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DIY Silent Pellet Trap

DIY SILENT PELLET TRAP

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!

Well, I 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.

With the 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!

Also, you 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.

DISCLAIMER: 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.

 


The basic silent pellet trap assembled.
(Including the 6lb of duct seal)


The basic silent pellet trap assembled.
(Showing the target frame)


The basic silent pellet trap assembled.
(The finished product)

 

 

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Downloadable / Printable 10m Air Rifle Target








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