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.
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.
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:
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