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Brass catcher for pistol

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by gspn, Feb 7, 2010.

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  1. gspn

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    I need a brass catcher. I can't use tarps or pickup truck beds or anything else along those lines. This is an indoor range with fairly tight shooting lanes, and the floor is absolutely littered with brass. Finding your empties is a real chore.

    I've been looking at it seems that the CMM brass catcher, the Graco Model, and the Bubca are the most common type of standalone unit.

    The Grayco looks like a neat idea as it just straps to your hand and is cheap but for a variet of reasons I don't know if I want to practice with a bag strapped to my hand.

    http://www.gracomodels.com/catcher.html

    I didn't like what I saw in the Bubca videos.

    The CMM catcher looks like it would work but it's more expensive. One of our members here posted a nice review of it and I'm leaning that way.

    http://www.cmmshootingsports.com/product_info.php?products_id=38

    Another member posted a catcher he made out of a fishing net that looks like the ultimate extension of the KISS method (Keep It Simple Stupid) and I'm tempted to recreate that first.

    If anyone has used one of the models above or can recommend a version I don't have listed I'd love to hear from you.

    thanks.
     
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    Looks like you could construct a low-dollar funnel out of cardboard that was supported by a 2 or 3" piece of PCV stuck in a joint compound bucket. You could make the vertical pipe telescope down for transport and raise up for easy setup. The netted catcher does allow for the loss of a lot of energy, though.

    Hmmm.
     
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    Get the fish net from Walmart and bend it around your right hand. Easily adjustable for different gun. (If you are shooting Glock, I guess you can even stuff the wire into the empty space on bottom of grip). This allows you to move your pistol/position to shoot multiple targets compared to fixed stand type brass catcher.

    Cheap and works great! You get used to it fast when you don't have to bend over time after time to pick up brass from the ground. :D:D:D

    Pictured brass catcher is from midway, but is no longer available. But you get the idea. Fish net has worked for me for years.
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    If you want a stand type, BUBCA.com has a ammo can based unit for $79.95. Looks like you could make one out of old tent poles and mosquito net. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJPZF9ZkwxE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RfPn-JkRg&feature=related
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    http://www.brasstrap.com/
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    Fish net brass catcher: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86eiej6wzUo&feature=related
    Fish net mounted on top of tripod:
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    Fish net source ($2.35/foot): http://www.jannsnetcraft.com/bulk-netting
     
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    Just pickem all up, yours along with the rest that's there. Seperate them later.
     
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    Get the fish net from Walmart and bend it around your right hand. Easily adjustable for different gun. (If you are shooting Glock, I guess you can even stuff the wire into the empty space on bottom of grip). This allows you to move your pistol/position to shoot multiple targets compared to fixed stand type brass catcher.


    Got any pics pf this fishnet setup?
     
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    Here is something I have been thinking about but not bought yet.

    from brasscatchers.com

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    Thanks for the replies. I'll start with the fishnet idea...sounds cheap and effective.

    The policy at the range I use is that you can only pick up your own brass. They use the rest of it. The ship it all off and have it reloaded then sell the reloads in-house.
     
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    You can make your own easily. I made one for bench shooting but it can be made taller for stand up shooting. I would not want one hanging off my shooting hand. YMMV
    BrassCatcher02.jpg
     
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    Now this is my idea of a "brass catcher" for a high capacity handgun...

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    It just holds those empty brass cases until you're ready to reload! Plus, it's in a more powerful caliber than most of those wimpy semi-autos... ;)
     
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    I guess the old gun makers had it right! :D:eek::D
     
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    Helg - that is a pretty sweet rig you created. I went out and bought a big fish net before I saw your post. I saved the pics of yours...could become a future project.


    I bought a cicular type net on a handle that's about 3 feet long (the handle is retractable too so I can break it down pretty small for transport).

    I used a hose clamp to attach the fish-net handle to a C-Clamp, then I used the C-clamp to hold the whole rig it to the shooting bench at the range. I can loosen the hose clamp to raise/lower/twist the net in the direction I need. It did pretty good for the first time out. I've got some tweaking to do but I'm pretty happy with the direction the project is going. I didn't have to hunt for much brass this time.

    On a side note I could have worn a bucket for a hat and caught all the brass from the shooter to my left. His gun threw brass perfectly to fly over the divider and land on my head...I'm lucky nothing went down my shirt.

    I get to reload it all tonight!
     
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    I have used and own both.

    The CMM is great for heavy brass at low speeds. THink 45 acp. 10mm tends to bounce, 9mm and 380 bounce a lot. Figure 100% recovery with 45 acp, 95 with 10, 80% with 380.

    The hand one gets about 99% recovery if you get it adjusted right. It causes me aiming grief so I tend to us the CMM more often.
     
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