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The National Rifle Association (NRA) The National Rifle Association is America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights. Since its inception in 1871, it has also been the premier firearms education organization in the world. Purposes and objectives of the NRA include protecting the right to keep and bear arms, furthering the shooting sports, marksmanship and safety training, and the promotion of hunter safety. www.nrahq.org

National Shooting Sports Foundation NSSF, the firearms industry's trade association, has a membership of more than 6,500 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. www.nssf.org

TSSI - Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc. (GSA) TSSi is the oldest privately held professional tactical equipment supplier in the United States. With nearly 30 years of experience, TSSi is a leader in providing tactical and specialized operational equipment to the U.S. Special Operations community as well as federal, state and local law enforcement and disaster recovery professionals. www.tssi-ops.com

Team One Network Firearms & Tactical Training is a company established to test, evaluate, train and market various manufacturers' products to the Law Enforcement community as related to officer survival. www.teamonenetwork.com

LouKa Tactical exists for the sole purpose of assisting public safety agencies in improving their overall performance by introducing innovative, functional and reality-based training solutions for their organization. loukatactical.com/
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ILEETA is the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. www.ileeta.org

The Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) AFTE is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of one of the finest disciplines of Forensic Science; Firearm and Toolmark Identification. www.afte.org

United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) www.osha.gov

Canadian Police Association The national voice for Canadian police personnel. www.cpa-acp.ca

Environmental & Turf Services, Inc. Agricultural Pesticides, FIFRA compliance, Golf Course Turf, Toxic Torts Cases, and Heavy Metal Assessments at Shooting Ranges. www.environmentalandturf.com

Joseph Chiarello & Co., Inc. Setting the standard in insurance for the firearms industry www.guninsurance.com

 

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There is more than just the initial purchase price to consider when you consider installing a bullet trap for a range.

Per Million Rounds - Based on a 12 lane range firing 60,000 rounds per week for 15 years.

An informed decision to purchase a shooting range includes a look at the initial purchase price AND the long-term costs. All operational costs - upkeep and maintenance, along with repair, replacement parts and disposal of environmentally sensitive materials - need to be considered.

Costs to consider include:

  • Installation
  • Operational costs
  • Disposal of any material, such as rubber, used to absorb the bullet's energy
  • Mining/Cleaning of the trap
  • Disposal of bullets, jackets and fragments
  • Longevity of the trap and its ability to sustain a steady volume of fire

Automatic Bullet Recovery System (ABRS)

For easy collection, Savage Range Systems pioneered the Automatic Bullet Recovery System (ABRS) with the Snail® System Bullet Trap.

As bullets decelerate, losing energy, they finally fall to the bottom of the chamber and exit through a bottom slot. They are then carried along a conveyor to a collection drum, behind the trap, to be either disposed of, or recycled. Just one more reason why a Savage Range System is considered the safest and most efficient shooting range available.

Snail® System Deceleration Chamber

In 1991, Ron Coburn invented the Snail® System - a bullet trap that decelerates a bullet rather than disintegrating it on impact.

The heart of the Snail® Trap is the deceleration chamber. Low angle entrance ramps guide the bullet into a circular chamber where it revolves, losing energy, until it drops down for collection.

This simple, yet ingenious, solution virtually eliminates lead dust for a safer range environment and has revolutionized the entire shooting range industry.

Snail® Systems Deflection Ramps Make the Difference

The Wet Snail® System, with low angle ramps and round deceleration chamber, results in virtually no airborne lead at the trap.

Unlike other steel traps on the market, Snail® Traps have always used low angle ramps (12° for rifle and 15° for pistol) that guide the bullet into the round deceleration chamber, where the bullet loses energy and safely drops into a collection area, ready for recycling. A .30-06 bullet will make approximately 130 revolutions in 2-3 seconds.

In the Wet Snail® Trap, a mixture of biodegradable lubricant and water encapsulates any lead particles that may be generated before they become airborne and inhaled by the range users. This results in a safer and cleaner environment for the shooter.