It’s a Breeze!

The editor dis­cusses our re­spon­si­bil­ity to stop ev­ery pellet

Air Gunner - - PELLET TRAP -

As I hope you know, the law obliges us to en­sure that ev­ery pellet we fire stays within the bound­aries of the land where we have per­mis­sion to shoot. This is never more im­por­tant than in our back gar­den, where our pellet catcher must trap and hold each and ev­ery shot safely. Of course, there are many com­mer­cially avail­able pellet catch­ers in the shops, but many of us choose to make our own.

The best is a three-sided box made from con­crete paving slabs, filled with soil or sand. This soft fill­ing al­lows the pellet to bury in deeply, ab­sorb­ing all the en­ergy so that the chance of a re­bound or ric­o­chet is al­most zero. The open­ing of this pellet trap should be so large that your chance of miss­ing it is slight, and this is where it has a huge ad­van­tage over the typ­i­cal 6”x6” metal­lic one. If you choose the lat­ter, it’s a very good idea to place some large paving slabs around it, so that if you do miss, the pellet will splat harm­lessly against them, and a wooden fence be­hind a small pellet trap is no good at all be­cause your pellet might well fly straight through.

Some peo­ple have made up boards for pin­ning on tar­gets, but this is not a safe op­tion. Pel­lets will of­ten re­bound from wood, es­pe­cially ply or par­ti­cle board, and could hit you in the eye, so be warned. To com­bat this prob­lem, peo­ple have cov­ered the board in car­pet, but this is also bro­ken down quickly by re­peated hits, ren­der­ing it use­less. To make things worse, you might not be aware that pel­lets have bro­ken through the board and so you are now caus­ing po­ten­tial dan­ger.

My wife doesn’t want ‘ugly tar­gets’ spoil­ing her gar­den de­sign, so I need por­ta­ble tar­get hold­ers that are strong and safe, whilst be­ing eas­ily mov­able. I’ve been us­ing a bucket full of sand for some time, which works well, but of course, is get­ting bro­ken down badly and needs re­plac­ing. Fol­low­ing a re­cent reader’s sug­ges­tion, I’ve been try­ing out a ‘ breeze block’. Pin­ning a tar­get to it was easy, with four short pins, and as the reader said, it does trap pel­lets well. Only time will tell just how long it will last, but a real pos­i­tive for me is just how easy it is to move. I have a big con­crete slab be­hind it for safety’s sake, which isn’t so easy to move, but I like the safety it of­fers. I had that be­hind the bucket, too. So, for now, this is my choice and I’ll let you know how I get along.

“you might not be aware that pel­lets have bro­ken through the board and so you are now caus­ing po­ten­tial dan­ger”

This breeze block is my new quiet pellet catcher. We’ll see how long it lasts

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