pistol brass catcher


February 16, 2013, 09:42 PM
has anybody had any experiece with a hand held brass catcher for a 1911, Glock, Springfield XD. I am getting old and when I pickup my mty brass. I am on my hands and knees most of the time. I have tried a grabber to pick my mty brass and it works some what but I still have to search for the little buggers. It is a pain in the butt to get old and stiff.
Thanks in advance for any help.

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February 16, 2013, 11:34 PM
I lay a tarp out for the brass to fall on. Makes it easier to see them.

February 16, 2013, 11:41 PM
Make a stand up catcher out of pvc pipe and some window screen.

February 16, 2013, 11:44 PM
Back in the '80s when I reloaded ammo, I made a small frame of plastic pipe with two sizes of legs. One made the frame tall enough to sit on the shooting bench and one tall enough to stand beside me when I did free-hand shooting. The frame was covered with a plastic window screen and baggy enough to form a pouch at the bottom and catch the brass.

Sadly, it was scrapped during the years when I wasn't shooting very often.
You could make one very easily using 1/2" or 3/4" plastic pipe and fittings.

February 16, 2013, 11:49 PM
I've used one for years. Catches 95% of the brass. Got it from either Sportsmans Guide or Cheaper Than Dirt. Don't know if they are still available.

February 16, 2013, 11:57 PM
At one time, I tried a brass catcher that attached to one's hand. It kind of worked but really was not convenient.

More recently, I have laid down a large drop cloth to catch the cases. Some of my auto loaders drop cases ion about the same spot and this works well. Others spray cases to the four winds.

Recently, I bought an inexpensive folding canopy (nick named a cheesy-up). I attach some drop cloths to the side and back and place a drop cloth on the ground. So far, it had done a good job of catching all cases even from the handguns that spray cases around.

Among other things, I can continue shooting if it starts to rain.

But, I shoot in my back yard on the farm and have the space and time to set up this outfit. It is probably not something everyone can do at their public range. (i can get set up in about 15 minutes or so).

February 17, 2013, 12:33 AM
Isn't that what a wife is for?


February 17, 2013, 12:47 AM
There is this thing


It seems to get decent reviews and I have thought of picking one up, but I imagine it would affect your grip on the gun. However, once you get used to it, it may be worth it.

February 17, 2013, 01:17 AM
How about one of those dustpans on a stick and a broom like janitor s use? Wouldn't catch it. But would keep you from bending over.

February 17, 2013, 10:45 AM
check out the Dillion catalog. They market a standup brass retriever made like the old pecan pickerupper. little pricey at $40, but may save getting on hands and knees.

February 17, 2013, 10:47 AM
holdencm9: That looks like what I have seen a couple of times, and I think I am going to try and get one. And I have decied to take the tarp and a few bircks to keep the wind from blowing it away. The wind blows quite a bit here in Kansas. I will still have to use the grabber to pick up the brass off of it. As expensive and as hard to find as brass is getting I can`t afford to lose any of my mty`s. Thanks to every one for their info and ideas. I turned 69 in Oct and I just don`t get up and down as I use to. I can`t tell you Guys how much I have enjoyed this site. Thanks Again:

February 17, 2013, 10:54 AM
I have one of the ones Dillon sells. Works great on concrete or asphalt abd similar smooth surfaces. Not worth a darn on grass or gravel though.

I did buy a brass magnet http://www.brassmagnet.com/ which is a large mesh "sheet" with handle loops and magnets around the edges. It's weighted and won't blow in the wind like a sheet or tarp might. Works pretty well. If you and a buddy each buy one, the magnets let them hook together and cover a larger area.

February 17, 2013, 11:23 AM
I've also seen the home mad catchers that seem to work well. There is also this:


Saw it posted in another thread just today. Thought I'd share.

February 17, 2013, 12:27 PM
Wow, that brass mower is nice. I usually just lay out a dropcloth or tarp. I did have a cheap thing I bought at an outdoor store years ago that worked ok.

February 17, 2013, 12:32 PM
Those brass mower things are basically pecan pickers. They are very common in the south. In my experience they work pretty well on .45ACP and other larger calibers, but not as well with 9MM brass.


February 17, 2013, 12:50 PM
For may years I used a catcher similar to this attached to my Bullseye Box; this is obviously an updated version. When my original catcher deteriorated to the point where it needed to be replaced, I made one out of PVC pipe similar to designs you can find on the internet. The one I made was free standing and designed to be easily disassembled.

February 17, 2013, 12:52 PM
A rather large painters drop cloth is the best solution I'm aware of.
Positioned correctly & with a bit of luck, bending over four times is all that's required regardless of rounds fired.
I've not given those "catchers mit" types much thought, but they may be just as effective.

February 17, 2013, 03:48 PM
When I started reloading, I immediately started working up to see what I could blow up and what I could not blow up.

I soon learned that it is best to stop working up a load when the brass starts to fail.

I wanted to look at the brass, but hot loads send brass a long ways.

I tried brass catchers, but what I found was the best for catching the brass was a towel wrapped around my shooting hand and the pistol.

The brass is then trapped inside the towel with my hand.

Sometimes the brass is very hot on my skin, but I always get the brass to examine it before continuing my work up.

February 17, 2013, 03:57 PM
I tried brass catchers, but what I found was the best for catching the brass was a towel wrapped around my shooting hand and the pistol.

That didn't interfere with the pistols function?
And you could aim correctly?
Am I misunderstanding what you're saying?

February 17, 2013, 10:13 PM
I was just shooting it to see what it did to the brass.

I never reload pistol brass.
One time, and that is it.

February 17, 2013, 11:50 PM
holdencm9: That looks like what I have seen a couple of times, and I think I am going to try and get one.

cpt-t, hope if works out for you. You'll have to report your experience back to us!

February 18, 2013, 07:32 AM
For years at my farm range I have used an old white sheet. I gather it up after my shooting session and take it up to the barn and empty it in a large bucket where I do my reloading.

February 18, 2013, 08:24 AM
For years at my farm range I have used an old white sheet ...
I used to use what we called "cotton sheets" or "cotton sacks" ... large square sheets of burlap used to hold the cotton bolls when they were picked. But that was a few years ago and if you ask about them now at the farm or feed store they tell you to go to Sears or Penny's to get sheets and pillow cases.

February 18, 2013, 09:32 PM
A few weeks ago I made this one in about an hour from a wire coat hanger, an old pant leg and some heavy elastic that my spousal critter had bought for some project. I don't really know how to sew, but she showed me how to run her machine well enough to make simple gear for kayaking, scuba, and now shooting.

It works OK, and doesn't really affect your grip. The elastic strap is no worse than the palm of a glove...



February 18, 2013, 11:56 PM
Very cool buck!

February 19, 2013, 12:58 AM
Thanks. Just copying what I'd seen for sale on-line somewhere. Making it from stuff I had lying around had the advantage of being free, if you overlook the one needle I broke trying to get the machine to stitch through the wire by mistake!

February 19, 2013, 10:02 AM
Great job.

Hurryin' Hoosier
February 19, 2013, 12:17 PM
Pay some kid to catch it as it ejects. It will improve his hand/eye coordination, teach him to play through pain, and provide him with spending money. :D

March 27, 2013, 01:44 PM
HI CPT-T, I read the problem you are having and have created a poly-plastic mesh sheet
that's 6'length by 5'width for some of my gun buddies who hate picking up shells.
So far it has worked for 12 gauge,20gauge, .22 and 30.06 rifles
Depending on the ejection of the shell, this will solve most of your problems

I'm located in sioux city IA my phone # is (712)-291-9735 My email is e7martinez58@hotmail.com
If your interested, gladly give me a call and we can talk further about the type of weapon you use and the range it ejects the shells
Thank you and have a good day

Bullet Bob
March 27, 2013, 06:44 PM
Three words:

Re-vol-ver :D

Just kidding (mostly); I'm on the shady side of 60, and I feel your pain.

March 27, 2013, 07:07 PM
couple options:

1. Use a net brass catcher.
2. Get a 'brass mower'
3. Use a shop vac

March 28, 2013, 12:36 AM
AT the present time I am using a peice of that blue plastic 6ft X 8ft and 5 or 6 bricks to keep the wind from blowing it away. The wind blows here in Kansas and our clubs range does not have very many wind breaks. But that is just some more stuff I have to haul out to the range and back. I have tryed to order one of thoes hand held brass catcher but have not recived it yet. But the 6X8 sheet of plastic seems to work better than any thing that I have tried so far but still have to use the graber most of the time. But it beats getting down on my hands and knees. Its the Pitts when you get old. Thanks for all your help.

March 28, 2013, 04:35 AM
Bullseye shooters use the one from CMM Shooting Sports a lot.


Peter M. Eick
March 29, 2013, 04:09 PM
I use one of the CMM models and it works well for 38 super and up. 9mm or down tends to bounce out but at least it is close by.

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