AN EASY-TO-MAKE BB TRAP FOR AIRSOFT GUNS
To practice shooting at home and in particular moving and shooting, I purchased a few inexpensive Airsoft guns and found that they shoot OK.
However; the plastic BB's are extra lively, and to keep them from bouncing all over the place, a backstop of some type was called for.
The following photos show a very simple, cheap, and easy to make BB trap. Dimensions are shown on the photos.
The trap is large enough to easily capture most shots even while moving rapidly.
The first photo shows the trap box and its internals. The trap box was made from a cardboard box. The 2 rods shown are pieces of welding rod wire that were left over from a past project. Most hardware stores have wire rod that is similar. The clips are standard small alligator clips that you can find in school/office supply departments in stores.
The following photo shows the trap with a target clipped to the front rod. The BB's travel thru the target and then thru the sheet of newspaper, hit the back of the trap and fall into the catch box.
A simple S-hook is hooked onto one of the door hinges, and a piece of cord that forms a loop is used to hang the trap onto the lower portion of the S-hook. The loop is secured by use of the homemade red plastic washers and knots in the cord that can be seen in the upper photo.
Here's how you can add a "gong" to the trap to let you know when you make a COM hit.
Take an empty aluminum pie-pan (9.5 inches), and punch a hole in the edge, and run a short length of thin cord thru the hole and knot it.
Then punch a hole in the middle of the top of the BB trap about a 1/2" in from the back.
Run the other end of the cord thru that hole, from the inside, and knot it so that the pie-pan will hang in the center of the trap.
Have the wide side of the pie-pan against the back of the trap and the smaller side towards the front.
It will tell you when you make a COM hit without checking the target. Here is a picture.
Here is that same pie tin after it was used for awhile, as compared to a new one.
Don't let anyone tell you that P&S or Point Shooting won't work at 12 to 25 feet, or while moving up or back, or left or right, and/or shooting around posts or over cars, because that's where most of the shots were made.
PS accuracy which is normally good, actually seems to improve in dynamic situations such as when moving and shooting.
Spring airsoft guns were used for all but a few of the shots. And they had to be cocked by racking the slide each time a shot was taken.
I also tried a gas powered airsoft gun that shoots semiautomatic and fast. With it while moving, I can hear the gong: ding-ding-ding.
PUTTING THE TRAP IN MOTION.
The trap can be used stationary, or you can put it in motion to practice shooting at a moving target, and also moving and shooting at a moving target.
For that you can use a length of plastic pipe that hangs from the ceiling with the BB trap attached to it.
The plastic pipe with BB trap attached, is different from, but works like a very large clock pendulum that can swing from side to side.
You can push it to set it in motion.
Or you can draw it up to one side with the use of a cord attached to a wire loop fixed to the side of the trap.
The cord is then run thru a ring or pulley attached off to one side, and then back to you, the trap puller upper.
Pulling on the cord will draw the trap up, and letting it go, sets it in motion. A target placed in the trap, will go along for the ride and also swing rapidly from side to side. And the trap will catch most all BBs except for an occasional flyer which will be stopped by the metal of the garage door. The BB's can go thru glass and penetrate pop cans, so keep that in mind.
Here is the trap ready to swing.
Below is a pic of a twisted wire loop bolted to the trap close to the upper back corner of the trap. A large flat washer or similar material should be used on the inside of the trap. It prevents the bolt from being pulled out of the trap when a cord is attached to the wire loop and the trap is pulled up to one side.
To hang the plastic pipe from the ceiling, I used a 1/4 inch by 5 inch long screw, bent as shown in the pic below.
The bent-screw was screwed into one of the ceiling joists and about a foot out from the wall. The bolt head portion was positioned so that it was perpendicular to (straight out from), the portion of the wall above the garage door. That way when the pipe was attached using the keyhole shown, the pipe would swing from side to side and parallel to the wall and garage door.
To make the keyholes in the pipe, I drilled two 1/4 inch holes and then used a round file to make the lower hole big enough to go over the screw head.
The use of the keyhole arrangement allows you to attach the pipe at the ceiling without the use of a ladder and in just a few seconds. And the same for taking it down.
This pic shows a plastic squeegee bolted to the pipe. Any thin material which forms a T can be used. Its purpose is to keep the trap from twisting as it swings from side to side.
One end of an S-hook for attaching the trap has been placed in the other hole in the pipe. (Other sets of 2 holes for attaching a squeegee and inserting an S-hook to place the trap at different heights, can be drilled in the pipe.)
Here is a pic of the trap at rest. The loop of cord extending out from the top of the trap, is hooked onto the lower portion of the S-hook.
Below is a pic showing magazines in which I drilled holes in to allow speed loading of BB's.
Once the mag spring has been compressed and the follower locked, I can just pour BB's into the magazine using a bottle with a spout/funnel top.
I used a knife to finish the holes. If you try this, be careful in drilling, and as the plastic is somewhat soft, be careful when finishing up the holes.
Also take care when compressing and locking the follower in the locking notch, and when releasing it. Be sure that the projection on the follower remains "up" so that it will engage the channel in the mag when released.
If the follower and projection rotates inward, the projection will not engage the channel in the magazine. Then the next time you want to load the mag, you will have to first compress the spring with a thin pointed tool, and then use another thin pointed tool to rotate the follower's projection into the "up" position for locking.
Always use safe gun handling practices and proper eye and ear protection.
The spring/air/gas powered guns are not toys.
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