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Thanks to all those who bought and showed interest in my Improved
Silent Pellet Trap over the years. I made and sold over 400 traps in
various designs and woods since producing them for the 1999 Roanoke international Airgun Show.
In early 2005, I stopped making them to spend more time with my growing
flock of 4 kids. I am very pleased to announce that I have licensed the
design to Archer Airguns. They have kept the essence of my design while
being able to offer the trap at a reasonable price. Please visit their site
I had been using a Beeman Silent Pellet Trap with ballistic putty
for years. I noticed some problems with the trap and designed an improved version.
TRAP: The old trap has less than 1 inch from the ballistic putty
to the back of the target. Once enough pellets cake up, the pellets will bounce back. In
the old trap, I frequently had pellets bounce out of the trap. Since I shoot in my home,
having pellets laying on the ground where children and animals can get the is
unacceptable. My trap has 4-5 inches from putty to target and I have not had a single
pellet bounce out in over 5000 shots. Of course, you should clean the caked pellets out of
the trap periodically. The ballistic putty is reusable and should last practically
ACCEPTS LARGER TARGETS:
The old trap was only big enough to accept preprinted, small and expensive targets. I made
my trap big enough to accept targets I print off of my computer printer on 8.5x11 inch
paper and it can still take the store bought targets. I recommend using recycled cream
colored heavy (24-28#) desktop publishing paper. This paper gives cleaner holes and
will more closely resemble the color of store bought targets. It costs only a little more
than cheap copy paper. Regular 20# copy paper will give many clean holes, but it will also
give flaps just as wide as the pellet but a few times longer. I use Ian Pellant's ballistic software
to print my targets.
|Above you can see the solid wood Wild Cherry and Pine traps.
Above you can see the clipboard with the hole cut out.
There is a 2 inch deep piece of ¾ inch plywood under the putty. 10# of putty in my trap
gives a full 2 inches of thickness. Below the plywood under
the putty, there is space for thousands of spent pellets.
- CLIPBOARD TO HOLD TARGET: The old
trap used a piece of cardboard as a backer for the target and to attach the target to with
pins or tape. The cardboard gets shredded over time leading to considerable mess, both
inside and around the front of your trap. My trap uses a clipboard to hold the target,
therefore no tape. The center of the clipboard is cut out as you can see in the pictures.
I noticed that if I didn't use the cardboard backer, the holes were just as clean and
there was no mess from cardboard. The clipboard holds the target well enough to get clean
holes. The clipboard sides into a slot cut in the sides and bottom of the trap and the
target (8.5x11inch) is held in place in the slot. Even the store bought smaller targets
stay in place.
- RESERVOIR TO HOLD SPENT PELLETS: The
putty never needs replaced. You simply clean or pick the pellets from the ballistic putty
when they start to cake up and reshape the putty. In the old trap, the pellets fell down
in front of the putty and had to be dumped out each time you clean it. In my trap the
reservoir below the putty can hold from 3-5000 pellets before having to be emptied. I also
put a piece of plywood below and behind the clipboard that has a beveled edge. This
prevents debris from getting into the slot.