American Rifleman - November 2013 - (Page 40)
Trapped At Home?—Perfect
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nyone who’s ever yearned
for realistic firearm practice
from the comfort of an easy
chair can now fully indulge that
seemingly incongruous concept.
Bullet Trap USA, a Burlington,
Conn., manufacturer with years of
experience building endurancetesting and mailing equipment, has
developed a series of ballistic steel
traps, modular sound abatement
rooms and air-filtration systems that
make it possible to literally shoot
inside your own living room in relative safety, silence and comfort.
The brainchild of inventor Rick
Lamothe, the self-contained range
facilities have already found favor
with law enforcement and tactical training customers, and now
the company is looking to interest gunshop owners and average
shooters who would rather invest in
their own systems and shoot in the
familiar surroundings of their businesses or homes rather than travel
and pay someone for the privilege
Bullet Trap USA cuts its heavy
steel trapezoidal box traps by
waterjet from AR500 steel and
assembles them using commonsized, high-grade fasteners, all
of which eliminates the fatiguing
effects of welded construction and
makes the traps relatively easy to
erect in place. Tubular steel frames
raise the units off the ground to
present their openings at an ideal
height for standing or benchrest
shooting. In addition, the interior
sections that actually deflect bullet
strikes are mounted on flexible
neoprene strips, allowing them
to absorb a bullet’s energy while
retaining their structural integrity.
Powder coating and non-welded
construction hold up against the
elements for outdoor use as well.
Trapped projectiles are easily
removed from a simple collection
pail rated for hazardous waste
and for safe and easy recycling.
And while the largest model,
the BT 36/50—which measures
114"x72"x40", provides a 36"x36"
target area and weighs nearly
3,000 lbs.—would require a sizeable commitment of living space,
it is capable of handling even the
.50 BMG cartridge. For those with
more modest accommodations,
somewhat more compact, say
vending-machine-size, units are
offered, and even smaller models
will be available in 2014.
Of course trapping the bullet
is only one part of the equation.
will want to look into one of Bullet
Trap USA’s Sound Abatement and
Filtration Rooms as well as optional
Filtration Systems that can be
attached directly to the trap. The
former is delivered in kit form and
comprised of vinyl-coated laminated pressboard panels that fit
together using basic hand tools.
Once erected, it resembles a modern office cubicle and includes
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