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pistol brass catcher

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by cpt-t, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. cpt-t

    cpt-t Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. DaBull

    DaBull Well-Known Member

    I lay a tarp out for the brass to fall on. Makes it easier to see them.
  3. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Make a stand up catcher out of pvc pipe and some window screen.
  4. RedAlert

    RedAlert Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. MRH

    MRH Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    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).
  7. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    Isn't that what a wife is for?

  8. holdencm9

    holdencm9 Well-Known Member

  9. thefish

    thefish Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. Catpop

    Catpop Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. cpt-t

    cpt-t Well-Known Member

    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:
  12. GarySTL

    GarySTL Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. Centurian22

    Centurian22 Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. bill3424

    bill3424 Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

  16. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2015
  17. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

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

    Clark Well-Known Member

    I was just shooting it to see what it did to the brass.

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

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