Safe Backdrop


September 16, 2003, 11:11 AM
Before I clean my Glock I have to pull the trigger, OF COURSE I make sure its EMPTY before I do that, and I point it in a safe direction.
I was wondering what I can set up next to my cleaning bench as a SAFE BACKDROP in case I have a ND.
A buddy has a five gallon pail of sand that he uses as a "safety target".
I was wondering if that would stop a round, or what if I used about 1-2 feet of cardboard?
any input will be greatly appreciated.

My cleaning bench is in the garage. I point down at the floor and towards a concrete wall.
thanks for the input.
calibers being cleaned 9mm, & .40

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September 16, 2003, 12:59 PM
Given I'm UK based, kinda out of the loop on handgun matters!

The card board option is not likely to work.

If your room can handle it, large container of sand - perhaps with a steel plate in the bottom as belt and braces - and make sure you squeeze with weapon pointing straight down - or else angle container appropriately. That will stop most normal rounds you are likely to have in a Glock. A length of 6" drain pipe may be handier as a container.

Old stand by was to clear with weapon pointing into a solid fireplace.

You don't specify where your gun bench is. No worries if in basement./ garage etc - but you REALLY want to be sure if your den is over the living room and that sand trap turns out to be right over Dads favourite arm chair:)

Mercer recounts a tale in his book on the SBS ( Not through strength, by Guile ). He was on duty in Northern Ireland with a team from the RUC.
By happy circumstance there was a pub next to their billet!

One night they heard a loud bang. A short while later one of the RUC guys came in looking sheepish. He explained he'd been clearing his Browning P35 and let a round off in the kitchen - 'luckily' pointing skyward at the time.

A while more past when they realised a team member was sleeping off a hang-over - in bed directly over the kitchen!

They rushed to his room - relieved to find him snoring loudly. They were about to close the door, when one of them noticed a small 'pucker' in the duvet ( bed cover ). Pulling the duvet back revealed a copious quantity of blood and a 9mm hole in the guy's thigh!

PS Don't want to ignite the 9mm stopping power debate!


Master Blaster
September 16, 2003, 01:07 PM
A good size carboard box tightly stuffed with stacks of newspaper standing on edge. I mad a ballistic test box like this to capture bullets.

A .45 will go 2.5" of penetration
A .357 magnum 6"
A 9mm 3.5-4",

the box should be at least a foot wide, meaning a foot of packed newspaper.

September 16, 2003, 03:50 PM
Ammo can or two full of sand

September 16, 2003, 04:10 PM
I use an old level II Kevlar panel.

Standing Wolf
September 16, 2003, 04:43 PM

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