Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by pairof44sp, Feb 23, 2021.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Or a < $4 pop up laundry basket. Depending on what direction they are passing through the door.
I built the TacCatch Pro for the operator that needs to catch brass as they chronograph, it’s scientifically developed, space aged, ballistic polymer, corrosion resistant construction allows it to also be used as a pool net. A feature not found with imitations.
I have also modified Velcro attaching ones so they actually stay where they need to, using cheap eBay QD attachments.
That is one heck of a brass catcher. I could not use it at our range as it takes up to much space. If I had my own range I would get one. Heck for the price they should give you the bucket!
I have a couple of these. They work great.
Laundry Bag Material, comes in different Colors, I use Black.
The Bolt I think Is 4 ft wide, cut it to 6 ft, have two of them, lay them to the right of where I'm Prone, Standing or Sitting.
Pretty good recovery %
Just fold them up, put them in a Medium sized Plastic Bag, as they are easy to fold.
I even use it when I shoot My High Power Matches, Brass and Trash call is for only a few Minutes, Helps get in done
Call it my Brass Magnet.
Lay it on the ground (stake the corners), the wind won't lift it, or hang it as a curtain, the wind won't knock it over.
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I use one of those folding mesh laundry baskets, jmorris pictured, when I shoot from the bench but that's not often.
works for me,
Can you lay painter's drop cloths down? I use them for catching semi auto brass. Learn what the brass lands and position accordingly.
The advantage of a mesh is the wind doesn’t blow it around as much as a solid tarp and in sand you can sift it.
These seem to have come down in price, I believe they were north of a 100$s at first:
I can see that working. A rather creative solution I'd say.
I've often looked at those. Can they be put up by one person ?
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