very nice trap.
I've been experimenting with a couple of different "Quiet" pellet stopping materials.
(Living in the city with "California Anti-gun neighbors" is not very compatible to high powered air gunning), hence the need for "Quiet" targets. (as well as QUIET rifles).
I've built a small trap with the Duct seal.
For single target set ups, it works very very well.... Almost silent.
The problem that I have is, I would like to have a much larger "trap" to be able to hang more targets.
(constantly walking the 50 yds to replace targets is getting old) haha.
I would like to have a QUIET trap about 2'X3' so that I could hang multiple targets.
So that would mean I need to go buy about 10,000 lbs of duct seal and that stuff can get expensive.
I need a material that will do what ?
1- stop the pellet
1a- (and do it as quietly as possible)
2- be large enough to cover a 2'X3' target area (so I can hang lots of targets, and not "walk the range" so much)
3- be CHEAP to make and replace when needed.
so far I have made a "experimental" model, with some fabric I had left over from a re-roofing job on a large class A motorhome.
Tthe fabric is some sort of coarse woven polyester, similar to fiberglass cloth, just not quite as thick.
I loosely folded it up with about 100 layers, and have it backed up with a sheet of 3/4" plywood, then a block wall behind that.
I then use a 1" thick piece of styrofoam in front of the folded fabric, so that I have an easy way to "Pin" the targets up.
Here is a pic of my daughter showing off her marksmanship, but you can see the fabric behind the styrofoam, and the targets pinned to the styrofoam...
It works very well, and the pellet hitting the target, is quieter than the muzzle report of my .22 Marauder with a 3" extended shroud. That's plenty quiet enough for my "very limited noise requirements".
This experimental setup has swallowed well over 2500 .22 pellets, at 50 yds, fired from a pair of tuned Marauders.
It still will take plenty more hits, before it needs total replacement. (the styrofoam gets replaced more often).
At some point, I will run out of the roofing fabric, and I will need to figure out a cost effective replacement material.
I have seen the "Movers Blankets" on sale at HF for just a few dollars.http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_11375.jpg
I am thinking that 3 or 4 or 5 of these dense fabric blankets,... folded up into multi-layers,... may be able to fit the bill.
My thinking is that as they start getting ripped up a little bit, I could unfold/refold/re-stack them, to restore the multi-layers for longer useful lifespan. Sure they won't last forever either, But at least they wont cost anywhere near what a zillion tons of Duct Seal costs, LOL!
What do you guys think ?
Do you think the "Movers Blankets" would be an effective backstop material, while remaining quiet on impact ?
I'm thinking this could be a cheap alternative to having a larger and still very quiet target area.
What are your thoughts ?