Brass catcher ideas?

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  1. BBarn

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    For auto pistols I've been using the type you slip your shooting hand into. Takes some getting use to, but it moves with me as I move around and aim at different targets. Mine is made by Graco. Catches the majority and keeps most of the rest within a step or two of my feet. However, it does require right hand shooting.
     
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  2. Herman B

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    I’ve experimented with a few iterations to keep my 10mm brass from sailing 15-25 feet into the hinterlands. I use a blocker to gently knock the brass out of the air so it lands at/near my feet on a tarp. The salient features of an effective blocker:
    • the closer to the ejection port, the smaller the blocker. Important for windy conditions. If not windy, I'll use a big blocker to allow modest left/right aiming to near/distant targets for variety.
    • the blocker material must absorb the energy - think curtain. If brass hits a hard surface, incl framework, it will ricochet and disappear. Careful of facial ricochets. I'll lay or clothespin a small rag or hat on the backside of the blocker to keep the brass momentum from hitting the frame.
    • weight (up high) and wind-load should be minimized. Ballast on the framework at ground level during breezy conditions is critical. A solid blocker material and wide framework is like a spinnaker in the wind.
    • framework must cover all angles of ejection. My ejection runs from vertical to lateral, thus my blocker extends above, behind and right of the port from 1 to 6 o'clock.
    • set-up/take-down must be quick/simple.
    I bought a couple mesh laundry bags, cut one side and the bottom seam so it is splayed open. I use a tall, telescoping light stand (from photography) and mount a light frame from which I can drape the mesh material and attach with clothespins and twisty-ties, ever mindful of weight and windload. Brass hits the mesh and falls to the tarp.
     
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  3. swg1

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    Out in the woods a 10x10 ez-up with a side wall or two keeps brass local too.
     
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  4. ahutch71

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    i had a bear of a time catching my precious 10mm brass from my G20-SF until I replaced the stock spring (17lbs?) with a 22lb spring. Must less snappy on recoil, and the brass doesn’t hit the cars in the parking lot. :)
     
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  5. ahutch71

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    Also, on the entertainment front, you’re spot on with using something like a tarp, cloth, carpet as a blocker. I tried a cardboard shield, and literally the FIRST 10mm round I fired, the brass hit the cardboard, ricocheted back toward my neck, and fell down the back of my shirt. I did a little dance around the pistol pit and decided I needed a Plan B.
     
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  6. Crosshair

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    Yes.

    I have a floor fan I've setup like this that I can setup on benches and now I'm on the lookout for a broken pedistal fan.

    I set the front grill down flat to catch the brass that gets deflected.
     
  7. jmorris

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    This is either my patent pending TacCatch, original tactical folding brass catcher that should have an MSRP under $100



    Or a < $4 pop up laundry basket. Depending on what direction they are passing through the door.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mainstays-White-Mesh-Pop-Up-Laundry-Basket/569672876?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&wl13=5311&&adid=22222222227238234635&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=283933780727&wl4=pla-529380661847&wl5=9026833&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=local&wl12=569672876&veh=sem&gclid=Cj0KCQiAst2BBhDJARIsAGo2ldU2x153EaKmGwtEQs1Hyr98o046QgKwPKVj9GnYrn7cH-SX93W2mkYaAkpYEALw_wcB

    I built the TacCatch Pro for the operator that needs to catch brass as they chronograph, it’s scientifically developed, space aged, ballistic polymer, corrosion resistant construction allows it to also be used as a pool net. A feature not found with imitations.

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    I have also modified Velcro attaching ones so they actually stay where they need to, using cheap eBay QD attachments.

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  8. Rule3

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    That is one heck of a brass catcher. I could not use it at our range as it takes up to much space. If I had my own range I would get one. Heck for the price they should give you the bucket!:)
     
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  9. toxophilus

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    I tried the below but was only out to test some loads that I've been developing for my 9mm; will need to work on positioning as has been mentioned since the brass was ejecting back & to the right... I have a few of these umbrella bait catching nets from years ago.

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  10. Thomasss

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    I put down an old fitted queen bed sheet, whenever possible. My catch and retrieve is about 97%
     
  11. Ks5shooter
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    Moving blankets from Harbor freight ,one on the ground 2 hanging works perfect.
     
  12. Jesse Heywood

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    Does your range allow billy goats? Cleaning will be a problem. :rofl:
     
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  14. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Most of those look like upside down beach umbrellas. Try that and see if it's a better solution. Might not be cheaper - really good beach umbrellas can be kind of pricey.
     
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  15. Barman54

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    Here is Mine
    Linen/Fabric Store.
    Laundry Bag Material, comes in different Colors, I use Black.
    The Bolt I think Is 4 ft wide, cut it to 6 ft, have two of them, lay them to the right of where I'm Prone, Standing or Sitting.
    Pretty good recovery %
    Just fold them up, put them in a Medium sized Plastic Bag, as they are easy to fold.

    I even use it when I shoot My High Power Matches, Brass and Trash call is for only a few Minutes, Helps get in done

    Call it my Brass Magnet.

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  16. George P

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    I have used a full size shower curtain on a pvc stand so the brass hits the curtain and slide gently to the bottom where a blanket sits. The PVC stand breaks down for transport. 32 brass is a PITA to find in the grass or when mixed in with a lot of others
     
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  17. Tilos

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    I use a mesh tarp because the wind is NOT a problem with them.
    Lay it on the ground (stake the corners), the wind won't lift it, or hang it as a curtain, the wind won't knock it over.
    Mesh Tarps:
    Search Results For "Mesh Tarp" (harborfreight.com)
    I use one of those folding mesh laundry baskets, jmorris pictured, when I shoot from the bench but that's not often.
    works for me,
    :uhoh:
     
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  18. Bfh_auto

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    Can you lay painter's drop cloths down? I use them for catching semi auto brass. Learn what the brass lands and position accordingly.
     
  19. tmd16556

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    Window screen and dowels work too. I made one for my Warsaw Pact Makarovs but need to make a new one.
     
  20. lordpaxman

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    I made a large one out of PVC that I could break down and transport but ended up with the Harbor Freight mesh tarp.
    The advantage of a mesh is the wind doesn’t blow it around as much as a solid tarp and in sand you can sift it.

    These seem to have come down in price, I believe they were north of a 100$s at first:
    https://benstoegerproshop.com/ced-brass-range-mat/

    Good luck.
     
  21. Dudedog
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    A couple of the 4 way fittings for the bottom and couple Ls for the top and you can make a PVC frame that comes apart for transport pretty cheap
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    :rofl:
     
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  22. Virginia Jim

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    I just park my pick up truck strategically so the brass lands in the bed.
     
  23. mmb617

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    I can see that working. A rather creative solution I'd say.
     
  24. BigGee

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    I've often looked at those. Can they be put up by one person ?
     
  25. deputy bruce

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    where did you find a brass catcher that fits on the side of the ar?
     
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