for damages to property or injury to yourself and others,
including pets and animals, etc when using this Silent
Pellet Trap. Use it entirely at your own risk.
Obey all safety rules concerning firearms use. DO NOT use
projectiles of a caliber larger than .177" and of a
velocity greater than 470 feet per second. Test the
Silent Pellet Trap adequately in a safe oudoor area and
use backstops. I use relatively low power airguns in the
range of approximately 450-500 feet per second.