BB Trap

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Project by spclPatrolGroup posted 08-13-2010 03:48 AM 4682 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a BB trap I created, both my brother and I are into pistol shooting, he wanted to be able to practice indoors with a high powered BB pistol, so I came up with this, its a box made out of 3/4 birch plywood, i stapled a piece of carpet in the back, and in front of that are 2 pieces of carpet hanging free, the idea is that the hanging carpet will asorb all the energy from the BB, and it will fall to the bottom and not bounce out, if it does make it through the hanging carpet it should have lost enough momentum to not be able to go through the back, or bounce out through the carpet. Also I painted it black because someone told my black boxes are indestructable. Or that is the theory behind it, I will see if it works this weekend. I wouldnt call this fine wood working but it was a good way to use up some scraps, and was quick to do in a furnace of a garage.

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#1 posted 08-13-2010 04:20 AM

Wow, this brings me back to my younger days. My dad set up a similar trap for me when I was young, and I spent many hours in the basement shooting my first BB gun…....just a simple tip, pick up a small magnet, it makes collecting the BB’s a lot easier.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#2 posted 08-13-2010 04:23 AM

That’s interesting! Have you used it yet? Does it keep the bb’s contained?

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 05:56 AM

Great project and I love the black box comment.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 08-13-2010 06:36 AM

Will try it out later this weekend, ill be wearing saftey glasses thats for sure.

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#5 posted 08-13-2010 06:47 AM

Should work just fine. You should be able to recycle the BBs without loss of accuracy too:-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 08-13-2010 08:42 AM

I had a similar Idea a while back never built it… The only difference was I was going to make a slip in frame for the front that would hold standard size Target Papers. The idea being not only could I practice on an actual target but after the BB Traveled through the Paper and hit (in my case some old Denim) if it did bounce back It would have lost enough energy as to not come back through the paper and stay inside the box.

I do like the Magnet idea much better than mine (which is probably why I never built the thing). I was going to make a sloped bottom with a catch cup so as I shot the BB’s would all filter down to an outside dish.

Once again the project would have been done if only I remembered K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)

-- No matter how good or bad a day your having a smile always makes it better!

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#7 posted 08-13-2010 02:28 PM

You could make one like an indoor range. Have a baffle at a 45 deg. angle. The BBs angle down and are caught on a soft area of wadded towels or something similar. I have a BB/pellet trap but it is very small. I like the idea of yours and the larger size.

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#8 posted 08-13-2010 07:49 PM

For me the big question is “can I hit the box!”

-- Joe

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#9 posted 08-13-2010 08:05 PM

You’ll shoot your eye out! Kid
What a great line from the movie: A Chritmas Story!
Good Job! Let us know how it works out.
And don’t be like Ralphie, wear your saftey glasses.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 08-16-2010 03:54 PM

Well, I have both of my eyes, seems, it worked pretty well, some BB’s got past the first layer and were stoped by the second layer of carpet, thy all ended up on the bottom or embeded in the carpet.

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#11 posted 08-27-2010 12:18 AM

Nice setup. Only potential issue I can see is the large flat edges around the perimeter, those could be prone to ricochet for inexperienced or distracted shooters. Beats the heck out of the trap I made a couple of weeks back.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#12 posted 08-27-2010 04:10 PM

I made those so we could tape cardboard over it to affix targets.

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#13 posted 08-27-2010 04:25 PM

cool design.

I made one years ago with a 45 degree back that would purposely richochet the bbs downwards into a sandbox. yours seems easier and perhaps safer though.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 07-31-2014 06:16 PM

Sweet I dig this, I need to make one for my son and me

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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